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Kufstein Via Ferrata

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Basic information

The Kufstein via ferrata takes you along the north side of the Wilder Kaiser up to the Unteres Gamskarköpfl (1,975 m). The via ferrata is divided into three sections: across a ledge; a very steep middle section; and finally a very

exposed crossing leading directly to the summit of the Unteres Gamskarköpfl. The via ferrata (difficulty level D) is equipped with very few stirrups. After climbing for another hour you reach the Sonneck summit (2,260m).


Surefootedness and a good head for heights and very good fitness levels are essential!

Climbing harness, via ferrata set & helmet required!


Setting out from the southern side of the Wilder Kaiser in Scheffau, this is an all-day tour that is only safe in reliably fair weather.

Alternatively, you can start the tour in the Kaisertal valley and complete it over the course of two days, spending the night in the Hans-Berger-Haus.

Grade
D
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Route length
675 m
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required climbing time
2 h 30 min
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Exposure
N
Approach

Day 1:

Start in Scheffau at the Jägerwirt hiking starting point. Hike to the Hinterschiesslingalm mountain hut and continue to the Steiner-Hochalm mountain hut. Here, turn off onto Jägersteig trail 823 to the Walleralm. Continue on trail 827 via Hochegg mountain with stunning views of the Inntal valley and then on to the Zahmer Kaiser via the Steingbergalm Alpine pasture and the Kaindlhütte mountain hut (hiking time around 4h). Overnight stay.

Route length: 9,7 km

Ascent in metres: 830 m

Descent in metres: 420 m

 

Day 2:

From the Kaindlhütte mountain hut, descend via the Bettlersteig trail until you come to the Kufstein via ferrata fork. Follow the Güttlersteig trail to a moraine at around 1,570m – turn left here and climb through a steep couloir until you come to a striking

larch tree. Then, a short distance downhill beings you to the entrance (approach time from the Kaindlhütte around 3–3.5h).

Route length: 6,2 km

Ascent in metres: 620 m

Descent in metres: 350 m

 

Alternative: two-day tour from the Kaisertal valley with an overnight stay at the Anton-Karg-Haus.

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Approach time, minutes to the crag
3 h 30 min
Descent

From the Sonneck summit, continue west to Kopfkraxen mountain and from here on trail 821 past Sonnenstein mountain until you come to trail 826. You have two options here. Go east on trail 826 past the Wegscheid-Hochalm back to the Jägerwirt or west to

the Kaiser-Hochalm and on trail 814 to the Kaiseralm mountain hut and back to the Jägerwirt (hiking time around 3h 30min).

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Descent time
3 h 30 min
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Altitude beginning of climb
1600 m
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Altitude starting point
1600 m
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Altitude en of climb
2040 m
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Altitude highest point
2260 m
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Via ferrata height
375m
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Best season
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Topography
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Arrival and public transport

Heading from Wörgl, Kufstein or St. Johann on the B178 road, take the exit to Scheffau. Turn left immediately after the church, then drive past the Genussladl gourmet shop (located on the right-hand side) and keep going until you reach the public car park.

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Parking

Public car park, Scheffau (740 m), north of the Community Hall - free

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