Stage 4 - Karwendel Höhenweg

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Stage 4 - Karwendel Höhenweg

Long-Distance Hiking · Hall-Wattens
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Starting from the Pfeishütte, the fourth stage of the Karwendel Höhenweg trail sees you head across the Stempeljoch before reaching the Bettelwurfhütte. On the way, you follow a trail created by the ‘Wilde Bande’ mountaineers’ group that was founded in 1878. This stage takes you through the mountain pines and Alpine pastures of the Pfeis area, rewarding you with breath-taking views over the craggy Karwendel mountains and down into the Halltal valley.
difficult
Distance 9 km
4:30 h
590 m
390 m
2,218 m
1,910 m
Located in the Pfeis area at the heart of the southern Karwendel mountains is the welcoming Pfeishütte hut. This is the starting point of the fourth stage on the Karwendel Höhenweg trail, which sees you cross the Stempeljoch and Lafatscher Joch saddlesbefore making your way to the Bettelwurfhütte hut.

Author’s recommendation

Gipfel entlang der Etappe:

Kreuzjöchl (2158 m); Aufstieg: +1 h (roter Bergweg)

Stempeljochspitze (2529 m); Aufstieg: +2 h (roter Bergweg)

Pfeiserspitz (2347 m); Aufstieg: +1,5 h (schwarzer Bergweg)

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Update: May 20, 2022
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Highest point
2,218 m
Lowest point
1,910 m
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Rest stops

Pfeishütte
Bettelwurfhütte
Bettelwurfhütte

Safety information

Good to know:

Once you have crossed the Stempeljoch, you begin traversing the Wilde Bande trail. This was established in 1929 by the Innsbruck-based ‘Wilde Bande’ mountaineers’ group in close cooperation with the salt miners and leads to the Lafatscher Joch. On 20 October each year, the members of the group crossed the Hungerburg and the Arzler Scharte gap before ascending the Stempeljoch as a means of celebrating the anniversary of their founding in 1878.

Tips and hints

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Karwendel Höhenweg

Pfeishütte

Bettelwurfhütte

Nachdem du das Stempeljoch überquert hast, begibst du dich auf den Wilde Bande Steig. Dieser wurde im Jahre 1929 von der Innsbrucker Bergsteigergesellschaft Wilde Bande in enger Verbindung mit den Salzbergknappen errichtet und führt bis zum Lafatscher Joch. Alljährlich stiegen die Mitglieder der Gruppe am 20. Oktober über die Hungerburg und die Arzler Scharte hinauf aufs Stempeljoch, um das Jubiläum ihres Gründungstages im Jahr 1878 zu feiern.

Start

Pfeishütte (1,921 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.330020, 11.425590
DMS
47°19'48.1"N 11°25'32.1"E
UTM
32T 683264 5244692
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Destination

Bettelwurfhütte

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the Pfeishütte hut, follow trail 221 (= Via Alpina) eastwards and complete the gentle ascent to the Stempeljoch ridge between the Pfeiser Spitze and the Kleine Stempeljochspitze mountains.

 

Once you have reached the ridge between the Pfeiser Spitze and the Stempeljochspitze at an elevation of 2215 metres, you must then make a steep descent as the trail leads across a gravel field. CAUTION: in early summer, the Stempelreise gravel field may still feature a very large amount of old snow that is extremely hard and frozen in the mornings (risk of falling: Snowline Spikes and sticks provide optimum protection)! After a descent featuring a difference in elevation of around 140 metres, you turn left on to the Wilde-Bande-Steig trail. Fields with old snow are also a common sight at this intersection. The trail begins by leading you below the east and south faces of the Stempeljochspitze, the Roßkopf, the Großer Lafatscher and the Kleiner Lafatscher mountains, with very little variation in elevation as you head towards the Lafatscher Joch. Approaching the Lafatscher Joch (2081 m), you have to complete another ascent with an elevation gain of around 80 metres. As of this point, trail 222 (= Via Alpina) heads east with a gentle incline as it passes through the Kleines Speckkar and Großes Speckkar cirques. The final part of the journey before you reach the Bettelwurfhütte hut is characterised by panoramic views over the Halltal and Inntal valleys, with the mountain hut sitting atop the south face of the Kleiner Bettelwurf mountain like an eagle’s nest.

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Coordinates

DD
47.330020, 11.425590
DMS
47°19'48.1"N 11°25'32.1"E
UTM
32T 683264 5244692
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

ankle-high mountain boots, spikes (Snowline Spikes), telescopic poles, plenty of water

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
590 m
Descent
390 m
Highest point
2,218 m
Lowest point
1,910 m
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