Enjoy culinary delicacies and pure rock experience!
Start in Going, Hüttling (820 m). Forest road 817 leads you to the Graspoint-Niederalm (981 m). Later, as trail 817, it leads you through the forest, past the Stiegenbach Waterfall and through to the turnoff, where you should take trail 827 (Adlerweg trail) up to the Obere Regalm (1,313 m). In the cosy mountain hut below the south faces of the Regalmspitze summit, there is a special organic buffet offering breakfast on the mountain every “dry” Wednesday. This includes fresh homemade farmhouse bread along with sausage from the farm’s own cows.
Suitably fortified, you should head uphill through the Alpine meadows on the picturesque Wilder-Kaiser-Steig trail 827 until you reach the Brennender Palven mountain (also known as the Baumgartenköpfl, 1,572 m). You are rewarded for having made the ascent with fantastic panoramas over the rock massif of the Wilder Kaiser in the north and over the Kitzbühel Alps and Hohe Tauern mountain range in the south. This is also the site of the famous Bergsteigergrab, which is the final resting place of the “Koasamuch”. This famous climber from the “Edelweissgilde” organisation, born Much Wieser in Scheffau in 1888, was dedicated to having summit books on all summits in the Wilder Kaiser region.
Path 824 only leads downhill and heads west to the Gaudeamushütte mountain hut (1,263 m), which offers a wonderful view of the Ellmauer Tor. For hikers with tired legs, this also marks the first option for a cosy overnight stay.
If you continue walking, you will keep following path 824/813 towards Gruttenhütte via Klamml (approx. 1.5 hours). The narrow path, which leads through the steep yet fascinating Klamml, is secured with a ladder and several iron clamps (surefootedness and a good head for heights are essential! Caution due to danger of rock falls from the via ferrata!).
At the exit, enjoy the fantastic view of the “Wildes Schloss” – an imposing rock massif that is steeped in legend and features turrets, peaks, hollows and balconies – and the eastern summit of the Wilder Kaiser. After following a number of bends, you will reach the Gruttenhütte, the highest mountain hut in the Wilder Kaiser region. The hut is exposed on a rocky crest and has a beautiful sun terrace as well as a view of the Ellmauer Halt, which is the highest summit at 2,344 metres. On a clear day, you can savour wonderful views as far as to the main ridge of the Alps with the Grossglockner mountain.
The Riedlhütte mountain hut (1,224 m) is another option for an overnight stay.
CAUTION: due to renovation work, the Gruttenhütte in Ellmau will only be open to a limited number of guests in summer 2017. With regard to the availability of places for overnight stays, at least on particular weekends, this information will only be announced at short notice.
Alternative options for overnight stays are provided by the Gaudeamushütte and the Riedlhütte. Please make sure to reserve your places at these mountain huts in good time!
Tip for climbing enthusiasts: Klamml via ferrata
Here, experienced via ferrata climbers can take on a special challenge. A good head for heights and a dash of bravery are essential for climbing the Klamml via ferrata. The via ferrata is composed of two sections: the lower section features difficulty level B/C, whereas the upper section contains portions with difficulty level D as well as a spectacular 12-metre long two-rope bridge that connects the two sections. Both provide a real adrenaline kick. (To be used exclusively with a helmet, climbing harness and via ferrata set.)
Obere Regalm – in the summer, food is served only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays when the weather is good.