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Four day round tour on tour skis through the Kitzbüheler Alpen

The highlights of this tour are not only the view to the Hohe Tauern and the Wilder Kaiser. It is also not the seclusion and the tranquillity, so close to Kitzbühel, the hub of the Skiwelt. It is the romantic ascents, the beautiful ridges and the long descents which sets ski tourers hearts racing.

Tour outline for a four day round tour on tour skis through the Kitzbüheler Alpen

Profile: Duration: Four days (three overnight stays) Fitness level required: moderate Technical difficulty level: moderate Dates: End of January until the end of April Map/ Orientation: Ski tour map for Brixental (1:35.000) Facts: Day one: + 1029 metres altitude, - 1157 metres altitude, overnight stay: Steinberghaus (878m). Day two:+ 1950 metres altitude, - 1067 metres altitude; Overnight stay: New Bambergerhütte (1761m) Day three:+ 683 metres altitude, - 1566 metres altitude; overnight stay: Steinberghaus (878m) Day four:+ 1154 metres altitude, - 1026 metres altitude, total:+ 4816 metres altitude, - 4816 metres altitude,

Day One (1029 metres altitude):

To get to the area which crosses the Kitzbüheler Alpen, proceed via Kirchberg i.T. and Aschau to the big car park at the end of Spertental. Those who will be arriving later can spend the first night in Oberlandhütte (1006m). This Alpine association lodge is also part of the 'So schmecken die Berge' campaign, and makes use of predominantly regional produce. From Oberlandhütte it is relatively flat in Untere Grund up to Labalm (1263m). From there the route then proceeds on lovely slopes up to Gerstinger Joch (2035m). The Großvenediger, the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Wilder Kaiser compete for onlooker's attention. The descent proceeds via the Scheibenschlagalm to Steinberghaus in the Windau (878m). As a member of 'Brixentaler Kochart' Michael Grafl cooks delicious meals. It is not just tourers who are lured to Steinberghaus to enjoy his chamois schnitzel served with plum sauce, or the medium rare saddle of venison served with a rosemary jus!

Day Two (1950 metres altitude):

From Steinberghaus (878m) the ascending route proceeds almost straight up to the Steinberg (1887m). From here, the route proceeds via one of the loveliest ridges in the Eastern Alps via Wiesboden (1947m) and Ramkarkopf (2062m) to the Steinbergstein (2215m). The thousand metres altitude up to Gasthof Wegscheid (1148m) in the Kelchsau are a real treat! There is the option to stay the night in Alpengasthof Wegscheid. Those who still have enough left in the tank can summon up all their energy and tackle the six hundred metres altitude to the New Bamberger Hütte (1761m). This is is a cosy and lovely hideaway for weary mountaineers. Thankfully luggage transport is available via the goods cable car, and the exceptionally cosy lodge along with the great food, make up for that final push from Gasthof Wegscheid to Bamberger Hütte.

Day Three (683 metres altitude):

There are plenty of summits around New Bamberger Hütte (1761m) to add spice to today's short route. The actual tour proceeds from the alpine lodge to the Nadernachjoch, from where you get to enjoy a breath-taking view to the Hohe Tauern. Along the exposed ridge you reach Kröndlhorn (2444m). There is a short climb to the highest point of the tour. Take care on the upper section of the descent to the Oberkaralm. Via the (closed) Gamskogelhütte (1109m) the route proceeds back out of the valley to Steinberghaus (878m).

Day Four (1154 metres altitude):

On the final day snow aficionados get to climb from the Steinberghaus (878m) to the Hinterkarscharte. Along the ridge you proceed on uphill and downhill sections to the Brechhorn (2032m). From there, to finish there is a really lovely direct descent to Oberlandhütte in Aschau (1006m), the starting point. It is up to you to research the lodge opening hours, snow conditions and risk of avalanche.

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