The first stage of the KAT Walk takes you into a fascinating world of old and beautiful farmhouses. From Hopfgarten to the southern Kelchsau tributary, farmhouses, mountain farms and houses, almost from a different period in time, await you on the 17.5 kilometre stage.
Detailed description of the trail
Mountains, farmhouses and tales: Hopfgarten - Kelchsau
From the "Hopfgarten Berglift" train station, walk a few metres on a path alongside the railway tracks in the direction of Wörgl. Follow the stairs down to the underpass, turning left immediately under the railway, then straight ahead over the bridge. Walk a short stretch along the road and at the yellow direction signpost for "Penningdörfl, 1h, 73" turn left across a field. The trail then leads into the forest.
At the Blaickenhof Farm (670m) turn right along the forest path continuing to the bridge and crossing over the "Schönbachtals" stream ( a short downhill passage). Now turn left and walk about 100m along the road following the signs for "Pennningdörfl" on a dirt road uphill through the Schönbachtal Valley.
On arrival at the first meadow, the trail leads across fields directly to the old heritage farms of Hinterlitzl's hamlet (765m). Continue along the forest path about 500 m slightly uphill, later on evening out into Penningdörfl (1h from Hopfgarten). Pass the old wooden houses, keep to the signs for "Markbachjoch, Feldalphorn" and walk along a short forest path, uphill, to just before a detached house ("Markbachjoch, Feldalphorn") where the path branches off and leads directly to the Schipfling hamlet (985m).
As soon as you reach the access road (Mittermoosenweg), turn left about 800m downhill as far as the "Innerpenningberg" road. Now turn right into the valley along the quiet road approximately 2 km, the last part of which is slightly downhill, to the "Innerpenningberg" (921m, ca. 1 ½h from Penningdörfl / village). Cross over the bridge here and follow the signs for "Haagalm".
A forest path with several bends and a steady ascent takes you through forest and Alpine pastures to the quaint "Haagalm" (1,320m, ca. 1h from the Innerpenningberg). After refreshments, a short distance uphill takes you to the highest point of the tour (1,338m) and then continue downwards to the unmanaged "Höhenbrandalm Farm" (1,299m). Now, in a series of bends along the forest path, through the small ski resort, the last piece with an asphalt surface, walk downhill to Kelchsau (about 1 ½ h from the "Haagalm").
Quality and comfort!
The KAT-Walk has competent Long-Distance Walking partners organised for your overnight stops. These establishments ensure you receive the best care, outstanding service, halfboard and luggage transport.
On the day of arrival (before the start of the first stage)
On the day of arrival, you have all the time in the world. Two of the partner companies of the KAT-Walk are available to you to assist in making the start of the first stage the following day as pleasant as possible:
Destination Stage 1: Kelchsau
At the end of the first day's stage, a delicious evening meal awaits you at the Gasthof Fuchswirt. You spend the night here and begin Stage 2. the following day.