Stage 2: From Kelchsau to the Windau Valley

Listening to stories - enroute to the mountain dialect poet

The second stage of the KAT Walk takes you into a world away from any civilization. Narrow paths, great views and insights into an almost untouched nature with a fantastic 360° panorama await you. With a little bit of luck you may even meet the famous dialect poet, Sepp Kahn, on the "Unteren Lärchenbergalm Farm" - he enjoys talking about his life as a mountain dairy farmer.

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Facts about Stage 2

Start Raiffeisen Bank Kelchsau Destination Gasthaus Steinberg / Windau Valley
Distance 15.5 Km Duration on foot approx. 6 hours
Uphill approx. 1,200 m Downhill approx. 1,100m
Level medium / difficult Highest Point 1,925 m

Characteristics of the trail

Detailed description of the trail

On the trail of the dialect poet; Kelchsau - Steinberghaus

The stage begins in the centre of Kelchsau at the Raiffeisen Bank. Follow the signpost "Lodron, 3 ½ h, Wegnummer 79“ (route number). A paved road leads uphill to the Kelchsauer Ache. Cross over the bridge and continue uphill around three bends until you arrive at three farm buildings at approximately 1,090m altitude and where the paved road comes to an end.

Keep to the left-hand side on an uphill trail that leads into the forest. The path runs along a ridge (always looking out for the red/white/red ground markings and the signs for "Lodron"). The trail continues for a short distance through a clear-cutting at the end of which you arrive at a forest road (1,275m).

Stay on the right-hand side of this forest road ("Lodron, Wegnummer 79"), past the "Vorder- and Hinterölbankalm" until after about three kilometres when you arrive at the "Untere Lodronalm" (1,486m). Now another short stretch with two bends on the forest road until a trail in the direction of "Lodron, Ramkarkopf" branches off to the left.

Walking through forest interspersed pastures and then through open pasture land, you arrive directly at the Lodron farm (approx. 1,700m). Shortly before the farm buildings, you walk to the right along the trail to Lodronjoch (1,914m). On this section it is important to observe the red/white/red ground markings carefully (some are painted on stones while others on wooden stakes). Due to the many cattle paths, it is often difficult to distinguish the course of the path.

From Lodronjoch (a ridge) it is just a short walk to the summit with the distinctive cross (1,923m). Returning the same way to the Lodronjoch, follow the signs for "Westendorf" for a short stretch uphill along the mountain ridge. The trail then branches off to the left ("Lärchenbergalm") running alongside a pasture fence for a short stretch downhill and then to the right back onto open pastures again.

Here again, it is important to pay attention to the ground markings. After a short time, you reach the Oberkaralm (approx. 1,700m). At this point, turn left through a small ditch ("Steinberghaus, 79") and staying at the same level follow the trail to the next signpost "Lärchenbergalm, Steinberghaus".

Now continue steadily downhill through the Alpine pastures as far as the "Unteren Lärchenbergalm" (approx. 1,480m). Pass between the farm buildings and continue left on the path which soon leads into the forest. On arrival at the forest road, follow this uphill around two bends, then shortly after the "Wallernalm" (1,160m) the road branches off to the left (Steinberghaus).

Follow this road which leads downhill, partially through the woods, the last 500m of which are on a forest road leading directly to the Steinberghaus.

View points

The highlights of the day's stage

Just below the Lodronalm, the view appears for the first time of the glacier-covered summit of the Hohe Tauern.
On the Lodon summit there is a fantastic panoramic view: Hohe Tauern, "Kurzer and Langer Grund" (the valley crossing between Pinzgau and Zillertal), Rofan mountains, Guffert Spitz, Mangfall and Sonnwend mountains, Hohe Salve, Wilder Kaiser and the renowned Big Rettenstein.

Food & Beverage opportunities

Take enough provisions for the tour with you! Almost all the mountain farms are uninhabited. If Sepp Kahn, the mountain farmer, should happen to be at the "Unteren Lärchenbergalm Farm", you can get typical mountain snacks here.

Gasthaus Steinberg

On arrival at this stage's destination you will be personally spoiled with regional delicacies from the boss himself.
Specialities including the Brixental Valley's mountain farm pigs, ragout from the Windau's venison or river trout on a bed of blended root vegetables are only a sample of the seasonally adapted menu.

Overnight stops

Between the Hiking Seal of Approval and the Brixen Valley KochArt

This stage's destination is the Gasthaus Steinberg in the Windau Valley, Westendorf. As one of the certified hiking businesses and as a member of the Brixentaler KochArt , the boss knows how to spoil his guests. This is exactly the right destination after the day's stage.
* On this stage the Gasthaus Steinberg is the only option for an overnight stop!

Arrival & Departure

Arrival in Kelchsau

From St. Ulrich at the Pillersee - St. Johann in Tyrol - Kitzbühel - Kirchberg in Tyrol to the "Hopfgarten Berglift" train station in Hopfgarten. From here, approximately 10 minutes with the public bus "Postbus" to the bus stop "Kelchsau - Dorfwirt" where the official start of the stage 1 begins.
Timetable is available on

Departure from Gasthaus Steinberg

There is no public transport available from the Gasthaus Steinberg to the nearest village, Westendorf. Please use the local taxi companies.

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