Stage 3: From the Windau Valley to Aschau in the Spertental Valley

Enjoying delicacies - culinarily enroute to the "Almrosen Lake"

The third stage of the KAT-Walk gives you lots of space and time to enjoy the feeling of absolute freedom. The impressive "Almrosen Lake" (also known as the Alpenrosen Lake - the Alpine Rose Lake), set in the picturesque, gentle rolling grassy mountains, with culinary delights await the long-distance walkers on this 19 km stage of the trail.
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Facts about Stage 3

Start Gasthaus Steinberg / Windau Valley Destination Aschau / Spertental
Distance 19 km Duration on foot approx. 6.5 hours
Uphill approx. 1,050 m Downhill approx. 900 m
Level medium / difficult Highest Point 1,829 m

Characteristics of the trail

Detailed description of the trail

The tour of culinary delights and Alpine roses: Steinberghaus – Aschau

Walk a good kilometre from Steinberghaus into the valley. Then left over the bridge in the direction of the Scheibenschlag Alm/Hintenkarscharte. The route continues uphill in a series of bends, alternating between forest and Alpine pastures as far as the Scheibenschlag Niederalm (1,446m, 1¾ hours from Steinberghaus).

Then branch off to the right along a steeper dirt road (“Scheibenschlag Hochalm, Gerstinger Joch”). The Scheibenschlag Hochalm lies in a wide graben/trench where the rough road also comes to an end. The next part of the climb is difficult to find due to the many cattle paths. It begins directly behind the farm and leads through Alpine roses always several metres above the trench.

Pay attention to the ground markings! About 300 m after the farm, the track branches off to the left, uphill, and you arrive on a flat ridge with a distant visible sign. From here, it is only a few hundred metres to the distinctively indented Hintenkarscharte (1,829m, 3½ hours from Steinberghaus)

On the other side, hike along a rather gentle downhill trail, past a small bog, to the Hintenkar Hochalm (the higher pastures, 1,722m). Then along the track to the Hintenkar Niederalm (the lower pastures, 1,546m). Instead of walking further down the valley at the junction below the farm, walk a short distnce in the direction of the Haglangeralm to the stream. This you cross over and change onto the little path which runs parallel to the meadow path, leading out of the valley.

Remaining on this path, make a short ascent through a beautiful mixed forest before you arrive at the uninhabited Haglangeralm farm. Then a further short ascent along the forest track until you branch off to the left on a meadow path towards the Labalm, completing numerous serpentine bends to the Labalm (1,263m, 1½ hours from the Hintenkarscharte).

After a drop-in for refreshments, walk a short distance to the valley floor and along the river to Aschau (1,013m, 1½ from the Labalm).

View points

The highlights of the day's stage

There's a fabulous view from the Scheibenschlag Niederalm of the Brixental Valley and of the Hohe Salve. Behind, you can see the Inn mountains and the Sonnwend mountains.

A little below the Hintenkarscharte, you can get your first view of the Wilder Kaiser. On the Scharte itself, the view opens up displaying the distinctive rocky summit of the Big Rettenstein, and to the right of it the Hohe Tauern glacier peeping out in front. There's a panoramic view from Aschau to the Wilder Kaiser.

Food & Beverage opportunities

Sufficient provisions and drinks should be brought along on this stage as the opportunity to drop-in to a mountain lodge is relatively late.

Alpengasthof Labalm

The Labalm's hosts are well-known for their exceptional culinary skills and are members of "Brixentaler Kochart".
A particular speciality is the "Knödel-Dreierlei" or "Dumpling-Trio" consisting of spinach, cheese and smoked bacon.


There is also a cheese-making dairy here at this snack bar. Daily guided tours followed by cheese tasting.

Overnight stops

In comfort on the KAT-Walk

As competent Long-Distance Walking partners of the KAT Walk, you are assured of the best service, half-board accommodation, luggage transport and overnight possibilities in the following establishments:

* Please note: the mountain inn "The Labalm" is shortly before the end of this stage. If you choose to overnight here, the unfinished section of the stage will be completed the following day, thus lengthening the next day's stage!

Arrival & Departure

Arrival at the Gasthaus Steinberg / Windau Valley

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

Departure from Aschau

From Aschau to the train station in Kirchberg inTyrol by public bus.
From here by train in the direction Kitzbühel - St. Johann in Tyrol - St. Ulrich at the Pillersee or alternatively to Hopfgarten
Timetable available on

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