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4-day circular tour on touring skis through the Kitzbüheler Alpen

The highlights of this tour are not the views of the Hohe Tauern and the Wilder Kaiser. Nor is it the solitude and peacefulness, so close to Kitzbühel, the hub of skiing. It is the romantic climbs, the beautiful ridges and long downhill runs that make ski tourers' hearts leap for joy.

Tour description 4-day circular tour through the Kitzbüheler Alpen

Profile:Duration: 4 days (3 nights)Fitness requirement: mediumTechnical difficulty: mediumPeriod: end of January to End of April Map/ Orientation: Ski touring map Brixental (1:35.000) Facts:Day 1: + 1,029 m dia, - 1,157 m dia,B&B: Steinberghaus (878 m) Day 2:+ 1,950 m dia, - 1,067 m dia; B&B: Neue Bambergerhütte (1,761 m) Day 3:+ 683 m dia, - 1,566 m dia, B&B: Steinberghaus (878 m) Day 4:+ 1,154 m dia, - 1,026 m dia, Total:+ 4,816 m dia, - 4,816 m dia,

Day 1 (1,029 dia):

The journey to the starting place of this crossing of the Kitzbüheler Alpen leads via Kirchberg i.T. and Aschau to the large parking lot at the end of Spertental valley. Those arriving late can spend the first night in the Oberlandhütte (1,006m). This Alpine Association hut uses mainly regional produce as part of the "Taste of the Mountains" campaign. From the Oberlandhütte hut the route at first leads along a relatively flat section to the Unteren Grund all the way to the Labalm (1,263m). From here the route continues along scenic slopes up to the Gerstinger Joch (2,035m). The Grossvenediger, the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Wilder Kaiser vie for the attention of the beholder. The ascent leads down the Scheibenschlagalm to the Steinberghaus in the Windau (878m). Michael Grafl, as a member of the Brixentaler KochArt, cooks up a storm. His chamois schnitzel with plum sauce or pink saddle of deer on rosemary jus entice not only tourers to the Steinberghaus.

Day 2 (1,950 m dia):

From the Steinberghaus (878m) the ascent route lead quite straight up to the Steinberg (1,887m). From here it's along one of the most scenic ridges in the Eastern Alps across the Wiesboden (1,947m) and the Ramkarkopf (2,062m) up to the Steinbergstein (2,215m). The one-thousand meters in altitude to be conquered up to the Wegscheid Inn (1,148m) in the Kelchsau are sheer enjoyment! In the Wegscheid Alpine Inn, accommodation options are available. Those who still have some energy left can make the 600 m dia climb up to the New Bamberg Hut (1,761m). Here, too, tired climbing enthusiasts will find a place to lay their head for the night. Fortunately, your luggage can be transported up on the good cable car and the very comfortable hut and good food make up for the concluding extra stage from the Wegscheid Inn to the Bamberg Hut.

Day 3 (683 m dia):

Around the New Bamberg Hut (1,761m) you'll find enough peaks to spice up this short day. The actual tour leads from the hut up to the Nadernachjoch ridge, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Hohe Tauern. Following the exposed ridge will take you to the Kröndlhorn (2,444m). The highest point of the tour is reached with a short climb. When descending to the Oberkaralm, be extra careful on the upper section. Via the (closed) Gamskogel hut (1,109m) continue out of the valley to the already familiar Steinberghaus (878m).

Day 4 (1,154 m dia):

On the last day, snow fans climb from the Steinberghaus (878m) up to the Hinterkarscharte. Following the ridge, with some ups and downs, will take you to the Brechhorn (2,032m). From here the final section awaits with a very nice straight downhill run to the Oberland hut in Aschau (1,006m), the starting point. Prior research as to opening times of the huts, snow conditions and avalanche risk is to be made at tourers' own responsibility.

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