The Kaiser mountains are the best known and most impressive mountain massif in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. This challenging 3-day tour, for surefooted mountain hikers, is rewarding thanks to the fantastic views around the Wilder Kaiser.
Feldberg - Stripsenjoch - Ellmauer Tor - Niederkaiser
Metres altitude uphill
Metres altitude downhill
approx. 5.5 hours
approx. 6 hours
approx. 4.5 hours
Total metres altitude:
+ 2460m / - 2430m
Interesting facts about the tour Dates: from around the end of May until mid-October Difficulty level: Technical challenge: moderate to difficult Fitness required: moderate to high Map: 'Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol' hiking map Verlag Mayr (1:25.000), € 6,50, available in the local tourist office
The alpine lodges are open from around the end of May and the tour can also be tackled from the opposite direction. Take plenty of food and drink with you. Opportunity to stop for refreshments only available at Stripsenjochhaus and Gaudeamushütte.
At the car park before the toll road to Kaiserbachtal you hike for around a kilometre into the valley, until you take a right turn-off on the alpine trail to Oberen Scheibenbühelalm. The route can be shortened on several occasions by using the footpath. Just before Unteren Scheibenbühelalm (1280m) the open alpine pastures provide initial views to the gigantic rocky backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser. After the Oberen Scheibenbühelalm a narrow path proceeds along the long ridge of the Scheibenbühelberg (1613m) up to Feldberg (1813m). Some rocky points are secured with steel cables. After a rest on the summit and enjoying the superb view to the peaks along the ridge, the route then ascends continually to the Stripsenkopf and its viewing area (1807m). Take the path down to the finish for the first stage, Stripsenjochhaus.
Course gravel and stones on the alpine path mean absolute surefootedness is required. Due to possible falling rocks a helmet is recommended and the path should only be tackled when the conditions are dry. From Stripsenjochhaus it is a few metres altitude down via the Wildanger to the start of the Eggersteig. This is where the most difficult, yet most impressive, section of this multi-day tour begins. The narrow rock band proceeds below the Fleischbank to the Steinern Rinne. Meandering in a lot of serpentines, in part secured with steel cables, the path meanders up the steep precipice to Ellmauer Tor (2006m). En route there are impressive views to the Predigtstuhl and to the Fleischbank. Enjoy a well-deserved break at Ellmauer Tor before proceeding across rocks, then loose scree, finally on the last section via an alpine path down to Gaudeamushütte. Variant: those who want to tackle even more rocks and an easy - yet not to be underestimated - summit in the Kaiser mountains, can climb Hintere Goinger Halt (2192m) from from Ellmauer Tor. Ascent around 50 minutes, sure-footedness, short sections of climbing.
From Gaudeamushütte the route proceeds in hair-pin bends, through a light-suffused forest, via alpine pastures and through fields of mountain pines to the Bergsteigergrab on Baumgartenköpfl (1572m). The little 'summit' opens up an expansive view to the Kitzbüheler Alpen and the impressive Rettenstein and Hohe Tauern. The route winds beneath the Ackerlhütte, along stony mountain pastures and then proceeds down to the little Stiegenbach waterfall. Along this precipice, the mountain trail heads up to the Schleier waterfall (1120m). The cliffs around the waterfall are very popular with extreme climbers. Crossing the Diebsöfen Höhle presents another little challenge. Via a leisurely forest trail you then reach Gasthof Rummlerhof. A nice variant is at Ackerlhütte: take the branch-off on the upper path to Granderalm. Just before the inn proceed via the 'Leiterl' (short metal ladder) to the Schleier waterfall.