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Alpine lodge hike - 3 days in the Kaiser mountains

The Kaiser mountains are the best known and the most impressive mountain massif in the Kitzbüheler Alpen and also in Tyrol. During this three-day circuit tour from alpine lodge to alpine lodge you hike the Wilder Kaiser from all sides and in so doing, learn about its little brother, the 'Nieder Kaiser'. The alpine lodges are all open from the end of May and the multi-day hike can also be tackled from the opposite direction.

Facts: 3 days with 2 overnight stays

day Metres altitude uphill Metres altitude downhill Overnight stay
1. + 650m altitude - 650m altitude Römerhof (711m)
2. + 1600m altitude - 700m altitude Stripsenjochhaus (1650m)
3. + 400m altitude - 1300m altitude
Total altitude: + 2650m altitude/ - 2650m altitude Interesting facts about the tour: Time: from around the end of May until mid-October Difficulty level: Technical requirements: moderate, Gildensteig and Maiklsteig: difficult! Fitness requirements: moderate to difficult (in particular on day two) Map: "Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol" hiking map Mayr publishers (1:25.000), EUR 6,50, available in the local tourist office. The alpine lodges are open from around the end of My and the tour can be tackled from the opposite direction.
Majestätischer Wilder Kaiser

Tour outline - DAY 1

This three-day circuit tour from alpine lodge to alpine lodge begins in the little hamlet of Griesenau (705m) near St. Johann in Tyrol. From Gasthof Grisenau you hike in a southerly direction in a wonderful mini valley and get to the Kramerhof via the Grandneralm. From there the route proceeds via the picturesque Metzgeralm to the Nieder Kaiser ridge, from where you can, for the first time, enjoy the sensational view to the south: the Kitzbüheler Horn, Hahnenkamm and the Hohe Tauern, including the Großglockner, form a guard of honour! When you tear yourself away from the panorama, you proceed in an easterly direction, always proceeding along the ridge via Gmailkapelle and the Maria Blut hermitage into the valley. You are now hiking at the foot of the Nieder Kaiser in a westerly direction to your first overnight stay (Maurerhof, Hintergranderhof or Römerhof). Surefooted hikers can even descend via the Maiklsteig, which proceeds directly through the southern wall.

Tour outline - DAY 2

From your accommodation you proceed around 600 metres altitude up to the Granderalm. From there the route heads constantly up and down, along the picturesque front of the Wilder Kaiser via the Schleier waterfall and the 'Brennenden Palfen' to Gaudeamushütte, at which you have to descend some 309 metres altitude (alternative: Gruttenhütte). You really ought to get re-energise here, since there are now some really strenuous metres altitude which lie in front of you, to Ellmauer Tor, continuing to the 2058 metre Kopftörl. This highest point of the three-day hike provides a fantastic view into the core of the Kaiser mountain range. You still need a good hour for the descent from the summit to Stripsenjochhaus. Alternative: surefooted hikers who have a head for heights can ascend via the nicer route from the 'Brennenden Palfen' via the Gildensteig to Kleinen Törl and descend via the wild, romantic Griesner Kar to Stripsenjochhaus. The tiny Fritz-Pflaum-Hütte is sometimes open for business at the weekend.

Tour outline - DAY 3

Those who make a start very early get to experience the fantastic sunrise on the Stripsenkopf. Even if you don't manage this, the hike to the 1813 metre Feldberg is a real feast for the eyes; you have the impressive northern faces of the Kaiser mountain range constantly to your right; it is not for nothing that they bear such sonorous names like Fleischbank, Totenkirchl and Beichtstuhl. The descent follows along the level and is not too difficult to Scheibenbichlam and then in the forest to the starting point at Gasthof Griesenau.

Information and maps available at:

Kitzbüheler Alpen - St. Johann in Tyrol Oberndorf - Kirchdorf - Erpfendorf
0043 5352 63335 0

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