First you will walk to the district of Hinterkaiser in St. Johann in Tirol, past the impressive farmyards of the Lower Inntal valley with impressive views of the Wilder Kaiser and Niederkaiserkamm ridge. Once at the Landcafé Hinterkaiser, the walk leads to the Maria Blut hermitage (approx. 45 mins) – this magnificent spot has been inhabited by hermits for over 300 years. The narrow trail then leads up to the Gmailkapelle chapel (approx. 1 h 15 mins) – a high baroque chapel built into a cliff wall above St. Johann in Tirol. The walk then leads on to the Niederkaiserkamm ridge. You will walk along the ridge through a beautiful mixed forest with impressive views of the Leukental valley. The first stage will take you along a narrow path down to Gasteig, past the Metzger- und Bacheralm (approx. 3 h 30 mins). When the dairymaid of the Bacheralm is not out in nature searching for the best herbs for her tinctures and juices, she is cooking up refreshments for her guests. After a short descent, you will come to the valley on the edge of the hamlet of Gasteig. At the BBQ point by the Hotel Gut Kramerhof, you will turn off into a narrow side valley. A forest trail with a short steep ascent will take you into a fairy-tale forest (approx. 5 h 30 mins). First follow the signs for ‘Federboden Rundweg – Griesenau’ then at the next fork in the path, keep to the right and continue on towards ‘Griesenau’. An enchanted landscape then opens up far away from the hustle and bustle and sounds of civilisation. An ascent through the wood will take you straight to the Alpine region with direct views of the Wilder Kaiser. From here, it is an approx. half an hour walk to the district of Griesenau – the destination of the first stage.
Once at the Niederkaiserkamm ridge, before walking down to Gasteig, it is worth taking a detour to the Ursulakreuz cross, an additional approx. 20 minute walk away.
Bärnstetten St. Johann in Tirol