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Gamsängsteig trail


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1:30 h

2344 m

400 m

2.0 km




Ellmauer Halt, Ellmau (2,344 m)

Tour description

The approach to the entrance leads from the Wochenbrunner Alm via the Gruttenhütte mountain hut and takes around 2 hours 15 minutes.

The Gamsängsteig trail leads up to the highest summit in the Wilder Kaiser region, the Ellmauer Halt. This challenging mountain path is secured with ropes in certain sections, fitted with stirrups and features climbing sections of difficulty level 1. The overall level of physical fitness required to climb to the Ellmauer Halt summit should not be underestimated: climbers must be able to deal with an elevation gain of around 1,260 metres leading up from the Wochenbrunner Alm car park. Heading from the Gruttenhütte mountain hut, you walk along the well-marked trail 813 into a large rocky section (Hochgrubach cirque) and below the Ellmauer Halt summit. You will then arrive at the entrance to the Gamsängsteig trail. Passing via a series of ledges (known as the “Gamsänger”), some of which are exposed, climb until you reach the Jägerwandtreppe steps that feature more than 70 stirrups. Continue through a blocky landscape until you reach the Babenstuber Hütte mountain hut (emergency bivouac) and the summit. Enjoy the view from the highest point of the Kaisergebirge mountain range!

Surefootedness and above all a good head for heights are essential!
Recommended: HELMET, as well as a climbing harness and via ferrata set for inexperienced climbers.
A securing rope should also be used for children.


  • Summer/Autumn
  • The composition of the trail varies between paths and rocky passages, some with secured sections.
  • Rucksack, hiking/mountaineering boots, hiking gear (breathable), change of clothes, sun protection (sunglasses, sun cream, headgear), waterproofs (hardshell), cold protection (gloves and hat), water bottle, food for eating on the way, hiking poles if desired, first aid kit, plastic bag for waste, hiking map/route description (gpx track)Via ferrata set, climbing harness and helmet;
  • If you subsequently visit the Wochenbrunner Alm for a refreshment stop, you will have part of the toll refunded if you order something to eat.

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