Climbing and via ferrata routes
Between the Kaiser and Chiemgau Alps
Via ferratas Kletterarena Ottenalm
The climbing arena set up in 2011 by 'Bergkameradschaft Walchsee' provides three via ferrata routes with good rock faces. The 70 to 300 metre routes are rated D/E and have difficult sections, some of which include over-hanging sections. The Bergkameraden via ferrata route does therefore require a good level of fitness, and provides superb views as a reward. The Ottenalm-Direttissima proceeds vertically and is the most difficult of the three routes. Steel cables throughout and two suspension bridges secure two routes, neither of which has an emergency exit point. From a rope bridge which goes over a gorge – appropriately called the "Schluchtenscheißerl" – climbers get to enjoy an unobstructed view to the natural landmark, Hochmoor Schwemm. For beginners the circuit of Lake Walchsee (C) is an ideal practice via ferrata route, and it does not go up to the summit ridge.
The descent from the Bergkameraden via ferrata and from the Ottenalm Direttissima heads via the Harauer Spitze ridgeway.
Full via ferrata equipment, including helmet, is required for all three routes and a safety rope is recommended for children and beginners. The climbing arena can be used free of charge and is open from Easter through to 1st November. The best way to get to the cosy Ottenalm is from Lake Walchsee, which takes 40 minutes to hike, or you could go by mountain bike.
Reit im Winkl via ferrata route
The "Hausbachfall" via ferrata route (C) has been in Reit im Winkl since 2012 - a lovely little via ferrata route along a waterfall (wet!). Car parking available at the 'Festsaal' hall in Reit im Winkl. From here, it is around 15 minutes to the Hausbachfall via ferrata route. The entrance is located after a bridge, up from the church in Grünbühel, above the nature-barefoot park.
Ascent: 15 minutes
Walking time: 75 minutes
Altitude difference: 170 metres
Length: 400 metres
Difficulty level: C
Sebi climbing garden
The south-facing "Ludwig Steub" climbing garden in the town of Sebi in Niederndorf is easy to get to and ideal for getting accustomed to the rocks after the indoor season. With the Kaiserwinkl Card you get to enjoy free travel on Regiobus 4030 at the designated season times, between Kössen and Lake Walchsee to the stop in Sebi.
Path to the Pyramidenspitze
Alpine tour to the Pyramidenspitze (1997m), the second highest summit in the Zahmer Kaiser mountain range: this challenging climb proceeds from Lake Walchsee through the Winkelkar and along a secured path to the summit. Surefootedness, a head for heights and a helmet are recommended.
Pyramidenspitze - Vorderkaiserfelden
Alpine climbing in the Wilder Kaiser
From the town of Schwendt in Kaiserwinkl drive the 6 kilometres or take the Regiobus 4000 to the entrance of the Kaiserbach Valley. This is where the toll road begins, heading to the Griesneralm. From there it is a two hour climb to Stripsenjoch. On this saddle between the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser mountains, the access areas to the many legendary Alpine climbing areas starts, such as the Totenköpfl and the Fleischbank.
Hire via ferrata sets