Via ferratas in the Karwendel & Rofan
Are you sure-footed and unafraid of heights but don’t fancy complicated knots or rope manoeuvres? Try one of the region’s secured via ferratas. Steps, iron ladders and steel cables are the distinctive features of a via ferrata. Some routes even have suspension bridges, overhangs, or rock tunnels. Via ferratas are divided into difficulty levels A (moderate) to E (extremely difficult). The easier routes are also suitable for people without climbing experience but require excellent mountain hiking skills. In addition, proper climbing equipment, sure-footedness, and a head for heights are essential for this adventure.
Unique at Lake Achensee: The 5-summit via ferrata
The 5-summit via ferrata in the Rofan mountains is a special highlight for climbers. At two kilometres long, it is one the longest via ferratas of the Alps, featuring sections of steep via ferrata and scenic hiking. The route leads to the peaks of the Haidachstellwand (2.192m), Rosskopf (2.246m), Seekarlspitze (2.261m), Spieljoch (2.236m) and Hochiss (2.299m). It is divided into five sections at different grade levels, allowing everyone to choose their preferred route with or without a summit victory. Beginners can tackle the via ferrata in individual stages and/or leave it at any time. Accomplished climbers complete the entire route in one day.
Via ferrata Christlumsiedlung
The via ferrata Christlumsiedlung in Achenkirch is a perfect training area in the valley. Whether you are new to the sport or looking to practice and hone your skills, the via ferrata offers various difficulty levels that suit all ages. It’s easy to get to with car parking facilities nearby and has only a short approach.
Family-friendly via ferrata Felix & Charlotte
The short via ferrata near the top station of the Rofan cable car was designed with families and beginners in mind. Located a little below the Erfurter Hütte (1,834m), the route runs over stepped terrain and can be finished in 15 to 30 minutes – perfect as a practice course for first timers or as training terrain to prepare for longer routes.
High above the waterfall
One of the most scenic via ferratas runs level to the crest of the Dalfaz waterfall and affords fantastic views. Advanced via ferrata climbers will enjoy this very demanding one-hour course. The access point is the marked hiking trail behind the Kinderhotel Buchau.
Brudertunnel via ferrata: Exit through a hole and tunnel in the rock face
The “Brudertunnel“, one of Tirol’s first via ferratas, is an amazing tunnel via ferrata with an impressive passage through a rock cave. If you combine it with a summit tour to the Lamsenspitze (2,508m), you can look forward to a special mountain experience in the Karwendel that is guaranteed to give you an extra dose of happiness.
Depending on your mountain experience, you can tackle the via ferratas at Lake Achensee on your own. If you prefer exploring the mountains with an expert, you can hire a local guide.