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Skiing tour from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the top of Mount Wank

Ski Touring · Zugspitz Region
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    Photo: GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick vom Wank auf das Zugspitzgebiet
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Pause auf dem Wankgipfel
    Photo: Vivalpin
  • / Powdertag
    Photo: Vivalpin
  • / Blick vom Wankgipfel
    Photo: Vivalpin
m 2000 1500 1000 500 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Gipfelkreuz Wank Parkplatz an der Wankbahn Esterbergalm

As the ski lifts are no longer running at the mountain called Wank, this mountain is now perfect again for skiing tours. Moreover, it is perfect for anyone who loves to sleep in and who looks forward to stopping at an inn for a bite to eat.
moderate
16.2 km
4:45 h
1112 m
1112 m
In the summer, Mount Wank is one of the most popular mountains for excursions in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region. Its summit offers a view over the complete Wetterstein Mountain Range to one side and over an extensive part of the Alpine upland on the other side.

 

A few years ago, the ski lifts were closed. Thus, backcountry skiers can now enjoy Mount Wank as the perfect summit for backcountry skiing.

Thanks to the fact that the mountain huts Wankhaus and Esterbergalm are open year-round, you can take only the most necessary things in your backpack and stop in one of the huts for a bite to eat or a refreshment.

 

For a more detailed description of the tour, please refer to "PDF Print" above.

Author’s recommendation

Do not take too much food with you – you will have the possibility to stop at the Wankhaus or the Esterbergalm.

 

There are regular K2-backcountry skiing evenings up to the Drehmöser 9. For further information, please visit www.gapa.de.

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Author
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus
Updated: February 03, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Wank, 1775 m
Lowest point
Parkplatz Wankbahn, 731 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
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Safety information

Listen to the avalanche warnings! The weather and snow conditions might make it necessary to change your route.

 

Do not use the Frauenmahd for your downhill run!

You are going on the tour, both the ascent and skiing, at your own risk. Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus assumes no liability. Never walk or ski on prohibited slopes. Observe the local information and route descriptions. Slopes in the skiing resorts are closed when snow groomers are operating with cable winches. As this presents the possibility of serious injury or death!

Equipment

Backcountry skiing equipment with an avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and avalanche probe

 

Tips, hints and links

http://www.gapa.de

http://www.lawinenwarndienst-bayern.de

http://www.becker-stoll.de/ für das Wank-Haus

 

http://www.franziskaner-garmisch-partenkirchen.de/ für die Esterbergalm

Start

The tour starts at the base terminal of the Wankbahn cable cars (731 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.505850, 11.107620
UTM
32T 658711 5263532

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the parking lot of the Wankbahn cable cars and leads you on the asphalted road to the Kletterwald parking site. You will then continue on the broad forestry road and past the Daxkapelle chapel. The signs “W1” will point you to the steep way to the Esterbergalm. After having passed the mountain saddle of the Esterberg, turn right and follow the sign "Frauenmahd". When you have reached the top, the way continues on the west side of the Ameisenberg and up to the summit of Mount Wank. Now, ski downhill in the southeast direction in the former skiing area of the Esterbergalm. Continue skiing downhill on the forestry road that leads to the parking area at the Wankbahn. The northern slopes of the former skiing area are really great! We highly recommend you to avoid skiing downhill on the Frauenmahd.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (hourly connection from München (Munich) Hbf (MS). There are also regular trains that run from Innsbruck and Reutte). The local buses start at the station forecourt. Board the bus Route 3, 4 or 5 to the Wankbahn (departure every 20 minutes).

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 and state street B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and then follow the signs to the Partenkirchen part of the town. When you have passed the town sign, turn left and follow the sign to the Wankbahn.

If you are coming from Innsbruck/Mittenwald, use B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and continue in the direction of München (Munich). Turn right before the town limits, where signs show you the way to the Wankbahn.

If you are coming from Reutte/Ehrwald on B23 drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and follow the signs to Partenkirchen. When you reach the injunction at the town hall, turn left in the direction of München. You will see the signs to the Wankbahn before you reach the town limits.

Parking

Parking is available at the Wankbahn (P10).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pröttel, Michael: Skitouren für Langschläfer, J. Berg Verlag

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000) und die Karte „Sport & Wintergaudi“ erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus und unter www.gapa.de. Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000)


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.2 km
Duration
4:45h
Ascent
1112 m
Descent
1112 m
In and out Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available

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