Mountain tour

4 days hut-to-hut-tour through Kleinwalsertal

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  • Bärgunthütte
    / Bärgunthütte
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  • Fiderepasshütte
    / Fiderepasshütte
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  • / Blick auf den Mindelheimer Klettersteig
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  • / Bergpanorama um die Mindelheimer Hütte
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  • / Widdersteinhütte
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  • / Starzelalp unterhalb der Starzeljochs
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  • / Schwarzwasserhütte im Sommer
    Photo: Jörg Stein, DAV Sektion Böblingen
  • / Der Hohe Ifen mit der Alpe Ifersgunt
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  • / Gottesackerplateau
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen, Steffen Berschin
  • / Der Hohe Ifen mit dem typischen Schrattenkalk
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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 40 30 20 10 km Gottesacker-Plateau Fiderepasshütte Bärgunthütte (GenussHütte) Hoher Ifen Kanzelwand Alpe Ifersgunt Widdersteinhütte.
Four days circular hike for trained and persistent hikers across and around the most stunning peaks of Kleinwalsertal.
difficult
46.9 km
21:09 h
2468 m
3351 m

From hut to hut the tour takes you around and across the highest peaks in Kleinwalsertal. Each section has unique scenic highlights and is a mountain experience per se: the majestic peaks of the Allgäu Alps are right ahead of you when you hike between Kanzelwand and Mindelheimer hut. The highest peak of the Kleinwalsertal valley, Großer Widderstein, is close by at the highland trail between Gemsteltal and Bärgunttal. After that, the shaded Duratal give some great variety to the route, as well as the crossing of wide alpine meadows until you reach the barren Gottesacker plateau – for many, this is together with the Hoher Ifen the highlight of the last stage.

 

Huts:

Fiderepasshütte (DAV) 
Mindelheimer Hütte (DAV)
Widdersteinhütte (privat)
Schwarzwasserhütte (DAV)

Author’s recommendation

Make reservations for each of your hut stay as the beds are quickly filled during the holiday period.
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Updated: March 21, 2019
Difficulty
difficult
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Landscape
Highest point
2222 m
Lowest point
1019 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Widdersteinhütte.
Schwarzwasserhütte
Bärgunthut (Gourmet hut)
Fiderepasshütte
Hut Ifersgunt
Mindelheimer Hütte
Alpe Widderstein (Gourmet hut)

Safety information

Alpine experience as well as absolute sure-footedness and a head for heights required! Cross the Gottesacker Plateau only in good visibility - danger of getting lost in fog!

Emergency Numbers  EMERGENCY: 
140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide 
144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg 
112 Euro-Emergencies (works with every mobile network)       
www.vorarlberg.travel/sicherheitstipps

Tips, hints and links

Hiking trails, huts and attractions can also be found in the nature adventure map, which can be purchased at the tourist office in Hirschegg.

Start

Riezlern (1949 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.337800, 10.201394
DMS
47°20'16.1"N 10°12'05.0"E
UTM
32T 590758 5243403
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Destination

Riezlern

Turn-by-turn directions

1st day – medium mountain hike (2,5 to 3 resp. 4 to 5 hours):

The first big climb can easily be overcome with the Kanzelwandbahn (paid). From the mountain station, you first reach the Kanzelwand summit (2058 m), then over the German mountain flank with an extensive descent and ascent to Fiderepass hut (2070 m). Overnight on the DAV hut.

 

2nd day – medium mountain hike (6 to 7 hours):

First a gravel road up to the Fiderepass gap, there you find partly rope belay. Rocky, initially descent downhill over the so-called Saubuckel towards Taufersberg alp. From here you can walk along the Krumbach high path below the climbing route through rocky terrain to the Mindelheimer hut (2013 m), which only requires a moderate ascent. From the hut continue along the high path across the Geisshorn ridge (1982 m) and the Gemstel pass (1971 m). The only noteworthy ascent (200 hm) is just below the Geisshorn. Gentle walk to Widderstein hut (2009 m).

 

3rd day – medium mountain hike (6 to 7 hours):

Partly very steep descent over the Hochalppass to Bärgunttal. Approximately 45 min. after the Bärgunt hut, you reach Baad (1244 m). In Baad, turn north to Duratal. The path leads you first through shady forests, then rocky terrain over the Starzelalp (1678 m) to the Starzel ridge, then to the Ochsenhofer gap (1850 m). From here descent to Schwarzwasser hut (1620 m).

 

4th day – medium mountain hike with difficult points (6 to 7 hours):

On the Eugen-Köhler-Weg, you cross the Ifersgunt alp up to the Ifen plateau (rope belays on the rock slabs). From the summit of the Hohen Ifen (2229 m) you leave the plateau in the eastern direction with a rocky descent through the Ifen wall. Cross the scree material in the direction of the Hahnenköpfle (do not descent on the serpentine path). Past the mountain station of the Ifen II cable car (2020 m), the path over the Gottesacker begins - here it is absolutely necessary to observe the land markings and cross only with good visibility. Climb over the rugged platelets to the ruines of the Upper Gottesackeralpe (1835 m). Turn right here in the direction of Wäldele / Hirschegg. Descent through the "Gottesacker hole" and the Kürenwald. In Waldele with Walserbus to Riezlern or on foot along the Schwarzwasser brook. Caution: no refreshment facilities and water supply between Ifersgunt alp and Wäldele - Bergstation Hahnenköpfle is not open in summer!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Leave the car where it is!

Line 1 takes you to the village Riezlern. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Kanzelwand". 

>>> Timetable Walserbus

Getting there

Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.

Parking

A parking area (fee required) is located directly at the starting point.

 

Coordinates

DD
47.337800, 10.201394
DMS
47°20'16.1"N 10°12'05.0"E
UTM
32T 590758 5243403
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking poles. Sufficient drinking vessels and daily provisions for longer passages without refreshment stops. Rainproof clothing and head covering.

Questions & Answers

Question about Ethan Major · August 02, 2019 · Community
In the description it states about robe belays on path yet no where else are rope belays is said to be needed, such as equipment and safety. I'm just wondering if to complete this route do you need rope belays?
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Reviews

5.0
(3)
Theo Hendriks
August 04, 2020 · Community
We highly recommend this hike to others! The views are amazing and the huts great! Day one was a bit short for us and can be extended going up via an other cablecar more in the direction of germany, or by sleeping in the Mindelheimhuette. Day two (Fiderefasshuette - Widdersteinhuette) is doable in one day and probably the day with the best views in the different valleys. The Mindelheimhuette is a good place for lunch and/or a stayover. We absolutely enjoyed our stay in the Widdersteinhuette. It is a small hut with amazing views, with a good cosy vibe and a great host and lots of games. On day 3, the hike down to Baad is great and relatively easy. If it rains we expect a bit more difficulty on the partly sandy road. Going up to the Schwarzwasserhuette was steep, and although in the forest, tiring in the summer sun. The last hut is also a great place with a nice terras where you overlook the mountains and hear the nearby cows clingle. The first part of the last day is a great, easy hike through the hills. The part that goes up scared us a bit. It is very steep and you have to use the cables to climb up. We would not do that again but others went up easier. We were happy that we could get water in the toilet of the cable car station. The hike over the plateau was harder than we expected because you have to look where you go. The last day took us 9 hours almost without stopping (the other days we were mostly an 1/2 - 1 hour faster than indicated). We suggest considering going down from the top of the cable car after viewing the special structure of the plateau.
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mareike khokale
September 19, 2019 · Community
wir sind die Tour mit Hund gelaufen. in der Schwarzwasser Hütte sind Hunde willkommen. Für alle anderen Hütten hatten wir ein Zelt dabei. Gut ausgeschilderte, anspruchsvolle Tour. Landschaftlichsehr abwechslungsreich. Langer, sehr anstrengender Abstieg über den Gottesacker nach Wäldele.
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Done at September 16, 2019
Photo: mareike khokale, Community
Huggy Wanderstiefel
July 16, 2018 · Community
War eine sehr geile Tour, ich habe Sie auf 5 Tage erweitert und bin zwei Tage in der Schwarzwasserhütte geblieben, von dort aus habe ich schöne Spaziergänge gemacht. Ich kann die Tour sehr empfehlen! Tipp: Parken kostet 6 Euro an der Liftstation.
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Done at July 08, 2018

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
46.9 km
Duration
21:09h
Ascent
2468 m
Descent
3351 m
Public transport friendly Loop Cableway ascent/descent Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Summit route Secured passages Exposed sections Scrambling required Ridge traverse

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