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Geißhorn and Kemptner Köpfle

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  • Im Gemsteltal
    Im Gemsteltal
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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Mindelheimer Hütte Bushaltestelle Weiher Haltestelle Schwendle Geißhorn Hintere Gemstelhütte Innere Wiesalpe Obere Gemstelhütte Untere Wiesalpe
An impressive round trip from Bödmen via the Geißhorn and the Kemptner Köpfle back to Bödmen with breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains. If lucky you can watch some ibexes up close.
Distance 18.3 km
8:00 h
1,474 m
1,488 m
2,366 m
1,136 m
The tour starts in Gemstelboden directly at the Breitach at about 1200 m altitude. Along the beautiful Gemstelbach we walk steadily but not very steeply uphill. From the Hintere Gemstelhütte on the gradient increases. We follow the sharp bends through mountain pines and pass a spectacular gorge at the bottom of which the Gemstelbach is rushing. The few somewhat more critical points are secured with a rope. Afterwards, one enters a kind of plateau and the cultivated Obere Gemstelalpe at 1694 m. Not quite as steep as before and overlooking the Geißhorn we now climb the saddle in order to then start the summit attempt. The ascent to the summit requires some surefootedness: On the northern ridge, a gravel trail leads to the goal. After approximately 3.5 hrs from the start we reach the first summit of the day, the Geißhorn at 2366 m and are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains Liechelkopf, Angererkopf, Elfer and Zwölfer, the Lechquellengebirge and the Allgäu main ridge. Do not forget to keep an eye out for ibex – you are in the middle of their territory. After refreshments, we return to the saddle and without significant ups and downs we continue to the Mindelheimer Hütte which is worthwhile to stop by. From here, it is only a short climb to the second summit of the day: The Kemptner Köpfle (2191 m), whose last meters must be climbed in order to enjoy the wonderful view from the summit. From here we start the actual descent via the Kemptner Scharte (saddle). In a serpentines a narrow gravel path winds down into Wildental. Surefootedness required! From the cultivated Fluchtalpe a broad gravel path leads through the Wildental, from where you can either take a bus or walk back to Bödmen.
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Update: September 17, 2021
Highest point
2,366 m
Lowest point
1,136 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Innere Wiesalpe
Untere Wiesalpe
Mindelheimer Hütte
Obere Gemstelhütte
Bernhard's Gemstelalp
Hintere Gemstelhütte

Safety information

The tour is technically not very demanding, but requires quite some stamina due to its length. With several passages like the ascent to the Geißhorn or the descent via the Kemptner Scharte surefootedness is required.


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Tips and hints

How do you consciously experience nature?


Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:


Smart in NATURE

CONSCIOUS together

EXPERIENCE foresight


Smart in NATURE

Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.


Stay on paths and marked routes

If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.


Avoiding twilight times

Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.


Stay clean & take rubbish with you

It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation - please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.


On the natural toilet

If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.


On tour with a dog

Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.


CONSCIOUS to each other


Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation

Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.


Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape

Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.


EXPERIENCE farsighted


Safe on tour - for you and others

Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?


Mittelberg (1,174 m)
47.313342, 10.141092
47°18'48.0"N 10°08'27.9"E
32T 586243 5240617
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the parking lot "Weiher" through the Gemstelboden into the Gemsteltal. On path no. 444 follow the stream past Bernhards Gemstelhütte and Hintere Gemstelhütte to Obere Gemstelalp (1.5-2 hrs.). Here turn left and continue on Route 444 up to the saddle. Keep left to the summit trail (about 1.5-2 h.); the same way also leads back down to the saddle, from here follow the road 443/444 to the  left  towards the  Mindelheimer Hütte that is achieved fairly quickly; from here follow the signs to Kemptner Scharte and Fluchtalpe (approx. 2 hours). From here, over the Wildental along the Breitach back to Bödmen (1.5 hrs.).


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Public transport


Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the valley Mittelberg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Gemse or Weiher".

>>> 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 "Weiher" on the left side driving towards Baad (don't forget to pay!). More parking spaces (all paid) approx. 2 km down the road in the village Baad. 


47.313342, 10.141092
47°18'48.0"N 10°08'27.9"E
32T 586243 5240617
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Nature experience map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Kleinwalsertal tour map (with hiking guide), M 1:25.000 € 9,90, DAV hiking map, M 1:25.000 € 9,80; Available at the Walserhaus in Hirschegg


Sturdy shoes but no climbing equipment.

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Oliver Xy
October 12, 2020 · Community
Schöne Wandertour. Allerdings würde ich den (technischen) Anspruch als mittel bewerten. Für einen Tag mit Schnee genau richtig:-)
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When did you do this route? October 12, 2020
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Marcus Braun
September 16, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour mit grandiosem Aussicht. Bin die Tour wie empfohlen gewandert. Technisch nicht, aber konditionell sehr anspruchsvoll.
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When did you do this route? September 14, 2020
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Maik Uellner
October 27, 2019 · Community
Ich habe die Tour bei perfekten Herbstwetter gemacht. Die Tour bin ich allerdings anders herum gegangen, sodass man die Kemptner Scharte hoch geht und nicht herunter, was ich als neuling sicherer empfinde. Eingekehrt bin ich dann am der oberen Gemstelhütte unterhalb vom Widderstein. Insgesamt eine traumhafte Tour mit einem atemberaubenden Fernblick über das ganze Allgäu vom Geißhorn aus. Um 8 Uhr gestartet habe ich inkl. Pausen bis 18:00 ungefähr 10 Stunden für die Tour gebraucht. Als Neuling schon Kräfteraubend aber unvergesslich.
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When did you do this route? October 26, 2019
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18.3 km
8:00 h
1,474 m
1,488 m
Highest point
2,366 m
Lowest point
1,136 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Summit route Flora and fauna Exposed sections Secured passages Ridge traverse


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