Guidebook

The Ultimate Guide to Austria's Wildest National Park

A selection of the biggest biking, hiking, skiing and mountaineering adventures in the Karwendel National Park!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With a west-east bike traverse of the range, a south-north ski crossing of it and 2 big adventures on foot into its central ridge line, this guidebook is a great introduction to the wonders of the Karwendel National Park.

Nestled just behind Innsbruck and not far south of Munich, you'd imagine that the Karwendel would be a busy place, overrun with tourists, but nothing could be further from the truth - the Karwendel is utterly wild and must surely rank as one of Europe's most barren mountain ranges. The peaks are high and rocky, the valleys deep and cold, and the few mountain huts which dot the range are remote and rugged. All in all, the Karwendel is a pretty exciting place to explore, and your efforts in doing so will be handsomely rewarded.

The Karwendel combines epic views with total wilderness - there aren't many places in western Europe which feel as remote and untouched as the peaks you'll pass through in the process of ticking these routes, and whether you choose to pass through them on foot, bike or ski - this guidebook has you covered!

Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 1 - Hafelekar to the Hallerangerhaus
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 1 - Hafelekar to the Hallerangerhaus

Innsbruck
6 - 7 hrs
12.0 km
1,418 m
1,942 m
49 °
The first half of a magnificent 2 day ski journey
Severe
Private
Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 2 - Hallerangerhaus to Hinterriß via the Birkkarspitze
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 2 - Hallerangerhaus to Hinterriß via the Birkkarspitze

1 day +
30.4 km
1,803 m
2,636 m
35 °
Crossing the Karwendel via its highest peak, this is an epic ski touring adventure by any standards.
Severe
Private
Scharnitz to Roßloch via the Kastenalm
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Scharnitz to Roßloch via the Kastenalm

36.1 km
713 m
713 m
A long and scenic ride into one of the most remote valleys in Austria
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Karl Schuster Bivouac Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Karl Schuster Bivouac Hut

2 - 3 hrs
3.9 km
1,068 m
0 m
A tough grind with an epic reward!
Difficult
Private
Laliderer Spitze and Dreizinkenspitze
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Laliderer Spitze and Dreizinkenspitze

5.9 km
137 m
2 gorgeous peaks deep in the Karwendel National Park.
Moderate
Private
Scharnitz to Jenbach via the Achensee
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Scharnitz to Jenbach via the Achensee

69.1 km
2,028 m
2,454 m
A huge ride traversing one of Europe's wildest National Parks.
Difficult
Private
Bettelwurf Hut and Lafatscher Joch.
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bettelwurf Hut and Lafatscher Joch.

Innsbruck
5 - 6 hrs
17.6 km
1,510 m
1,500 m
A big day out through some of the finest scenery in Austria.
Severe
Private