Plan a route here Copy route
Hiking trail recommended route Stage 2

HOHE TAUERN PANORAMA TRAIL | Stage 02: Wildgerlos Tal | Hochkrimml-Königsleiten

Hiking trail · Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park · Open
Responsible for this content
Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail - Etappe 2 Wildgerlos Tal im Bild die Leitenkammerklamm
    Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail - Etappe 2 Wildgerlos Tal im Bild die Leitenkammerklamm
    Photo: Ferdinand Rieder
m 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Trissel Alm … Ausblick Staumauer Speicher Durlassboden BergGeistAlm Naturdenkmal Leitenkammerklamm Castello Königsleithen Seestüberl Gerlos Bärschlag Alm
On the trail of the element water in the Wildgerlostal valley 
Open
difficult
Distance 19.5 km
6:30 h
668 m
730 m
2,037 m
1,405 m
The second one-day stage of the trail is just under 20 kilometres long: the Leitenkammerklamm gorge and the Durlassboden reservoir. The impressive Leitenkammersteig climb is one of the most challenging parts of the trail, but it can be by passed via an alternative route. Thereare several places to stop for refreshmentsalong the way, such as the rustic Trisslalm inn in the Wildgerlostal valley. Another highlight of the day is the picturesque, turquoise Durlassboden reservoir ,which was completed in 1966, from here you continue to the day‘s destination in Königsleiten.

If weather conditions, such as snow at high altitudes during low season, or level of fitness do not permit stage 2 of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, then we recommend the following alternative route:

Alternativroute 02 Plattenkogel | Hochkrimml-Krimml

Profile picture of Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern GmbH
Author
Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern GmbH
Update: May 30, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,037 m
Lowest point
1,405 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Track types

Show elevation profile

Rest stops

Alpengasthof Filzstein
BergGeistAlm
Trissel Alm - gemütliche Einkehrmöglichkeit mit schönem Ausblick
Familienhotel Finkau
Bärschlag Alm
Seestüberl Gerlos
Castello Königsleithen

Safety information

Attention: The Leitenkammersteig is one of the most demanding sections of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail:

it is a moderately difficult mountain trail but requires solid surefootedness due to the rocky and sometimes steep terrain.

If weather conditions, such as snow at high altitudes during low season, or level of fitness do not permit stage 2 of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, then we recommend the following alternative route:

Alternativ route 02 Plattenkogel | Hochkrimml-Krimml

Tips and hints

Start

Hochkrimml (1,639 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.232964, 12.157952
DMS
47°13'58.7"N 12°09'28.6"E
UTM
33T 284879 5234971
w3w 
///skirting.scrabbled.linguistics
Show on Map

Destination

Königsleiten

Turn-by-turn directions

From Alpengasthof Filzstein you walk up the asphalt road for a few meters to a transverse asphalt road. Cross the asphalt road and follow the ski slope at the signpost "Plattenkogel" - crossing a gravel road a few times - up to the uppermost visible lift station just below the Plattenkogel (2.039 m), which you climb in a slight left curve.

You cross the summit, pass the summit station of the Plattenkogel-Express on your left and follow the very beautiful hiking trail down a ridge. At a fork, take the left path, climb up a few meters and then descend to the Breitscharte (1.925 m).

 

Now you choose the road, which at first is slightly ascending, straight ahead towards "Trisslalm/Leitenkammersteig". Later on, the road suddenly turns into a blocky climb - you are now on the Leitenkammersteig, which is one of the most challenging parts of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail. It is wonderfully wild and impressive but requires surefootedness, alpine experience and a certain amount of head for heights. At first you follow this trail barely descending over boulders and rocky alpine meadows, until after a while it leads steeply down through larch forests to the Trisslalm (1.583 m).

Tip: If you realize at the beginning of the rough terrain that you are not confident enough to do the passage, it still makes sense to turn back and take the alternative route.

 

From the Trisslalm, which, like the soon to follow Alpengasthof Finkau, offers an excellent place to stop for a bite to eat, follow the gravel road out of the valley towards Alpengasthof Finkau and cut off to the left again and again along hiking paths with viewing platforms that lead very close to the Leitenkammerklamm gorge. This deeply cut gorge with its ravines should not be missed! Down in the flat valley you follow the gravel road left along the valley bottom to the already visible Alpengasthof Finkau (1.420 m).

Past the guesthouse you walk along the asphalt road flat out of the valley until the road makes a sharp right turn just before the Durlaßboden reservoir. Continue straight on over the gravel road and then over the west bank of the reservoir to the Bärschlagalm. Now the gravel road narrows to a nice walking path which you follow further above the shore to the dam wall at the western end of the reservoir.

You cross the dam wall (on the other side there is a lunch station) and follow the wonderful footpath to the right along the north bank. This section leads you through several very beautiful mountain coves, which invite you to stay. At the end of the path you will reach an asphalt road which you follow to the left away from the reservoir. Pass the valley station of the Plattenkogel-Express to the old Gerlospass road and cross it.

Now the last part of your today's hike begins: Right on the other side of the road a hiking trail starts, which brings you to a small asphalt road. Follow that road to the left until you reach another road. Walk a few metres uphill to the right and you will reach your destination in the center of the village Königsleiten (1.567 m).

If weather conditions, such as snow at high altitudes during low season, or level of fitness do not permit stage 2 of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, then we recommend the following alternative route:

Alternativ route 02 Plattenkogel | Hochkrimml-Krimml

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The IC/EC train station is located in Zell am See. From there, the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, a narrow-gauge railroad, will take you to Krimml. Stops are located along all trail towns. Bus connections from Zell am See to Königsleiten are
  •     670 line: Zell am See - Mittersill - Krimml
  •     673 line: Wald im Pinzgau - Krimml - Almdorf Königsleiten

Timetables and information on how to get there by public transport >>

Getting there

Arrival by car:
  • From the north: Inntal highway A12 (vignette required) to the Felbertauern exit (vignette required) - in the direction of Kitzbühel - Pass Thurn - Mittersill - Krimml / Hochkrimml or Inntal highway to the Zillertal exit - in the direction of Zell am Ziller - Gerlospass - Krimml / Hochkrimml (vignette required)
  • From the east: A10 Tauern Autobahn to Werfen, B 311 to Schwarzach, Zell am See, then on the B 168 to Mittersill and on via the B 165 to Krimml / Hochkrimml

Parking

Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail trip. Most of the parking spaces are free and not monitored!

Coordinates

DD
47.232964, 12.157952
DMS
47°13'58.7"N 12°09'28.6"E
UTM
33T 284879 5234971
w3w 
///skirting.scrabbled.linguistics
Show on Map
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Tour guide and overview map of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail available when booking

Book recommendations for this region:

Show more

Recommended maps for this region:

Show more

Equipment

You need alpine hiking equipment for the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail:

  • Day backpack, capacity: 25–30 litres, with waist belt and rain cover 
  • Hiking boots – minimum category B 
  • Weather-adapted and hard-wearing clothing in multiple layers. The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is mostly at altitudes between 1,300m and 2,450m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing).
  • Height-adjustable trekking poles
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Make sure take enough to eat and sufficiently large water bottles with you, as there are not refreshment stops and fountains on all stages (e.g. on stages 5 and 7).
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Mobile phone
  • Tour description or hiking map

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Status
Open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.5 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
668 m
Descent
730 m
Highest point
2,037 m
Lowest point
1,405 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Insider tip

Statistics

  • My Map
  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
2D 3D
Maps and trails
  • 10 Waypoints
  • 10 Waypoints
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view