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REINTAL-ROUTE


Description:

The longest route to the summit of the Zugspitze also promises HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE participants plenty of scenic high points. After the impressive Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge), a wide forest track leads into the heart of the Wetterstein massif. You travel along a wide valley floor surrounded by towering cliffs on either side and constantly changing scenery.

The ascent via the Reintal is also suitable for those with less alpine experience, proving you are fit enough. Accommodation is provided in the Reintalanger Hut, which enjoys a glorious location

The second day is considerably more strenuous – day one involves 600 meters of height gain, while day two involves 1,600 meters. It starts out with a short, flat section through the green Reintalanger, which provides an ideal warm-up, as it’s uphill from here on in. The vegetation takes on a more alpine character as the route ascends. Upon reaching the hilly plateau of the Zugspitzplatt – the Zugspitz glacier – we head up over old moraine. The summit of the Zugspitz soon looms into sight and this is where the hardest section starts. After the glacier the first meters of terrain to the summit involve awkward scrambling over scree before hitting firmer ground. The track then winds it’s way onwards and upwards to the highest point and a magnificent view from the summit.

Level of difficulty:

The Reintal route calls for sure-footedness and moderate fitness suitable for four to six hours of walking uphill.

During the HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE, you will be accompanied by one professional (IFMGA) mountain guide per six participants.

 

 

STOPSELZIEHER


Description:

We start with the Eibsee cable car and make our way up to the Wiener Neustädter Hut. The track leads through an idyllic forest before hitting a scree field and then following rocky terrain until the hut. We spend the afternoon relaxing at the hut and to start the next day fully refreshed.

We start the day in a relaxed manner. A brief ascent brings us to the start of the via ferrata. After a short steep section we reach a tunnel that leads into the rock face – the Stopselzieher (Corkscrew). From here, we wind our way up following the steel cables and iron rungs. The short via ferratas are broken up by sections of easier walking terrain, until we reaching the spectacular climb (scramble) to the finish.

Level of difficulty:

An ascent of the Zugspitze via its western face/ the Stopselzieher (Corskscrew) calls for sure-footedness, a head for heights and moderate fitness suitable for ascents of three hours.

The Stopselzieher is a good introduction to via ferratas.

During the HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE, you will be accompanied by one professional (IFMGA) mountain guide per four participants.

 

HÖLLENTAL-ROUTE


Description:

The Höllental (Hell Valley) route is one of the most spectacular routes on the Zugspitze and passes through diverse alpine scenery.

After the roaring waters of the Höllental Gorge, the route involves exciting and challenging sections of via ferrata that lead up through craggy cliffs in the direction of the summit. In late summer, you are likely to encounter bare ice on the Höllental Glacier, which adds to the wild beauty of this particular ascent. The view of the summit from this side is exceptional!

In addition, the route promises to be particularly quiet this year (2014). This is because the Höllentalanger Hut, normally the first choice of accommodation, is closed for renovation.

However, we have alternative accommodation up our sleeves for your overnight stay on the way to the summit. Be prepared ready for a surprise! This unique situation means that the 2014 Höllental route really will be one of a kind.

Level of difficulty:

A long and challenging ascent to the summit of the Zugspitze involving a short glacier crossing and a number of via ferrata sections. The first via ferrata section from the Höllental Glacier is graded “C” (Difficult); the following sections are graded “B” and “A/B” (Easy/Medium). The Höllental Zugspitze ascent calls for sure-footedness, a head for heights, suitable equipment for vie ferrate and glacier crossings and a good level of fitness suitable for five to six hour ascents!

Day two involves 1,600 meters of height gain to reach the summit.

During the HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE, you will be accompanied by one professional (IFMGA) mountain guide per four participants.

 

 

JUBILÄUMSGRAT


Description:

The Jubiläumsgrat (Jubilee Ridge) is one of the most spectacular arêtes in the Eastern Alps. However, we would like to make clear that it is more than just a via ferrata. It spans over five kilometres and runs from the summit of the Alpspitze to the summit of the Zugspitze and is a serious, alpine expedition! The arête involves continuous ascending and descending. Each time you reach a high point, you’ll be confronted by the next rocky barrier. Thanks to our overnight accommodation in the bivouac hut, there is no time pressure and we’ll able to take in the grandiose alpine scenery.

To start, we take the Alpspitz cable car and climb the Alpspitz via ferrata, which is exposed in places, to the summit of the Alpspitze (2628m).

Next comes some easy climbing, and walking terrain in the Grieskar Col. The Jubiläumsgrat to the bivouac hut beyond the furthest Höllental summit is technically harder than the previous passages, but is well protected. There are via ferrata sections and sections of easy free climbing.

We spend the night in the HANWAG bivouac hut and then set out early the next morning. Now we hit the most difficult part of the “Jubi” ridge - a smooth gulley (grade III)!

Following this, the via ferrata sections become fewer in number as the ridge becomes wider and we soon reach the summit of Germany’s highest mountain!

Level of difficulty:

The Jubiläumsgrat is very exposed in places and has sections of climbing (grade III). As such, it is more than just a via ferrata – it involves a combination of free climbing and via ferrata. The Jubiläumsgrat Zugspitze ascent calls for sure-footedness, a head for heights and a good level of fitness suitable for five to seven hours of ascent!

During the HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE, you will be accompanied by one professional (IFMGA) mountain guide per two participants.


 

 

 

 

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