Four-day mountaineering within the Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol, Austria

It’s solely 45 minutes from the airport in Innsbruck to Kramsach, however the taxi driver is scaring me with a latest story a few hiker who’s been gored to dying by a cow on this area.

Now I’ve at all times believed, that regardless of their bulk, cows current no menace to the walker, however apparently this one was guarding her calves when the lady’s canine began harrying them. I’m considering I’d higher watch my step on this hike.

The small city of Kramsach nestles within the valley beside the Inn River and is dominated by the mountains rising up above it. I depart my heavy baggage on the resort, simply taking a small rucksack with my necessities. The primary day is classed as “average” with solely 10km to hike and it’s a nice morning as I stroll alongside the highway, cross the river and take the trail signed to Brandenberg.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Brandenberg

Brandenberg (c) Rupert Parker

I climb upwards by way of the forest, and it’s steep in elements, earlier than reaching 1509m, marked by a summit cross. It’s very popular however happily the bushes present important cowl from the solar. The climate is hazy so the views will not be nice however nonetheless, I can see Kramsach and the river working the size of the valley. From right here it’s downhill on a Four×Four monitor however there are nice interludes by way of the forest earlier than I attain the tiny village of Brandenburg at 900m.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Kramsach and River Inn

Kramsach and the river working the size of the valley (c) Rupert Parker

I get up to rain which seems to be set for the day and I’ve acquired 19 km to finish. Nothing for it however to don my moist climate gear and grin and bear it. I take the highway out of the village to the hamlet of Winkl. There the highway winds steeply upwards however I take a forest monitor which crosses it sporadically. To this point the rain has been fixed and I’m feeling very moist. However, as I climb greater and rise above the cloud, the climate begins to ease.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Brandenberg in Mist

Brandenberg in Mist (c) Rupert Parker

I attain the 1786m Kienberg, the day’s highest level, and I can nearly glimpse the villages beneath by way of the mist. A slim path leads steeply downhill and I shock the occasional Chamois which bounds off within the distance earlier than I can attain for my digicam. The day is slowly bettering and I take an asphalt highway earlier than the ultimate descent to the tiny village of Pinegg. Though I’m feeling dry outdoors, my rucksack is soaked, along with all its contents. My room turns into a large airing cabinet.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Chamois

Chamois (c) Rupert Parker

Subsequent day there’s early morning mist within the valley however the solar arrives to disperse the clouds. The rain has cleared the air and, as I climb upwards, I attain the excessive alp, residence to a smattering of timbered farm homes. Usually I’d anticipate to see cows grazing right here, however there’s solely the sound of their bells, from the barns. Maybe the sooner unlucky accident means they’re not allowed to roam.

The trail climbs steadily to a saddle and I divert to climb the 1940m Rosskogel and benefit from the panorama as I tuck into my lunch. From right here I begin to descend to the Zireiner See, apparently probably the most stunning mountain lake within the Tyrol and I can’t disagree. It’s getting scorching so, once I attain the water’s edge, I decrease myself in and soak away my aches and pains. It’s actually too shallow to swim, however not chilly in any respect.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Path Signs

Path Indicators (c) Rupert Parker

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Rosskogel Cross

Rosskogel Cross (c) Rupert Parker

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Zireiner See

Zireiner See (c) Rupert Parker

I lounge within the solar and climb away from the lake earlier than reaching one other saddle after which I’m on the house stretch to the Bayreuther Hütte. Now this isn’t a resort however a mountain refuge with no Wi-Fi, or showers. Happily I’m assigned a room to myself and sit outdoors and watch the solar setting as I tuck into my Wiener Schnitzel. For the primary time, I see cows grazing outdoors and have one of the best evening’s sleep of the entire journey.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - View from Bayreuther Hutte

View from Bayreuther Hutte (c) Rupert Parker

The final day of the tour is a brief two hour downhill stroll however the climate is nice and I can’t resist a full day within the mountains. I climb as much as the 2224m Sonnwendjoch, then comply with the ridge to the marginally greater Sagzahn. The trail then tracks around the summit, with a vertiginous drop on one aspect, though there are cables to hold onto. I’m not feeling notably courageous, so retrace my steps earlier than reaching Rofanspitze at 2259m, my third summit of the day.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Lake and Mountains

Lake and Mountains (c) Rupert Parker

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Farms and Alps

Farms and Alps (c) Rupert Parker

It’s a great distance again to Kramsach however I’ve solely myself in charge. If I’d adopted the course of the 4 day itinerary, I’d be again in time to switch to Innsbruck and catch a flight residence. The tour represents superb worth, the mountaineering is fairly mild, the meals good and lodging snug. It makes a superb introduction to the fun of the Tirol.

Reality File

PACKAGE: The 4 day Mountaineering Tour prices from 156 Euro per individual which incorporates three overnights with half board, a lunch field for the second day, native vacationer tax and mountaineering map

STAY: The Sporthotel Sonnenuhr in Kramsach

Alpbachtal Vacationer Workplace has details about the valley Tel. +43 5337 21200

Tirol has details about the area

EasyJet flies direct to Innsbruck from London Gatwick.

The Gatwick Categorical is the quickest strategy to get to the airport.

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