Four-day climbing 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 current story a few hiker who’s been gored to loss of life 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 lodge, simply taking a small rucksack with my necessities. The primary day is classed as “reasonable” with solely 10km to hike and it’s a pleasing morning as I stroll alongside the street, cross the river and take the trail signed to Brandenberg.

Brandenberg Alps, Tyrol - Brandenberg

Brandenberg (c) Rupert Parker

I climb upwards by means of the forest, and it’s steep in elements, earlier than reaching 1509m, marked by a summit cross. It’s extremely popular however happily the timber present important cowl from the solar. The climate is hazy so the views aren’t nice however nonetheless, I can see Kramsach and the river operating the size of the valley. From right here it’s downhill on a Four×Four monitor however there are nice interludes by means 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 operating the size of the valley (c) Rupert Parker

I get up to rain which appears to be like set for the day and I’ve received 19 km to finish. Nothing for it however to don my moist climate gear and grin and bear it. I take the street out of the village to the hamlet of Winkl. There the street winds steeply upwards however I take a forest monitor which crosses it sporadically. Thus far the rain has been fixed and I’m feeling very moist. However, as I climb increased 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 means of the mist. A slender path leads steeply downhill and I shock the occasional Chamois which bounds off within the distance earlier than I can attain for my digital camera. The day is slowly bettering and I take an asphalt street earlier than the ultimate descent to the tiny village of Pinegg. Though I’m feeling dry exterior, 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, dwelling 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 lovely mountain lake within the Tyrol and I can’t disagree. It’s getting scorching so, after 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 lodge however a mountain refuge with no Wi-Fi, or showers. Happily I’m assigned a room to myself and sit exterior and watch the solar setting as I tuck into my Wiener Schnitzel. For the primary time, I see cows grazing exterior and have the most effective night time’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 sweet 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 increased 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 significantly 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 guilty. 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 dwelling. The tour represents excellent worth, the climbing in all fairness mild, the meals good and lodging snug. It makes a superb introduction to the thrill of the Tirol.

Truth File

PACKAGE: The 4 day Climbing 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 climbing 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 Specific is the quickest technique to get to the airport.

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