Via-Ferrata through the north face: via ferrata with short passages of medium difficulty (B), but mostly easier (A/B and A). All in all, a lot of iron has been used and there is an inflationary amount of footholds. The descents are all alpine and a bit more demanding than the ascent.

Surefootedness and a head for heights are necessary for the ascent.

Trip Profile

Hard - T5
10-12 Hours
19,6 KM
Altitude difference
1962 m
Max Altitude
2628 m
on request
on request


The tour first leads from Hammersbach along well-surfaced and signposted hiking trails to Kreuzeck.

From there, we continue by hiking trail/mountain path following the lift construction of the Längenfelderbahn towards the Osterfelderkopf and finally reach the Osterfelderkopf via a short via ferrata at the Hoch Alm level. After a short rest at the mountain station of the Alpspitz cable car, we transfer through the Höllentor to the Alpspitz Ferrata. Via the well-secured, via ferrata category A/B we reach the summit of the Alpspitze.

After a short rest, we descend in a south-westerly direction for approx. 700m along a path towards Grieskarscharte/Mathaisenkar. We follow the signs to the right and climb via the via ferrata (category C) into the Mathaisenkar. From here, we continue along a mountain path to the Höllentalanger hut. We take a short rest, descend the last stretch through the imposing Höllentalklamm gorge, and finally back on a hiking trail towards Hammersbach to our starting point.


By public transport:

From Munich or Seefeld to Garmisch and on to Hammersbach (large car park for Höllental walkers). Public transport: Take the train to Garmisch and the Zugspitzbahn to Hammersbach.

By car:

Address for your sat nav: Parking space P2 in Hammersbach.

Parking fees(2023):
up to 12 hours – 13,00 €
up to 24 hours – 19,00 €
up to 48 hours – 25,00 €
up to 72 hours – 32,00 €
up to 7 days – 50,00 €

Equipment Information

  • hiking shoes;
  • hiking clothes;
  • helmet;
  • klettersteig set;
  • climbing handgloves;
  • rucksack;
  • food and water;
  • hiking poles;
  • sun screen, sun glasses;
  • rain/winter clothes according to the latest weather forecast;
  • crampons;
  • snow gaiters;
  • snow axe;
  • first aid kit.