Via ferrata to the Kitzbühler Horn

With its picture perfect location, the via ferrata offers fantastic vertical sections and steep, airy traverses with a magnificent panorama leading to the 102m transmission mast on the summit of the Kitzbühler Horn.

From the Harschbichl top station, walk towards Kitzbühler Horn and in around 20 minutes you will reach the practice via ferrata. Here you can give your performance level a quick last honing before you head up the north face of the Kitzbühler Horn right to the summit.

Alongside fantastic face sections, the Horn Climb offers exciting, simple ridge climbing and a few hiking sections in between. At the end of the via ferrata route there is a steeper, only partially secured hiking route to the summit. 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

Individual sections: D/C–C, often B/C or easier!

Duration of ascent: 40 minutes (practice climb: 20 min.) 

Duration of descent: 45 minutes

Duration of via ferrata: 1 hour 15 minutes (practice climb: 20 min.)

Total height gain: 420 m

Height gain of via ferrata: 150 m

Ascent:

Take the gondola to Harschbichl. From the top station of the gondola, follow the hiking trail to the Kitzbühler Horn. After around 20 minutes you'll get to the entrance to the practice via ferrata at the panoramic bench in the shape of a Tyrolean hut. Continue on the hiking trail until you reach a bench on a hummock (signpost for Klettersteig/via ferrata). From there head left on grassy terrain to the entrance.

Descent:

Head down from the transmission mast to the summit building, then follow the road to the right. From here you can see the striking cross on a secondary summit of the Kitzbühler Horn. At the cross the Ludwig Scheiber Steig steep mountain trail branches off. Follow it, heading past the entrances to the via ferrata, and in around 45 minutes you will be back at the Harschbichl. Alternatively, you can choose the Panoramic Circular (Panorama Runde). Head east from the summit building via the Hoferschneid and back to the Harschbichl (signed).

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

Full via ferrata equipment and helmet. 

Via ferrata equipment can be hired at the Harschbichlalm on request: + 43 5352 64671
Price per set including helmet, harness and via ferrata set: EUR 25 per person

 

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