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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.75600°N / 12.36810°E

Object Title: Kampenwand

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Scrambling, Via Ferrata, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 5476 ft / 1669 m


Page By: selinunte01

Created/Edited: Mar 20, 2017 / Jun 15, 2017

Object ID: 996073

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Kampenwand summit as seen from the south

There is a nice deliberate play on words in Bavaria with this well known Chiemgau summit, a sort of spoonerism which, sadly enough, cannot be translated exactly to show the fun in it:

I gangat so gern auf d´ Kampenwand
wann i mit meiner Wampn kannt

(I would like to summit Kampenwand
but my large fat belly does not allow it)

Thankfully for those with a “Wampn” (a beer-fed, fat belly) there is a cablecar up the north slopes of Kampenwand. The summit zone, however, is mountaineering area and, as Kampen means a sharp rocky ridge or an arête, Kampenwand, the Rock Ridge Face, is an impressive feature among the more gentle mountains and subranges of Chiemgau Alps. Some people say that the denomination derives from cockscomb (in Bavaria Hahnenkamm or Hahnenkampl) as indeed the summit ridge looks like that.

Kampenwand is a sort of alpine sport arena, so don´t suppose to be alone there. Besides of hiking Kampenwand offers a nice little skiing area with several ski lifts. In winter you can do ski touring and snow shoe hikes. In summer mountain bikers and paragliders use the routes and slopes of Kampenwand. Several mountain huts are present for food and lodging. Many short and difficult climbing routes line up at the north and south side of our Chiemgau cockscomb.

To the north Kampenwand is the first mountain ridge south of Chiemgau plain. To the south the Schleching / Tiroler Ache valley and the Geigelstein subrange are the limitation of the mountain. Chiemgauer Hochplatte is the next summit to the east whereas to the west Prien valley is the limitation of the Kampenwand ridge.

Early flowers: Tussilago farfara
Early flowers: Anemone hepatica

Kampenwand has several main and minor summits, some of them like Gedererwand are seen as summits on their own. The Kampenwand main summit, however, can only be reached via an off-trail-route through dense dwarf pine thickets and some short rock climbing. The some meters lower east summit, however, bears the hugest summit cross of the German Alps. It is dedicated to the local victims of the two World Wars and can be illuminated during nighttimes. For me it is more a sort of a nightmare due to its height …

Nevertheless I like to summit Kampenwand from time to time, especially during springtime. Snow still lingers on the north and east sides of the mountain and there are less hikers than normal roaming up and down the routes.

Kampenwand as seen from Hochgern
Kampenwand as seen from Geigelstein

A nice route is to ascend the south side from Schleching/Mühlau (see the Route – section), traverse the summit and go on to Chiemgauer Hochplatte. The descent to Mühlau crosses some excellent beech woods with even more excellent wood garlic plants, growing in abundance during April and May. A good harvesting action to enrich evening salads assures a healthy and great smell for the next days …..

Getting There

Main trailheads are:

  • Aschau / Chiemgau for the north and northwest ascents

  • Schleching for the south routes

  • Kampenwand
    Aschau / Chiemgau as seen from the summit
    Schleching with Wilder Kaiser range

    You reach these trailheads by car

  • Trailhead Aschau:

    From Munich or Salzburg by using highway number A 8 direction Salzburg to the exit Frasdorf, then on road number St 2093 to Aschau. One parking area is at the valley station of Kampenwand cable car, another one at Kohlstattweg.

  • Trailhead Schleching:

    From Munich by using highway number A 8 direction Salzburg to the exit Bernau, then on road number B 305 to Grassau.

    From Salzburg by using highway A 8 direction Munich to the exit Grabenstädt, then on road number St2096 to Grassau.
    Go on road number B 305 to Marquartstein and use road number B 307 to Schleching.

    Before reaching the village turn right onto a road leading to Mühlau and, at the end of the road, to a hikers parking area.

  • The nearest railway station is Bernau am Chiemsee.

    RVO bus number 9502 goes to Aschau, number 9505 and 9509 via Marquartstein to Schleching.

    Routes Overview

    Routes from Schleching

    These are the south routes which can be done as a hike early in the year.

    Follow forest road, marked “65” to Steinbergalm and to Sonnenalm near the mountain station of Kampenwand cable car. Turn on trail number 20 to Steinlingalm. Follow trail number 66 to the summit, crossing the impressive Kaisersäle.

    This route is a ski route, too

    Kampenwand south side
    Near Sonnenalm

    Alternatively follow trail number 62 up the southwest ridge of Hochplatte below Teufelstein, traverse to Piesenhauser Hochalm and follow trail number 65 on the south side of Hochalpenkopf and Raffen to a col southwest of Kampenwand.
    Use the steep and partly secured (steel ropes) trail scrambling up directly to the summit.

    Southwest ridge up to Hochplatte
    Scrambling up Kampenwand east ridge
    Traverse between Piesendorfer Hochalm and summit

    Both routes are my favourite loop on that mountain. Chiemgauer Hochplatte can easily included in this round trip.

    Another alternative is the forest road “206” to Dalsenalm and the southwest ridge via Markkaser to Sonnenalm and Steinlingalm.

    Kampenwand as seen from Piesendorfer Hochalm
    A view from Kampenwand to Chiemgauer Hochplatte

    Route from Aschau

    If you don´t use the cable car, follow forest roads and trails, marked with “200” or “20” to Steinlingalm and use the trail via Kaisersäle to the summit.

    North face above Steinlingalm
    Entering Kaisersäle
    Within Kaisersäle

    More routes, especially on the north side of the mountain, start at
    Hintergschwend near Aschau; the summit of Gedererwand can be included in a trip to Kampenwand; this is the main northern ski route, too.

    Another northern route is that from Rottau via Rottauer Tal to Steinlingalm and to the summit.

    Follow forest roads from Grassau or Piesenhausen to Piesenhauser Hochalm and the east ridge to Kampenwand.

    Red Tape & Accommodation

    There are no protection zones or restrictions at Kampenwand, as far as I know.

    All types of accommodation can be found at


    Cable Car and Sonnenalm

    Mountain Huts

    Schlechtenberger Alm

    Cable Car


    Gear & Mountain Condition

    Kampenwand is a fun and alpine area.

    Hiking can be done mostly from early spring to early winter. You need normal hiking gear for spring, summer and autumn, hiking poles and gaiters in spring can be useful. The trails are all well maintained and marked.

    Ski touring and snow shoe hiking is for early winter and spring times. Check the Bavarian avalange bulletin for your ski undertakings.

    Kampenwand summit
    Summit view to the south

    The north slopes host a nice and wellknown ski area.

    Climbing routes can be found on the south faces of Kampenwand summit rocks.

    Paragliding is possible in the Kampenwand area.

    Mountainbiking is allowed on all forest roads. Meadows and hiking trails are closed for bikes.

    Current Weather:


    Gederer Wand as seen from near the summit

    Alpenvereinskarte, Bayerische Alpen, number BY 17, Chiemgauer Alpen West; with trails and ski routes, UMT-grid, scale 1 : 25.000, edition 2009

    This is the best map available even if the austrian part is only an enlargement of the austrian maps, scale 1 : 50.000. The map is part of the “Alpenvereinskarten digital” edition.

    Topographische Karten von Bayern, number UKL 50-54, Chiemsee, Chiemgauer Alpen, trails and MTB routes, UTM grid, scale 1 : 50.000, edition 2016

    More maps are available at Kompass Verlag or Freytag & Berndt Verlag

    An outburst of Daphne mezereum

    I have never seen such an abundance of Daphne mezereum in the Alps as on that early march day on the south slopes of Kampenwand. Enjoy some pics from this feast of blossoms and scent:

    Daphne mezereum on the Kampenwand south slopes
    Daphne mezereum on the Kampenwand south slopes

    Daphne mezereum on the Kampenwand south slopes
    Daphne mezereum on the Kampenwand south slopes

    Daphne mezereum on the Kampenwand south slopes
    Daphne mezereum on the Kampenwand south slopes

    The abundance of life in springtimes showed itself in a pond full of frog spawn:

    Frog spawn
    Frog spawn


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