Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 47.31494°N / 12.25231°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 7116 ft / 2169 m
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Gamsbeil summit

This beautiful summit is located within the western part of Kitzbühler Alpen, also called “Kelchsauer Alpen” in the Windau – Sperten range between the summits of Steinkogel, Speikkogel and Geige to the south and Westerachkopf and Schwarzkarkogel to the north.

The whole ridge between Steinkogel to the south and Gampenkogel to the north separates Miesenbach valley, a tributary valley to the valley of Windau and located west of Gamsbeil from Spertental / Unterer Grund to the east.

The summit itself is a rather sharp and exposed rock ridge which requires a bit of rock scrambling on its southern and northern ascent route. Due to these rocks Gamsbeil exceeds the neighbouring summits by 100 m and consequently is a nice viewpoint with breathtaking views to nearby Großvenediger mountains and the glaciers of Hohe Tauern range.

Gamsbeil is, as most of the Kitzbüheler peaks and summits, an all years outing.
In late spring, summer and autumn Gamsbeil is summited often in combination with a traverse from Gamskogel to Steinkogel, Speikkogel and Geige. Gamsbeil is the last summit of this beautiful traverse.
Another traverse option is the ridge from Gamsbeil to Westerachkopf, Schwarzkarkogel and Großer and Kleiner Tanzkogel. The complete traverse, including Gerstinger Joch, Floch and Brechhorn north of Tanzkogel is an easy but demanding and strenuous walk of 10 hours and more.

I prefer the Miesenbach valley ascent to Gamsbeil. As tributary valley to Windau, Miesenbach valley is a remote and lonely place within Kitzbüheler Alpen. In summer the alpine pastures of Miesenbach valley are full of orchids, cotton gras and alpine roses. Mieseben creek builds little ponds and waterfalls along the valley floor, great places for a rest in the sun and for bathing. Miesenbach shelter hut (also called “Neualm”), an old stone and wooden cabin in the uppermost valley is located amidst enchanting meadows and creeks some 300 meters below Gamsbeil summit, a place to dream and relax.

Getting There

Neualm and Steinbergstein

The main trailheads for Gamsbeil are:

  • Gamskogelhütte / Windau valley

  • Karalm Sperten valley / Unterer Grund

  • Neukirchen / Pinzgau valley or

  • Neukirchen / Wildkogel cableway mountain station

  • by car:

  • München – highway A 8 – Inntal – highway A 93 – exit Wörgl (toll road in Austria!) – road 178 and 170 – Hopfgarten – Westendorf – road L 204 to Windau valley and toll road to Gamskogelhütte parking area or

  • Westendorf – road 170 – Kirchberg – road L 203 to Aschau – toll road into Unterer Grund to Karalm parking area

  • Innsbruck – highway A 93 (toll road) - exit Wörgl – same direction as above

  • Innsbruck – highway A 93 (toll road) – exit Wiesing – road 169 – Zell am Ziller – road 165Neukirchen am Großvenediger or

  • München – highway A 8 – Inntal – highway A 93 – exit Kufstein Süd (toll road in Austria!) – road 173 and 178 – Sankt Johann in Tirol – road 161 – Mittersill – road 165Neukirchen am Großvenediger

  • Gamsbeil
    Gamsbeil summit
    View of Großvenediger
    Gamsbeil summit

    by railway:

    Westendorf and Kirchberg for the northern trailheads and Neukirchen am Großvenediger have railway stations.

    Check the railway schedules here.

    The northern trailheads can be reached only by taxi; there is no bus connection!

    Main Routes Overview

    Miesenbach route

    Trailhead: Gamskogelhütte / Windau valley
    Route: Gamskogelhütte – Tagweidalm – Miesenbach valley – Miesenbachalm – Neualm – Geigenscharte – Gamsbeil summit.
    Altitude difference: about 1100 m
    Time: 3,5 to 4 hours

    Unterer Grund route

    Trailhead: Karalm / Unterer Grund
    Route: Karalm – Kar Hochalm – Westerach Alm – Geige - Geigenscharte – Gamsbeil summit.
    Altitude difference: about 850 m
    Time: 3 hours

    Miesenbach valley
    Miesenbach valley

    Neukirchen routes

    Trailhead 1: Neukirchen
    Route: Neukirchen – Taubensteinkapelle – Steineralm – Steiner Hinteralm - Geige – Geigenscharte – Gamsbeil summit.
    Altitude difference: about 1200 m
    Time: 4 to 5 hours

    Trailhead 2: Wildkogel cableway mountain station
    Route: Wildkogel cableway mountain station – Gasthof Wolkenstein – Herrensteigscharte – Geige – Geigenscharte – Gamsbeil summit or
    Gasthof Wolkenstein – Braunkogel – Frühmesser – Grasleitenkopf – Geige – Geigenscharte – Gamsbeil summit
    Altitude difference: about 300 m or 600 m
    Time: 2,5 hours or 3,5 hours

    Summit view to the west (Kröndlhorn)
    Summit view to Großer Rettenstein
    Summit view to Steinkogel/Speikkogel

    Traverse routes

    The ridge from Gamskogel to Steinkogel – Speikkogel – Geige – Gamsbeil and from Gamsbeil to Westerachkopf – Schwarzkarkogel – Tanzkogel is a nice and easy outing, partly on marked trails, partly off-trail.
    Miesenbach valley is the best ascent – descent route for this traverse. You can bail out nearly everywhere on this ridge, if this need arises, and descend the grassy slopes to Miesenbach trails and forest roads.

    I recently did so north of Westerachkogel due to some thunderstorms nearby.

    South ridge and summit
    North ridge as seen from the summit
    North ridge walk

    Ski routes

    Miesenbach route and Unterer Grund route is a ski route, too.

    Alternatively ascend from Miesenbachalm or Karalm / Unterer Grund to Westerachkogel, leave the skies there and climb the north ridge of Gamsbeil.

    Red Tape & Accommodation

    Red Tape

    No restrictions as far as I know.

    The roads to Windau and Unterer Grund are toll roads.

    Cotton gras
    Waterfall + bathing pond
    Campanula barbata - bell flower


    Food and lodging can be found at

  • Westendorf / Windau

  • Kirchberg / Aschau / Spertental

  • Neukirchen am Großvenediger

  • Mountain huts (food & lodging)

  • Gamskogelhütte / Windau

  • Oberlandhütte / Aschau

  • Wildkogelhaus

  • Gear & Mountain Condition

    Gamsbeil is a year round mountain.

    Hiking is possible from may / june to November, depending on the weather and snow conditions.

    It is an easy hiking tour on narrow hiking trails, partly forest roads, with some exposure and some easy rocks to overcome on the south or north ridge in the end. In some parts the route markings are not easy to find!

    Good shoes and the usual hiking gear is sufficient. Clean drinking water is abundant in Kitzbüheler Alpen so there is no need to carry tons of water with you.

    Summer orchid
    Special root - work

    In winter Gamsbeil, as the adjacent summits, is a great ski tour with some scrambling on the exposed north or south ridge in the end. A combination with other summits like Steinkogel / Speikkogel or Tanzkogel is possible.

    You need full ski tour gear and avalanche gear.

    Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin here.

    Current Weather:

    Maps & Guide Books

    Hailstorm over Windau valley


    Alpenvereinskarte 1 : 50.000; Kitzbüheler Alpen West, Nr. 34/1, Deutscher Alpenverein, 2010; - topo map with trails

    Alpenvereinskarte 1 : 50.000; Kitzbüheler Alpen West, Nr. 34/1 S, Deutscher Alpenverein, 2010; - topo map with ski routes

    Austrian Topo Maps:
    Österreichische Karte 1 : 50.000 - UTM (ÖK50): number 3219, Neukirchen am Großvenediger

    Guide Books

    Available only antiquarian but indispensable guide books:

    Georg Bleier / Kurt Kettner: Alpenvereinsführer Kitzbüheler Alpen, Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, München, 1984

    Horst Höfler, Kurt Kettner: Kitzbüheler Alpen. Mit Skirouten. Führer für Täler, Hütten und Berge, Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, München, 1976



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