Summit View towards the EAST
Summit View towards the WEST
Via Ferrata (I)
Hintere- and Vordere Karlesspitze as seen from Langtaufener Valley
is a 3161m
high peak located on the Border between Austria (Tirol) and Italy (Sud-Tirol). It is the westernmost
peak of the heavy glaciated Weisskamm ridge
with its highest point being Wildspitze (3768m).
Hintere Karlsspitze is a beautiful lookout peak
with tremendous views all over the Alps. You can see all the way to the Bernina Group
in Switzerland, the Otztaler, Samnaun
Group in Austria and the Ortles
and Reschen in Italy.
The climb of the peak is relaticely short since the Kaunertaler Gletscherstrasse
gets you (and your car) up to an elevation of 2750m
. From here it is about 1,5 hours
to the summit. The route is a simple walk-up until 3000m. From here a nice , relatively short Via Ferrata
(Klettersteig, graded I
) leads up to the summit. The via Ferrata contains secured lines
In recent years a cableway was built near the Hintere Karlesspitze. It attracts many daypeople who get up to 3000m in the vicinity of the Karlesspitze. To be honest: It is really annoying to see the masses travel up, take photos and go down again. The good thing
is though, almost NOBODY goes up to the summit of Karlesspitze since the Via Ferrata requires some experience. As a result the peak is not often climbed
and the chance is quite big to be alone on the summit and the enjoy the fantastic views (way better compared to the cableway views) this mountain offers.
Summit Block NORTH Face Via Ferrata: Close to the Summit
The route to the summit of Hintere Karlesspitze starts at the ending of the Kauinertaler Gletscherstrasse
at an altitude of 2750m.
From here you pass the Gletscherestaurant (on the left side). There is a very well marked path
up towards the Karlesjoch
. It goes over the rocks and at all time you have the immense Weiss-seeFerner at your left side. The trail goes up to the ending station of the Karles-cableway. So following the cableway leads you in any case to the right point.
There is one split-up on the route: take a left (the right goes up to Wiesjagglskopf
Reaching the Karlesjoch at about 3050 meters
introduces the most beautiful part of the climb: the Via Ferrata.
The via Ferrata is very well 'covered' with secured lines
and quite fun to do. It is graded I
and is relatively easy and short.
The Via Ferrata ends on the small rocky summit of Hintere Karlesspitze
from where the views are great!
Towards the north you will see peaks like Glockturm
. Towards the east: Weisseespitz
e with it's great glacier. Towards the south: Weisskugel
Towards the west: Silvretta and Reschensee.
The path that leads from Karlesjoch towards Wiesjagglskopf is CLOSED!
The marked path is completely covered with loose stones
and there is a big danger of falling rocks!
If you attempt to climb Wiesjagglskopf: Go down the same way you came up and take the path up in the vicinity of the Gletcherrestaurant. This will take somewhat longer but is much more safe!
How to get there
Summit Pano from the Summit: in the far left the Bernina Group, in the far right the Fluchthorn. In front the Langtaufener Valley
Major Car Routes:
A routeplanner can be found HERE
For the Kaunertaler Gletscherstrasse you have to pay an entrance fee of 20 euro's!
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