The absolute classic to the Zugspitze
The ascent through the Höllental valley to Germany's highest peak, the 2,962 m high Zugspitze, combines numerous superlatives. First of all, there is the huge difference in altitude of over 2,200 m from Hammersbach to the summit.
Then the Höllental itself. The path through the narrow, steep gorge is so daring that you can only marvel at it amidst the thundering masses of water. After two eventful hours, you reach the Höllentalangerhütte at 1,387 m above sea level. This is a great place to spend the night for those who find the 2,200 m of ascent in one go too much. But hut guests should also be aware that on the second day there are still 1,600 m of altitude to conquer in some challenging terrain.
A first key passage is already waiting after one (more) hour. The exposed traverse on iron pins over the unstable slabs of the board is a first foretaste of the upper part of the ascent to the summit. After this "nerve-racking passage", the onward route initially demands more stamina than technique, because the moraine terrain below the Höllentalferner stretches steeply to below the rocks of the Riffel ridge.
However, before you can lay your hands on the rock again, you have to overcome the bare glacier remnant of the Höllentalferner and its spectacular edge crevasse. Here the altimeter already shows 2,560 m and from here a magnificent via ferrata leads to the summit cross as a grand finale. On all these passages, you will be roped up by a qualified mountain guide who knows the area.
With an overnight stay the day before at the new Höllentalangerhütte, the tour is possible as a two-day tour! This shortens the ascent by 600 m or 2 hours.
Program and schedule
- Mountain guide:in with the appropriate qualification
- Edelrid via ferrata equipment (harness, via ferrata set, and helmet on loan)
- Snowspikes or crampons
As a day tour:
Meeting point with the mountain guide, issue of rental equipment and ascent of the Zugspitze (2,962 m) through the Höllental valley, descent with the Zugspitzbahn and return to the starting point in Hammersbach.
As a two-day tour:
On the day before, pick up the required rental equipment at the Vivalpin office, ascent to the Höllentalangerhütte on your own. On the day of the tour, meeting point with the mountain guide at the Höllentalangerhütte and briefing on the rental equipment. Ascent of the Zugspitze (2,962 m) through the Höllental, descent with the Zugspitzbahn back to the starting point in Hammersbach. You can find more information and suggestions in the blog!
Program Change: All courses and guided tours are conscientiously organized and carried out according to the safety standards of the VIVALPIN Mountain and Ski School with qualified mountain and ski guides. An adjustment of the proven tour program is possible for safety-related reasons such as bad weather, dangerous conditions or insufficient prerequisites of the participants:inside. The decision for the final program is made by the mountain guide on site. AGB Note: According to European travel law, the offer is a service. Accordingly, the service terms and conditions apply.
Program changes: All courses and guided tours are conscientiously organized and carried out in accordance with the safety standards of the Vivalpin Mountain and Ski School with qualified mountain and ski guides. An adjustment of the proven tour program is possible for safety-relevant reasons such as bad weather, dangerous conditions or insufficient conditions of the participants. The final program will be decided by the mountain guide on site.
A challenging mountain tour awaits you with 2,200 m (as a day tour) or 1,600 m (with an overnight stay at the Höllentalangerhütte) on the ascent. Descent with the Zugspitzbahn. The ascent requires surefootedness and fitness for up to 6-8 hours ascent (pure walking time) with approx. 5 kg of luggage. The route offers plenty of variety, from easy hiking trails to moderately difficult via ferrata passages (C) and a short glacier passage. Accompanied by our mountain guides, the route is suitable for sure-footed mountaineers with a head for heights and the appropriate level of fitness. You can find more information and suggestions in the blog!
"The climb through the Höllental is our most booked route.
Our mountain guides are well prepared for this. They know the conditions, go at the right pace and take you to the rope on the glacier and on the difficult passages or when you get tired.
Nevertheless, you need a very good condition for the Höllentalroute. We are happy to organize a private mountain guide for you and your friends. Then you are more independent and flexible".
Head of Department Mountain School and Local
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