Stage 1

Reith – Nördlinger Hütte hut

Reith – Nördlinger Hütte hut

Best foot forward

Each step on this initial stage takes you further away from your hectic everyday life and deeper into the imposing Karwendel mountain range. Once you reach the Nördlinger Hütte, you can enjoy the view, take stock and get ready for the upcoming stages.

  • Difference in altitude downhill: 30 m
  • Starting point: Reith train station near Seefeld
  • Endpoint: Nördlinger Hütte
  • Recommended equipment: ankle-high mountain boots, sufficient water
  • Difficulty: moderately difficult / red mountain trail
Höhenprofil Etappe 1
Höhenprofil Etappe 1

Difference in altitude uphill

1150 m

Highest point

2239 m



6,5 km


3:00 h

Starting in Reith bei Seefeld, this stage of the Karwendel Höhenweg high-altitude trail leads you via the Schartlehnerhaus on your way to the Nördlinger Hütte.

Stage description:
In Reith, you start at the railway station and follow the road towards the north. After crossing Römerstraße road, continue north on Panoramaweg road until this branches off into a bend heading south. Follow Panoramaweg before turning on to trail 211 and heading in a northerly direction. A short time later, this branches off to the right and snakes along to the Schartlehnerhaus (1856 m). The trail then leads across the Latschenrücken ridge of the ‘Schoaßgrat’, with the winding early sections of this route subsequently giving way to less pronounced curved passages as you complete your final ascent to the Nördlinger Hütte (2239 m).

The starting point is the valley station of the Bergbahnen Rosshütte in Seefeld. Take the funicular up to the Rosshütte (1751 m), then travel on the Härmelekopfbahn cable car to reach the start of the hike. From here, you can proceed directly along the Kuntersteig trail (10) to the Nördlinger Hütte (variant 1) or follow the steep and exposed route via the Härmelekopf and Reither Spitze mountains (79) to get to the Nördlinger Hütte (variant 2).

Good to know:
Once you have completed this winding stage, which features varying levels of steepness as it leads you to the Nördlinger Hütte, you will have made a good start to your tour. If you keep your eyes peeled, you will be able to spot a number of interesting types of plants and animals – some of which are included in the list a little further down. Enjoy discovering the local flora and fauna!

Take a closer look!

Flora and fauna on this stage

There are typical types of plants and animals to discover on each of the six stages. The more varied the mountain terrain, the more diverse the creatures that live there.

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