The Mannsbildertour is a high alpine tour. On some days you hardly get below 2,000 metres above sea level and a balmy “breeze” in the valley can feel quite “bitter” on a 3,000 metre high peak. Essential tip for anyone who wants to take on the challenge: it is essential to take good equipment with you! The tour requires no fear of heights and surefootedness. The tour leads from Salzburger Land, more precisely from the world-famous Krimml Waterfalls, to Tirol, directly into the Reichenspitzgruppe and ends after 4 days in the Gerlosstein hiking area on the Hainzenberg.
Embark on an adventure with your best mates and experience the fabulous mountains in the Zillertal Arena, on this very special and challenging tour.
The tour leads from Salzburger Land, more precisely from the world-famous Krimml Waterfalls, to Tirol, directly into the Reichenspitzgruppe. We spend our first night there at the Zittauer Hütte. The next day, we head over the steep Keeskarscharte to Gerlos in Zillertal, where a comfortable hotel bed awaits us for the second night.
On day three, we head from Gerlos towards an unforgettable highlight, the climb to the summit of the Brandberger Kolm. At the Kolmhaus you can take a short break and then spend the night at the Berghotel Gerlosstein.
On the last day an easy and relaxed hike leads back to the valley. Anyone who would prefer to experience the finale of the tour in a more leisurely manner can end the Mannsbildertour by taking the gondola down to the valley instead of walking.
Bookable from July to mid-September 2023 at the Zell-Gerlos tourist office.
We start our tour at the southern outskirts of Krimml. First, the hiking trail leads us along the Krimml Waterfalls viewing path to the top waterfall. The Krimmler Achental, one of the most beautiful high valleys in the Hohe Tauern National Park starts here. In the middle of this valley lies the Krimmler Tauernhaus. After a well-deserved rest, the hike (trail no. 511) takes us up into the Rainbachtal valley. Shortly after the Schlagegg, the trail descends to the right and then winds its way up to the Rainbachsee (2,404 m) and left along the lake on the secured trail to the Rainbachscharte (2,724 m). From here a path leads us down past the upper Wildgerlossee, further in hairpin bends to the lower Wildgerlossee and along its shore to the Zittauer Hütte. The idyllic location of the hut on the lake at the foot of the Reichenspitzgruppe is unique. We will also spend the night here at 2,329 m for the first time.
The second day starts with an easy descent. After 10 minutes we turn left on the moraine (signpost) and descend about 100 metres to the glacier stream. After crossing the stream, the path leads first over grassy flanks, later over scree fields up to the col in about 2 hours. Just before the Keeskarscharte, a rocky ledge (secured by wire rope) leads to the crossing. We take the steps steeply downhill towards a rocky head. From here we have a wonderful view of the Schönachkees with the Zillerkopf. A well-secured trail (surefootedness, no fear of heights required) leads down to the Pasteinalm and on to the Issalm. Passing the Jausenstation Lackenalm, we leave the Schönach valley and reach the village of Gerlos.
The third day starts with a tranquil hike along the Gerlosbach, later along the Gmünd reservoir to the Kühle Rast inn. From here, a goods path leads through the Schwarzachtal to the lower and then from there up to the upper Schwarzachalm. From here, a hiking trail takes us to the Brandbergjoch at 2,307 m in about 2 hours. We comfortably descend towards the Kolmhaus in about 20 minutes. Before we reach the Kolmhaus, we turn left to the Brandberger Kolm, a prominent peak at 2,700 m with an unforgettable panoramic view. We reckon on about 2 hours for the climb and descent from the Brandberger Kolm. You will spend the night at Berghotel Gerlosstein, which you reach on the path back to Gerlosstein in the direction of Heimjöchl.
Before continuing, there is still the possibility to explore the themed Alpenpromenade trail. You can learn a lot of interesting facts about Zillertal’s history and culture from beautifully designed information boards. Our next stopping point is the “Kotahorn Alm”. There is now the possibility to follow the marked hiking trails down to Hainzenberg. Return to Gerlos by bus.