The via ferrata up on the Almagellerhorn is a fairly recent addition. It starts from the viewpoint above Heidbodmen near to the Wanne area, which can be reached from the Heidbodmen mountain station in around one hour. The path initially sets off in a westerly direction along the new high-altitude trail to the Antrona Pass, but quickly branches off north-west in the direction of Wanne. From here it is only a short walk to the viewpoint across a few small rocky ridges.
The first section of the via ferrata sets off in a north-easterly direction and is classified as an Alpine Route. Only a short section can be considered a true via ferrata – the section over the north-east ridge to waypoint 3,042. Nevertheless, hikers should not underestimate the challenge presented by both the ascent and descent of the Almagellerhorn. The rest of the tour continues over another Alpine hiking trail until it reaches the summit at 3,327 metres a.s.l. Some parts of the trail are additionally secured with ropes. This trail is only suitable for sure-footed hikers with a good head for heights.
Hikers are rewarded at the summit with a spectacular view down into the Furgg Valley as well as over the Mattmark reservoir and the Mischabel massif. Experienced mountaineers can also hike the trail without the use of via ferrata equipment, but it is not recommended. The duration of this tour should also not be underestimated, and it is therefore recommended that hikers make an early start and make use of the cableway to travel both up to and down from Heidbodmen. This is a very popular tour among both locals and visitors, and offers a beautiful change to the regular hiking options.
Make sure you plan enough time for the hike and be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and good outdoor clothing.
Take extra care when traversing scree fields, mountain ridges and exposed areas.
Surefootedness and a good head for heights are prerequisites for this tour.
The use of via ferrata equipment is strongly recommended.
Pay attention to the cableway timetable.
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Tour history (B05533)
First published: Dienstag, 2. Juli 2013
Last updated: Montag, 12. Januar 2015
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