Hohe Munde (2662 m), Tyrol –
a long, alpine hiking tour for early birds and fitness freaks
A very long hike onto the two peaks of Hohe Munde rewards the early bird hiker with great views and adventurous trails! The mountain marks the end of the “Mieminger Kette” mountain range in the northern part of Tyrol close to Garmisch Partenkirchen. You can do a traverse to Telfs and take a cab back to your staring point.
Moos (1177 m) – Rauthhütte (1.605 m | 1.00 h) – Eastern peak (2592 m | 3.00 h) –
Western peak (2662 m | 3.30 h) – Niedere Munde (2059 m | 5.00 h) – via Gaistal back to parking lot (1177 m | 10.00 h)
Level of difficulty: intermediate-high, surefootedness and head for heights required (via ferrata level A/B)
Length: 10 hours
Fitness level: 100 % fitness required!
Altitude difference: 1854 m
Equipment: usual hiking gear + via ferrata set + helmet
Tour: round trip possible
Starting point: 47.349407 N 11.118517 E
How to get there
From Munich take the highway A 95 direction Garmisch Partenkirchen. In Garmisch, continue and drive direction Mittenwald. In Mittenwald take the last exit and continue towards Leutasch and then Moos. Take a GPS in order to find the hidden parking lot (You’ll need to pay a reasonable 2 Euros for parking, make sure you bring coins!).
Address for GPS: 47.349407 N 11.118517 E
Make it a point to pack your backpack the night before and make sure you don’t forget your ferrata set and helmet as well as a jacket. Start super early (6 a.m.) as it is an extraordinarily long hike and thunderstorms are likely to show up in the late afternoon during summertime.
Make sure you take enough food and water – the only food opportunity is at the very beginning of the tour (Rauth hut / 1605m / 1:00 h / +43 664 2815611) and towards the end (Gaistal hut / 1366 m / 8.30 h / +43 52145190).
You definitely want to wear proper hiking shoes and I would recommend to bring hiking poles as the descend is long.
Bring sunscreen as you will be exposed to the sun most of the time.
The trail starts directly at the parking lot in Moos. On the left side of the restaurant there is a steep path that is a shortcut and will save 30 minutes.
You will walk on this path through the forest and over meadows for about 1 hour until you reach the mountain hut “Rauhhütte”. From there the path narrows and continues steeply upwards in between dwarf pines (which make you feel more hot on sunny days). Those are followed by slip rocks – watch your step and take it easy! After another 2 hours you will reach your first goal, the eastern peak (2592 m).
Continue straight. Watch your step! It is not super exposed but you wanna be free from giddiness here. After another 30 minutes and some more ascending you find yourself at the western peak and confronted with breathtaking views onto Mieminger Kette, Zugspitze and the Austrian Alps.
From here on the trail gets a bit exposed.
For the next 1-1,5 hours you will climb over the western ridge and cross the via ferrata part of the tour. It is relatively easy for hiking experts (A/B). Nevertheless you should wear a helmet and – if you do not feel super save – a via ferrata set. After approximately 1,5 hours you will reach Niedere Munde (2059 m). Follow the signs leading to Gaistal on your right side. From Gaistal it is a pretty long walk (3,5 hours) back to your starting point.