Gorge, via ferrata, glacier - my path to Zugspitze
Equipped with headlamps, we’re making our way to our first stage goal: Höllental gorge. The route to the entrance of this bizarre world, starting from Hammersbach, is about an hour on foot. The first part at dawn leads us upwards through the woods. We can hear the gorge long before our arrival there with its ever increasing roaring. Impressive!
As soon as we arrive, we notice a significant drop in temperature. Add to that water droplets beating down on us and a strong and gusty wind. Though that’s no problem if, like me with Torid Slim, you’re wearing water-repellent and quick-drying hiking pants that follow your every move. Despite the thin fabric, they’re keeping my legs dry and warm. Just the way it needs to be!
Simply breathtaking: on Germany’s roof
The final via ferrata to Germany’s highest point is demanding and requires total concentration and stamina. We keep taking short breaks to admire the impressive mountain backdrop. Eibsee is an absolute eye-catcher that shows itself from its best side today. It’s not known as the Bavarian Caribbean for nothing. The lake was created from a gigantic rock fall and includes many little islands. The clear water and sandy ground give the lake’s and its islands’ edges a beautiful turquoise-blue glimmer.
Just before the summit cross, there’s a “hikers’ traffic jam” - things are getting a bit tight. Many tourists who came up to Zugspitze by cable car or rack-and-pinion railway want to be immortalised in a photo with the summit cross on Zugspitze. After about seven hours of hiking across Höllental gorge, many via ferrata passages and the Höllentalferner, we will not pass up this opportunity at an altitude of 2962 metres either. It reflects a varied trip with unique highlights fronted by a breathtaking mountain backdrop. I will never forget this trip.
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