The pre-alpine landscape with its meadows, forests and lakes is an old farmland that thrives on dairy farming. Its various cheeses are famous far beyond the borders. The Allgäu Alps, summer pastures for cattle, are legendary destinations for hikers and mountaineers. With romantic valleys, grey rock faces and panoramic views that you can't get enough of. A varied tour for all those who prefer slow progress to relaxation and health rather than the fast pace of the car.
You can join this circular trail at any point along the route. Our description starts in the very north of the region, in Altusried, a place that is easy to reach. From here, the first stages of the route lead south. Hikers always have the mountains before their eyes, the most beautiful horizon to think of. Slowly it approaches: the main ridge of the Allgäu spreads out imposingly and shows its wild beauty. In Oberstaufen, the hikers start to climb uphill: the mountain stages wait.
The trail leads through the valley "Kleinwalsertal" and via Oberstdorf to Hindelang, where it slowly turns out of the mountains again. The hilly countryside awaits you again and the Iller, which dares a romantic breakthrough through the moraines before Altusried, in narrow loops through a deeply scored valley that is crossed to reach the starting point of the hike, Altusried, on the other side.
Tips and hints
Cycling on this trail
The northern arc of the hike, which leads around the villages of Wertach, Altusried and Missen, is also very suitable for cyclists. In places that are difficult or impossible to cycle, there is always a bypass route. From Missen you can close the circle to Wertach via Immenstadt and Rettenberg and thus also cycle a circuit.
Getting thereVia the A7 to Dietmannsried, continue to Altusried
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EquipmentWeatherproof clothing, touring rucksack, mountain boots, first aid kit, rescue blanket, possibly climbing harness, drinks and food, sunscreen, torch, ID card and a youth hostel sleeping bag for overnight stays in huts.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.