An impressive round trip fromBödmen via the Geißhorn and the Kemptner Köpfle back to Bödmen with breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains. If lucky you can watch some ibexes up close.
The tour starts in Gemstelboden directly at the Breitach at about 1200 m altitude. Along the beautiful Gemstelbach we walk steadily but not very steeply uphill. From the Hintere Gemstelhütte on the gradient increases. We follow the sharp bends through mountain pines and pass a spectacular gorge at the bottom of which the Gemstelbach is rushing. The few somewhat more critical points are secured with a rope. Afterwards, one enters a kind of plateau and the cultivated Obere Gemstelalpe at 1694 m. Not quite as steep as before and overlooking the Geißhorn we now climb the saddle in order to then start the summit attempt. The ascent to the summit requires some surefootedness: On the northern ridge, a gravel trail leads to the goal. After approximately 3.5 hrs from the start we reach the first summit of the day, the Geißhorn at 2366 m and are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains Liechelkopf, Angererkopf, Elfer and Zwölfer, the Lechquellengebirge and the Allgäu main ridge. Do not forget to keep an eye out for ibex – you are in the middle of their territory. After refreshments, we return to the saddle and without significant ups and downs we continue to the Mindelheimer Hütte which is worthwhile to stop by. From here, it is only a short climb to the second summit of the day: The Kemptner Köpfle (2191 m), whose last meters must be climbed in order to enjoy the wonderful view from the summit. From here we start the actual descent via the Kemptner Scharte (saddle). In a serpentines a narrow gravel path winds down into Wildental. Surefootedness required! From the cultivated Fluchtalpe a broad gravel path leads through the Wildental, from where you can either take a bus or walk back to Bödmen.
The tour is technically not very demanding, but requires quite some stamina due to its length. With several passages like the ascent to the Geißhorn or the descent via the Kemptner Scharte surefootedness is required.
Sturdy shoes but no climbing equipment.
Tips, hints and links
Hiking trails, huts and attractions can also be found in the nature adventure map, which can be purchased at the tourist office in Hirschegg.
Mittelberg (1174 m)
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From the parking lot "Weiher" through the Gemstelboden into the Gemsteltal. On path no. 444 follow the stream past Bernhards Gemstelhütte and Hintere Gemstelhütte to Obere Gemstelalp (1.5-2 hrs.). Here turn left and continue on Route 444 up to the saddle. Keep left to the summit trail (about 1.5-2 h.); the same way also leads back down to the saddle, from here follow the road 443/444 to the left towards the Mindelheimer Hütte that is achieved fairly quickly; from here follow the signs to Kemptner Scharte and Fluchtalpe (approx. 2 hours). From here, over the Wildental along the Breitach back to Bödmen (1.5 hrs.).
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Public transport friendly
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the village Mittelberg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Bödmen".
Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.
Parking "Weiher" on the left side driving towards Baad (don't forget to pay!). More parking spaces (all paid) approx. 2 km down the road in the village Baad.