Via ferrata Lachenspitze (C/D) Austria

The tour to Lachenspitze (2126 m) peak combines a scenic hike with a steep via ferrata climb on the north face rock wall of this mountain, offering stunning views and an unforgettable experience for avid hikers and climbing enthusiasts.


Grade: C/Dview topo
Vertical: 265m ferrata, 1120m total
Time: 2h15min approach, 1h15min ferrata, 2h15min descent, 5h45min total
Access / Parking: 47.4994,10.5249Google Maps or any Android maps app
Start via ferrata: 47.4415, or any Android maps app
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By public transport, you can take a train to Reutte, then a bus to Tannheim. By car, we arrive at the paid parking lots in Tannheim, near the main B199 road.

From here we can take the bus, hike (45min), or bike up to lake Vilsalpsee, because that part of the access road is closed to private vehicles during the day, from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.

Times and vertical distance are calculated from Vilsalpsee.

Approach to start

A trail starts from Vilsalpsee (lake Visalp) and goes past Traualpsee, up to Landsberger Hütte. You can take a break on the terrace of this hut and gather your strength for the via ferrata. The north face wall of Lachenspitze is clearly visible from here. In 10 more minutes you will reach the cable start.

The route

The steep C/D segment at the start sets the entry barrier for this climb. You will find other steep parts further on the route as well, equally enjoyable. The entire route offers a great climbing experience and the view of the three lakes below is the icing on the cake.


Hike down to Östliches Lachenjoch (1915 m) mountain pass, then follow the trail downward, passing by the smaller lake called Lache, past Traualpsee, and back to Vilsalpsee.

Alternatively, from the summit, you can go in the opposite direction to Steinkarscharte mountain pass, continue downward to Landsberger Hütte, and then retrace your steps on the approach trail.

Good to know

  • Short, test/practice via ferratas with several grades are available, left of the actual route start.
  • Landsberger Hütte is an ideal place to rest, before and after the climb.
  • The via ferrata was first opened in June 21, 2009.

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