7. September 2015
climbing: 1020 meters
descending: 1230 meters
Taking the mountain railway “Venetbahn”
Day 4 was about hiking all the way from Zams to the Braunschweiger hut. But first thing in the morning we had to keep an appointment. We wanted to get the first mountain railway up the mountain at 8:30. Taking the “Venetbahn” up to the summit of the “Krahberg” at an elevation of 2208 meters saved us a climb of 1400 meters.
Up on the summit we were welcomed by beautiful sunshine (I would like to write “warm” but it wasn’t….) The views we had were great and it took us a while to get all our photos and selfies done.
Rest at the Galflunalpe
We hiked on at the mountain side. The air was very clear (and cold) and therefore we could enjoy the best views of the alpine panorama. Our schedule was to be in the village Wenns before 1 pm where we would hop on the next bus.
As we had plenty of time we stopped at the Galflunalpe, a very nice and small mountain hut where we got to eat some homemade cake! And we also saw some strange animals… Does an Alpaka belong into the European Alps?
In a glacier valley
We got to the busstop in time and after about one hour we hopped-off at the last stop “Mittelberg” at 1734 meters. From there we would have to climb about 1000 meters to the Braunschweiger hut. But first of all we had another rest stop at the valley station of the hut’s ropeway for material transport. After we loaded up on calories we started climbing. Once more we used the material transport ropeway for our main luggage. The climb was hard but also very pretty as we were hiking through valleys formed by glaciers.
The Braunschweiger hut
Arriving at the Braunschweiger hut we could even see the remains of the glacier. Same as all the other glaciers in the world it’s melting way too fast. I still remember that I didn’t sleep very well that night and that I could feel the high elevation of 2760 meters.
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