That’s what Bavarians do for Fun?! Pfundalm Hike

Rewarding View

What might be common sense in Bavaria elicits a quite different reaction from northern inhabitants. Hence, my sister joins me for a scientific examination of the possible joy of hiking.

New Hiking Pro: Alpine Andy

In former times, we have been skiing passionately and prefer ski lifts for uphill motion. Nowadays, the choice is: walk it or leave it. Consequently, we start our 3-hours-uphill-promenade at Jachenau.

-2°C, 8:30 a.m., Jachenau

First, we keep it low, then turn right, then left and this is where the steep parts begin. Those arduous passages may be irksome, but change our point of view in the most beautiful way. We leave the spring- valley behind and get a first glimpse on the surrounding mountains.

Half Way Up

Steadily, we follow the trail through mixed forest and conifer until we reach the saddle beneath the Hirschhörnlkopf. Hard to decide where to look first: the Alps lining up straight South? The Walchensee below our feet? The Hirschhörnl-peak? Or the Pfundalm, a private cottage that offers a bench at one of it’s walls… We go straight for the bench and get hold of the best place to be.

Idyllic Pfundalm / Hirschhörnlkopf

The lookout is extraordinary.

+8°C, 11:30 a.m., Pfundalm

Especially the view over the glistening white peaks is fantastic and ranges from Bayerische Voralpen and Karwendel up to the Zugspitze.

Everybody surely recognizes Walchensee and Zugspitze…

Looking at the Hirschhörnl peak to our right, we decide to skip it. Been there, done that (me, in January) and there is not so much of a view as far as I can tell. Instead, we celebrate a decent picknick with summer rolls and sushi and the endless landscape.

Mountain Dream Team (with or without skis)

After a while, it is time to switch the perspective towards downhill.

Alpine Yoga; #hikingthealps; #hiking the alps; #alpyoga

With the optional route via Kotalm being a bit of a bore, we rather take the ascent trails for our descent. It is a meet & greet with late risers and inappropriate equipment: fashion sneakers, loafers, out-of-breath slackers with a towel around their neck… Finally, all those couch potatoes have heard the call for sporty action, evidence to successful health insurance campaigns. Compared to those, we look like a female copy of the Huber Buam, up for any kind of alpine excursions.

>600m altit. difference<10 km5hharmless

Hirschhörnlkopf

Winter hike season is here! Martina + Michael are the perfect match for today’s tour up to the Hirschhörnlkopf, a peak as charming as un-pronounceable for anyone from abroad (outside Bavaria).

Our last common Tour has been up to the Stromboli – Perfect Hiking Buddy Martina

The hazy weather enfolds an almost mystic atmosphere in the forest. Great to be out here, despite the cold! Lucky may be those that get heated up along the way…

Is it hot in here or is it us??

The view into the Alps might be worth a look, but not today. Instead, we listen to the sound of snow crunching under our feet.

The View. The Cloud. Mittendrin statt nur dabei.

We approach the cross just in time to witness the clouds clear up for about 30 seconds.

Hikingthealps; Hiking the Alps; Wanderlust #hirschhörnlkopf
Yay to Peaks

There is hardly enough time for pictures, Gipfelsemmel and a glance on distant peaks before the clouds settle in again and leave us cold-handed.

-1°C on Hirschhörnlkopf

Michael detects a romantic = deserted path down, leading us through frozen air and fresh snow. Along the way, we find out how to solve bad hair days: it only takes some white frost to present a splendid hairstyle.

Frosty

The descent via Kotalm (who invents those crazy names??) turns our hike into a circuit and invites us to a second pause with tea and sweets.

Break at the Kotalm

And: with the first handstand trial since… since March 2020! Despite the lack of training, I manage to hold the pose for a full second, proudly presenting my Grödel (crampons).

Hiking the Alps; Handstand; hikingthealps
Back to Handstands!

Further down, we cross several streams and icy paths. The picture below shows the latter – did I mention the useful crampons? Natural born chamois might do without, but I only started hiking in my late youth (13 years ago) and appreciate the perfect grip on snow and ice.

Icy Paths

After 4,5 hours we get back to the parking at Jachenau and congratulate ourselves to this wonderful winter tour. Next weekend might be best for a ski tour, yet today’s hike was as charming as a winter day can be.

750m altit. differenceca. 10km>4hharmless