Watzmann, East Wall, 2 Day Guided Ascent
Scrambling to the summit of Watzmann via the “Berchtesgadener-weg” (East Face), 2 days
Situated in the verdant mountains and forests of southeastern Germany, Watzmann Ostwand boasts plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy on any mountaineering expedition. Starting from the lovely Königssee Lake, climbers ascend high-quality granite, enjoying phenomenal views of the stunning surroundings en route to the summit.
Best time to visit:
July to September
How to get there:
Any expedition to the summit of Watzmann Ostwand likely begins with a flight into Salzburg Airport (SZG), in Austria. From here, it is easiest to rent a car and make the one hour drive to Schönau am Königssee, at the start of the climb
What’s the weather like?
During the summer months, average daily temperatures at the base of Watzmann Ostwand rang from the low to mid-20s (high-60s to mid-70s). Rain is fairly frequent year-round in this part of Germany, with an average of 12 to 14 days per month
Situated in the southeastern corner of Germany, which is entirely surrounded by Austria and therefore closer to Salzburg than Munich, Watzmann Ostwan is an incredibly scenic part of the country. While many seasoned mountaineers opt to climb up the peak’s iconic east face – challenging themselves, their endurance and their skills on one of the toughest walls in the eastern Alps – less experienced climbers can head up the north face. This route requires a four hour hiking approach to the Watzmann Hut at 1,928 meters (6,325 feet), where most climbers will spend the night. The following day is then spent making a fairly steep but simple climb up to the Hocheck peak (2,651 meters/8,698 feet), which is the shortest on the massif
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