The imprssive Watzespitze has an altitude of 3.533 m and is the highest peak of the rough Kaunergrat mountain range. The prominent east ridge (up to UIAA IV-) is one of the best primary rock climbs in the Eastern Alps. The cosy Kaunergrat hut is the basecamp for the alpine climb with mountain guide to the Watzespitze. It’s just a short access from the hut to the entry of the east ridge.
Price applies for 1 person.
We start from the hut towards the approach of the east ridge of Watzespitze at 6:00 a.m. Across rubble and scree and a quite steep corn snow or ice field, we walk to the access point.
Then we climb across the east ridge (mostly difficulty level I and II and sometimes III, crux: IV- UIAA) to the summit.
In good conditions we can descent along the ice trail; otherwise we take the same route across the east ridge back.
FITNESS: fitness for 9 h and 800 m vertical metres up and down (+ approach to the Kaunergrat hut the day before; approx. 1300 vertical metres up)
TECHNIQUE: rock climbing in grade UIAA IV- in second climb