The Östliche Karwendelspitze (2,537 m) is a mountain formed from Wetterstein limestone in the Karwendel mountains on the border between Bavaria and Tyrol. It is the highest mountain of the Northern Karwendel chain and the highest German peak in the Karwendel. It was first climbed by Hermann von Barth on 4 July 1870.
The summit may be reached in 2½ hours from the Karwendelhaus (1,765 m) on a partially trackless mountain tour that requires Alpine experience. The ascent crosses a grass and schrofen covered ridge east of the Vogelkar cirque. Just below the summit there is a UIAA grade I climbing section. There is a challenging descent which is recommended via the Grabenkar cirque through partly rocky and scree-covered terrain (I) with a fast scree run (Schuttabfahrt), however it is too laborious for an ascent. The Karwendelhaus in turn may be reached either from Scharnitz or from Hinterriß over the Kleiner Ahornboden. Because of the long approach along the valley to the Karwendelhaus, a two-day tour should be considered as an alternative to a 10½ hour round day trip.
The Östliche Karwendelspitze may also be climbed by skiers in the spring through the Grabenkar. In winter this is usually not possible due to the high risk of avalanche and the long routes.
There's an alpine trail (T4) leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Karwendelhaus located 1 936m/6 353ft S of the summit.
By elevation Östliche Karwendelspitze is
# 49 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 1 out of 97 in Karwendel und Karwendelvorgebirge # 49 out of 37308 in Germany # 32 out of 442 in Landkreis Garmisch-Partenkirchen # 57 out of 508 in Naturpark Karwendel # 57 out of 583 in the Karwendel
By prominence Östliche Karwendelspitze is
# 26 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 2 out of 97 in Karwendel und Karwendelvorgebirge # 28 out of 37308 in Germany # 43 out of 5947 in Tyrol # 9 out of 442 in Landkreis Garmisch-Partenkirchen # 7 out of 1004 in Bezirk Innsbruck-Land # 7 out of 885 in Bezirk Schwaz # 3 out of 508 in Naturpark Karwendel # 4 out of 583 in the Karwendel # 21 out of 1916 in the North Tyrol Limestone Alps
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