Salet to Kärlingerhaus (1631m)

It was a late start for various reasons. We boarded the boat from Königssee at 13:30 and enjoyed a lovely, slow ride down the King’s lake.

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There were sunny spells at the start and the captain told us many facts over our 1 hour journey. The highlight was when the boat stopped by the Eiswinkel and one of the crew played a trumpet, which echoed down the lake.

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Did I mention the rain had just started after a lovely, sunny morning? Alighting at Salet at 14:30 we had 4.5 hours to make the hut by the latest arrival time. The sign told us that it would take about 5 hours and we were carrying kit for multiple days in huts. Time to get moving I guess. Thankfully it wasn’t raining at that moment.

From the ship it looked like the ascent would be straight up the cliff! (Up the Sagereckwand.)

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The route we thought we had to take…

Thankfully, it chose a more leisurely approach. One, which went almost straight up the cliff ;) There were fixed chains to assist with the worst parts and it took us about 2 hours to get up this first section. The views down over the lakes Königssee and Obersee were beautiful.

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Then the rain started coming and going and we could hear thunder rumbling around.

We came across the Grünsee, which looked amazing. It would be even better on a sunny day with a picnic. At some point the rain set in completely, but the atmosphere was still impressive with the peaks around us. When stopped in a bowl-like plateau high up I saw what looked like a deer and its very tiny offspring. What a treat.

On we walked through a few snow drifts as well. I would have loved to have taken more photos but my camera was now tucked away to keep it dry. In only 3h36mins we reached the hut. Aren’t drying rooms such a novelty :)

We had a good feed and I enjoyed standing outside to take in the Funtensee (which holds the record for the coldest temperature in Germany at -49 deg) and Viehkogel (which looks like a mini Matterhorn) and chatting to other walkers. Blue skies were a lovely backdrop after dinner and a nice change to the weather on the walk in. Now to decide where to go tomorrow :)

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Having learnt that the Wasseralm (hut) was indeed open we chose to head east.

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