Saturday 31 August 2024

Pertisau, the Achensee and the Karwendel, Austria (Author: Joe MiGo / / CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication / photo cropped by


The Karwendelmarsch is a trail running and hiking event held annually in the Karwendel mountain range in the state of Tirol (Tyrol) in Austria.

Entries are limited to 2,500 participants and usually fill up quickly.

Three point-to-point race options are availabe:

  • 35km Karwendelmarsch (from Scharnitz to Eng)
  • 52km Karwendelmarsch (from Scharnitz to Pertisau)
  • 52km Karwendellauf (from Scharnitz to Pertisau)

The Karwendelmarsch is meant for walkers and the Karwendellauf for runners, but walkers won't be disqualified for running and vice versa.

The route is very scenic and challenging. The 35k features about 1,500 metres of ascent, the 52k almost 2,300 metres.

It is allowed to use trekking poles.

Starting at 6am in the village of Scharnitz (967m) on the western edge of the Karwendel, participants run/walk in an eastward direction through the mountains.

The 35k route ends in the hamlet of Eng (1,227m) which is surrounded by beautiful pastures and imposing mountain peaks.

From there, the 52k route climbs to the highest point on the course (1,903m) before it descends to the finish line in the resort of Pertisau (932m) on the western shore of the Achensee (pictured above) which marks the eastern edge of the Karwendel massif.

Participants can use the event shuttle bus service to get to the start area in Scharnitz (before or after the race; on reservation).


Map of the venue (blue: Scharnitz; yellow: Eng; red: Pertisau):


15. Karwendelmarsch:


  • 31 August 2024 (Saturday)

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