Kaunertal Glacier – A Microadventure In Tirol

Three years ago, as our first real adventure as husband and wife, Menno and I visited a really special place in Tirol and ever since I’ve found my love of photography, I wanted to go back.

An almost two-hour drive and a six hour round trip hike, the Gepatschferner Glacier in the Kaunertal Valley is the second largest in Austria. From the road there’s an easy hike along the valley floor to the tongue of the glacier, but for anyone willing to put in the effort to make the hike up from the valley, you can reach the edge of the glacier and come face to face with the giant crevasses, which are absolutely breathtaking. Just whatever you do, don’t walk on the ice unless you are with a mountain guide with special safety equipment!

The area that surrounds it is also magnificent and if you’re really lucky, there’s a chance you won’t see another soul during your hike in to the mountains. But you might come across sheep, alpine chamois and even marmots!

Menno tying his hiking boot laces Menno walking away from the camera up a hiking trail Close up of snow crystals on the grass Alpenrose flowers with snow on them Wide angle picture of the Kauntertal Glacier road zig-zagging up the moutainside Close up photo of winding road up the mountain Menno walking through bushes covered in a dusting of snow Menno walking up mountain path with some snow on the ground Close up of an Austrian hiking trail marker on a rock Photo of Cat stopping for a rest on a mountain trail surrounded by light snowfall Picture of a mountain valley with a glacier in the distance Zoomed in photo of the glacier in the valley A brown sheep standing on the hiking trail A brown sheep on the hillside looking at the camera Menno walking down a rocky path towards the Kaunertal Glacier tongue Austrian hiking trail sign painted on a rock Small succulents growing between the rocks Photo of the Gepatschferner glacier tongue Photo of the Kauntertal glacier tongue cutting through the valley Close up of the cracks in the glacial ice as it meets the valley rocks Close up of the glacial ice and the large cracks in it Picture in to a small ice cave in the glacier with a blue glow in the ice The sun shining above the glacier ice Close up of the blue glow inside the cracks of the glacier Large ice boulders meet the gravel at the sides of the valley Close up of water dripping from the glacier Close up of water melting off small icicles Photo of rocks worn down by glacial errosion photo looking in to a small ice cave in the glacier Stacked rocks near the glacier A gams mountain goat hiding in the trees Yellow hiking trail marker A view from the mountain looking down at the winding road and valley Close up view looking down at the winding mountain road from the Kaunertal glacier A marmot peeks out from under a rock A cold mountain lake near the Kaunertal glacier A view of the Gepatschferner glacier tongue from across the valley A closer view of the glacier through the Kaunertal valley Cows walking down the middle of the road in the Kaunertal valley in AustriaWinding road leaving the Kaunertal valley in Austria

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Author: Cat Ekkelboom-White

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