Continuing my training with my Transalpine partner, Gine, we spent another day in the beautiful Berchtesgaden Alps, home of the mountains around Lake Königssee.This is a beautiful glacier-formed lake tucked deep in the mountains (Germany's 3rd deepest!), with aqua blue-green waters reflecting the peaks above and white sandy beaches to take a nap on and enjoy the view.
The plan: to run around the lake, starting and finishing at the town of Königsee, travelling through the mountains ringing the lake. The stats: 35km, 2600m+ elevation gain, around 8 hours of hiking, scrambling, taking in the views, enjoying a beer at the Kühroith hut and finally a good soak of the legs in the lake at the finish.
Hiking up to Hochgeschirr, a stony mountain pass:
Seeleinsee, a tiny glacier-formed lake tucked into the rocky peaks:
The descent down into the valley on the other side of the mountain pass - nice and steep!
Obersee, a lake formed when a landslide cut off a part of Königsee, flanked by cliffs on 3 sides:
Peaceful mountain pasture next to the lake:
In front of Obersee:
Quick water stop for Gine:
Running along Lake Königsee towards the chapel of St. Bartholomew:
View from the trail above Königsee:
The town of königsee at the tip of the lake, a good place to soak tired legs: