Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 14

Hüttschlag: Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 14

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  • Gamskarkogelhütte, 2.465 m
    / Gamskarkogelhütte, 2.465 m
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  • / Gipfelkreuz am Gamskarkogel
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  • / Sonnenuntergang am Gamskarkogel
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  • / Harbachalm, 1.612 m
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The Salzburg Almenweg leads in 31 stages to more than 120 mountain huts on a length of 350 km. 4 (stage 14-17) of the 31 stages lead through Grossarltal.

Distance 16.8 km
8:00 h
1,412 m
1,507 m
2,467 m
980 m
The Salzburger Almenweg is a long-distance hike through the Pongau mountain world. This hiking path is under the motto "From hut to huton the trail of the gentian". The 14th stage from Kötschachtal to Hüttschlag bears the name: "In the footsteps of Archduke John to Europe's highest grass-topped mountain".


The tour starts in Bad Gastein in Kötschachtal. Right next to the Hoteldorf Grüner Baum, the first climb to the Poserhöhe is quite steep, there you can hike almost 450 meters in altitude in a relatively short time. The effort is definitely worth it, because here you will be rewarded with a magnificent view to the Gastein valley and you take a break the first time if make a stop at the Poserhöhe. From the children's playground of the Alpenhaus Poserhöhe (about 400 m after the Poserhöhe please go straight and do not turn left to a hunter's hut) is a bit more comfortabel to the Toferscharte. On the way up the steps of the vegetation can be observed very well, forest, crippled forest and finally pasture. The last 200 metres of altitude are again a bit exhausting. But from here you have a nice view to Bad Gastein.


The Almenweg leads downwards to the Harbachalm. For those who still have strength and condition, the climb to the Gamskarkogel, the highest grassy mountain in Europe, is highly recommended. The view from the Gamskarkogel is unique. You see the Hohe Tauern, the Kalkalpen, the Wilde Kaiser and the Dachstein. And the best: There is a mountain hut right on the summit. At the Bad Gasteiner hut you will be spoiled with delicacies. This Alpine Club hut is one of the oldest shelters in the Alps. The cottage was built in 1828 by Archduke Johann and offers accommodation for about 20 people.


The descent is a beautiful hike to the Toferscharte. Afterwards you pass the Tofernalm (closed) and finally you reach the Harbachalm. In addition to specialties such as cheese, butter, bread, bacon or sausage, you must try the apple bread, which is a mixture between cake and fruit bread. The Harbachalm is an old miner's hut from the 17th century. The whole Tofern - but also the Reitalm area used to be for copper mining. The Tofernalm area is particularly well-known for its abundant occurrence of yellow and dotted gentian, from that the roots have a special healing effect for gastric and intestinal diseases and are strictly protected.


At the descent, you pass a chapel. It is a place to hold stillness and to encourage every hiker to say thank you.


After a walk along the forestry road you come on a hiking path to Hüttschlag. Accommodation possibilities: Bad Gasteiner Hütte at the Gamskarkogel, Harbachalm, hotels, B&Bs and holiday apartments in Hüttschlag


Author’s recommendation

A special experience is a sunrise or a sunset at the Gamskarkogel.
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Update: January 18, 2022
Highest point
Gamskarkogel, 2,467 m
Lowest point
parking space Kötschachtal, 980 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints


Salzburger Almenweg


Bad Gastein - Kötschachtal (1,074 m)
47.126951, 13.157294
47°07'37.0"N 13°09'26.3"E
33T 360241 5220919


Hüttschlag - village center

Turn-by-turn directions

You go by car or tain to Bad Gastein (or you hike further on the Salzburger Almenweg) to the Kötschachtal. Ascent along path no. 514 past the Poserhöhe to the Toferscharte, 2.091 m (approx. 2 h). Ascent along path no. 43, 502A to the Gamskarkogel, 2.467 m (about 1 1/2 h) - descent on the same path. Downward on the same way to the Tofernalm, 1.820 m (closed, approx. 1 h) and finally to the Harbachalm, 1,612 m (about 1/2 h). On route 43, then 43A to Hüttschlag (about 2 1/2 h).


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

ÖBB (Austrian train), public bus 550 and 555

Getting there

You go to Bad Gastein and further to Kötschachtal


Parking possibitly in Kötschachtal (Bad Gastein)


47.126951, 13.157294
47°07'37.0"N 13°09'26.3"E
33T 360241 5220919
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner Nr. 311

Salzburger Almenweg hiking map 


Hiking boots with grip sole, hiking map.

If you stay on the mountain huts, there are also some fruits, drinks (bottles which you can refill), wind and rain protection, toiletries, warm clothing and changing clothes, torch, mini-pharmacy, sun cream, chocolate...

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Chris Betz
July 29, 2017 · Community
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16.8 km
8:00 h
1,412 m
1,507 m
Highest point
2,467 m
Lowest point
980 m
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