Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 24

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 24

Long-Distance Hiking · Obertauern
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  • Oberhütte
    / Oberhütte
    Photo: Hotel Eggerwirt, Christian Pritz vom Wellnesshotel Eggerwirt
  • / Rast beim Oberhüttensee
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Bergsee
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Oberhütte
    Photo: Hotel Eggerwirt, Ferienregion Lungau - Familie Oberkofler
m 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 8 6 4 2 km Obertauern: Seekarhaus Obertauern Hochalm
"Humans and nature"
Distance 9.6 km
4:00 h
651 m
441 m
2,100 m
1,665 m
Characteristics: Here you see the contrast between the highly developed Obertauernski area and the almost untouched high mountain region

Author’s recommendation

Our tour tip: in Obertauern: Wildpark Untertauern, Johannes waterfall, “Alles Alm” Themed Trail

Forstau: Europe biotope and sculpture park in the Fallhausalm

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Anita Bott
Update: April 23, 2017
Highest point
2,100 m
Lowest point
1,665 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Schladminger Tauern Oberhütte am See
Obertauern Hochalm
Obertauern: Seekarhaus

Safety information

1. Before each tour the mountain experience and physical fitness of all participants, both adults and children, must be checked. Mountain hiking often demandssure-footedness and a head for heights.

2. Each mountain tour should be carefully planned using tour descriptions andmaps. Crucial information from Alpine clubs, locals, mountain guides and hutowners is especially helpful.

3. The appropriate equipment and clothing are required for mountain hiking,especially sturdy high shoes with non-slip soles. Since the weather in themountains often changes quickly, rain and cold weather protection are also veryimportant.

4. For safety reasons, your host or hotelier should be informed of both the plannedroute and destination of your tour before departure, as well as the expectedtime of return.

5. The speed of the tour must be adapted to the weakest members of the group.Especially at the beginning of the tour, pay special attention to especially slowwalking. Be sure to observe other participants to ensure that exhaustion canbe detected in time.

6. Do not leave the marked trails. To avoid falls, pay attention even in light terrain.Be careful when walking on steep grass slopes, especially when wet. Crossingof steep snow fields or glaciers is particularly dangerous.

7. The displacement of rocks must be avoided, to prevent injury to other hikers.Areas of potential rock-falls should be passed as soon as possible and withoutstopping.

8. If the weather turns, fog appears, the trail becomes too difficult or in poorcondition, you should turn back. This is no disgrace, but rather a sign of reason.

9. If an accident occurs, keep calm. In some cases, you can help yourself. If not, trycalling for help by phone, shouting, with lights or waving with large pieces ofclothing. An injured person should generally not be moved from the accidentsite and must never be left alone.

10. The mountains are there for everyone. To help in their conservation andcleanliness, is the duty of every mountain hiker. You should take your wastewith you down into the valley, and the flora and fauna should be protected.

11. Behaviour with animals: on the mountain pastures there are cows, calves, sheep,and horses etc. Don’t annoy the animals, but behave "normally" and show nofear. Stay on the Alpine trails and keep your distance from animals.

12. Hikers with dogs should always have them on a lead. Dogs absolutely must notbe allowed to ‘hunt’ the grazing animals, mother cows are especially anxiousfor their calves. Should the dog however be attacked by a grazing animal, youmay allow it to run for its own safety.


Alpine Rescue: Call 140

International Rescue: Call 112

Tips and hints

More information under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en


Obertauern (Tauernhaus Wisenegg) (1,655 m)
47.250020, 13.538203
47°15'00.1"N 13°32'17.5"E
33T 389386 5233984



Turn-by-turn directions

As this is a relatively long stage, maybe consider tackling the first ascent to Lake Grünwald with the Grünwald cable car (summer operation) and“saving” the first approx. 300 metres. Otherwise, the hike begins directly at the Tauernhaus Wisenegg. After a very short piece of meadow, we're on a new road which subsequently leads through the skiarea up to Lake Grünwald on a gravel trail. Now, the trail climbs a little more before it again crosses the ski resort down to Seekarhaus. The trail leads slightly down but branches left before the Dikt'n Alm on an Alpine road, crosses a ski slope and leads to the Knappenhaus. Only now do we hike back uphill to the chair-lift mountain station from where there are only a few more steps to the Seekarscharte. Here there is a wonderful view back onto the Obertauern ski resort. To reach the stage finish, now you just have to choose the right-hand trail. To the left we could descend directly to the Vögeialm. In the direction of Oberhütte we walk gently uphill through interesting Karst formations to the pass which is the highest point of this stage at 2,100m. It continues down below the Hundskogel, passing some small mountain lakes, down to the Oberhütten pass. Shortly before the pass, we take the left turn to the Oberhütte hut (overnight stay recommended).


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Information under www.oebb.at/en

Getting there

Die Anfahrt mti dem PKW von Salzburg nach Obertauern beträgt ca. 1 1/4 Stunden.


There is enough parkin space in Obertauern.


47.250020, 13.538203
47°15'00.1"N 13°32'17.5"E
33T 389386 5233984
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Order our Salzburger Almenweg Hiking Map in English for free under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en

Author’s map recommendations

Die kostenlose Broschüre und Stempelkarte ist auch in allen pongauer Tourismusverbänden erhältlich.


 Our equipment tips:

  • Good shoes/boots
  • Rain gear
  • Underwear that wicks away sweat 
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Head covering
  • Eye protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Rucksack (padded straps, plenty of back ventilation)
  • First-aid kit
  • Cereal bar, drinks
  • Hiking pole

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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9.6 km
4:00 h
651 m
441 m
Highest point
2,100 m
Lowest point
1,665 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Summit route


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