You climb around 400 m from the hut village to the beginning of the ridge on the Plannerknot (elev. 1,996 m). Path No. 14 now heads south along the rocky ridge, without great hurdles along the way, past the immense red-black tower of rock. The little trail leads up and down through impressive fields of larch to the Plannereck and onwards, always stocking to the ridge above the Plannerkessel, taking us to the Kleiner- and Grosser Rotbühel. In the west, we overlook remote highlands including the Gullingtäler. Below to the right lies the hut village. At the trail crossing on the Grosser Rotbühel, the mountain crest turns west, the trail becomes even narrower and cuts over the Gläserkoppe (elev. 1,970 m) to the last peak of this tour, the Jochspitze (elev. 2,037 m).
Caution is essential for all these trails! From the Jochspitze, we head downhill to the Goldbachscharte, following signs down through a water-rich cirque and damp forest to the Planneralm.
- Plan your tour in advance, taking into account walking time, route length, altitude difference, dangerous spots and weather forecast.
- The Alpenverein will provide you with detailed information on "safe mountain hiking". At www.alpenverein.at you can find detailed information about it.
- Together many things are more pleasurable and in the mountains safer at the same time. Don't do hikes alone, if possible, and adapt the tour to the individual fitness of your group.
- Let people know where you are going and by when you intend to be back. Also make sure to write your name in hut or summit books.
- If the weather gets worse, you should turn back in time. If you get caught in a thunderstorm, do not stay on the summit or ridge and keep away from single trees. Wait, if possible in a crouching position, to be safe during the thunderstorm.
- Stay on the clearly marked paths and remember to close pasture fences when you pass them on your way.
- The way up is only half the way. Stay attentive, especially when going downhill, to safely get back down to the valley.
- In case of an emergency, keep calm and call the mountain rescue service under 140. If you have no cell phone signal, take out your sim card and dial 112.
- If you meet cows: Walk above the herd at least 50 meters away. Stay calm, don't make hectic movements and don't run away. Do not imitate cow sounds and try not to stroke the animals. With a stick and loud calls, the animals can often be turned around in an emergency.
- If you are a dog owner: Clarify already before the hike whether you have to cross grazing areas. Keep your dog on a leash and make sure that he keeps calm. Let the dog off the leash immediately in case of a cow attack. Never pick him up to defend him.
Tips, hints and linksSafety information
Safety on the mountainside: changes in the weather, sudden fall in temperature, thunder storms, wind, fog and snow fields are all objective dangers and require the correct behaviour whilst underway. the landlords of the huts are all very knowledgeable about the mountains and can give you good tips about the weather and the routes. Insufficient equipment, exaggerated opinion of ones capabilities, frivolousness, poor health condition and a false evaluation of the situation can lead to a critical situation. In thunder storms: summits, crest-sites and safety rope aids are to be avoided.
If something should happen call following emergency numbers:
No. 140 - the number for all Alpine Emergencies in all of Austria
No. 112 - European emergency call GSM emergency-call-service
Getting thereComing from the B320, at the crossing Trautenfels follow the signs to Irdning. Then head towards Donnersbach. In the village, turn left towards Planneralm and follow the 12 km long toll-free mountain road.
ParkingLarge, free parking area directly at the Planneralm.
Author’s map recommendations
- To put in your weatherproof backpack: Protection against sun and rain, as well as warm, windproof clothing, drinks and food, a small first aid kit, a hiking map and a fully charged mobile phone. Proper shoes are are essential of course.