Hiking Trail

Ridge Hike - high above the Planneralm - 1.588m

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  • Plannersee
    / Plannersee
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  • / Blick zum Grimming
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  • / Blick auf die andere Seite ins Goldbachtal
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  • / Möglicher Abstecher zum Gipfelkreuz des Hochrettelstein
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  • / Blick in die niederen Tauern
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  • / Der Plannersee
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  • / Der Grat
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  • / Die Planneralm ganz ruhig am Morgen
    Photo: Zettler Johannes / Zettler IT, Tourismusverband Grimming-Donnersbachtal
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An alpine hike, or more accurately: a narrow, alpine trail, mostly along the ridge, over several peaks on the north-west side of the Plannerkessel.
8 km
5:30 h
660 m
660 m
The alpine hut village of the Planner Alm lies in the Planner Kessel, easily reachable via the access road from Donnersbach.  Liselotte Buchenauer found an appropriate description for this area: “The Planner Kessel has many special features, is easily reachable, the peak can be climbed with minimal elevation change, interesting stones, a lot of water and an amazing abundance of alpine flowers, amid a north-facing horseshoe of mountains that is both green and rugged.”

We 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.

Highest point
Jochspitze, 2008 m
Lowest point
Planner Alm, 1591 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be careful and pay attention!


Sturdy shoes, rain gear

Tips, hints and links

Safety 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


Planner Alm, reachable via the Planneralm Road from Donnersbach (1591 m)
47.405061, 14.200335
33T 439666 5250488


Parkplatz Planneralm

Turn-by-turn directions

Das Almdorf der Planneralm im Plannerkessel erreichen wir leicht über die Zufahrtsstraße von Donnersbach. Von dort geht es für uns (Weg Nr. 940) 400 Höhenmeter zum Gratbeginn am Plannerknot (1996 Meter). Am Pfad Nr. 14 marschieren wir nach Süden, am Felsgrat entlang, ohne größere Schwierigkeiten. Ein Steiglein führt uns weiter zum Plannereck und von dort am Grat oberhalb des Plannerkessels entlang bis zum Kleinen- und Großen Rotbühel. Beim Wegkreuz wendet sich der Kamm nach Westen und über einen noch schmäleren Steig wandern wir über die Gläserkoppe zum letzten Gipfel dieser Tour, zur Jochspitze (2037 Meter). Von dort geht es für uns bergab zur Goldbachscharte und wir folgen der Markierung durch das Kar bis zur Planneralm.

Public transport

Buslinie 941/942 ab Stainach/Irdning.

Getting there

From Donnersbach on the Planneralm road to the Planneralm


Parking area Planneralm
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Grimming-Donnersbachtal (1:31.000). Kostenlos erhältlich beim Tourismusverband Grimming-Donnersbachtal.

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Markus Bürger
August 02, 2018 · Community
Mit der Familie in Angriff genommen. Es war schön anstrengend aber mit wunderbaren Ausblicken. Nur den Hund mussten wir über die ein oder andere Felsspalte heben.
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Donnerstag, 2. August 2018 17:58:19
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Guenther Lorber
October 25, 2016 · Community
Eine wirklich tolle Tour mit wunderbaren Weitblick in alle Richtungen - wir haben den Tag sehr genossen!
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8 km
5:30 h
660 m
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