A beautiful 3-day-hike that is a real treatment for yourself, including 2 overnights in a mountain chalet in the Schladminger Tauern range. One overnight at Duisitzkarsee Lake, the other at the Giglachseen Lakes. Each day you hike for approximately 3 hours.
The 3-day-hike along the "Alp Tour Obertal" is a wonderful hike to the mountain lakes in the Duisitzkar and Giglachkar cirques. The tour is layed out for 2 overnight stays and caters especially to families with kids and hikers who enjoy the trail as part of the experience. Along the route and at each days stage point you enjoy the great scenery of the Schladminger Tauern range in the Obertal valley. Along the route and the Duisitzkarsee and Giglachseen Lakes there is a lot to discover. Kids will enjoy the element of water - playing along the creeks or swimming in the lakes. Along the trails further beautiful spots wait to be discovered. Magical places in the forest, view points inmidst of fields of dwarf pines, trails seamed by berry bushes, and centuries-old chalets wait along the Alp Tour Obertal.
Tip for day 1:
From Neualm you can include Keinprechthütte chalet into your tour - additional walking time: approximately 3 hours.
Tip for day 2:
From Giglachseen lake you can reach the remains of historic miners' housing at Vetternkar cirque - additional walking time: approximately 2 hours.
Tip for day 3:
The last remaining nickel smelting furnace of the Eastern Alps is located in Hopfriesen. The furnace is open as nickel museum on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
Anckle high hiking boots recommended.
A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.
From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
Information about the hike: www.wildewasser.com
From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village of Untertal turn right onto Obertalstraße road and continue to Eschachalm.
Parking is available at the trail heads Eschachalm and Hopfriesen. For the multiple-day tour we recommend to park in the parking garage at WM-Park Planai and take the bus to Obertal from there.