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Long-Distance Hiking Multistage route

Dachstein Circular Hiking Trail

Long-Distance Hiking
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  • Sky Walk Dachsteingletscher
    / Sky Walk Dachsteingletscher
    Photo: Gery Wolf, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • Schöne Aussichten auf einsamen Wegen
    / Schöne Aussichten auf einsamen Wegen
    Photo: Tom Lamm, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Dachsteinpanorama
    Photo: TVB Schladming Dachstein, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Wanderung am Dachstein
    Photo: TVB Schladming Dachstein, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Startpunkt Gosausee
    Photo: TVB Schladming Dachstein, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Gosausee im Frühling
    Photo: TVB Schladming Dachstein, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Hallstatt
    Photo: Kraft.Hallstatt, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Löckernmoos
    Photo: OOE-Tourismus, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Stuhlalm
    Photo: TVB Schladming Dachstein, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Wanderer am Dachstein
    Photo: Tom Lamm, TVB Ausseerland, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Wandern am Dachstein
    Photo: Raffalt, TVB Schladming Dachstein
  • / Das Guttenberghaus in den frühen Morgenstunden...
    Photo: Perhab, René Eduard Perhab
  • / Der Abendliche blick ins Tal bei einer Sternenklaren Nacht...
    Photo: Perhab, René Eduard Perhab
  • / Blick zum Sinabell hinter der Hütte
    Photo: Harald Herzog, OeAV Alpenverein Austria
  • / Guttenberghaus bei Vollmond...
    Photo: Perhab, René Eduard Perhab
  • / Guttenberghaus mit Eselstein
    Photo: Harald Herzog, OeAV Alpenverein Austria
  • / Blick auf Hallstatt und dem Hallsätter See
    Photo: Sabine Zölß, SalzAlpenSteig und -Touren e.V.
  • / Kaiser Franz Josef Stollen Hallstatt
    Photo: Kathrin Haas, SalzAlpenSteig und -Touren e.V.
  • / Iglmoosalm
    Photo: Viki Wimmer, SalzAlpenSteig und -Touren e.V.
  • / Iglmoosalm
    Photo: Viki Wimmer, SalzAlpenSteig und -Touren e.V.
  • / Das Guttenberghaus - Wo sich Bergsteiger treffen!
    Photo: René Eduard Perhab, Perhab
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    Photo: Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing
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    Photo: Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing
m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 120 100 80 60 40 20 km Viehbergalm Hochmühleck Gosauzwangbrücke Stuhlalm Sky Walk Goseritzalm Kalmoskirche Tor Brandalm Steinitzenalm Iglmoosalm Ödensee

Manageable daily stages, no need for ropes or climbing gear, trail time between 4 and 7 hours, through an imposing alpine massif famous for its breadth of landscapes.
difficult
123.1 km
46:00 h
6251 m
6230 m

This 8-day hike on and around the Dachstein will lead you through:

  • Sharp rocks over green alpine pastures
  • Bizarre edges and enormous towering rock walls
  • Glacier ice, limestone rocks,
  • Lonely high-alpine terrain, virgin forests and rewarding summits
  • Mysterious karst springs and mirroring mountain lakes

Considering the scenic highlights and the differences in altitude, this circular trail will lead you around the Dachstein counter-clockwise – to blend the landmarks in a more harmoniously and to make this experience even more memorable.

Beginning in the north-west, on the shore of the Gosausee, we continue along Dachstein’s south face to Ramsau. From there, we hike east across the glacier to the Guttenberghaus and continue to the Stoderzinken. Through the Notgasse and Viebergalm, we make our way north across a secluded high plateau – following the footsteps of pilgrims until we reach the Salzkammergut region. On flat paths, we hike through the Salzkammergut, past Bad Aussee, Obertraun, Hallstatt and Bad Goisern – always following the course of Traun. Finally, we cross the Kalmgebirge (mountain range) to the Goiserer Hütte and onto a path back to Gosau.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2678 m
Lowest point
494 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Safety information

This tour includes different altitude zones, so there are different requirements for the different stages. On this stage it is possible to hike in the valley as well as on glaciers and alpine climbs up to 2600m. Due to the sometimes high altitudes, weather conditions can change quickly, so equipment for all conditions should be considered (rain protection, mountain shoes, poles, warm clothing, etc.).

The hut keepers can assess the situation on the mountain very well, so they are good advisors when it comes to weather changes. Wrong equipment, carelessness, bad condition and wrong assessment of the situation can lead to critical situations. The glacier part should only be used on the marked routes, as there is a risk of glacial crevasses.

Tips, hints and links

Due to the fact that the hiking tour consits of eight stages, the overall duration can vary! 

 

 

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 AustriaNo. 112 - European emergency call GSM emergency-call-service

Start

Car park Gosausee (912 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.536027, 13.495527
DMS
47°32'09.7"N 13°29'43.9"E
UTM
33T 386771 5265830
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Destination

Car park Gosau

Turn-by-turn directions

1st stage:

Starting the tour at Vorderer Gosausee’s parking lot, follow trail no. 620 in the direction of Gosausee. Passing below Gosaukammbahn’s lift route onto a windy trail, you will reach the Gablonzer Hütte.

From there, take trail no 611 to cross the meadow and enjoy a beautiful view onto the Gosausee and the Törleck. Cross the border between Upper Austria and Salzburg and you will reach the Törlecksattle at 1.557 m. Continue your journey on the Austria path no. 611 along the south side of the Großen Donnerkogel until you pass the Stuhlalm. From there, a steep, windy incline takes you through rocks and larches until you reach a more comfortable passage that will lead you up and down until you reach your first finish line: the Hofpürglhütte.

 

2nd stage:

On the 2nd stage of this tour, take the Austria Trail 612/601 + 617, a high-alpine trail that brings you closer to the Dachstein glacier. Slight gradients lead over the Kesselwand, where the Stieglweg No. 612 crosses, which leads back to Gosau.

However, continue on path no. 612/601 + 617 and surpass the tree line - now you can enjoy impressive views of the Hohe Tauern!

On the path 617, a short ascent will take you up to Sulzenschneid summit. Walk back down to Sulzenhals and continue to the Windlegerkar (coombe) below the ridge, until you reach the ‘Tor’ (gate). Here you can get your first impression of the destination of this stage: the Dachstein Südwandhütte.

Now you will cross the border between Salzburg and Styria, walking along a windy path and over scree until you reach the Torboden.

Conquering the last ascent of this stage, you will reach the Südwandhütte on the Schönbühel – your stopover.

 

3rd stage:

On the 3rd day, you can choose between 2 different paths, depending on your physical health and fitness levels.

1st variant:

Take the path from the Südwandhütte to the Türlwandhütte and take the Dachstein Gondola up to the glacier. At the mountain station: walk down to the viewing platform ‘Sky Walk’ and enjoy the impressive scenery.
To make this an even more memorable experience, you can go and climb the Dachstein from here: walk past the lift, following the snow groomed path to the Seethalerhütte. From there, you are close to the starting points of via ferrata ‘Schulter’ and via ferrata ‘Randkluft’ which will both take you up to Dachstein summit.

2nd variant:

Directly behind the Südwandhütte, follow the steep, windy path (no. 615) to the starting point of via ferrata ‘Hunerkogel’ on the right. Climb it up until you reach the
edge of the glacier. From there continue on the marked path to the north.

Both variants will join at the gondola’s mountain station ‘Hunerkogel’. From there, you should leave at 4pm the latest to complete the last section of this stage.

Walk past Gjaidstein and walk to the left of the chairlift towards the east. Follow the coloured markings on the rocks and snow poles. Hint: the ‘Steinmandl/Taube’ (cairn) is an additional point of orientation in this area.
At mark 674, the snow is often still frozen so you have to be sure-footed and carefully watch your step. Walking poles will offer better stability here!
Carefully watch the weather on this high-alpine walk - there are no shelters on the way.
At the Feisterscharte: follow the short but steep descent of path no. 616 until you reach the Guttenberghaus.

 

Stage 4:

The 4th day will start with a short ascent to Feisterscharte. Follow trail no. 618 over the northern slope of Sinabell to the east. Keep on walking past rocks, mountain
pines and gorges. You will reach the Grafenbergalm after walking for approx. 3 hours. From there, you will be leaving the high-alpine terrain and walk back into the
woods. After having been exposed to a barren rocky landscape for this long, the contrasts between meadows and forests are even more prominent.
As this is a popular hiking area, many different hiking trails will cross our path. Be careful to stay on path no. 618 towards the west.
Look back and enjoy a last good view of the glacier. Then, follow the path through a dense forest, down a windy road. Pass the Brunnerhütte and walk up to your destination: the Steinerhaus.

 

Stage 5:

From the Steinerhaus, walk back down and continue along path 618. Walk over big roots and uneven grounds until you reach the fork below the Kimpflingsattel. Careful, even though the crossing is sign-posted, it’s easily overlooked!
Follow the path to the Notgasse for approx. 30 min. This is a beautiful gorge with steep, up to 60m high, rock walls, and historic rock paintings. Follow the path through the gorge until you reach the forest path leading you to Brandalm. Pass the Viehbergalm and walk into the woods - this section is also called the ‘Bettlersteig’ (beggars’ path). The path is marked as ‘Dachstein Rundwanderweg’ and will lead you over Hochmühleck summit and the Goseritzalm back down through the woods to Steinitzenalm.

 

Stage 6:

The 6th stage of this tour starts from Steinitzenalm and passes the snack station Stieger. Follow the signs for the karst springs ‘Strumern’. Follow an even path to Ödensee and the Traun, along path no. 17 to Bad Aussee. There, we follow the forest path along the railway tracks to the ‘Vogelhütte’. Cross the suspension bridge and walk along the banks of the Koppentraun river. Walk through a water cave and along the Obertrauner high-alpine route to Obertraun. Walk along the lake to Hallstatt’s train station. There, take a boat across the lake to Hallstatt – today’s destination.

 

Stage 7:

The 7th stage follows the brine pipeline path to Bad Goisern. Take the inclined lift, next to Salzwelten Hallstatt, to Rudolfsturm keep. There, you will follow path no. 601 north to the Franz Joseph Stollen. Walk along Hallstätter Sees shore and cross the Gosauzwangbrücke (bridge), and pass the waterfalls. Follow the history-themed path, of Hallstatt and its surroundings, to Bad Goisern – your last stopover on this tour.

 

Stage 8:

The final stage of this long-distance hike starts at the centre of Bad Goisern. Follow path 801A/880 in the direction of Unterjoch. On a serpentine road, you will walk steadily uphill between alpine pastures. From the top, you will have a beautiful view onto Lake Hallstatt. Continue the ascent past the Goiserer Hütte and have a quick look at the Kalmooskirche - the church was used to hold secret protestant masses.

Follow the path back to Goiserer Hütte and take the descent (path 801A/880) past Iglmoosalm towards Gosau.

From there, you can take the 2-hour long panorama trail from Gosau to the Voderer Gosausee to complete this circular trail and to dangle your feet in the water.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
47.536027, 13.495527
DMS
47°32'09.7"N 13°29'43.9"E
UTM
33T 386771 5265830
w3w 
///carpools.whitish.trial
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Depending on the chosen stages!

With a total ascent of all eight stages: Rainproof clothing, sturdy shoes, rucksack, hiking poles, sleeping bag if necessary.


Questions & Answers

Question about martin novotny · June 22, 2020 · Community
Schönen Tag, Anfang Juli möchten wir uns auf eine Reise um Dachstein machen /Dachstein rundwanderweg/. Bitte informieren Sie mich über die Möglichkeiten, Trinkwasser nicht auf dieser Route nachzufüllen. Danke dir. Martin N.
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Answer by Ben NY · June 22, 2020 · Community
Es gibt kaum Möglichkeiten, Trinkwasser unterwegs an Quellen aufzufüllen. Sie sollten daher ausreichend mitnehmen.
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Question about Nóra Havasi Nóra · June 16, 2020 · Community
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, wir möchten dem ganzen Rundwanderweg machen ab Mitte Juli. Ich möchte mich erkundigen, ob jetzt schon alle Hütten offen sind, was sie hier gezeigt haben, oder wegen COVID-19 sind noch nicht alles offen? Sind speziellen Regeln in den Bergen jetzt wegen COVID-19? Mit freundlichen Grüßen: Nóra Horváth- Havasi
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Hallo, ich hoffe diese Informationen helfen Ihnen weiter: Die Hütten am Dachsteinrundwanderweg haben bereits jetzt alle offen und der Weg sollte mit Anfang nächster Woche auch schon gut begehbar sein. Folgende Regeln sind für Hüttennächtigungen in Österreich für diesen Sommer zu beachten: 1. Besuche unsere Hütten nur in gesundem Zustand! 2. Bringe deinen eigenen Mund-Nasen-Schutz mit! 3. Reserviere deinen Übernachtungsplatz – ohne Reservierung kein Schlafplatz! 4. Nächtigung nur mit eigenem Schlafsack und Polsterbezug (leichter Daunen- oder Sommerschlafsack – Hüttenschlafsäcke alleine wärmen in der Regel nicht ausreichend)! Falls in Schlaflagern keine räumlichen Trennungen eingerichtet werden können, muss ein Abstand von mind. 1,5 Metern zu nicht im gemeinsamen Haushalt lebenden Personen eingehalten werden. Für weitere Fragen stehen wir gerne zur Verfügung! Herzliche Grüße, Georg (Schladming-Dachstein Team)

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Ben NY
June 16, 2020 · Community
Am besten die Hütten separat anschreiben bzw. anrufen. Die Hüttenwirte lesen hier nicht und werden dementsprechend nicht antworten.
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Thomas Gerhardt 
June 18, 2019 · Community
Hallo, sofern der Gute die 7-8 Stunden lazfen kann und ihr ihm u.U. ein paar Pfotenschoner anzieht sollte es gehen.
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Peter Schramek
June 18, 2019 · Community
Hallo, mich würde interessieren, ob diese Tour mit einem bergerfahrenen Hund möglich ist. Wir planen die Tour Anfang August. Vielen Dank Peter
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
123.1 km
Duration
46:00h
Ascent
6251 m
Descent
6230 m
Loop Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights

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  • 8 Stages
Long-Distance Hiking · Inneres Salzkammergut
Dachstein circular hiking trail 1st stage
difficult Stage 1
12.2 km
6:30 h
1096 m
315 m
From the Gosausee to the Hofpürglhütte
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Long-Distance Hiking · Salzburg Sports World
Dachstein circular hiking trail 2nd stage
difficult Stage 2
10.9 km
6:00 h
854 m
699 m
From the Hofpürglhütte via the gate at altitudes of up to 2030 m to the Dachstein Südwandhütte.
1
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Long-Distance Hiking · Ramsau am Dachstein
Dachstein circular hiking trail 3rd stage
difficult Stage 3
10.7 km
5:00 h
274 m
993 m
From the Dachstein Südwandhütte via the glacier to the Guttenberghaus.
1
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Long-Distance Hiking · Ramsau am Dachstein
Dachstein circular hiking trail 4th stage
difficult Stage 4
13.3 km
6:30 h
586 m
904 m
From the Guttenberghaus to the Steinerhaus on the Stoderzinken. 
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Long-Distance Hiking · Schladming-Dachstein
Dachstein circular hiking trail 5th stage
difficult Stage 5
16.6 km
6:30 h
544 m
1365 m
From Steinerhaus am Stoderzinken via Notgasse and the summit of Hochmühleck to Steinitzenalm.
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Long-Distance Hiking · Ausseerland-Salzkammergut
Dachstein circular hiking trail 6th stage
moderate Stage 6
27.2 km
8:00 h
147 m
620 m
From the Steinitzenalm along the Traun and by ferry across the lake to Hallstatt.
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Long-Distance Hiking · Inneres Salzkammergut
Dachstein circular hiking trail 7th stage
easy Stage 7
12.4 km
3:11 h
25 m
37 m
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Long-Distance Hiking · Inneres Salzkammergut
Dachstein circular hiking trail 8th stage
moderate Stage 8
21.4 km
7:30 h
1374 m
945 m
   
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