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Schladminger Tauern High Trail | 7-days-tour

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  • Hiking trail head at the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable-car
    / Hiking trail head at the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable-car
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • Hiking trail head on Hochwurzen summit
    / Hiking trail head on Hochwurzen summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • View from Hochwurzen to a sea of clouds above the Ennstal valley
    / View from Hochwurzen to a sea of clouds above the Ennstal valley
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • Hochwurzenhütte in summer - Schladming Tauern range
    / Hochwurzenhütte in summer - Schladming Tauern range
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • View from Kleine Hochwurzen towards Rossfeld
    / View from Kleine Hochwurzen towards Rossfeld
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • View from Rossfeld to Hochwurzen with Hochwurzenhütte
    / View from Rossfeld to Hochwurzen with Hochwurzenhütte
    Photo: Martin Huber, Tourismusverband Schladming - Martin Huber
  • / Pausing on a bench on the way to Rossfeld
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / View of Hochwurzen with Hochwurzenhütte, Dachstein massif in the backdrop
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / Coat of arms of Rohrmoos-Untertal on the summit of Rossfeld
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / Coat of arms of Rohrmoos-Untertal on Rossfeld summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Hiking from Rossfeld towards Guschen, Steirische Kalkspitze in view
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / Ascent from Latterfußsattel mountain saddle to Guschen summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / At Guschen summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Katrin Hutegger
  • / The Hochfeldmandl waypoint on Hochwurzen High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / Hikers on the trail between Hochfeld and Schiedeck summits
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / Below the summit of Schiedeck
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Rugged terrain on the slopes of Schiedeck summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / Brettersee Lake with Rotmandlspitze and Sauberg summits in the background
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / View across Giglachseen Lakes in summer
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Herbert Raffalt
  • / Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, Giglachsee Lake and Lungauer Kalkspitze
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Giglachsee Hütte chalet, Preuneggtal valley
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Herbert Raffalt
  • / View from Vetternkar cirque towards Giglachsee Lakes
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Remains of historic miners' housing in the Vetternkar cirque
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Ruins of historic miners' housing at Vetternkar cirque - Engelkarspitze mountain in the backdrop
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / View from Rotmandlspitze into Vetternkar cirque and to Giglachseen Lakes
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / View from Rotmandlspitze to Sauberg summit and Kruckeckscharte ridge - Hochgolling in the background
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / View from Rotmandlspitze to Buckelkarseen and Duisitzkarsee lakes
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / View from Krukeckscharte ridge into Neualmkar cirque
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Keinprechthütte chalet is already in view
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Keinprechthütte in Obertal valley
    Photo: Kreativwerk, Keinprechthütte
  • / On the way to Trockenbrotscharte - view back to Keinprechthütte
    Photo: Katrin Hutegger, Tourismusverband Schladming - Katrin Hutegger
  • / On the way to Trockenbrotscharte ridge - a look back towards Keinprechthütte
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / View from Trockenbrotscharte ridge to Hochgolling - Göriachwinkel cirque in the foreground
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Landawirseehütte in Lungau with panoramic view to Hochgolling
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / View from Gollingscharte ridge towards Landawirseehütte
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / On the way from Gollingscharte ridge to Gollingwinkel cirque.
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Gollingwinkel cirque with the North face of Hochgolling
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Gollinghütte chalet - Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / View towards Gollinghütte and into Untere Stegeralm
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / View out of Steinriesental valley
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Ascent from Gollinghütte to Greifenbergsattel mountain saddle - Hochgolling always in view
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View towards Hochgolling while ascending to Greifenberg summit
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / At Greifenbergsattel ridge - Greifenberg summit in the background
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / At Greifenbergsattel - Hochgolling in the backdrop
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / View from Greifenbergsattel mountain saddle to Lungauer Klaffer
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View of Sattelsee Lake and Hochgolling
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Greifenberg summit - Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Klafferkessel lake plateau - Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / View from Greifenberg to Klafferkessel and Lungauer Klaffer
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Obere Klafferscharte, also known as Klafferschneide
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Hikers at one of the lakes at Klafferkessel
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Katrin Hutegger
  • / Greifenstein summit - Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Hikers at Klafferkessel in the Schladminger Tauern range
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Die Klafferkessel
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Untere Klafferscharte - here the descent towards Lämmerkare cirques begins
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Looking into Lämmerkare cirques and Riesachtal from Klafferscharte ridge
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Preintalerhütte, Schladminger Tauern
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / Waldhornalm chalet - Riesachtal valley, Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Eliashof-Waldhornalm, Eliashof-Waldhornalm
  • / View from Trattenkar cirque towards Sonntagskarseen lakes and Waldhorn
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Passing by Trattensee Lake in the Trattenkar cirque
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / inukshuk at Wildlochscharte ridge - Waldhorn summit in the background
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Breitlahnhütte
    Photo: Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing
  • / Zauneralm
    Photo: Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing
  • / Rudolf-Schober-Hütte
    Photo: Sektion Stuhlecker, ÖAV-Hüttenfinder
  • / Bräualm
    Photo: Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing
1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 m km 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Hochwurzen Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte Keinprechthütte Landawirseehütte Gollinghütte Greifenberg Preintalerhütte Breitlahnhütte Rudolf-Schober-Hütte

The Schladminger-Tauern Höhenweg trail is a stage along Central Alpine Trail 02, which traverses the entire Alpine region.

difficult
70.2 km
29:22 h
6227 m
6935 m

Due to its unique geological features, the wealth of plant and animals species, and the special character of the surrounding mountain world, this particular section of the Central Alpine Trail through the Schladminger-Tauern is one of the most beautiful hiking tours to be found anywhere in the Alps. Dozens of tarns and waterfalls of the Niedere Tauern range, you will find a majority of those in the valleys, basins and coombes of the Schladminger Tauern. Pristine, untamed streams with thunderous waterfalls and countless small rivulets flowing from springs beneath the Tauern mountains add to the appeal and charm of this region. In addition, some truly rewarding mountain destinations, such as the Hochgolling, the highest mountain in the Niedere Tauern, along with the Höchstein, Hohe Wildstelle, Steirische Kalkspitze and many more, all lie directly along the path. Particularly unique impressions await you during a tour through the Klafferkessel and on the shores of the "Goldlacken". An arctic-style lakescape, with flora you would normally only find at more northern latitudes, always guaranteed to captivate each and every alpine hiker.

Refreshment stops and mountain chalets:

  • Ursprungalm chalet
  • Hochwurzenhütte inn
  • Giglachseehütte chalet
  • Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalet
  • Duisitzkarhütte chalet
  • Fahrlechhütte chalet
  • Keinprechthütte chalet
  • Landawirseehütte chalet
  • Gollinghütte chalet
  • Preintalerhütte chalet
  • Waldhornalm chalet
  • Beitlahnhütte chalet
  • Rudolf-Schober-Hütte chalet

Points of Interest:

Dozens of tarns and waterfalls, geological features like the Klafferkessel and Goldlacken plateaus, summit of Greifenberg.

Author’s recommendation

Schladminger Tauern High Trail is a multiple day tour requiring experience in alpine terrain (on all stages). Thus, surefootedness, a head for heights and a good level of stamina are a requirement. On average you have to cover 1,000 m in vertical ascents (up and down) each day, requiring several hours of walking time!

Although there is no need for equipment like crampons, ropes or via ferrata sets, this multiple day tour takes you along alpine trails (having steel ropes for additional security on short sections) in steep and exposed terrain.

The tourist office of Schladming offers a 7-day package with a shorter 5-day tour, including 4 overnights at mountain chalets. Information about the package available at: www.schladming-dachstein.at/schladming-tauern-high-trail.

The blog post of Moon & Honey Travel gives a great overview and tips about the 5-day tour.

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Author
Gerhard Pilz
Updated: July 19, 2019

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Highest point
Greifenberg summit, 2618 m
Lowest point
Breitlahnhütte chalet, 1071 m
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Safety information

Surefootedness, a head for heights and alpine experience required!

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:

  • 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
  • 112 - European GSM emergency number

Equipment

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.

Don't forget your sleeping bag for the overnight stay.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist information: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

Information about cable-car hours: www.planai.at

360° drone images

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Start

Hochwurzen mountain terminal (1814 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.358480, 13.639876
UTM
33T 397290 5245898

Destination

St. Nikolau/Sölktal

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1 - 6 to 7 hours Hochwurzen High Trail to the Giglachseen Lakes

Start out from the Hochwurzenhütte (accessible on the Hochwurzen cable car or via hiking path No. 60 from Rohrmoos). From the Hochwurzen car park, the trail takes us after just a few minutes via a newly laid-out path up the extended grassy ridgeline of the Rossfeld. From this easily reached scenic mountain, we can hike down to the south to the depression of the Leiterfußsattel with a sign for several different trails. Our path now takes us on trail No. 773 which originates in Obertal, leading us out of this alpine saddle through a battle-zone forest interspersed with numerous pine trees up to a popular scenic peak, the Guschen (elev. 1,983 m). From the summit cross on the Guschen, our path now takes us over the Schneidergipfel, and across the western flank of the Hochfeld and the striking Schiedeck mountain (2,339 m). The Klammsee and the Brettersee, as well as the eastern wall of the Kammspitze with its dramatically shaped toothed ridgeline, represent the heart of this magnificent path. The hike concludes with numerous small switchbacks, which meander down a steep mountainside to the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte.

  • Variant 1: By public bus from Schladming and Rohrmoos to the Ursprungalm (or by private vehicle from Pichl or Schladming-Rohrmoos. From the Ursprungalm in around 1 hour to the Giglachseehütte or 11/4 hours to the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte (hut run by the Alpine Association).
  • Variant 2: From the Ursprungalm up the so-called “Kranz”. Descent via the Brotrinnl to the Preberhütte. From the Oberhütte, path No. 702 to the Akarscharte (elev. 2,315 m). Opportunity to climb to the summit of the Steirische or Lungauer Kalkspitze (from the Akarscharte ca. 1/2 hour). Followed by a descent via the Znachsattel to the Giglachseehütte or Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte .

Stage 2 - 4 hours To the Giglachseen and the Keinprechthütte

  • Variant 1 - via the Rotmandlspitze: Setting out from the Giglachseehütte or the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, path No. 702 leads us to the eastern end of the Giglachseen lakes. From here the trail takes us on a moderate climb to the outer Knappenkar, then ascends very steeply in parts to the Rotmandlspitze (2,453 m). From there we continue to the Kruckeckscharte (2,303 m). Here the trail takes us downhill through a series of large hairpin bends until we again come to the beautifully situated Keinprecht-Hütte at 1,872m above sea level.
  • Variant 2 - past Duisitzkarsee lake: From the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte or Giglachseehütte across the Murspitzsattel on path No.775 to the shore of the Duisitzkarsee (1,648 m) with its two famous huts, the Duisitzkarhütte and Fahrlechalm .

Stage 3 - 6 to 9 hours Keinprecht-Hütte - Gollinghütte (long stage)

Departing from the Keinprecht-Hütte, we follow path No. 702 through a large alpine cirque until we reach a fork in the trail. We continue alongside an area of pine trees to the Trockenbrotscharte (2,237 m). Two trail variants are now open to us: either a high trail – which begins at the Landawirtseehütte, or via the regular path to the inner Göriachwinkel. From here the trail goes to the Gollingscharte (2,326 m). From the Gollingscharte there is an opportunity to climb to the summit of the Hochgolling (2,963 m). Any ascent on this summit requires surefootedness, a head for heights, along with alpine experience. From the Gollingscharte, down across a field of ice and scree to the Gollingwinkel. In a quarter of an hour we will make our way across the Götterplatz and come to the Gollinghütte.

Stage 4 - 6 to 8 hours Gollinghütte - Klafferkessel - Preintalerhütte

Immediately after the Gollinghütte we cross the Steinriesenbach. In a series of serpentines, path No. 702 takes us up the Greifenberg. At an elevation of around 2,300 meters, the views open up to all sides. Before us lies Greifenbergsee lake and the summit cross of the Greifenberg (2,618 m). The summit affords us the best views of the Klafferkessel. A steep alpine trail now takes us downhill to the upper Klafferscharte. We continue across fields of snow and scree down to the actually heart of this tour, the Klafferkessel. We now pass countless tarns and pools on the way to the lower Klafferscharte. At this point, a trail takes us in a series of broad loops downhill to the outer Lämmerkar. After crossing the Waldhornbach, we will reach the Preintalerhütte .

Stage 5 - 6 to 8 hours Preintalerhütte - Breitlahnhütte

Shortly after the Preintalerhütte, we cross the Sonntagskarbach. After this comes a fork in the trail, at which point trail No. 702 branches off to the right towards the Trattenscharte where, at an elevation of 2,408 m, we reach the highest point of the tour. A short downhill hike leads us to a small labyrinth of tarns, not dissimilar to the Klafferkessel. Along the south-eastern flanks of the Schareck and above the Stummer Almen, until we come to Karlkirchen, a small rocky dome. We continue to the Lassacheralm and from there either along the hiking trail or following the forestry road through a high forest until we reach the Breitlahnhütte.

Stage 6 - 6 to 7 hours Breitlahnhütte - Hubenbauertörl - Rudolf -Schober-Hütte

From the Breitlahnhütte, we follow path No. 702 towards the Schwarzensee. Before we reach the Schwarzensee, in the area of the Grafenalm the path branches off to the left and leads us via the lower and inner Neualm to the Rantentörl (2,166 m) and subsequently to the Hubenbauertörl. If, after the inner Neualm, you opt for path No. 793, you will make your way directly to the summit of the Predigtstuhl (2,643 m). Mountain experience, surefootedness and a head for heights are an absolute must. After a short descent, we will again meet up with trail No. 702 leading to the, Hubenbauertörl. After a hike taking several hours, filled with lots of ups and downs and beautiful landscapes, we will finally reach the Rudolf-Schober-Hütte (1,667 m).

Stage 7 - 5 to 8 hours Rudolf-Schober-Hütte-Hohensee-St. Nikolai im Sölktal

From the Rudolf-Schober-Hütte, we again follow path No. 702 to the Schimpelscharte. If you are in the mood to conquer yet another summit, you can climb to the top of the Süßleiteck (2,507 m). Once at the same elevation as the Schimpelsee, a not easily distinguishable small trail branches off to the right, taking us steeply uphill to a small alpine gap. On the far side of this gap, we briefly descend a steep mountainside (secured) – the following steep mountainside then leads us in a series of switchbacks up to the summit. Alpine experience and surefootedness are a must. At this point, the hiking path takes us via the Breitenbachsee and Schimpelrücken to the shore of the Hohensee and the Hohenseealm. From the Kreuzsteg on, the path is designed to highlight the region’s abundant waters, following the Bräualmbach to St. Nikolai in Sölktal valley (Gasthof Gamsjäger)

Public transport

With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen. Alternatively take the bus to Ursprungalm chalets in Preuneggtal valley.

From St. Nikolai take the "Sölker Tälerbus" to Gröbming and from there the Postbus back to Schladming.

Getting there

From Schladming into the direction of Rohrmoos, at the roundabout Rohrmoos straight ahead to the Hochwurzen cable car.

We recommand to leave the car in Schladming at the Kraiter car park (100 m above the white church) - take the Planai-Hochwurzen bus from Lendplatz to the Hochwurzen cable car (bus timetable: www.planai.at)

Parking

Kraiter car park- 100 m beyond the white church or car parking at the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Wanderführer Schladming-Dachstein von Herbert Raffalt, erhältlich im Tourismusverband Schladming.

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map Schladming, 1:25.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Hiking map Schladming-Dachstein, 1:50.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.


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Ruth Volland
June 02, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour.
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Done at August 06, 2018
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Rutger de Vries
June 05, 2017 · Community
Vroeg in het seizoen kans op sneeuw. Heerlijke wandeling!
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Distance
70.2 km
Duration
29:22 h
Ascent
6227 m
Descent
6935 m
In and out Scenic Multi-stage tour With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent Summit route

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