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Planai High Trail with overnight at Preintalerhütte chalet

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  • Blick towards Krahbergsattel and Krahbergzinken summit
    / Blick towards Krahbergsattel and Krahbergzinken summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / "Place of Reflection" at Planai
  • / Schladminger Hütte mountain chalet on Planai
    Photo: Schladminger Hütte, Schladminger Hütte
  • / Schafalm Inn on Planai
    Photo: Schafalm, Schafalm
  • / Planaihof in autumn
    Photo: Planaihof, Planaihof
  • / Steel safety rope (foreground) and newly excavated trail along the slopes of Krahbergzinken
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Newly excavated trail in the Krahbergzinken section of the Planai High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Exposed trail section with narrow footpath at Krahbergzinken
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Krahbergzinken mountain in summer as seen from the Planai High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View from Seerieszinken summit towards Dachstein
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Steel safety rope in the Rauhenberg area of Planai High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Revegetation after a slope slide in the area of Rauhenberg-Sonntagerhöhe
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View north from Spielbühel mountain saddle at Planai High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View from Hasenkarspitze towards Hochgolling
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Crystal clear water at Kaltenbach creek
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Neualm in Riesachtal valley, Untertal
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Beautiful autumn colours along Planai High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Animal company at Höfertsteig route of Planai High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View from Höfertsteig route towards Riesachsee Lake
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / View of Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm chalets
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  • / On the way back heading to Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm chalets
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  • / Preintalerhütte, Schladminger Tauern
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / Waldhornalm chalet - Riesachtal valley, Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Eliashof-Waldhornalm, Eliashof-Waldhornalm
  • / Berallerhütte chalet at Kotalm
    Photo: Kotalm - Berallerhütte, Kotalm - Berallerhütte
  • / Riesach Lake in the Untertal valley, Rohrmoos
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Kaltenbachalm Inn at Riesachsee Lake, Untertal valley
    Photo: Kaltenbachalm, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / Upper Gfölleralm, Untertal - Schladminger Tauern
    Photo: Gfölleralm, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / Upper Riesach waterfall, Untertal
    Photo: Andi Küchenmeister, Tourismusverband Schladming - Andi Küchenmeister
  • / Almgasthaus Riesachfall Inn, Untertal valley
    Photo: Almgasthaus Riesachfall - Familie Unterkofler, Almgasthaus Riesachfall - Familie Unterkofler
m 2500 2000 1500 1000 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Ort der Besinnung Großer Riesachwasserfall Neualm (Untertal) Hasenkarspitze Krahbergsattel Seeleiten-Parkplatz Preintalerhütte Riesachsee
On this high-alpine hike, the Schladminger Tauern show us their most beautiful face. Surefootedness, a head for heights and alpine experience required!
Distance 17.6 km
9:30 h
877 m
1,621 m
2,277 m
1,076 m

Planai High Trail is a challenging alpine hike in the Schladminger Tauern range. Narrow paths, which are quite exposed partially, take you from the famous skiing mountain Planai to Preintalerhütte chalet inmidst of the Schladminger Tauern range. Along the route a variant via Höchstein summit is possible, but only recommended for experienced hikers! The route is an alpine trail – surefootedness and a head for heights are a must, therea a short secured passages with steel ropes. Caution in early summer when encountering snow fields and periods of rain, the wet grassy mountainsides and rain-sodden trail are sources of danger. The high-alpine mountain scenery offers suprising and incredible views to the Schladminger Tauern range.

The 2nd day is an quite easy hike, descending from Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm to Untertal valley via Riesachsee Lake. Along the way, Berallerhütte at Kotalm, Kaltenbachalm, and Gfölleralm are offering refreshments.


Author’s recommendation

There are no restaurants between Planai and the Preintalerhütte, take some lunch and drinks with you!
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Update: January 17, 2022
Risk potential
Highest point
Hasenkarspitze summit, 2,277 m
Lowest point
Seeleiten car park, 1,076 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Tourist information:

Information about bus schedules:

Information about cable-car hours:

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Hiking trail head Planai mountain terminal (1,819 m)
47.372661, 13.724626
47°22'21.6"N 13°43'28.7"E
33T 403715 5247366


Seeleiten car park, Untertal valley head

Turn-by-turn directions

From the mountain station of the Planai cable car at Schladminger Hütte, follow path no.779 over the Planai summit or on the panoramic circular route to the Krahbergsattel. Through a short forest passage and then ascending towards Krahbergzinken, you branch off halfway up the Krahbergzinken and follow the narrow path to the rocky connecting ridge of the Seerieszinken. Great care must be taken on this section! The panorama is terrific.The trail leads a little below the Höchststein ridge along the southwest flank to Spielbühel.

There, for the first time, the Riesachsee becomes visible deep below. After the Hasenkarscharte, you come to the junction on the Höchsteingipfel. Follow path no. 779 and no. 781, after crossing the Kaltenbachkares you reach another cross at the Neualm, where you continue straight on on the so-called Höfertsteig no. 782. From the Neualm you reach the Preintalerhütte and the Waldhornalm in one good hour. Here you have earned a long rest.

The next day, hard-working hikers can take a tour to the Sonntagskarseen or even descend directly to the Seeleiten car park.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


In the town of Schladming you can take the Citybus. From Rohrmoos take the Planai buses to Planet Planai, from Ramsau take the buses of Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe.

From Planai stadium take the Planai cable car to the starting point.

From Seeleiten car park take the Planai buses back to Schladming or Rohrmoos.

Getting there

From federal highway B320 take exit "Schladming-Ost". Continue to the roundabout (Spar/Salewa Mountain Shop) and take the 3rd exit towards "Zentrum" (town center). At the following roundabout again take the 3rd exit, which will take you directly to the valley terminal of Planai cable-car at Planai stadium.


Parking is available at the valley terminal of Planai cable-car.


47.372661, 13.724626
47°22'21.6"N 13°43'28.7"E
33T 403715 5247366
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Currently no literature available in english.

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.


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.

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17.6 km
9:30 h
877 m
1,621 m
Highest point
2,277 m
Lowest point
1,076 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Exposed sections Secured passages Ridge traverse


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