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Planai High Trail with overnight at Preintalerhütte chalet

Mountain Hikes · Riesachtal · open
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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
    Photo: Ikarus.cc, Ikarus.cc
  • / 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
  • / On Planai High Trail in autumn
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / 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
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / On the way back heading to Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm chalets
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz , Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Preintalerhütte, Schladminger Tauern
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / 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, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / Cows grazing near Riesachsee lake
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Herbert Raffalt
  • / Upper Gfölleralm, Untertal - Schladminger Tauern
    Photo: Gfölleralm, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / 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 Großer Riesachwasserfall Neualm (Untertal) Ort der Besinnung Hasenkarspitze Seeleiten-Parkplatz Krahbergsattel 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!

open
difficult
17.6 km
9:30 h
923 m
1666 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!

outdooractive.com User
Author
Gerhard Pilz
Updated: December 09, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
Hasenkarspitze summit, 2277 m
Lowest point
Seeleiten car park, 1076 m
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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

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.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist information: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

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

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Start

Hiking trail head Planai mountain terminal (1819 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.372661, 13.724626
UTM
33T 403715 5247366

Destination

Seeleiten car park, Untertal valley head

Turn-by-turn directions

From the mountain terminal of Planai cablecar  head out to Krahbergsattel mountain saddle on the “Panoramarundweg” or via trail n° 779. From there follow a short passage through the pine forest and walk up to Krahbergzinken half-way before you turn off right onto Planai High Trail. A narrow trail leads on to the rocky connecting ridgeline of the Seerieszinken and below the Höchstein summit along the south-west flank to the Spielbühel. For the first time, you will see the waters of the Riesachsee far below. After Hasenkarscharte gap, you will come to the turn-off up to Höchstein summit. Follow paths n°s. 779 and 781 and you reach the Neualm. Here, follow path No. 782 ("Höfertsteig" trail) to the Preintalerhütte. Ambitious hikers hike down to Seeleiten car park the same day. Others treat themselves and stay overnight at the Preintalerhütte or Waldhornalm.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

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 WM-Park Planai 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 WM-Park Planai.

Parking

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


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Status
open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
17.6 km
Duration
9:30h
Ascent
923 m
Descent
1666 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Exposed sections Secured passages Ridge traverse

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