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Giglachseen Lakes to Keinprechthütte via Duisitzkar and Neualm

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m 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 8 6 4 2 km Murspitzsattel Giglachseen Duisitzkarsee Keinprechthütte Duisitzkarseehütte Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte Neualm (Obertal) Fahrlechhütte
An alternative route for the 2nd day along the Schladminger Tauern High Trail with one of the most beautiful lakes in the Schladminger Tauern range.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 9.2 km
4:30 h
571 m
641 m
2,055 m
1,610 m

The route to Keinprechthütte via Duisitzkarsee Lake and Neualm is a beautiful alternative to the classic stage of the Schladminger Tauern High Trail. Although a little longer by walking time and length, the panoramic view from Ferchtlhöhe ridge into Duisitzkar cirque and resting at the gorgeous lake fully compensate for the little detour.


Alpine trail crossing a steep mountain face. Quite steep descent from Ferchtlhöhe ridge into Duisitzkar cirque.

Refreshment stops:

Giglachsee Hütte, Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, Fahrlechütte, Duisitzkarseehütte, Keinprechthütte

Points of Interest:

Giglachseen Lakes, Murspitzsattel & Ferchtlhöhe ridges, Duisitzkarsee Lake, Neualmbach creek and Neualmkar cirque.

Author’s recommendation

Don't forget your camera. The breathtaking view from Ferchtlhöhe ridge to Duisitzkarsee Lake is worth a couple of photos.
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Update: January 23, 2023
Risk potential
Highest point
Murspitzsattel mountain saddle, 2,055 m
Lowest point
Neualm, private chalet, 1,610 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 21.56%Path 78.43%
Forested/wild trail
2 km
7.2 km
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Rest stops

Giglachsee Hütte

Safety information

Surefootedness and experience in Alpine terrain 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

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Giglachseen, Giglachkar cirque (1,923 m)
47.280026, 13.645801
47°16'48.1"N 13°38'44.9"E
33T 397586 5237172


Keinprechthütte, Neualmkar cirque

Turn-by-turn directions

After your overnight stay at Giglachseen lakes - either Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte or Giglachseehütte - you start out on trail n° 702 and walk along the Giglachseen Lakes on trail n° 702. At the Northeast shore of the bigger Giglachsee Lake you reach the trail junction with trail n° 776 which you follow for a bit and then continue on trail n° 775 along the slopes of Grobfeldspitze, Giglachalmspitze and Murspitzen. Via Murspitzsattel mountain saddle you reach Ferchtlhöhe ridge from where you get a great view of Duisitzkarsee Lake.

The steep descent takes you down towards the lake. Right at the beginning there is a passage with a steel rope for security. Then you reach a larch and pine forest through which you head downhill to reach Duisitzkarseehütte and Fahrlechhütte chalets at the lake. In summer the days are more than long enough to enjoy some time at the lake and marvel at the wonders of nature. If you are one of the toughest ones and go swimming in the lake, be considerate of the fish in the lake and avoid, for example, stirring up dust. In addition, please do not go into the water with sunscreen, as this can upset the sensitive ecology of the lake.

At the East shore you then continue on the trail towards Neualm. Through a high forest you hike along the Northeast face of Duisitzer Hahnkamp with some slight uphill and downhill passages. Once you reach Neualm (a private chalet) you make a right towards Keinprechthütte and continue on trail n° 774. Just after a view minutes the broad Neualmkar cirque opens up before you and gives sight into a beautiful scenery through which the Neualmbach creek meanders. You then continue to Keinprechthütte refuge where you stay overnight.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The next puplic transport access are the buses of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen at Ursprungalm (ca. 1 hour from Giglachseen Lakes) or Hopfriesen in Obertal (approx 2.5 hours from Giglachseen Lakes) respectively.


Getting there

1. stage: Hochwurzen High Trail to Giglachseen Lakes


47.280026, 13.645801
47°16'48.1"N 13°38'44.9"E
33T 397586 5237172
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Guide book Schladming-Dachstein by Herbert Raffalt, available at the tourist office 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.


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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9.2 km
4:30 h
571 m
641 m
Highest point
2,055 m
Lowest point
1,610 m
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