Your Obertal Mountain Time
The 4-day hike in Obertal valley is a beautiful multiple-day hike for hikers who only want to walk shorter stages and really want to enjoy the time on the trail, at the lakes, and the chalets. Along this route there are several lakes, historic sites, beautiful alps, impressive views, cragged mountains and cosy chalets. Highlights are the picturesque Landauersee lake, Duisitzkarsee lake, the Nickel museum right at the beginning of the tour, or the historic miners‘ settlements at Vetternkar cirque near Giglachseen lakes.
The second day may be a challenge for inexperienced hikers. In the Murspitzsattel area, the hiking trail is exposed to steep terrain. The descent to the Duisitzkarsee is very steep at the beginning and has rope insurance for a distance of about 40 m. Great cautionis required here! The tour is basically also possible with children, but these should already be tried out with hikes lasting several hours.
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 mountain huts and refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and trail conditions. 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:
Emergency call 140: for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
Emergency call 112: European GSM emergency number
Tips and hints
In the area Obertal (from the Eschachalm and in the alpine areas around the Keinsprechthütte, Duisitzkarsee and Neualm) it is not permitted to hike with your dog– out of consideration for the wild animals as well as the alpine and grazing cattle.
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.
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
360° drone images
Get yourself an overview with our 360° drone images:
- View over Giglachkar cirque: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=307
- Giglachseen and Kalkspitzen summits: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=308
- Lower Giglachsee Lake and Vetternkar cirque: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=309
- Duisitzkarsee Lake: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=311
- View into Neualmkar cirque: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=312
- The Keinprechthütte: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=312&_ga=2.214826590.895318649.1607500567-1860055774.1603178013
From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the round about continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) to the village of Untertal. In the village turn right on "Obertalstraße" road and continue to Wehrhofalm where you can park your car also for a couple of days. From Wehrhofalm it is a 30-minute-walk along the "Smelting Furnace Tour" to the hiking trail head "Hopfriesen", where the tour starts.
Parking is available at Wehrhofalm in Obertal valley.
Parking is also available at the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car in Rohrmoos where you can catch the bus to the trail head.
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Ankle-high hiking boots recommended.
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, hiking poles, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. When hiking for several days, it is important to keep the luggage as compact as possible so that it can be easily carried over several days.
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