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Gollinghütte - Klafferkessel - Preintalerhütte | Schladminger Tauern Trail: Stage 04

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  • Gollinghütte chalet - Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Gollinghütte chalet - Schladminger Tauern mountain range
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
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The 4th stage of Schladminger Tauern High Trail takes you to Klafferkessel - a relic of the last Ice Age.

Distance 7.7 km
5:30 h
1,032 m
1,024 m
2,618 m
1,651 m

You hike through high alpine terrain and along on of the most spectacular routes in the Schladminger Tauern mountain range. Around 30 lakes in various sizes gather on a plateau at an altitude of approximately 2,300 m above sea level. The alpine trails of this high alpine tour take you from Gollinghütte in Steinriesental valley to Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm in the Riesachtal valley. Inbetween, you challenge Greifenberg summit - with its 2,618 meters it is the highest point of the Schladminger Tauern High Trail - and encounter the high alpine lake plateau of Klafferkessel with around 30 mountain lakes. This tour is suitable for hikers aged 15 years and older.

Author’s recommendation

Take your time for this tour. There is a lot to explore at Klafferkessel!

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Gerhard Pilz
Update: November 29, 2022
Risk potential
Highest point
Greifenberg summit, 2,618 m
Lowest point
Gollinghütte, 1,651 m
Best time of year

Track types

Path 99.99%
7.7 km
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Safety information

Surefootedness and head for heights required in the section over Greifenberg (2,618 m). This tour is suitable for hikers aged 15 years and older.

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

General tourism information:

Info about buses:

360° drone images

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Gollinghütte, Steinriesental valley (1,658 m)
47.285900, 13.769494
47°17'09.2"N 13°46'10.2"E
33T 406950 5237670


Preintalerhütte/Waldhornalm, Riesachtal

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Gollinghütte, a series of several serpentines leads steeply uphill to the Greifenbergsattel and the Greifenberg (2,618 m) – undoubtedly one of the most scenic mountains in all of the Niedere Tauern mountain range.

After a much-deserved break, you will begin a short descent into the high-alpine landscapes of the Klafferkessel.

The lake plateau of the Klafferkessel is a relic of the last Ice Age and impresses with its special alpine flora. The Klafferkessel teems with water unlike any other area in the Alps, the core natural resource feeding “Wild Waters” in Rohrmoos’ Untertal Valley. Passing the striking rock formations of the Greifenstein, you will hike from the Klafferscharte through the Lämmerkar cirques to the Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm at an altitude of 1,657 m.

Descent to the valley:

Via Riesachsee Lake you reach Seeleiten car parking in Untertal valley in approximately 2.5 hours.


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Public transport

The closest public transport access is the bus of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen from Seeleiten car parking in Untertal valley (approximately 2 hours from Gollinghütte or 2.5 hours from Preintalerhütte).

Getting there

We recommend the ascent to Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen via Planai-Hochwurzen hiking bus. Alternatively you can reach the starting point of the 5-day-tour with your car.

1. stage: Hochwurzen High trail to Giglachseen Lakes

2. stage: Via Rotmandlspitze to Keinprechthütte

3. stage: Via Trockenbrotscharte to Gollinghütte


47.285900, 13.769494
47°17'09.2"N 13°46'10.2"E
33T 406950 5237670
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Magazine "Wild Waters", 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Unamed Stroller · July 06, 2021 · Community
Buonasera, siamo un gruppo di 5 amici (soci CAI) e stiamo organizzando un trekking di più giorni nel Schladming (Vögeialm - Oberhütte - Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte - Keinprechthütte - Landawirseehütte - Gollinghütte - Preintalerhütte - Gfolleralm). Da diversi anni facciamo cammini di più giorni in Austria. Vorremmo sapere se la tappa da Gollinghütte - Preintalerhütte è un sentiero "difficile" o "medio", poiché abbiamo trovato una mappa che lo indica come medio, mentre sul sito è difficile. E' particolarmente difficile da richiedere attrezzatura particolare o per persone allenate è un sentiero possibile? Grazie
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Answered by Gerhard Pilz · July 06, 2021 · Tourismusverband Schladming
Buongiorno, Grazie per la vostra richiesta. Siamo felici di aiutarti a pianificare la tua escursione. Se vuoi, posso anche inviarti brochure e materiale informativo per posta. La tua escursione si snoda lungo lo Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg. La tappa dalla Gollinghütte alla Preistalerhütte, conosciuta anche come "Königstour Klafferkessel", è sicuramente un'escursione difficile. Bisogna fare i conti con circa 6 ore di puro tempo di camminata. Se hai già sufficiente esperienza in montagna e sei in buona forma, l'escursione non è un problema. Puoi trovare maggiori informazioni sulla nostra homepage di Schladming-Dachstein: Siete inoltre invitati a inviarci un'e-mail all'indirizzo se avete ulteriori domande. Vi auguriamo una bella escursione nella nostra regione di Schladming-Dachstein!
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Florian Reidinger
June 12, 2020 · Community
Leider kann ich keine Sterne vergeben. Ich wollte die Tour gestern (11.06.2020) gehen, hab aber ca. 150 Höhenmeter umkehren müssen, da es nicht möglich war die Schneefelder zu überqueren. Leider hat man auch nach langer Suche keine Informationen bekommen, dass die Tour zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt nur mit Steigeisen und Pickel machbar ist. Meiner Enschätzung nach dauert es sicher noch 14 Tage bis 3 Wöchen um die Tour sicher gehen zu können.
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When did you do this route? June 11, 2020
Photo: Florian Reidinger, Community
Mico Rikic 
August 25, 2017 · Community
When did you do this route? August 16, 2017
Klafferkessel erreicht
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Blick nach dem Klafferkessel
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Blick nach dem Klafferkessel
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Etappe 5, Weg im Blick
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Preintalerhütte mit Umgebung
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Preintalerhütte 1.656 m.ü.A.
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Naturpur, neben Weg...
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7.7 km
5:30 h
1,032 m
1,024 m
Highest point
2,618 m
Lowest point
1,651 m
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