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.
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: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
Information about cable-car hours: www.planai.at
360° drone images
Get yourself an overview with our 360° drone images:
- To Planai via Höfertsteig trail: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=317
- View over Riesachsee Lake: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=318
- The trail near Rabenköpfl: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=327
- The trail between Seerieszinken and Krahbergzinken: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=328
By roadFrom 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.
ParkingParking is available at the valley terminal of Planai cable-car.
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EquipmentA 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.
Weather at the route's trailhead
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