From Eschachalm to Neualm and from Duisitzkar it is possible to also walk along a logging road instead of a classic hiking trail. All other parts of the tour are classic hiking trails with tree roots and forest floor.
Duisitzkarsee Lake is a picturesque mountain lake framed by an impressive mountain panorama from South-East to West to North. In the warm summer months of July and August the lake often is warm enough to go for a swim. 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.
Directly at the lake the Duisitzkarseehütte and the Fahrlechhütte invite you to grab a drink and a snachk. At the hiking trail head Eschachalm there is another option for a rest - Eschachhütt'n.
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
From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.
General tourism information: www.schladming.com
Info about buses: www.planai.at
Getting thereExit from federal highway B320 in Schladming and continue towards Rohrmoos. You ascend from Schladming to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout in Rohrmoos take the 3rd exit towards Obertal and Untertal. You descend into the small village of Untertal and at the end of the village turn off right in to Obertal valley. You continue on the paved road until Hopfriesen from where a gravel road takes you to the trail head Eschachalm for the last 2 km.
ParkingParking is available at the trail head Eschachalm.
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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.
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