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7 days of great hiking in Austria – Schladminger Tauern High Altitude Trail

Michael Heindl

7 days of great hiking in Austria – Schladminger Tauern High Altitude Trail

Hiking Collection by Tamara

6-12

days

3-6 h

/ day

49.3 mi

18,525 ft

20,900 ft

Untouched torrents, spectacular panoramas from mountain summits, and crystal clear lakes with plenty of rustic mountain huts in between – have you already packed your rucksack? The mountains around Schladming in Austria are one of my favourite hiking areas; the varied and unspoilt nature here is hard to find. Many people only know Schladming as a winter sports resort, but the hiking trails in the Schladminger Tauern are some of the most beautiful in Austria.

The Schladminger Tauern High Altitude Trail leads you through this wonderful hiking paradise in seven stages. The trail runs almost 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the Hochwurzen ski area near Schladming to

From the Hochwurzen near Schladming, the multi-day hike runs for a total of almost 80 kilometres to St. Nikolai im Sölktal. On the way, you pass through the fascinating Klafferkessel nature reserve with its 30 mountain lakes. For the longer stages, you need to be sure-footed, have a good level of fitness, and experience in alpine terrain as some sections are steep and exposed.

On the first day, you hike from the Hochwurzen to the shimmering Giglach lakes and spend the night in the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte mountain inn. The second stage, which is the shortest, takes you over the Rotmandlspitze peak to the Keinprechthütte mountain inn. The next day, you continue your journey hiking along fragrant pine-covered trails to the idyllic Gollingwinkel peak and onto the Gollinghütte mountain inn. On the fourth day, a mosaic of lakes, tarns and rocks awaits you in the Klafferkessel National Park. Then, on day five, you enter high-alpine heights: narrow, steep paths lead you through the rocky landscape around the Trattenscharte peak. After spending the night at the Breitlahnhütte mountain inn, you hike past the Schwarzensee lake to the Hinterkarscharte peak, enjoying spectacular views, before reaching your day's destination at the Rudolf-Schober-Hütte mountain inn. The last stage ends with two magnificent mountain lakes and the roaring Dürrmoos waterfall.

You can reach the starting point of the Schladminger Tauern High Trail on the Hochwurzen by cable car from the municipality of Rohrmoos. Alternatively, you can travel by train to Schladming station and catch the 971 bus to the Hochwurzen valley station. To return to Schladming from St. Nikolai im Sölktal you can also catch the bus: the bus line 945 takes you to Stein an der Enns where you can change to the bus 900.

On average, you will cover about 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) of altitude difference (uphill and downhill) every day and will be rewarded with empty hiking trails and incredible views. You can satisfy your food cravings in traditional mountain huts and cool your sweaty feet in the countless mountain lakes en route. The Schladminger Tauern High Altitude Trail is an incredible hiking route.

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Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg

47.5 mi

18,325 ft

20,625 ft

Last updated: November 5, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von der Hochwurzen zu den Giglachseen – Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg

    Difficult
    05:05
    7.38 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,325 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The official starting point of the Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg is on the Hochwurzen at the Hochwurzenhütte, which you can easily reach with the summit lift. If you want to know right from the start, you can alternatively start directly in the valley in Rohrmoos and hike up to the Hochwurzen. From there

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    3.83 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With fantastic views and many highlights, the second day continues relatively relaxed, because this stage is the shortest of the Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg. After a hearty breakfast, you can look forward to the incredible mountain idyll on the banks of the Giglach lakes. The two lakes with their small

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    6.06 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,725 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a relaxing night at the Keinsprechthütte, you can warm up at the beginning of the third stage: without any major differences in altitude, hiking trail 702 leads you through a large cirque to the picturesque stone pine floors. You wander over wide grass and stone areas and through sparse forests

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    5.24 mi
    0.9 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Put an extra slice of bread on your plate at breakfast - the fourth stage starts with a long ascent up the Greifenberg. At the Gollinghütte you cross the crystal clear Steinriesenbach and then the path winds its way up the slope in countless serpentines. At around 2,450 meters above sea level, an unbelievable

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    6.62 mi
    1.1 mph
    2,550 ft
    4,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fifth stage starts in the unique Klafferkessel National Park: After breakfast in the Preintalerhütte, you make your way to the Trattenscharte. You cross the babbling Sonntagskarbach and keep right at the next fork in the road. With a view of the 2,328-meter-high summit of the Schneider, you continue

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  • Difficult
    08:55
    12.2 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,375 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The sixth stage is also characterized by wonderful views, cozy huts and beautiful lakes. From the Breitlahnhütte you follow the Schwarzenseebach to the south. After a short time you will reach the wonderful Schwarzensee, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Tauern. If you have enough strength for a

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    7.96 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,000 ft
    3,725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg is already beginning: From the Rudolf-Schober-Hütte you hike through a light mountain forest at the beginning of this day and follow the path up towards Schimpelspitz. Below the summit you cross the Schimpelscharte and if you still feel like climbing

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    49.3 mi
  • Duration
    38:43 h
  • Elevation
    18,525 ft20,900 ft

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