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6 stages in the Schober Group – Wiener Höhenweg in Austria

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6 stages in the Schober Group – Wiener Höhenweg in Austria

Hiking Collection by Tamara (wandert)

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

30.7 mi

12,000 ft

8,925 ft

Rocky crags, 3,000-metre (9,840 feet) high peaks, turquoise mountain lakes and rustic huts – the Wiener Höhenweg (Vienna High Altitude Trail) offers spectacular high alpine hiking. Six scenic stages lie between the Iselsberg Pass near the town of Lienz and the Glocknerhaus mountain inn on the flank of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. 49 kilometres (30 miles) and a lot of altitude metres through gigantic landscapes await on the Wiener Höhenweg as you trace the border between the Austrian regions of Carinthia and East Tyrol. In the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, you cross the lonely Schober Group mountains before reaching the famous Glockner Group on the last kilometres of the long-distance trail. With some high crossings over 2,500 metres (8,200 feet), the trail is characterised by spectacular panoramas.

The first stage from the Iselsberg Pass to the Winklerner Hütte mountain inn is a perfect ‘break in’. On day 2, you already reach high alpine heights with sections along partly rope-secured passages. After a night on the shore of the crystal clear Wangenitzsee, you hike along exposed sections, with wide views over embrasures and scree fields, to the Adolf Nossberger Hut. The fourth stage demands a lot from you in terms of sure-footedness and a head for heights as you hike to spectacular heights at the Horn col.

On the penultimate day of the Wiener Höhenweg, you can already see the summit of the Großglockner in the distance which accompanies you on your Tour to the Glorer Hut. The final stage shows you once again all the beauty of the Glockner Group. You pass the stone Salmhütte mountain inn and the fairytale Margaritzenstausee lake on your way to the Glocknerhaus, the official destination of the Wiener Höhenweg.

The Wiener Höhenweg is a high-alpine long-distance hike through steep terrain that requires alpine experience. You have to master partially exposed, rope secured passages, steep descents over boulder dumps and short scrambles. Since you reach heights of up to 3,000 metres (9,842 feet), I recommend that you carefully analyse the weather conditions beforehand and bring the necessary equipment such as waterproof clothing, helmet, hiking poles and possibly your via ferrata set. There is a particularly demanding crossing between the Adolf Nossberger Hut and the Elberfelder Hut.

You spend each of the five nights in rustic huts, but don’t forget to reserve a place to sleep in advance. You can reach the starting point at the Iselsberg Pass with the 942 bus from Lienz train station. In summer, the 5108 bus runs from your destination at the Glocknerhaus on the High Alpine Road to Heiligenblut. If you want to immerse yourself in wonderful, remote mountain landscapes, then the Wiener Höhenweg is for you!

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    Etappe 1: Iselsbergpass zur Winklerner Hütte – Wiener Höhenweg

    Intermediate
    02:29
    4.29 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,325 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Wiener Höhenweg is just seven kilometers and is the perfect introduction to your long-distance hike. The starting point is at the top of the pass at Iselsberg. If you want, you can arrive the day before and spend the night at Hotel Defreggerhof, which you can reach by bus line

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  • Intermediate
    03:48
    5.32 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a night in the Winklerner Hütte in Carinthia, you start hiking on the second day and after just a few steps you are in East Tyrol. The Wiener Höhenweg leads you through the forest to the rustic Roaner Alm, which is known for its delicious dishes. A trip to a strudel certainly can't hurt.

    

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  • Difficult
    04:35
    4.88 mi
    1.1 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third stage of the Wiener Höhenweg begins with a fantastic view of the Wangenitzsee. From the Wangenitzseehütte at 2,508 meters you first walk flat above the Kreuzsee. Then the path quickly becomes steeper and takes you over rocky steps and past Steinmandln up to the Kreuzseeschartl. Surefootedness

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    3.95 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,850 ft
    2,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short stage awaits you with a crisp ascent and high alpine views. From the Adolf-Nossberger-Hütte on the shores of the idyllic Gradensee, the route initially descends slightly into a depression. The view of the smaller and larger lakes that the Gradenbach forms here are really unique and if you

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  • Intermediate
    04:20
    5.84 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a night in the Elberfelder Hütte you start heading northwest and cross the gurgling Gößnitzbach. Immediately after crossing the stream, the Wiener Höhenweg branches off towards the Glorer Hut. Following this, you first hike moderately uphill and jump over a clear mountain stream again.

    

    It is increasingly

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    6.40 mi
    1.4 mph
    775 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The last stage of the Wiener Höhenweg has a lot of scenic highlights: After a delicious breakfast at the rustic Glorer Hut, you start towards Oberer Glatzsee. The sight of the reflecting water with the Grossglockner in the background is simply magical.

    

    Without major differences in altitude, you hike over

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  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    30.7 mi
  • Duration
    22:33 h
  • Elevation
    12,000 ft8,925 ft

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