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Circumnavigate Austria's highest mountain – the Grossglockner

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Circumnavigate Austria's highest mountain – the Grossglockner

Hiking Collection by Tamara

9

Tours

53:56 h

80.2 mi

24,050 ft

The Großglockner is Austria's highest mountain at 3,798 meters and offers many superlatives. Beneath its mighty peak the Pasterze Glacier spreads out and the famous Hochalpenstrasse attracts numerous visitors every year. But you don't always have to climb it, you can also walk around the striking peak and admire it from all sides. A wonderful way to experience the unique nature of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

In seven stages, the about 100 kilometers long Glockner Round Trail leads you over scenic high altitude paths, to picturesque alpine pastures and dreamlike lakes. Some sections are challenging, and some passages are secured with a rope. For this you will be rewarded with fascinating views of the Grossglockner and the surrounding mountain world. The starting point of the long-distance hiking trail is at the Mooserboden reservoir. From there you hike through the impressive landscape of the National Park, where you can meet ibex and groundhogs. Turquoise mountain lakes and clear streams along the way offer you not only countless photo motives but also refreshing resting places. You spend the nights either in rustic huts or in idyllic mountain villages like Kals. Through three provinces - Tyrol, Carinthia and Salzburg - you will travel around the striking summit of the Grossglockner until you reach your destination at the top station of the Kaprun Glacier Cableways.

For the ascent of the Glockner Round Trail, alpine experience, sure-footedness and a good physical condition for the sometimes long stages are necessary. I also recommend that you bring hiking poles for the long descents and pay attention to snow fields that can last long into the summer. For the fifth and sixth stage you can choose between two variants: Either you hike from the Salm hut via the traditional Glocknerhaus to Fusch (5a and 6a) or you choose the path via the idyllic village of Heiligenblut (5b and 6b). From Kaprun you reach the starting point at Mooserboden with the post bus line 660, which takes you to the valley station of the Laerchenwald lift, which takes you up to the reservoir. The end point of the seventh stage is also reached by the post bus line 660.

You can find more information on the bus connections at salzburg-verkehr.at/downloads/regionalbus-660-zell-am-see-kaprun-kitzsteinhorn.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:53
    7.84 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The first stage of the Glockner tour in the Hohe Tauern starts at the Mooserboden reservoir. You walk over the 107-meter-high and almost 500-meter-long dam, which holds back incredible amounts of water. Along the shimmering blue lake it goes towards Kapruner Törl. The ascent is partly steep, but it pays off with dreamy high mountain views. At over 2,600 meters, the route takes you over stone and scree fields, surefootedness is absolutely necessary here.
     
    From the Törl you can already see down to the Übelkar, into which a well-developed path leads. Past the Lower Rifflkees you hike to Tauernmoossee, another impressive reservoir. It is only a short distance from the southern bank to your today's destination, the Rudolfshütte. The modern mountain hotel is idyllically located on the crystal-clear Weißsee and leaves nothing to be desired.

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  • Difficult
    06:45
    8.40 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,100 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a relaxing night in the Rudolfshütte you start the second day with a fantastic view of the Weißsee. The ascent to the Kalser Tauern begins right on the southern …

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    9.09 mi
    1.6 mph
    775 ft
    5,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The majority of the third stage leads downhill, so have your hiking poles ready. After a hearty breakfast at the Sudetendeutsche Hütte you hike east and follow the Sudetendeutsche Höhenweg. …

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  • Difficult
    07:23
    9.75 mi
    1.3 mph
    4,900 ft
    600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the beginning of the fourth day of the Glockner tour, you will walk along the Ködnitzbach from the tranquil Kals. An impressive highlight awaits you after just the first …

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  • Difficult
    03:10
    4.47 mi
    1.4 mph
    525 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fifth stage of the Glockner tour can be done in two ways: either you go from the Salmhütte via the Stockerscharte to the Glocknerhaus, as described here, or from …

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  • Difficult
    04:37
    8.07 mi
    1.7 mph
    175 ft
    4,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fifth stage of the Glockner tour can be done in two variants: Variant 5a leads you from the Salmhütte to the Glocknerhaus, variant 5b, as described here, from the …

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  • Difficult
    08:29
    14.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,100 ft
    6,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage of the Glockner tour is again held in two variants. Depending on whether you chose the stage destination Glocknerhaus or Heiligenblut the day before, you start from …

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  • Difficult
    04:48
    7.11 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,500 ft
    450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    When you have completed the fifth stage of the Glockner tour in Heiligenblut, you will hike along the 6b route the next day. You start in the village of Heiligenblut …

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  • Difficult
    07:16
    10.7 mi
    1.5 mph
    5,125 ft
    4,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After a night in idyllic Fusch, the seventh stage of the Glockner tour starts with the ascent to the Hirzbachalm. On quiet forest trails you hike through the Hohe Tauern …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    80.2 mi
  • Duration
    53:56 h
  • Elevation
    24,050 ft

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