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Alpine huts and glacial views – Lasörling High Altitude Trail in Austria

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Alpine huts and glacial views – Lasörling High Altitude Trail in Austria

Hiking Collection by Mareike

5-9

days

3-5 h

/ day

40.5 mi

14,650 ft

10,775 ft

Between mountain lakes, romantic alpine landscapes and barren rocky peaks, lies the south-west part of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Following the Lasörling High Altitude Trail, you climb high into the Lasörling Group mountains and hike north of the main ridge. Setting off from the town of Matrei in East Tyrol in Austria, the trail leads past traditional mountain huts where you can tuck into Tyrolean delicacies and enjoy magnificent views as far as the Venediger Group mountain glaciers. In the past, the heights of the Lasörling Group were also covered by glaciers. The moraines which characterise the mountainous landscape here today are evidence of this geographic past.

With more than 13,123 feet (4,000 m) to climb over 40.3 miles (65 km), the trail is a beautiful adventure for fit hikers. You should be able to climb up to 4,921 feet (1,500 m) in one day. As you will hike at alpine heights, surefootedness is a must and there are ropes to help in particularly exposed places. If you are looking for an even greater challenge, you can summit some of the peaks along the way such as the highest peak, the Lasörling, after which the mountains are named. If you choose to climb it, you can spend two nights at the Lasörling Hut and take a whole day to summit.

On each stage, you will have plenty of opportunities to stop for snacks, but make sure to pack some food in your rucksack anyway. In the evening, you can tuck into a hot dinner and enjoy a comfy bed at one of the inns. It’s recommended to book your stay in advance.

As the trail reaches as high as 9,186 feet (2,800 m) above sea level, you can plan this hike from June until September. Outside of the summer, there is usually too much snow on the paths and the huts usually don’t open their doors to hikers until mid-June.

The Lasörling Group is located between the Deferegge Valley and the Virgin Valley in East Tyrol. The mountains are easily accessible from the town of Matrei in the region. You can travel via the East Tyrolean capital, Lienz, which has a train station. For more information on train timetables and connections, visit: vvt.at.

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Lasörling Höhenweg

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12,175 ft

10,700 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

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  • Difficult
    09:06
    14.1 mi
    1.6 mph
    5,850 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first half of the first stage on the Lasörling Höhenweg is all about gaining altitude. Sure, for a mountain trail you first have to climb up. You get this big climb right at the beginning. But the rise does not have to be as long as planned here. After the first 900 meters of altitude you can put

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  • Difficult
    04:56
    6.29 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,350 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage through the Lasörling group is the essence of a high-altitude trail: with moderate up and down you hike up beautiful paths through the mountains and enjoy the wonderful view to the main ridge of the Venediger group. Green meadows and gray rocks are spreading around you. As an optional

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  • Difficult
    08:18
    9.72 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,850 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third stage, the Lasörling Höhenweg pampers you with fantastic views over the Hohe Tauern. To earn this, the route today expects you to climb almost 1,500 meters in altitude. So it's best to start early, then you'll have enough time for breaks.

    

    

    It starts from the hut towards the west and at the

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    10.4 mi
    1.8 mph
    625 ft
    4,475 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today is the day of the descent and thus also the farewell. The fourth day is the last stage on the Lasörling Höhenweg. You leave the original mountain world through the beautiful Dabertal. Thundering waterfalls sweeten the last kilometers.

    

    

    From the Reichenberger Hütte you head west and begin your descent

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    40.5 mi
  • Duration
    28:09 h
  • Elevation
    14,650 ft10,775 ft

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