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Trekking in Austria's Hohe Tauern

Including the ascent of the Grossglockner and Grossvenediger

Guide to four hut-to-hut treks of 7–9 days in the Hohe Tauern National Park, covering the Reichen, Venediger and Glockner groups, plus suggestions for two further treks. With optional excursions to climb neighbouring peaks – including Austria's highest peak, the Gross Glockner – some of which call for mountaineering skills and glacier crossings.


The summer Alpine season starts when the huts open in mid-June and continues through to the end of September. Early season, snow can linger well into July. July through to August the weather is more settled and warmer, whereas September is cooler.


The Hohe Tauern is easily accessed from Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg, with regular local transport links to various trek starting points such as Matrei in Ost Tirol and Kals am Glockner.


All tracks and trails are waymarked and frequently signposted. No special equipment is needed, nor additional climbing skills required unless you plan to cross glaciers or undertake the optional ascents of neighbouring peaks.

Must See

Gross Glockner, Austria's highest peak; Gross Venediger; Rosskar Scharte; the Loebbentorl pass; the Obersulzbachkees glacier; Stocker Scharte; the walk around the head of the Virgental valley; Spitzbrett ridge; Kalser Tauern pass; the welcoming huts of the Austrian Alpine Club
8 Jan 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.65cm

A guidebook to four treks in Austria’s Hohe Tauern: the 61km Reichen Group Hut-to-Hut Rucksack Route, the 68km Venediger Group Hut-to-Hut Rucksack Route, the 78km Venediger Glacier Tour and the 99km Glockner Rucksack Route. Whereas the three rucksack routes require only good fitness and mountain walking experience, the glacier tour involves glacier crossings.

The Reichen Rucksack Route is presented in 7 stages, the Venediger Rucksack Route in 7, the Venediger Glacier Tour in 8 and the Glockner Rucksack Route in 9. Also included are optional ascents of neighbouring peaks, including Austria’s highest, the Gross Glockner, some of which may require specialist equipment and mountaineering skills.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping
  • Elevation profiles for each trek
  • Comprehensive hut directory
  • Detailed summary of each day’s challenges and any potential hazards
  • Ideas for linking stages of the routes to complete a traverse of the Hohe Tauern National Park and an ascent of the Gross Glockner

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Allan Hartley Cicerone author AHARTL

By Allan Hartley

Allan Hartley has maintained his close links with Austria, which he discovered by accident in the early seventies in respite from atrocious weather conditions on the higher mountains of the western Alps. He has climbed extensively throughout the Alps, in east Africa and in the greater ranges in Nepal and Pakistan.

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