Trekking in Austria's Hohe Tauern
Including the ascent of the Grossglockner and Grossvenediger
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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.
SeasonsThe 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.
CentresThe 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.
DifficultyAll 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 SeeGross 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
Although less well know than some other Alpine regions, Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park boasts spectacular mountain scenery, snow-clad peaks and a splendid network of attractive and welcoming mountain huts. It is also home to Austria's highest peak, the 3798m Gross Glockner.
This guide presents four short hut-to-hut treks in the Hohe Tauern region in the heart of the Austrian Tirol: the 7-day Reichen Group Rucksack Route, the 7-day Venediger Group Rucksack Route, the 8-day Venediger Glacier Tour and the 9-day Glockner Rucksack Route. Two other routes, linking stages of the main treks to complete a traverse of the Hohe Tauern National Park and an ascent of the Gross Glockner, are summarised in brief. Also included are multiple excursions to climb neighbouring peaks – including the Gross Glockner and 3660m Gross Venediger – and a hut directory listing the huts in the region and summarising link routes between them.
The routes are feasible from mid-June to late September. Whereas the three rucksack routes require only good fitness and mountain walking experience, the glacier tour involves glacier crossings and the optional ascents frequently call for mountaineering skills (grades F and PD). In addition to clear route description and mapping, each trek stage includes notes on the highlights and challenges of the day. There is also a wealth of information to help you plan and prepare for your trip.
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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.View author profile
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