Salzkammergut S-Trail section I: Hiking in the Höllengebirge mountains
4 lakes, 2 summits
This 7-day hike follows the first stages of the S-Trail from Lake Traunsee to Lake Attersee and leads into the magnificent Höllengebirge mountain range. It includes overnight stays at two mountain lodges.
The Salzkammergut region is magnificent even by Austrian standards, with towering snow-capped peaks, wooded mountain slopes, lush green valleys and ice-blue lakes. Its defining feature has always been the dramatic visual effect created by its countless lakes framed by the immense peaks of the Northern Alps. This newly established long-distance trail links these highlights in a comprehensive way, never seen before.
|A tree for your booking
Respect for our planet’s limited resources and climate-friendly mobility are two major challenges of the 21st Century. We are therefore delighted to cooperate with the Austrian Federal Forest Authority on the “tree for your booking” project; a new tree planted for each hiking tour booked through us in the Salzkammergut region! Along with your travel documents, you will receive a photo of “your” tree, which you will even have the chance to visit during your trip.
|7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS||From €610 per person sharing.*
*A high-season supplement of €30 will apply during July and August
|ACCOMMODATION||4 nights in ***hotels/inns in double room.
2 nights in mountain huts (communal bunks or double rooms).*
*Note on staying at an Alpine lodge: blankets are available in the huts; necessary but mandatory is only a lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag liner.
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from June 15th to October 8th.|
|DIFFICULTY||Daily stages are moderate to challenging; hiking distances in the valley can be adjusted easily by public transport. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are necessary to enjoy your trip.|
Day 1: Arrival in Gmunden
Arrival at the picturesque lakeside town of Gumunden. You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation. Overnight stay in Gmunden
Day 2: Gmunden – Altmünster – Langbathtal
Distance: 18 km | Ascent: 760 m | Descent: 555 m | 6 hrs approx.
The tour starts at Gmunden’s lakeside promenade – past the picturesque Schloss Orth the trail leads into Altmünster. Slowly the trail winds its way into the Grasberg hills with great views of Lake Traunsee. The last stage passes through the shady forests of the Langbath valley. When you reach Gasthof Kreh you will be transferred to Ebensee for your overnight stay.
Overnight stay in Ebensee
Day 3: Langbathseen – Weissenbach am Attersee
Distance: 23 km | Ascent: 740 m | Descent: 900 m | 8 hrs approx.
The day of the lakes: This beautiful stage passes the idyllic Langbathsee lakes and the nature reserve surrounding Lake Taferlklaussee. Finally, you reach one of Austria’s largest bodies of water and former summer retreat for famous artists like Klimt and Mahler – Lake Attersee.
Overnight stay in Weissenbach
Day 4: Weissenbach am Attersee – Hochleckenhaus
Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 1280 m | Descent: 200 m | 5½ hrs approx.
The traverse of the Höllengebirge Mountains is a classic among local trekking enthusiasts. After ascending the outlying summits and taking in the marvellous views, treat yourself to one of Austria’s most beloved and tasty dishes; the Kaiserschmarren – delicious fluffy pancakes which were a favourite of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
Overnight stay at Hochleckenhaus mountain lodge*.
*Luggage transfer from the Weissenbach to Ebensee where you spend the last night (Overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the nights at Hochleckhaus and Riederhuette have to be carried by yourself)
Day 5: Höllengebirge: Hochleckenhaus – Riederhütte
Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 760 m | Descent: 550 m | 4½ hrs approx.
Keep your eyes peeled as you traverse the mountain plateau. The Höllengebirge Mountains are known as retreat area for many Alpine animals, especially birds.
Overnight stay at Riederhütte
Day 6: Höllengebirge: Riederhütte – Ebensee
Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 158 m | Descent: 1400 m | 4 hrs approx.
The final part of the traverse offers tempting walking options to the summits of Großer Höllkogel (highest peak in the mountain range) and Alberfelkogel. Once you reach the eastern end of the mountains, you take the cable car to the valley and walk a short stretch to the village of Ebensee.
Overnight stay in Ebensee
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast you will take the ferry back to Gmunden, where you can catch a train to Salzburg or Vienna for onward travel. Your trip ends here, unless you have booked additional nights.