Salzkammergut S-Trail section I: Hiking in the Höllengebirge mountain range above Traunsee and Attersee
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 an overnight stay at a remote mountain lodge.
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.
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|7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS||From €735 per person sharing.*
*A high-season supplement of €25 pp. will apply during July and August
|ACCOMMODATION||5 nights in ***hotels/inns in double room.
1 nights in a mountain hut (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 from Saturday to Wednesday, subject to availability, from June 15th to October 8th.|
|DIFFICULTY||The difficulty level of this trip is rated as moderate to challenging overall. The first three walking days are relatively easy and hiking distances in the valley can be adjusted easily by public transport. The last two hiking days are significantly more challenging, as you head into the mountains. Days 5 and 6 feature a large ascent and descent, respectively, to and from the Hockleckenhaus.
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: Weissenbach Valley – Weissenbach am Attersee
Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 310 m | Descent: 290 m | 5½ hrs approx.
You can take the public bus from Ebensee to the beginning of the Weißenbachtal. After a short stretch on asphalt, dive into the wild and romantic river valley and hike along the largely original stream bed. Towards the end, a slight ascent through mystical forest awaits you before you reach today’s destination, Lake Attersee. Attersee is one of Austria’s largest bodies of water and former summer retreat for famous artists like Klimt and Mahler.
Overnight stay in Weissenbach
Day 4: Burggraben – Moosalm – Weissenbach am Attersee
Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 450 m | Descent: 460 m | 4½ hrs approx.
After a short bus ride to today’s starting point, you hike through dense forest along the Burgauklamm uphill to the Moosalm. Now you walk along forest roads with some spectacular panoramas over the lake Attersee back to the Weissenbachtal.
Overnight stay in Weissenbach
Day 5: Weissenbach am Attersee – Hochleckenhaus
Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 1280 m | Descent: 200 m | 5½ hrs approx.
Today you head into the mountains. The traverse of the Höllengebirge Mountains is a classic among local trekking enthusiasts.
You start on the trail to the Schoberstein and then hike higher and higher along the Mahdl Schneid. Here, you are accompanied by spectacular views of Lake Attersee again and the slowly changing vegetation in the high mountains. By the time you reach the Hochleckenhaus you have really earned your delicious and complimentary apple strudel!
Overnight stay at Hochleckenhaus mountain lodge*.
*Luggage transfer from Weissenbach to Ebensee where you spend the last night (Overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the night at Hochleckhaus have to be carried by yourself)
Day 6: Descend into the Valley of the Langbath Lakes
Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 300 m | Descent: 1190 m | 6 hrs approx.
The day of the lakes: This beautiful stage passes the idyllic Langbathsee lakes and the nature reserve surrounding Lake Taferlklaussee. From the Hochleckenhaus you start towards the Goldenes Gatterl (golden Gate). Via the Aurach Ursprung (spring) you walk on towards Lake Taferklaussee and finally reach the Langbathsee Lakes. From here a pre-arranged taxi transfer is included to take you back to 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.