7 days

  Walking along the summits and ridge lines of the Schladminger-Tauern mountains

  Idyllic valleys, alpine lakes, mountain streams and cascading waterfalls

  Panoramic views of the Dachstein massif

  Unique geological features like the Klafferkessel tarns and Goldlacken plateaus

  Stay in charming mountain huts and enjoy hearty Austrian cuisine

The Schladminger-Tauern Höhenweg trail is a stage along Central Alpine Trail 02, which traverses the entire Alpine region. This epic hike follows a dramatic high trail along the summits and ridges of the Schladminger-Tauern mountains (a subrange of the Austrian Central Alps), as well as dropping into idyllic alpine valleys and cirques.

Due to its unique geological features, the wealth of plant and animal species, and the special character of the surrounding mountains, this section of the Central Alpine Trail is one of the most beautiful hiking tours to be found anywhere in the Alps. Pristine, untamed streams with thunderous waterfalls and countless small rivulets flowing from springs beneath the Tauern mountains add to the appeal and charm of this region. Some truly impressive peaks, such as the Hochgolling, the highest mountain in the range (2,862 m), await you on this rewarding walking trail.

Please note that, due to the terrain and lack of road access luggage transportation is not possible on this trip.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS From €470 per person sharing*

*Due to the terrain and remote location, this trip is unfortunately not available to solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION On the first and last nights you will stay in a *** hotel in Schladming/Rohrmoos-Untertal.

During the trek, you’ll stay in Alpine lodges (charming mountain huts) in either a lager (dormitory-style room), or private room.

Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:

  • Hut sleeping bag: blankets are available in the huts; necessary but mandatory is only a lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag liner.
  • Overnight stay in communal bunks or multi-bed rooms. Double rooms partly possible on request. The hosts will always try to accommodate travellers who are not used to communal bunks in their own rooms if possible.
MEALS An Alpine breakfast buffet is provided each morning and is included in the price.

Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch. This should be requested on arrival.

Each hut serves hearty Austrian cuisine for dinner. You can either pay in cash at the lodges or you can pre-book a half board supplement to include dinner on each night (cost €160 pp. for dinner x 6 nights). Please let us know in the comments box on the booking page if you would like to do this.

AVAILABILITY You can start your trip on any day of the week (subject to availability) from July to September.
6 x overnight stay including local tax (2 x hotel, 4 x huts)
6 alpine breakfasts
1 x cable car ride to Hochwurzenalm
1 x Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card
Detailed route notes and maps
Hiking map (1 x per room)
Service hotline daily from 8.00 – 18.00 (also on weekends)
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches & dinners
Drinks and snacks
Transport to and from Schladming at the start and end of trip
Luggage transportation is not possible on this trip
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
Half board supplement (3 course dinner in inns/hotels and partly also in huts otherwise 1 course hikers-meal in huts): €160 pp.
 Supplement 2 x single room (communal bunks in huts): €60 pp.
DIFFICULTY & TERRAIN The tour mainly covers alpine terrain. You will need appropriate mountain equipment and basic stamina. Necessary mountain equipment: ankle-high boots, functional clothes, rucksack, food and water, rain and sun protection, first-aid kit, mobile phone.

The routes are well signposted, although the signs could partly be covered by snow. Hence, it is imperative that you take your maps and route notes with you. An experienced guide is available to accompany you upon request.


Day 1: Arrival in Schladming-Rohrmoos

Individual arrival at your accommodation at Schladming-Rohrmoos. At check-in you receive your travel documents.

Overnight stay in a ***Hotel in Schladming or Rohrmoos-Untertal.


Day 2: Hochwurzen High Trail to the Giglachseen Lakes

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 783 m | Descent: 615 m | Walking time: 5 hrs approx.

The starting point for the Schladminger Tauern High Trail is the Hochwurzen Gondola in Rohrmoos, which is very close to Schladming. You’ll take the Hochwurzen gondola (Gipfelbahn in German) to the summit, where the trail begins. From here, you will walk along the mountain ridge of the Preunegg and Obertal, with views of the Dachstein mountain range. Highlights of this magnificent path include the beautiful mountain lakes Klammsee and the Brettersee, as well as the eastern wall of the Kammspitze with its dramatically shaped toothed ridgeline. The hike concludes with numerous small switchbacks, which meander down a steep mountainside to the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, with epic views of the Giglachseen lakes.

Overnight stay at Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte


Day 3: Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte - Keinprechthütte

Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 511 m | Descent: 640 m | Walking time: 3 hrs approx.

Today’s path leads you past the eastern end of the Giglachseen lakes, then climbs quite steeply to the peaks of the Rotmandl (2,453 m) and Kruckeckscharte (2,303 m) before descending to the beautifully situated Keinprechthütte at 1,872m above sea level.

Overnight stay at the Keinprechthütte.


Day 4: Keinprecht-Hütte - Gollinghütte

Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 975 m | Descent: 1178 m | Walking time: 5½ hrs approx.

High route over the Gollingscharte (2,326 m). There is an opportunity here to climb to the summit of the Hochgolling (2,963 m). Any ascent on this summit requires surefootedness, a head for heights, along with alpine experience. From the Gollingscharte, there is a short stretch in the green pasture area of Golling Winkel before reaching the Gollinghütte.

Overnight stay at the Gollinghütte.


Day 5: Gollinghütte - Klafferkessel - Preintalerhütte

Distance: 8 km | Ascent: 1013 m | Descent: 1001 m | Walking time: 5½ hrs approx.

Probably the most spectacular stage of the tour – the hike over Greifenstein to the Preintalerhütte. This stage is partly secured with rope and features sharp ascents. You are rewarded with one of the most beautiful summit panoramas of the northern Alps.

Overnight stay at the Preintalerhütte.


Day 6: Preintalerhütte - Schladming

Distance: 18.6 km | Ascent: 349 m | Descent: 1239 m | Walking time: 5½ hrs approx.

From the Preintalerhütte the trail leads via an extensive area of alpine pastures to the deep-green mountain lake Riesachsee. An easy forest path then takes you into the valley. You should not miss a short detour to the Riesachfälle waterfalls before you continue along the Wilde Wasser trail to the centre of Schladming.

Overnight stay in a ***Hotel in Schladming or Rohrmoos-Untertal.


Day 7: Departure

Your trip ends today after breakfast, unless you have booked additional nights.

Arrival and departure info

  The closest airport is Salzburg (90 km). You can also fly to Vienna airport (299 km) or Munich airport (259 km).
The closest town, or transportation hub, is Schladming.

Connections to international express trains; railway stations in Schladming, Pichl, Haus im Ennstal, Gröbming and Stainach/Irdning.

Train times can be found at Austrian Rail www.oebb.at.

Schladming (c) Oesterreich-Werbung/Homberger
Bergsee-in-den-Niederen-Tauern (c) Oesterreich-Werbung/Popp Hackner
The Schladminger-Tauern Höhenweg

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews

Kan klart anbefale denne tur. Terrænet var meget varieret og turen var udfordrende! Vi mødte flere som gik samme rute som os, og som vi hang ud med i hytterne. Det var rigtig hyggeligt. Det var vores første hytte-til-hytte tur i alperne og det bliver ikke den sidste 🙂

Der modtages kun kontanter i alle hytter, så tag rigeligt med. Vi tilkøbte halvpension på forhånd, men det er egentlig lige så let bare at bestille det undervejs. Det er muligt at lade sin mobil op – det koster 1 euro per time i de to første hytter, gratis i de to sidste. Der er ingen mobildækning i hytterne, kun tæt på Schladming og omkring toppene. Husk også ørepropper og lagenpose (begge dele kan dog også købes på alle hytter).


Challenging hike but very much fun!

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