Climb the Highest Mountain of Austria - Mt. Grossglockner - 3798m

A challenge for the seasoned mountaineer; over glaciers and ridges to reach the highest summit in Austria. 3 days. 1 day off work.

  • Austria
  • June, September
  • Munich International Airport, Munich (MUC) or Salzburg Airport, Salzburg (SZG)

This is your opportunity to achieve the highest summit in Austria – Grossglockner.

This guided hike has everything from glaciers to via ferrata and some of the most challenging graded trails.

At the end, you’ll know you’ve reached your goal as you’re surrounded with astonishing views that only the privileged get to witness.

This unmissable adventure includes:

  • 3 days hiking/mountaineering
  • 2 nights mountain hut accommodation
  • Local, professional, certified mountain guide
  • Small groups no bigger than 3 participants
  • Hiking safety equipment
  • Evening meals and breakfasts
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
The mountaineering enthusiast looking to add another achievement to their list.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Salzburg airport
  • Airport transfers
  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3.

This is not a hike for beginners. You need to be an experienced mountain hiker, ideally with experience in glacier and rock climbing, and with very good fitness.

This trip is in alpine surroundings; that means all weather conditions are possible from hot and sunny to snowfall. Be prepared for anything.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

All safety equipment: - harness - helmet - ice axe - crampons

Start point?
You’ll be met by your host at the Lucknerhaus close to Kals at 14:00 on Day 1. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the starting point (Lucknerhaus close to Kals) around 11:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away? From Salzburg Airport:
You should arrive at Salzburg Airport around 10:20. You need to arrange a transfer or hire car for the 3-4-hour drive from the airport to the Lucknerhaus close to Kals. Your host suggests the 17:35 flight from Salzburg Airport on Sunday if you wish to travel straight home after the trip. Once again, you will need to arrange a transfer from the Lucknerhaus to the airport if you didn’t hire a car.

From Munich Airport
There are several flights from London landing before 10:10. You need to arrange a transfer or hire car for the 3-hour drive from the airport to the starting point.

Your host recommends to bring the following: - 35-litre rucksack - Thin hut sleeping bag
- Function socks 2 pairs
- Padded foot part, merino wool - 3x functional underwear, quick-drying, merino wool - Touring or softshell pants wind and water repellent, robust, no ski pants - Short functional pants small pack size, quick-drying material - Light pants small pack size, for the hut - 2x T-shirt, merino wool - Longsleeve / thin pullover Merino wool or fleece - Thermal jacket e.g. with Primaloft or wool filling - Hat, headband, buff, gloves possibly with Windstopper, 2 pairs - Hardshell or Gore-Tex jacket and rain pants, no poncho - Cap or cloth for the head - Sunglasses from category 3 suitable,

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Location

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The Grossglockner is the highest peak of Austria and one of the 7 summits of the Alps. The summit lies on the border of the provinces of Tyrol and Carinthia.

At the foot of the mountain flows the Pasterze glacier; at 9 km, the Pasterze is currently the longest glacier in the eastern Alps but, as with so many of these awesome marvels, the Pasterze is rapidly melting.

Start point?
You’ll be met by your host at the Lucknerhaus close to Kals at 14:00 on Day 1. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the starting point (Lucknerhaus close to Kals) around 11:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Your host suggests getting a rental car at the airport to travel to your starting point. Public transport is limited in this region.

From Salzburg Airport:
You should arrive at Salzburg Airport around 10:20. You need to arrange a transfer or hire car for the 3-4-hour drive from the airport to the Lucknerhaus close to Kals. Your host suggests the 17:35 flight from Salzburg Airport on Sunday if you wish to travel straight home after the trip. Once again, you will need to arrange a transfer from the Lucknerhaus to the airport if you didn’t hire a car.

From Munich Airport
There are several flights from London landing before 10:10. You need to arrange a transfer or hire car for the 3-hour drive from the airport to the starting point.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Friday: Trek to Stüdl Hut

You will meet your guide for the weekend at the Lucknerhaus close to Kals. Once the group has gathered and all equipment has been issued, you’ll start your first hike up to a modern mountain refuge hut, Stüdl Hut (2801m).

This is an easy hike which will take around 3 hours. On arrival, you will enjoy a dinner prepared by the refuge hosts before getting a good night’s rest ahead of a big day tomorrow.

3 hours hiking

Saturday: Summit Grossglockner

A 5am start this morning and a good breakfast, to have the best chance at today’s challenging climb.

You’ll have a frosty start as you leave the Stüdl Hut to cross the ice-field of the Koednitz-kees glacier. From here you’ll be making your way up to Erzherzog-Johann-Hut (3454m).

To reach the hut you’ll have to work your way to pass the Mürztalersteig; expect a rocky via ferrata (category c) for about an hour.

After around 3 hours of challenging hiking you will reach the Erzherzog-Johann-Hut. From here you will follow a flat ridge for a time but it’s not long before the trail becomes steeper and rocky again as you lead up to the saddle; and from the saddle you’ll climb a flat rocky ridge on the Kleinglockner (3770m).

From the Kleinglockner, hold those nerves as you descend into the gap between Kleinglockner and Großglockner with a cable to facilitate the overpass. The challenge hits a new level as you climb (UIAA rock climbing level) up to the summit (3798m).

The views from the summit are simply astonishing and, given that you’ve just climbed the highest mountain in Austria, so is your feat. Take a moment for it all to sink in before you head back to Stüdl Hut suitably proud.

7-11 hours hiking/mountaineering

Sunday: Descent down to the valley

In the morning you will descend back down the valley, giving you the chance to admire the incredible mountain views one last time before you go home.

You will part ways with your host at the Lucknerhaus around 11:00 and continue your forwarding journey back to Salzburg Airport with a big tick on your summit list.

2 hours hiking

Accommodation

You will stay 2 nights at the Stüdl Hut. The mountain hut offers a cosy stay in a dormitory or shared room. Evening dinner and breakfast will be included for both nights and will be cooked by the friendly hosts of the hut.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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