3-day tour Ankogel-Hochalmspitze-Säuleck

This three-day round tour is probably the most impressive thing the eastern Hohe Tauern has to offer.


1 day

With the Ankogelbahn it goes to about 2,600 m. From the mountain station you walk along the Tauernhöhenweg to the Radeckscharte. From the saddle it goes over pathless terrain to the Kl. Ankogel (3,096 m), getting steeper and steeper over an exposed ridge (difficulty I) to the summit, which is reached, secured on a rope.


After crossing the summit, it goes to the Kleinelendkees and finally to the descent to the Zwischenelendscharte. Past the Schwarzhorn lakes and the Fallbach waterfall, the hike leads to the Osnabrückerhütte (2,020 m).


Difference in altitude:

  • Ascent: 650 m
  • Descent: 1,200 m
  • Condition: 6-7 hours

2 day

The second day brings us to the queen of the Hohe Tauern, the Hochalmspitze (3,360 m) – one of the most beautiful mountains in the Eastern Alps as a counterpart to the Großglockner. Towering over four valleys, surrounded on four sides by glaciers, it is particularly beautiful, supported by wide and massive slab walls and pillars.


Early in the morning we hike along the lateral moraine of the Großelendkees to the beginning of the glacier. We walk the glacier to the upper glacier basin and then steeply through a firn gully to the Preimlscharte (2,953 m). Later we cross the Hochalmkees to the beginning of the block ridge, over which we reach the Hochalmspitze (3,360 m) with increasing steepness.


The descent is via the southeast ridge “Rudolfstädter Weg” (difficulty I-II), past the “Steinernen Mandl’n”. This area is secured with fixed steel cables. After climbing we come to the Trippkees, which we cross to the lower end, and then hike over the Schwarzenburger Weg to the Gießenerhütte (2,218 m).


Difference in altitude:

  • Ascent: 1,340 m
  • Descent: 1,140 m
  • Condition: 7-9 hours

3rd day

We start with a rewarding hike over the “Hessen Weg” to the Mallnitzer Scharte. From there it goes north, at the foot of the Gr. Crossing the Gößspitze, over easy block terrain over the south ridge to the Säuleck (3,086 m). The way back leads us to the Grazer Schartl and further down a marked trail to Arthur v. Schmid house. After a short rest, we go through the Dösental down to Mallnitz, where our three-day tour ends again.


Difference in altitude:

  • Ascent: 870 m
  • Descent: 1,900 m
  • Condition: 7-9 hours

Requirements:

  • Surefootedness, a head for heights
  • Condition for 8-10 hours
  • Difference in altitude: up to 1,900 m
  • Climbing difficulty: I-II

Price (including rental equipment):
1 PAX€ 1150, –
2 PAX€ 680, –
3 PAX€ 530, –
4 PAX€ 450, –

Extra cost:
Ankogelbahn only ascent€ 20 per person
Overnight stay in a hut with half boardapprox. € 40 per person
Plus own expenses