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7-day trekking tour through the World Heritage

Date: Sat, Aug. 10, 2019
Location:  Gosausee, 4824 Gosau
From 10th to 16th August 2019 (Saturday to Saturday): A hiking experience for all nature lovers. Seven-day trekking with summit ascents. On the trail of salt and alpine farming, of mountain pioneers and the "eternal" ice of the Hallstatt glacier.

Water and Ice

From Lake Hallstatt to the Dachstein summit, extend climatic zones as those from Central Europe to the Arctic: from dense forests on crystal-clear lakes, past alpine meadows and rocky karst landscapes to the no-longer-everlasting ice of the 7 glaciers on the gigantic limestone massif. Over millions of years, water and ice have formed lime into a habitat of extremes in which only extraordinary creature find their home. We delve into the fascinating landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage, get to know the importance of alpine farming and dedicate ourselves to the many seemingly unimpressive wonders along the way.

Water of life

From large karst springs, on the north side of the limestone massive, gushes masses of water from large springs, unite into streams which flow into the Traun and Danube rivers before finally reaching the Black Sea. The history of Hallstatt begins with salt mining over 7,000 years ago and has left its mark in the mountain landscape.

Up and Down

Lake Gosau, framed by the ragged “Gosaukamm” and the towering Dachstein massif in the east with the Gosau glacier, one of the most famous motifs of the Alpine region, is our starting point for a foot trip through one of the most varied landscapes in Austria. The first day we start with a moderate entry stage up to the “Gablonzerhütte” and ambitious climb the extremely exposed “Donnerkogel”, before we go around the south of the peak “Bischofsmütze” with ups and downs over green pastures, over the next two days.

From Hut to Hut

From the “Hofpürglhütte” we head over the “Sulzenhals” in the hiking area of the Ramsau below the south face of the Dachstein, which rises up 1,000 metres. We pay a visit to the “Austriahütte” (Austria Hut), which also houses a small alpine museum, and pass through the southern face over the wild rocky backdrop of the “Edlgrieskars”, where highly specialised plants such as Alpine poppies and various indigenous species can be found. We cross the surreal moraine landscape of the “Landfried” valley and spend the night at the “Guttenberghaus”, a stylish, historic hut.

In the footsteps of the Dachstein explorer

We then traverse from the south across the lonely plateau to the north side of the massif and spend a night at the “Gjaid Alm”, a comfortable hut with excellent food and sauna. A detour to the lonely, bottle green “Silberkarsee” is possible. We see the turquoise meltwater in the ice lakes below the Hallstatt Glacier and visit the hut, whose foundation stone was laid by Friedrich Simony. Along the path, carved into the rock in 1843, we walk through enchanted larch groves through a fairy-tale giant carcass spring to the world-famous Hallstatt, where we will conclude the tour with an exquisite meal at the traditional inn “Simony am See”.

Overview of the 7-day trekking tour

Day 1

Meeting at 10:00 am at the “Vorderer Gosausee” (Lake Gosau) (937).
Get to know each other and have a preliminary discussion at the “Gasthof Gosausee” inn.
Ascent through a beautiful forest with rich undergrowth, past the ravines of the towering Donnerkogel to the “Gablonzerhütte” (1.522). After the luggage depot steep and rocky up to the summit of the “Donnerkogel” (2.054), which offers us tremendous plunging views over a vertical wall down to Lake Gosau, over to the Gosau glacier and up to the “Hohe Dachstein”.
Details on the 1st day tour
Ascent: 1,000 meters
Descent: 500 meters
Length of this day tour: 6 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 5 1/2 hours

Day 2

Over pastures and through the forest on to “Stuhlam” (1.467) for a lunch break. South along the “Austriaweg” along the Gosaukamm and the passage to the “Hofpürglhütte” (1,705) with beautiful views of “Bischofsmütze” (Bishop’s cap) and “Torstein”.
Details on the 2nd day tour
Ascent: 900 meters
Descent: 700 meters
Length of this day tour: 10 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 4 hours

Day 3

Over the “Rinderfeld”, where horses are allowed to spend the summer, steeply up over the “Sulzenhals” (1.821) with beautiful views into the glacier-sharpened “Windlegerscharte”, the “Windlegergrat” and the “Eiskarlspitzen” to the “Bachlalm” (1.496m) for a lunch break.
From the “Bachlalm” we hike below the South face of the Dachstein to “Südwandhütte” (1.871) and from there over pastures and forests to the “Austriahütte” (1.638) with the Mountaineer museum.
Details for the 3rd day tour
Ascent: 100 meters
Descent: 1,200 meters
Length of this day tour: 13 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 6 1/2 hours

Day 4

Through the wild, rocky “Edlgrieskar” on the “Edlgrieshöhe” (2.489m), which offers breath-taking views of the Dachstein’s south face, continue through the “Landfriedtal”, a quirky glacial moraine landscape 2000 meters above sea level, where sheep graze in the summer, optional with a detour to the “Scheichenspitze” (2,667), a magnificent panoramic mountain, on to the “Guttenberghaus” (2,147m).
Details on the 4th day tour
Ascent: 1000 meters
Descent: 500 meters
Length of this day tour: 6.4 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 4 1/2 hours

Day 5

From the “Guttenberghaus” over the “Feistererscharte” (2,198 m), a gigantic view opens up over the karst plateau. We hike with a detour over the bottle-green “Silberkarsee”, which, on sunny days, invites you to swim (1.805 m) continue on the lonely plateau “AmStein”, to the “Gjaid Alm” (1.738m).
Details on the 5th day tour
Ascent: 700 meters
Descent: 1,100 meters
Length of this day tour: 12 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 6 ½ hours

Day 6

The sixth stage leads us on the so-called “Trägerweg” (carrier path) over the ice lakes just below the Hallstatt glacier up to the “Simonyhütte” (2,205m) from a break. From the terrace we enjoy the view over the glacier. From there to the “Wiesberghaus” is only 1.5 hours.
Details on the 6th day tour
Ascent: 900 meters
Descent: 800 meters
Length of this day tour: 9 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 4 1/2 hours

Day 7

Following in Simony's footsteps we descend via the “Tiergarten” (animal garden) and the Echerntal into the world-famous Hallstatt, where we complete the tour with a meal and, if necessary, a swim in the lake.
Return to Gosau by taxi. Farewell at the Gosausee Inn at about 15:00
Details on the 7th day tour
Ascent: 0 meters
Descent: 1,200 meters
Length of this day tour: 7 kilometres
Duration of this day tour: 3 1/2 hours

Your accommodation for this event

Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.