Grossglockner Hut to Hut Ascent
Price from: £999.00
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A high level walking traverse around Austria's highest peak...
This scenic Alps trekking trip enables you to get to know this beautiful region of the Eastern Alps and gives you the opportunity to stay in some of the best alpine mountain huts and leads you via Austria's longest glacier.
- Dramatic summit point
- King of the Eastern Alps
- Eight 3000m+ peaks
- Austria's biggest glacier
- High alpine huts
It draws climbers from near and far and its dramatic summit can be seen from nearly all of its approach routes. However, although it is a serious and impressive mountain, its standard route is not as difficult as Mont Blanc or Dufourspitze and, unlike both those mountains, it is a more feasible step up for the experienced UK hill walker prior to contemplating a Mont Blanc attempt.
Built from 1930 to 1935, the famous Grossglockner Pass links the Austrian provinces of Salzburg and Kärnten along the Hohen Tauern mountain range. It is one of Europe’s highest and most scenic pass roads. The 48 kilometre high alpine road leads into the heart of the Hohen Tauern National Park, curving through 36 bends and climbing to over 2500 metres above sea level. It passes through a unique mountain world of flower-filled meadows, fragrant mountain forests, huge rock faces and eternal ice to reach the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Höhe (head of the pass) at the foot of the Grossglockner (3798m).
Here you can admire the glistening Pasterze glacier - at 8.4 kilometres, it is Austria's longest, stretching down from over 3500m to about 2100m above sea level.
Our high alpine hut to hut traverse on and around the Grossglockner is a classic “Haute Route”, and one of the best you can make in the Austrian Alps and in the area of the Grossglockner. The traverse from the Schwaiger hut to the Oberwalder hut and next day to the Stüdl hut is only one of the many highlights of this trip.
The Grossglockner lies on the border between Carinthia and the East Tyrol; it is the highest peak in the Glockner group, a group of mountains along the main ridge of the Hohe Tauern. The summit itself lies on the Glockner ridge, which branches to the south off the main ridge.
Depart UK - Kaprun - Mooserboden - Schwaiger Haus
Schwaiger hut - Wiesbachhorn - Oberwalder hut
Oberwalder Hütte - Stüdl Hütte
Stüdl Hütte - Grossglockner - Adlersruhe Hut
Adlersruhe hut - Oberwalder Hütte
Oberwalder Hütte - Johannisberg - Hohe Riffl - Kaprun
Return to the UK - After breakfast transfer to Salzburg Airport for your onward flight home.
Dates and Prices Info
Please note that bookings must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled departure so that we can make bookings in the relevant mountain huts. Prices are based on groups of 2-4 people.
- Full event planning, logistics and client liaison
- Experience UIAGM mountaineering guide(s)
- 5 night's accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and evening meal
- 1 night bed and breakfast accommodation in Salzburg
- Pick up from Salzburg Airport
- Drop off at first night accommodation
- First Aid and safety equipment
- Cable car and bus fees
- Photographic highlights of your trip on CD
- Clothing and equipment discount for Cotswold Outdoors and Montane
- Flights to Austria
- Transfer from Salzburg to airport
- Personal expenses
- Climbing helmet, crampons, ice axe, climbing harness and 2 x locking carabiners
- Other personal equipment
- Meals not mentioned above
- Travel insurance
If you have any questions about this activity please do not hesitate to ask.
This excursion is suitable for experienced UK walkers who are in good shape and have a basic knowledge of alpine mountaineering. It includes a long glacier walk up to 8-9 hours and prior experience with walking using crampons is an advantage. The route also involves some very short climbing sections up to grade II.
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