The Ankogel is the only peak with more than 3,000 m in Grossarltal, which you can reach "without" any problems. With its 3,252 m it is a special challenge for all mountaineers.
This mountain tour starts at the parking space at Gasthof Talwirt. Here you will find local delicacies and you can buy smoked bacon. On the first floor of the Talwirt is the Bergwaldausstellung and an information point from the Hohe Tauern national park. The Hüttschlager Bauernladenstüberl is nearby, where you can also buy products from their own production.Right next door is the valley museum of the Grossarltal.
The path leads past the Stockham farm and past a game reserve and finally through meadows to the valley end of "Hüttschlag/See". Near the bridge, there is a Kneipp facility and a barbeque facility. Then you reach the Ötzlsee on the left hand-side. The Ötzlhütte (closed) is only around 250 meters away.
The path continues along the river to the idyllic Schödertal (attention: the path is often slippery and wet, good shoes are absolutely necessary.)
Finally you reach the Schödersee. This is a periodical mountain lake, which only fills itself during the snow is melting and after particularly heavy rains. During the summer, it is often entirely dry.
Ascent from Schödersee along the Kolmbach to the hut and further over several steps through the alpine area, which is full of rocks. You pass several small lakes, like the two Kolmsee, until you finally reach the Pfringersee ("Arlsee"). From there it is only a few meters up to the Arlscharte, 2,252 m, from where you have a magnificent view to the peaks of the Ankogel, 3,252 m and Hochalmspitze, 3,363 m.
From here, it is only a few meters to Carinthia. You see the Kölnbreinspeicher from here.
The descent to the "Maltastausee" and the Jägersteighütte takes place via a beautiful hiking trail. Along the lake, you hike to the Osnabrücker hut. This alpine club hut was built in 1898 and can accommodate about 40 people. This is also your sleeping place for this night - please reserve the beds in advance.
The next morning, it becomes high alpine. First over rocks, then over the glacier. Here you can ONLY HIKE WITH A LOCAL TOUR GUIDE! Glacier experience is essential here.
At the summit you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. The distance is gigantic.
Afterwards, you hike down to the Hannoverhaus, where you can really strengthen yourself. Here you have the opportunity to go by the cable cars to Mallnitz, thus avoiding a descent into the valley. Take the train and then take the public bus back to Grossarltal.
- There is a beautiful cascade just 5 min. away from the Stockham farm.
- You reach the Arlhöhe in approx. 15 min. from the Arlscharte. From here you have a great view to the surrounding mountains.
Surefootedness, good stamina and experience on the mountains are required. You have to be free of dizziness.
Take enough food and beverages with you. This tour is only possible, if the weather is good!