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Hüttschlag: Ankogel

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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 route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 25 km
15:00 h
2,786 m
1,215 m
3,233 m
1,038 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

  1. There is a beautiful cascade just 5 min. away from the Stockham farm.
  2. You reach the Arlhöhe in approx. 15 min. from the Arlscharte. From here you have a great view to the surrounding mountains.
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Update: January 17, 2023
Highest point
Ankogel, 3,233 m
Lowest point
Hüttschlag - Talwirt, 1,038 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 61.32%Path 28.43%Traces of trail 8.26%Unknown 1.97%
Forested/wild trail
15.3 km
7.1 km
Traces of trail
2.1 km
0.5 km
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Safety information

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!

Tips and hints

Mountains and peaks in Grossarltal


Hüttschlag - Talwirt (1,037 m)
47.147760, 13.286980
47°08'51.9"N 13°17'13.1"E
33T 370127 5223007


Mallnitz - Hannoverhaus

Turn-by-turn directions

You go by car to Hüttschlag / Stockham - parking space. You hike along the way (no. 512) to the Ötzlhütte (approx. 1/2 h). From here, you hike into the Schödertal to the Schödersee, 1,440 m (about 1 1/2 h). Ascent to the Arlscharte, 2,252 m (approx. 3 h). Descent along path no. 502 to Kölnbreinspeicher (about 3/4 h). Hike along the same route to the Osnabrückhütte, 2,026 m (approx. 2 h) - Overnight at the Osnabrückhütte.

Continue along path no. 502, then 538 to the two Schwarzhorn lakes and further over the glacier to the Ankogel, 3,262 m (about 4 h). ONLY WITH A LOCAL TOUR GUIDE! Descent along path no. 520 to the Hannoverhaus, 2,719 m (approx. 3 h). Downwards by the Ankogelbahn (cable cars) and then with by train and public bus back to the Grossarltal.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

public bus no. 540, ÖBB

Getting there

You go by car or public bus no. 540 to Hüttschlag and further to the valley end to Stockham.


parking space Talwirt


47.147760, 13.286980
47°08'51.9"N 13°17'13.1"E
33T 370127 5223007
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map Athesia Buch GmbH – geomarketing


hiking boots with grip sole, hiking map, food and beverages

Questions and answers

Kann mir irgendjemand erklären, weshalb der Anstieg von der Onsabrücker Hütte zum Ankogel nur mit einem ortskundigen Bergführer möglich ist??? Herzlichen Dank für die Info.
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Oberhalb vom Schwarzhornsee muss man den Gletscher queren um auf den Ankogel zu gelangen. In diesem Abschnitt ist keine Markierung sichtbar. Deshalb empfehlen wir, die Tour nur mit einem ortskundigen Bergführer zu machen.
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25 km
15:00 h
2,786 m
1,215 m
Highest point
3,233 m
Lowest point
1,038 m
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