The Keeskogel (2,884 m) is the hightest mountain in Grossarltal and the only glaciert. It is a challenge for all the 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.
Afterwards you reach the Pertill Chapel, which was built as a thank you for a happy homecoming from the Second World War.
The path leads past the Pertill farm first through meadows until you finally reach the forest. The path leads in serpentines to the Modereggalm. Just before you leave the forest, you will pass a small hunting hut.
After that ascent, you should make a short break on the Modereggalm. But beware: You still have a long hiking tour to go.
You continue along the sign-posted path for a short distance. Then, you leave the sign-posted path and you enter the open terrain. There are some paths, first you walk over alpine meadows, then over stones and finally over the glacier. You pass by the Lienlacken, which are idyllic mountain lakes - the landscape is simply unique. In this area many sheep spend their summer holidays.
You continue to the glacier - here glacier experience is absolutely necessary. Over snow (and ice) and stones you reach the Keeskogel, the highest mountain in Grossarltal. The view is simply breathtaking.You should not stay too long on the Keeskogel, you have still 5 h descent.
ATTENTION: As there is no sign-posted path and you have to hike in the open terrain (rocks, glaciers), you can ONLY make this mountain tour with a local guide! Only if the weather is good.
Sense of orientation and experience on glaciers are required. There are approx. 1,800 m in altitude to hike - there is a minimum hiking time of 10 h. Good stamina is needed.
Take enough food and beverages with you. This tour is only possible, if the weather is good!
Tips and hintsMountains and peaks in Grossarltal
Getting thereYou go by car or public bus no. 540 to Hüttschlag and further to the valley end to Stockham.
Parkingparking space Talwirt
Author’s map recommendations
Equipmenthiking boots with grip sole, hiking map, food and beverages
- 9 Waypoints
- 9 Waypoints