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.
You hike along the Tohernhöhenweg to reach the Weinschnabel. The view is simply gigantic.
Over numerous stones, you reach the Schwarzseen (mountain lakes). The landscape here is simply unique and invites you to linger, but beware: do not enjoy too long, there are still several hours of hiking.
There is a short climbing passage between the upper and lower Schwarzsee. Surefoodetness and mountain experience are necessary and you have to be free of dizziness.
A little below the Schmalzscharte is the "Albert-Bivouac", which is a sleeping place for hikers in need. The "Albert-Bivouac" is a small, lovingly designed cottage.
Along wide alpine meadows you reach the Murtörl.
Here it is often very windy, so it can happen that you hike everywhere with short sleeves and that on the Murtörl it is rather cold. You hike down along alpine meadows to the Kreealmen - the upper one is the Kreealm-Bichlhütte, the lower is the Kreealm-Kreehütte. On both mountain huts, you will be spoiled with home-made delicacies such as bread, butter, cheese, bacon or sausages.
Downwards you can hike along the forestry road or along the shortcuts through the forest. Immediately after the two Kreealmen you will pass a chapel.
Please note: There are no huts or inns along the route (except the Gasthof Talwirt and the Jägersteighütte directly at the Kölnbreinspeicher and the Kreealmen), so take enough food and beverages with you!
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!