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Gamssteig-Tour

Hiking route · Grossarltal
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  • Panoramabahn Großarltal
    / Panoramabahn Großarltal
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / poacher's place
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / Aigenalm-Paulhütte
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / Break on the "Gamssteig-Tour"
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / Gamssteig-Tour
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / Gamssteig-Tour
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / Information about the chamois
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • / Aigenalm-Mandlhütte
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
m 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 10 8 6 4 2 km Aigenalm-Mandlhütte, 1.342 m Panoramabahn Bergstation Aigenalm-Paulhütte, 1.280 m Aigenalmkapelle Aigenalmkapelle

Adventurous hiking tour for families where you learn about the chamois and the hunt in the Grossarl Valley. As a gratification you get the "Gamsjaga-Diplom" (= diploma for chamois hunters).
moderate
10.4 km
3:30 h
430 m
1367 m

You start quite comfortable: The cable cars take you up to the Panoramaplateau. You can take a break on the Laireiteralm - the children love the go-karts, the adults enjoy the view. Don't forget: Before you start with the cable cars you have to get your "Gamsjaga-Pass", which is necessary for your "Gamsjaga-Diploma".

You start at the "Gamsjaga-Platzl", which is a seat with 2 telescopes. 1 names all the mountains in the surroundings, 1 is for wildlife watching. If you are lucky you may see a deer or even a chamois. Here you find your first stamp for your "Gamsjaga-Diploma".

You hike downwards on some switchbacks. On a small plateau you have a fantastic view to the Aigenalmen and to Hüttschlag. You hike down on a romantic trail to the Aigenalmen. On a small glade you will find your second stamp for your "Gamsjaga-Diploma".

Finally you reach the Mandl-Heimalm (closed). The "Gamssteig" ends here and you hike up to the Aigenalmen - the Aigenalm-Paulhütte and the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte. On both you get self-made delicacies.

Tip: The third stamp for your "Gamsjaga-Diploma" is at the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte.

Then you hike down to the Mandldörfl and further to Grossarl. A visit in the Aigenalmkapelle (chapel) is definitely recommended.

Congratulation! You have passed the "Gamsjaga-Diploma"! This does not entitle you to hunt chamois, but it is your off-road hiking diploma. You just go with your "Gamsjaga-Pass" with the 3 stamps to the ticket office of the cable cars and you get your certificate.

Author’s recommendation

Children as well as adults get a diploma if they hike the "Gamssteig".  This "Gamsjaga-Diploma" does not entitle you to hunt chamois, but it is your off-road hiking diploma.

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
Panoramabahn Bergstation, 1840 m
Lowest point
898 m
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Gondola hikes in Grossarltal

Start

Mountain station Panoramabahn Grossarltal (1834 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.228454, 13.168518
DMS
47°13'42.4"N 13°10'06.7"E
UTM
33T 361356 5232178
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Destination

Grossarl - Mandldörfl

Turn-by-turn directions

You go up by the cable cars (Panoramabahn Großarltal) to the Panoramaplateau, 1.840 m (about 1/4 h). Then you hike along the "Gamssteig" (nr. 36) to the Mandl-Heimalm, 1.236 m (closed). Further you hike on the way nr. 41 to the Aigenalm-Paulhütte, 1.280 m (about 1 3/4 h from the mountain station) and further to the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte, 1.342 m (about 10 min.). You hike down on the way nr. 41 to the Mandldörfl (about 1 1/4 h) and further on the Panoramaweg (nr. 11) to Grossarl (about 1 h).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

public bus nr. 540

Getting there

You go by car or public bus to Grossarl.

Parking

parking space of the cable cars

Coordinates

DD
47.228454, 13.168518
DMS
47°13'42.4"N 13°10'06.7"E
UTM
33T 361356 5232178
w3w 
///babysitters.develops.laziest
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte tappeiner Nr. 311

Equipment

hiking boots with grip sole, hiking map

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
430 m
Descent
1367 m
Point-to-point Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip

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