2 days hike Gamskarkogel and Frauenkogel
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FrauenkogelPhoto: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
After about 1 1/2 hours you reach the Harbachalm. In addition to specialties such as cheese, butter, bread, bacon or sausages, you should definitely have taste the apple bread, which is a mixture between cake and fruit bread.
The Harbachalm is an old mountain hut dating back to the 17th century. The whole Tofern area, as well as the Reitalm area, were used for copper mining.
The route continues and you pass the Tofernalm (closed). You hike to the Toferscharte, from there you have a wonderful view to Bad Gastein as well as to the Gamskarkogel, the highest grassy mountain in Europe. The view from the Gamskarkogel is simply unique. It stretches over the entire chain of the Hohe Tauern and over the most northern Kalkalpen, from the Wilder Kaiser to the Dachstein.
And the best: There is a mountain hut right on the top. At the Bad Gasteiner Hütte (=Gamskarkogelhütte) you will be pampered with delicacies. This Alpine Club Lodge is one of the oldest huts in the Alps. Obernight stay at the Gamskarkogelhütte.
The next day we continue to the Frauenkogel. A particularly beautiful summit cross with a huge edelweiss in the middle stands on this grass mountain. This was set up by the Grossarl Mountain Rescue Service in memory of their deceased comrades. The path then leads into the Frauenkar and past many small "lakes". From "step" to "step" you get from one small lake to the next. A forest road then leads from the Bachalm to the end point of the tour, the Bach district. From here you can either take the Postbus to the center of Grossarl or walk along the footpath and cycle path back to the center of Grossarl.
Rest stopsHarbachalm, 1.612 m
Gamskarkogelhütte - Bad Gasteiner Hütte, 2.467 m
Frauenkogel, 2.424 m
Bachalm, 1.535 m
The hike starts in the center of Hüttschlag. Ascent to the Harbachalm (1,612 m, approx. 2 ½ h). Continue on path no. 502A to the Tofernalm (1,820 m, not serviced). Follow path no. 43, 514 to the Tofernscharte (2,091 m, approx. 1 ½ h). In about an hour you will reach the Gamskarkogel (2,467 m). Overnight: Gamskarkogelhütte After a hearty breakfast we continue to the Frauenkogel (2,424 m, approx. ¾ h). On path no. 42 you descend to the Bachalm (1,535 m, approx. 2 h). Along this path you will pass a few lakes. Descent via the Hasler-Heimalm (1,113 m, not serviced) to the district of Großarl Bach (approx. 1 ½ hours). From here you can either take the Postbus to the center of Grossarl or walk along the footpath and cycle path back to the center of Grossarl (approx. ¾ hour).
Alternatively: A descent via the Aigenalmen is also possible. Here you follow the ridge over the Schmalzscharte and on to the two Aigenalmen (Paulhütte and Mandelhütte) to the end point in the district of Mandldorf.
Public transportPostbus Linie Nr. 540 - Hüttschlag village center
By roadYou go by car or public bus (nr. 540) to Grossarl and further to Hüttschlag
ParkingParking possibility in Hüttschlag
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Equipmenthiking boots with grip sole, fruits, beverages (bottles which you can refill), rain clothes, toiletries, warm clothes, clothes for changing, torch, hiking map, sun cream, chocolate...
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- 6 Waypoints
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