Long-Distance Hiking recommended route

4-day hike from Grossarl to Hüttschlag

Long-Distance Hiking · Großarltal
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  • Aigenalm-Paulhütte
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Beautiful multi-day hike from Grossarl over a wide variety of peaks to Hüttschlag.
Distance 47.8 km
21:30 h
3,643 m
3,487 m
2,467 m
881 m
Day 1:
A leisurely walk from the center of Grossarl along the foot- and cycle path to Mandldorf. From here, ascend to the Aigenalmen. You will walk steadily uphill through the spruce forest. After a small hunting lodge and feeding, you come to the lower Aigenalm - the Aigenalm-Paulhütte. Here you can enjoy a snack with homemade delicacies as well as a few warm dishes. After about a quarter of an hour you come to the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte. Here, too, you will be spoilt with delicacies from our own production. You will spend the first night on this alp.

Day 2:
After a delicious alpine breakfast, you continue through a large valley basin, past the Pucherhütte (not managed) to the Schmalzscharte. Continue over the Frauenkar to the Frauenkogel. Here, a particularly beautiful summit cross with a huge edelweiss awaits you. It was erected by the mountain rescue team of Grossarl in memory of their deceased comrades. Then climb up to the highest grassy mountain in Europe, the Gamskarkogel. The view up here has become world famous, it is simply unique. You can see over the whole chain of the Hohe Tauern and over the northernmost Limestone Alps, from the Wilden Kaiser to the Dachstein. After the somewhat strenuous climb, you definitely deserve a rest at a catered hut. The Bad Gasteiner Hütte (= Gamskarkogelhütte) is just right with its delicacies. Strengthened, you descend via the Tofernscharte and Tofernalm (not managed) to your accommodation for the second night, the Harbachalm. It is an old miners' hut from the 17th century. Here you absolutely must try the apple bread, which is a mixture between sponge cake and fruit bread.

Day 3:
Rested, we descend to the farm Hinterfeld, continue via the Wallner-Steig trail to the parking space Hebsanger. From here we take the forest road to the Reitalm. After a short break for refreshments, the trail continues uphill along a narrow path to the Rosskarkopfscharte. The descent takes you past the Hinterkaseralm (not managed) to the Vorderkaseralm. The industrious hikers are treated to various delicacies here. Afterwards, the trail leads to the Hub-Grundalm. The Hubalm area is one of the most wildlife-rich areas here in Grossarltal. It can happen that, especially in autumn, you hear a deer rutting (=tubing) or that a deer crosses your path... Then ascend to the Hühnerkaralm. Here you will spend the 3rd night.

Day 4:
Strengthened, you climb up to the Hühnerkarscharte. But that was already the most strenuous part of today, because from now on it's all downhill or straight ahead. First you reach the Aschlreitalm (not managed) and then the Hirschgrubenalm. A tasty snack made from products from our own farm awaits you here. Then you go to the inn Talwirt and the Bauernladenstüberl. You can stop at both and sample various regional products from the Grossarltal. Before taking the post bus back to Grossarl, you can also make a detour to the valley museum of the Grossarltal.

Author’s recommendation

You absolutely have to try the Kaiserschmarrn at the Aigenalmen.
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Update: January 25, 2022
Highest point
Gamskarkogel, 2,467 m
Lowest point
881 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 5.37%Dirt road 23.09%Forested/wild trail 22.24%Path 49.27%
2.6 km
Dirt road
11 km
Forested/wild trail
10.6 km
23.5 km
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Rest stops

Hirschgrubenalm, 1.564 m
Harbachalm, 1.612 m
Hühnerkaralm, 1.700 m
Vorderkaseralm, 1.719 m
Aigenalm-Mandlhütte, 1.342 m
Reitalm, 1.600 m
Aigenalm-Paulhütte, 1.280 m
Hub-Grundalm, 1.311 m


valley center Grossarl (883 m)
47.239863, 13.199605
47°14'23.5"N 13°11'58.6"E
33T 363739 5233391


valley head Hüttschlag

Turn-by-turn directions

1 day: From the center of Grossarl walk (parking space at the ENI petrol station) along the Achenpromenade no. 10 to Landhaus Neumayr (approx. ½ h from the center of Grossarl), follow the Panoramaweg (no. 10) to Mandldörfl, turn right and walk along trail no. 41 to the Aigenalmen (Aigenalm-Paulhütte, 1,280 m and Aigenalm-Mandlhütte, 1,342 m) approx. 1 ½ h. Total walking time approx. 2 h.

Day 2: Ascent from the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte, 1,342 m via the Pucher to the Schmalzscharte, 2,159 m via trail no. 41 (approx. 2 h). Ascent to Frauenkogel, 2,424 m on trail no. 41 (approx. 1 h), continue to Gamskarkogel, 2,467 m on trail no. 43 (approx. ¾ h), the highest grassy mountain in Europe. Descent on trail no. 43, 513 or 502A to the Tofernscharte, 2,091 m (approx. 1 1/2 h), downhill on the same trail to the Tofernalm, 1,820 m (not managed, approx. 1 h), finally to the Harbachalm, 1,612 m (approx. 1/2 h). Total walking time approx. 6 ¾ h.

Day 3: Descend to the farm Hinterfeld (trail no. 43, approx. 1 h), continue via the Wallner trail (no. 20) to the parking space Hebsanger (1,297 m, approx. ½ h), follow the forest road into the valley to the Reitalm, 1,600 m on trail no. 44 (approx. 1 ¼ h). From the Reitalm, a narrow trail leads uphill to the Rosskarkopfscharte, 2,185 m (approx. 1 ½ to 2 h), on trail no. 45 to the Hinterkaseralm, 1,779 m (not managed, approx. 1 h). From here via trail no. 45 to the Vorderkaseralm, 1,719 m (approx. ½ h), continue to the Hub-Grundalm, 1,311 m on trail no. 45A (approx. 1 h). From there climb to the Hühnerkaralm, 1,700 m on trail no. 46 (approx. 1 h). Total walking time approx. 8 h.

Day 4: Ascent to the Hühnerkarscharte, 2,048 m on trail no. 46 (approx. 1 h). Descent on trail no. 47 to the Aschlreitalm, 1,785 m (not managed, approx. 1 ¾ h), continue downhill to the Hirschgrubenalm, 1,564 m on trail no. 47 (approx. 1 h). Descent via trail no. 25 to inn Talwirt and Bauernladenstüberl (approx. 1 ¾ h). Return by post bus to the center of Grossarl. Total walking time approx. 5 ½ h.


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Getting there

Travel by car or post bus line no. 540 to the centre of Grossarl.


Viehhauser petrol station in Grossarl (Eni petrol station)


47.239863, 13.199605
47°14'23.5"N 13°11'58.6"E
33T 363739 5233391
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner no. 311


hiking 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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47.8 km
21:30 h
3,643 m
3,487 m
Highest point
2,467 m
Lowest point
881 m
Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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