6-days-hiking tour: Along the east side of the Grossarl Valley
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Gerstreitalm, 1.575 mPhoto: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
The way "Hertas Rast" through the forest starts directly in the village center of Grossarl. After the forest you hike on alpine meadows to the Gerstreitalm, where you spend your 1st night.
After a delicious breakfast you hike up to the Röschenbergalm (closed) and further to the Saukaralm. There the view and the panorama are really awesome. You can see the Hohe Tauern, the Hochkönig and the Tennen- and Hagengebirge. You hike on alpine meadows to the Spatalm and the Kleinwildalm (both closed) and further to the Grosswildalm. Here you can take a break and taste the self-made delicacies. Then you hike on a scenic hiking path to the Karseggalm, which is the oldest mountain hut in Grossarl Valley. It is around 400 years old. At the Karseggalm there is no electricitiy and the floor is made out of loam and tree bark. For sure, you get self-made delicacies. Then you hike nearly on the same altitude to the Unterwandalm, where you sleep that night. Sometime the "Hirter" (the man, who is responsible vor the mountain hut) plays his harmonica.
You start after a savory breakfast on the Unterwandalm. You hike to the Muggenfeldalm and further to the Maurachalm. On the Maurachalm they have some selected sorts of self-made schnaps. On your way you pass the Auhofalm (closed), then you arrive at the Kitzstein (Gabel). Take care just before the summit, it is quite steep there. Further you hike along the ridge to the Penkkopf and the Gründegg. After your 3rd summit you descend to the Ellmaualm, where you stay this night. Tip: Enjoy the sunset.
You hike along the Salzburger Almenweg nearly without any grade to the Weissalm and further to the Loosbühelalm. On the Loosbühelalm you can taste beside a variety of cheese made out of cow milk goat's cheese. There is a playground for the children. You hike further on the Salzburger Almenweg to the Filzmoosalm. In this area there are lots of Swiss stone pines and the alpine meadows are a great contrast to the cliffy mountains like the Draugstein or the Schneibenstein. On all the huts you get self-made delicacies. Then you stay on the Salzburger Almenweg and hike up to the Filzmoossattel. A big gentian, which is the symbol of the Salzburger Almenweg, is here. Tip: At the Filzmooshöhe (10 min to hike in 1 direction) is a very special summit cross.
You hike further ot the Draugsteintörl. There you get a great view to the Tappenkarsee, which is the biggest mountain lake in the eastern Alps. Then you hike down to the Tappenkarsee and stay overnight at the Tappenkarseehütte. This is an Austrian Alpine Association hut. They cook very good Kaiserschmarrn und Heidelbeerschmarrn - try it!
Sunrises on the Tappenkarsee are awesome. So you should get up quite early in the morning. You hike through the whole Tappenkar until the Wasserfallscharte and the Nebelkarscharte. Along the rigde you come to the Murtörl. Be careful, because the whole day you don't pass a mountain hut. So take enough to drink (or bottles which you can refill) and enough food with you. Then you descend to the Kreealmen. There are 2 huts, the Kreealm-Bichlhütte and the Kreealm-Kreehütte. You stay overnight in the Kreealm-Kreehütte, which is the second hut if you come from the Murtörl.
After your breakfast you make an unhurried descent to the valleyhead of Hüttschlag. The Kreealm-Waterfall near the valley is really worth seeing. Then you go back by public bus to Grossarl.
Safety informationYou don't come to a mountain hut on the 5th day during the day. Please take enough food and beverages with you.
You have to make your reservation for the mountain huts by yourself. Please do this in advance!
Tips and hintswww.grossarltal.info
You start directly in Grossarl and hike on the path nr. 17 (Hertas Rast) to the farm Vorderstadluck (about 1 h, it is also possible to go to Vorderstadluck by car or by hiking taxi). Then you take the way nr. 65. Further you take the way nr. 65A where the paths cross each other. You stay on this way to the Gerstreitalm, 1.575 m (about 3/4 h from Vorderstadluck). Overnight stay on the Gerstreitalm.
You hike up the way nr. 65A, then 65 to the Saukaralm, 1.850 m (about 1h). Further on the way nr. 64 to the Spatkar and then on the way nr. 63 to the Spatalm, 1.808 m and the Kleinwildalm, 1.806 m (both are closed) and further to the Grosswildalm, 1.778 m (about 1 3/4 h). Then you hike along the way nr. 67, then 70 to the Karseggalm, 1.603 m (about 1 1/2 h) and further on the same way to the Unterwandalm, 1.600 m (about 1/2 h). Overnight stay on the Unterwandalm.
You hike on the way nr. 70, then 71 to the Muggenfeldalm, 1.545 m (about 1/2 h) and further to the Maurachalm, 1.620 m (about 1/2 h). Then you hike up the way nr. 712, 72 to the Kitzstein (Gabel), 2.037 m (about 1 1/4 h). Then further on the way nr. 72 to the Penkkopf, 2.011 m (about 1 1/4 h), then on the way nr. 67 to the Gründegg, 2.168 m (about 1 h). Descent on the way nr. 64, then 62 to the Ellmaualm, 1.794 m (about 1 h). Overnight stay on the Ellmaualm. (Overnight stays on the Weissalm, the Loosbühelalm or the Filzmoosalm are possible.
You hike along the way nr. 63 to the Weissalm, 1.723 m (about 1/2 h) and further on the same way to the Loosbühelalm, 1.769 m (about 1/2 h) and to the Filzmoosalm, 1.710 m (about 1 h). Then you hike up the way nr. 57, 720 to the Filzmoossattel, 2.062 m (about 1 1/4 h). Further on the way nr. 54A, then 54 to the Draugsteintörl, 2.077 m (about 1 1/4 h). Descent to the Tappenkarsee on the way nr. 702A to the Tappenkarseehütte, 1.820 m (about 1/2 h). Overnight stay on the Tappenkarseehütte.
You hike along the way nr. 702 to the Wasserfallscharte, 2.183 m (about 2 h) and further to the Nebelkarscharte, 2.453 m (about 1 h). You stay on the same way and hike to the Murtörl, 2.260 m (about 1 h). Descent on the way nr. 724, 51 to the Kreealmen - the Kreealm-Bichlhütte, 1.570 m or the Kreealm-Kreehütte, 1.483 m (about 2 h). Overnight stay on the Kreealm-Kreehütte.
Descent on the way nr. 724, 51 to the valleyhead in Hüttschlag (about 1 1/2 h).
Public transportpublic bus nr. 540, hiking taxi Grossarltal
By roadYou go by car or public bus (nr. 540) to Grossarl.
Parkingparking possibility at the gas station
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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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