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Grossarltal: Gamskarkogel

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  • Gamskarkogel, 2.467 m
    / Gamskarkogel, 2.467 m
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
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Mountain tour to the highest grassy mountain in Europe, to the Gamskarkogel.
difficult
13.9 km
8:45 h
1,254 m
1,254 m

The route to the Harbachalm leads along a forestry road through the forest. You pass the Tofern Chapel.

After about 1 1/2 hyou 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 where 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 you will be spoiled with delicacies. This Alpine Club Lodge is one of the oldest huts in the Alps. The hut was built in 1828 by Archduke Johann and offers accommodation for about 20 people.

Back on the same route.

Author’s recommendation

Sun rises and sun sets are really beautiful.
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Gamskarkogel, 2,448 m
Lowest point
Hüttschlag - Hinterfeld farm, 1,248 m
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Mountains and peaks in Grossarltal

Start

Hüttschlag - Hinterfeld farm (1,248 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.182320, 13.213380
DMS
47°10'56.4"N 13°12'48.2"E
UTM
33T 364635 5226973
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Destination

Gamskarkogel

Turn-by-turn directions

You go by car to Hüttschlag and turn right to the Güterweg Hinterfeld before the tunnel. You go until the Hinterfeld farm. You hike along the forestry road (path no. 43/502A) to the Harbachalm, 1,612 m (approx. 1 1/2 h). A bit after the chapel, there is the possibility to hike along the shortcut on a hiking path. You continue on the path to the Tofernalm, 1820 m (about 1/2 h, closed) and to the Tofernscharte, 2,091 m (approx. 1 h). On the Tofernscharte turn right (path no. 43/502A)  to the Gamskarkogel, 2,467 m and the Gamskarkogelhütte ("Bad Gasteiner Hütte", 2,465 m (approx. 1 1/2 h).

Back on the same route.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

public bus no. 540

Getting there

You go by car to Hüttschlag and turn right to the Güterweg Hinterfeld before the tunnel. You go until the Hinterfeld farm.

Parking

parking at the Hinterfeld farm

Coordinates

DD
47.182320, 13.213380
DMS
47°10'56.4"N 13°12'48.2"E
UTM
33T 364635 5226973
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner no. 311

Equipment

hiking boots with grip sole, hiking map

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13.9 km
Duration
8:45h
Ascent
1,254 m
Descent
1,254 m
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