This 8-day hike on and around the Dachstein will lead you through:
- Sharp rocks over green alpine pastures
- Bizarre edges and enormous towering rock walls
- Glacier ice, limestone rocks,
- Lonely high-alpine terrain, virgin forests and rewarding summits
- Mysterious karst springs and mirroring mountain lakes
Considering the scenic highlights and the differences in altitude, this circular trail will lead you around the Dachstein counter-clockwise – to blend the landmarks in a more harmoniously and to make this experience even more memorable.
Beginning in the north-west, on the shore of the Gosausee, we continue along Dachstein’s south face to Ramsau. From there, we hike east across the glacier to the Guttenberghaus and continue to the Stoderzinken. Through the Notgasse and Viebergalm, we make our way north across a secluded high plateau – following the footsteps of pilgrims until we reach the Salzkammergut region. On flat paths, we hike through the Salzkammergut, past Bad Aussee, Obertraun, Hallstatt and Bad Goisern – always following the course of Traun. Finally, we cross the Kalmgebirge (mountain range) to the Goiserer Hütte and onto a path back to Gosau.
This tour includes different altitude zones, so there are different requirements for the different stages. On this stage it is possible to hike in the valley as well as on glaciers and alpine climbs up to 2600m. Due to the sometimes high altitudes, weather conditions can change quickly, so equipment for all conditions should be considered (rain protection, mountain shoes, poles, warm clothing, etc.).
The hut keepers can assess the situation on the mountain very well, so they are good advisors when it comes to weather changes. Wrong equipment, carelessness, bad condition and wrong assessment of the situation can lead to critical situations. The glacier part should only be used on the marked routes, as there is a risk of glacial crevasses.
Tips and hints
Due to the fact that the hiking tour consits of eight stages, the overall duration can vary!
Safety on the mountainside: changes in the weather, sudden fall in temperature, thunder storms, wind, fog and snow fields are all objective dangers and require the correct behaviour whilst underway. The landlords of the huts are all very knowledgeable about the mountains and can give you good tips about the weather and the routes. Insufficient equipment, exaggerated opinion of ones capabilities, frivolousness, poor health condition and a false evaluation of the situation can lead to a critical situation. In thunder storms: summits, crest-sites and safety rope aids are to be avoided.
If something should happen call following emergency numbers:No. 140 - the number for all Alpine Emergencies in all of AustriaNo. 112 - European emergency call GSM emergency-call-service
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Depending on the chosen stages!
With a total ascent of all eight stages: Rainproof clothing, sturdy shoes, rucksack, hiking poles, sleeping bag if necessary.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
- 8 Stages