Klafferkessel is a laike plateau on 2,300 meters above sea level in the Schladminger Tauern mountain range. The high-alpine scenery impresses with special flora and is a relic from the last Ice Age. Around 30 tarns on this plateau are the core of "Wild Waters" in Untertal valley. Making this tour in 3 days gives you a bit more time, however Klafferkessel tour remains a difficult mountain hike and needs experience!
The Klafferkessel tour is a difficult mountain hike where experience in alpine surroundings, surefootedness, a head for heights and good physical condition are a must. We recommend a minimum age of 15 years, with youngsters having enough experience in hiking and mountain tours.
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
- 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
- 112 - European GSM emergency number
Tips and hints
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
Information about "Wild Waters": www.wildewasser.com
360° drone images
Get yourself an overview with our 360° drone images:
- View over Klafferkessel: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=315
- View into Lämmerkare cirques: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=316
- Descent from Preintalerhütte: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=317
- View over Riesachsee Lake: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=318
Getting thereFrom Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village of Untertal continue left on "Untertalstraße" road to Seeleiten car park at the valley head.
ParkingParking is available at Seeleiten car park (parking fee).
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Ankle-high hiking boots are a must.
A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.