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Grossarltal: Gamskarkogel (2,467 m)

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  • Aufstieg auf den Gamskarkogel
    / Aufstieg auf den Gamskarkogel
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • / Gamskarkogel
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • / Aufstieg auf den Gamskarkogel
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • / Aufstieg auf den Gamskarkogel
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • / Gamskarkogel
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
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Wonderful ski tour to the highest grassy mountain in Europe, the Gamskarkogel.
difficult
Distance 13.5 km
5:30 h
1,230 m
1,230 m

From the Hinterfeld farm, you first walk along the forestry road. Here you will pass a chapel. Over the Harbachalm and the Tofernalm, which are not farmed in winter, the path goes uphill to the Gamskarkogel, the highest grassy mountain in Europe.The view from the Gamskarkogel has gained world renown. It stretches over the entire chain of the Hohe Tauern, from the Wilder Kaiser to the Dachstein.

And the best: There is a hut (in the winter but not managed) right at the summit. This Alpine Club Lodge is one of the oldest shelters in the Alps. The hut was built in 1828 by Archduke Johann.

The descent is along the ascent trail.

The Gamskarkogel is a beautiful ski touring mountain, it can be climbed in several ways, but in case of bad weather the mountain can be dangerous. The route described here is the most common.

The ski tour on the Gamskarkogel is particularly popular in spring. But beware: In the spring, you have to start early in the morning, so that the snow is still good.

Author’s recommendation

This tour is especially beautiful in spring as snow is firn.
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Tourismusverband Großarltal
Update: March 19, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
Gamskarkogel, 2,467 m
Lowest point
Hüttschlag - Hinterfeld, 1,239 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

Observe the avalanche warning level!

Tips and hints

Ski touring in Grossarltal

Start

Hüttschlag - farm Hinterfeld (1,241 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.181897, 13.214234
DMS
47°10'54.8"N 13°12'51.2"E
UTM
33T 364699 5226924
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Destination

Gamskarkogel

Turn-by-turn directions

ASCENT: From the farm Hinterfeld along the forestry - past the chapel - into the Toferntal to the two Tofernalmen (Harbachalm and Tofernalm). From the upper Tofernalm (1.800 m), you pass the hut towards Tofernkar - here you will stay on the hillside and "turn" to the right, looking out on the valley (mostly old ascents) quite marked mountain tops towards the summit - quite steep - powerful weirs below the summit plateau. Pass this to the summit with the Gamskarkogel, 2,467 m., approx. 3 1/2 - 4 h.

DESCENT: You ski down from the Gamskarkogel to the Toferscharte or the Toferalm and further to the farm Hinterfeld, approx. 1 h.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

public bus no. 540 to Hüttschlag

Getting there

You go by car in direction to Hüttschlag, in front of the tunnel you turn right and go up until the barrier at farm Hinterfeld.

Parking

parking possibility at the barrier at farm Hinterfeld

Coordinates

DD
47.181897, 13.214234
DMS
47°10'54.8"N 13°12'51.2"E
UTM
33T 364699 5226924
w3w 
///imaginable.dovetails.swabs
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Skitourenführer Grossarltal

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner no. 311

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Equipment

ski touring equipment, transponder, shove, probe, charged mobile phone

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • 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.

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Konstantin Krümer
May 02, 2017 · Community
Wunderschöne Aussicht vom Gamskarkogel
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Distance
13.5 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
1,230 m
Descent
1,230 m
Scenic Insider tip Summit route
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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