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Trekking in the Hohe Tauern

Situated in the heartland of Austria and the Eastern Alps the Hohe Tauern National Park is now a World Heritage Site. Its stunning valley's are headed by scores of peaks, centred on the Gross Glockner at 3798m Austria's highest mountain and are home to some of the best mountain huts in the Alps.

This guide describes five routes, in the Reichen Group, the Venediger Group and the Gross Glockner, any of which would make an ideal introduction to the delights of Alpine trekking.


Important Notice.

Important Notices Posted at the End of 2014

Reichen Group

Stage 7B, Richter Hut to the Plauener Hut via the Gams Scharte. Despite having new wires fitted in 2013, a recent large rock-fall has destroyed most of what was installed. The route is still passable with utmost care.

Rucksack Route

Stage 5; Badener Hut to Neue Prager Hut, page 97, top of the page "signpost at the junction" Due to retreat of the glacier the signs have been removed, accordingly follow the safer well marked route for gletscherweg.

Glacier Tour

Stage 8; Kursinger Hut to Warnsdorfer Hut,page 123, map, the dotted line for Turkische Zellstadt despite being re-opened in 2012, the route is no longer sign-posted and no longer appears on Alpenverein maps. A shorter Klettersteig route has been established, signposted from the hut, the ground is very steep but since you have Alpine kit for this tour it is recommended, otherwise take the long way on Route 914.

Hut Directory

Glorer Hut, page 205, address, Herr Alfred Graf, Glorer Hut, Berger Toerl 1, A-9981 Kals am Gross Glockner, Austria

Plauener Hut, page 218, address, Edith Haberl and Michael Puntigan, Plauener Hut, A-6290 Brandberg, Austria

Notes posted at 2013

Hut Directory

Venediger Rucksack Route Hoehenweg

Alte Prager Hut is closed for the foreseeable future.

Glockner Runde Tour Stage 6

Heinrich Schwaiger Haus is once again open.

Alternative accomodation is also available at Fuerthermoaralm at Mooserboden Stausee reservoir. See page 168 of guidebook. Contact; Martina Aberger;                              email; (0043) 06547 7158-23435

Check Cicerone Press website for further updates.


Selection of photographs

Plauener Hut; Reichen Group


Gross Glockner from Luckner Haus


On the approach to Gross Glockner


Climbing on the Kleine Glockner

Climbing on the Meletzki Grat; Gross Glockner.


On the Hohe Riffl. Gr Venediger on the horizon.


On the Venediger Hohen Weg.

Summer snow in July?


On the Romariswandkopf. Glockner Group


Gleiwitzer Hut; Glockner Group.


Crossing Hohe Tenn. Glockner Round Tour


Rudolfs Hut- Berg Hotel

Glockner Round Tour.


Kalser Tauern Pass.

Glockner Round Tour


See Cicerone Press Ltd;

See Austrian Alpine Club UK; also

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