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Höchstein (2.543 m)

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Höchstein (2.543 m)

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Tour dates
10.94km
1,774 - 2,543m
Distance
905hm
905hm
Ascent
06:00h
 
Duration
Brief description

Mountain tour to one of the most striking peaks in the Schladminger Tauern, with some magical variants available for the hike down.

Difficulty
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Experience
Starting point

Top station cable car



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Description

The summit circuit from Hauser Kaibling over the Seescharte and the Höchstein is one of the most impressive high alpine panorama trails in the region. The starting point at high altitude saves you from long and tiring ascents. The tour starts already above the tree line and offers wonderful views. Especially impressive is the Tauern panorama with Waldhorn, Klafferkessel and Hochgolling from the summit of the Höchstein.

Wegbeschreibung

The cable car to the Hauser Kaibling allows us to cut the elevation change in half, as we make our way up to this truly rewarding mountain destination.  If we want to start out easy, we will select the gentle forest path down to the Kaibling Alm.  If, on the other hand, we are anxious to enjoy beautiful views from the very outset, we will hike across Hauser Kaibling summit to the Alm.  Our hike now continues uphill along path No. 780 to the Seescharte (beautiful view of the Moaralmsee below), amid rounded hilltops and fields of enormous boulders to the Kaiblinglochscharte.

The subsequent cirque is a little wilder in character, while the hike up across scree and debris to the next gap is steep, though secured by cable in parts.  Afterwards, we cross the southern slopes to the Kaltenbachschulter, climbing via a natural rocky stairway to the western ridge leading to the summit.  The open setting above Ennstal Valley and the highest peaks of the entire Schladminger Tauern guarantee some truly magnificent views.  The main trail takes us back the way we came, all the way to the cable car.

Variant: Hike down via the eastern shoulder to the Filzscharte, caution is essential!  The trail is secured in parts, but loose rock and down-sloping sheets of rock demand our full attention.  Once at the Filzscharte, there is a trail fork: one trail leads to the Hans Wödl Hütte, whereas our path, No. 781, branches off to the left, taking us on a steep hike down to the idyllic Moaralm See.  From there (on path No. 45), things are a lot more relaxed, as we make our way along the slopes below the Bärfallspitze as far as the Rossfeldsattel, and via the Kaibling Alm along a leisurely forest path back to the mountain terminal.

Highest point
2,543 m
Endpoint

Top station cable car

Height profile

Equipment

sturdy shoes, rain gair

Safety instructions

free of dizziness and surefootedness

Tips

The summit is rich in views; the ascent is rich in experiences; the descents are varied. A high alpine mountain tour rich in new experiences!

Additional information

TVB Haus-Aich-Gössenberg - www.haus.at

Safety information
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 Austria
No. 112 - European emergency call GSM emergency-call-service


Arrival

Ennstalbundesstraße (B320) - Haus im Ennstal:

  • valley station Schladminger Tauern cable car (above the catholic church in Haus im Ennstal)
  • valley station Hauser Kaibling cable car (directly next to the main road)
Public transportation

Postbus (L900) - Exit: Haus Ort oder Hauser Kaibling Seilbahn

Parking

parking area Schladminger Tauern cable car or Hauser Kaibling cable car


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