Improvised crossing over the Großer Donnerkogel

Mountain range, region / State

Dachstein / Austria



08. 07. 2021




↑ 1490 m

↓ 1489 m


13.6 km

9 hours


max. 2050 m n.m.

min. 925 m n.m.

Elevation profile of the route

Meters climbed: 1490 m
Dismal metres: 1489 m

Useful information

Circuit trek with klettersteig to the top of Großer Donnerkogel

Starting point

Vorderer Gosausee car park. A road leads to the car park from the town of Gosau, which lies to the north-west of the Dachstein massif.

Description of the hike


Moderate difficulty. Total elevation gain approx. 1 500 m. Hour-long ascent through forest serpentines, wandering due to reconstruction (see text). Ferrata climbing with set required, via an attractive ladder to the top. Circular steep descent without belay.

Water availability

The usual 1.5 litres and topping up at the Stuhlalm hut. There is no spring or well on the way.

Sleeping options

Accommodation is available at the Gablonzer Hütte, which is located at the top station of the cable car.

Mountain peaks

The route passes the Grosser Donnerkogel 2,050 m above sea level and the Steinriesenkogel 2,008 m above sea level. The views are great e.g. on Dachstein, Tennengebirge or Hochkönig.


Cows are probably the biggest problem in the lower parts...there have been several cases where they have attacked and injured tourists. The klettersteig itself completes the C/D difficulty. Necessary equipment for via ferrata. The descent without belay is quite steep, you have to use your hands.


Bars, snacks at the huts along the way.


The klettersteig includes a unique 40-metre long hanging ladder. The ascent is thus proportional to the air.

Posted by: 08. 09. 2021
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