Four-day trek in the Schladming Tauern region around the Hochgolling mountain

Mountain range, region / State

Schladming Tauern / Austria



31. 08. - 03. 09. 2023


3 / 5


↑ 3778 m

↓ 3008 m


32.8 km

4 days


max. 2858 m n.m.

min. 1074 m n.m.

Elevation profile of the route

Meters climbed: 3778 m
Dismal metres: 3008 m

Useful information

Trekking in the Schladming Tauern

Starting point

The trek starts at the parking lot of Riesachfall Wilde Wasser. This parking lot is paid. There is a direct bus from Schladming.

Description of the hike

1. day

On the first day we set off from the Schladming train station, took a bus to the car park at Riesachfall Wilde Wasser, from there we walked to Gollinghütte. The walk started as a dirt road and it lasted almost all the way to the hut where we were staying. Accommodation must be booked in advance on the website, the cheapest accommodation per head costs about 25 Euros.

2. day

The next day we went to the top of the Hochgolling mountain (2862 m). But first we had to pass through the beautiful Gollingwinkel valley, which ends in front of the Hochgolling. From that point on we climbed steeply up to the Gollingscharte saddle, where we had a longer break, but then we turned left and again climbed steeply to the summit. This part is not recommended for the inexperienced, in places it would require chains and ropes, which unfortunately are nowhere to be found on the ascent. We didn't reach the top though, due to lack of time. We ended up at about 2700 m above sea level. At that point, we turned down and descended back to Gollingscharte, and started heading towards the next overnight stop (Landawirseehütte). We descended into the Göriachwinkel valley and then climbed up to the hut. The night cost us about 23 Euros. Reservations are required.

3. day

On the third day we had the longest march, crossing over two ridges. The first ridge was just above the hut, Trockenbrotscharte. From then on we descended to the Keinprechthütte hut. We encountered some light ferrata on the way, nothing dangerous, and we took a break at the hut because the most challenging section awaited us, a steep climb up to the Rotmandlspitze mountain. The views from the mountain were breathtaking, however time was against us and we had to descend to the Unterer Giglachsee lake. The descent down the mountain was somewhat unpleasant, quite steep terrain. It was only about 15 minutes from the lake and we were at the hut, where we were told they had a capacity problem (despite the reservation) so they sent us back to the lake again, where we were put up in another hut where there was hardly anyone and it was quiet. Except that you can't get a reservation for this cottage, it is a family cottage where the father of the cottage owner, Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte (the original accommodation) lives.

4. day

On the last day we had a ridge run up to Hochwurzen, we wanted to enjoy the views on the way, but the fog was so thick that we could only see a few meters. We extended our journey to cross the Hochfeld mountain, where fortunately we could see something. After that, we were practically descending, with more people just walking from the cable car. We also saw trees for the first time in four days. We finished our journey on the Kleine Hochwurzen mountain, enjoying the last views until the cable car to the lower station came. From there we took the bus from the Hochwurzen Gipfelbahn Talstation stop to Schladming.


The trek was challenging in places, mainly due to the paths over the fallen rocks, where the path was formed as needed. There are all kinds of paths on the trail - forest paths, gravel paths, steps, stones, footbridges. The route was manageable without any climbing equipment. Above 2500 m..altitude we felt a slight headache.The descent from Rotmandlspitze towards Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, was very steep, but we descended without much trouble. There is water running over the paths on the way, where it is a bit slippery. The route is not suitable for children. We brought our hiking boots, raincoat, jacket, food, water, change of clothes.

Water availability

We had 3 litres per person for each day. Water can be replenished from smaller streams, at the cottages. At higher altitudes it is not necessary to filter the water.

Sleeping options

It is forbidden to sleep outside in the Austrian Alps, so it is necessary to book accommodation in advance. (each state has different rules, usually camping is allowed above the forest line) There are four huts on the route: the Gollinghütte, Landawirseehütte, Keinprechthütte, Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte.

Mountain peaks

The route leads over the peaks of Hochgolling, Rotmandlspitze, Hochfeld. The views are of the Schladming Tauern and other surrounding mountains.


Occasional terrain can scare but nothing dangerous. The descent from the Rotmandlspitze mountain was unpleasant. The climb up the Hochgolling was equally challenging.


Food can be bought at the huts. But we wanted to save money, so we cooked on our own cooker, instant soups, pasta, rice, beans.


There are countless beautiful views along the route, with the Hochgolling mountain being the highest point in the area. The Riesachfälle waterfall can be seen at the start of the trail.

Posted by: 03. 11. 2023
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