DESCRIPTION

The challenge, the sun, the infinite glaciers and the smell of snow all blend together into a unique experience on this mountain so sacred to the Austrians. In the realm of the highest mountains in Austria, Grossglockner, the highest point in Austria, awaits you!

AREA: Hohe Tauern, Austria

BASIC PACKAGE

  • Activities: 6 days alpine mountaineering / trekking accompanied by a UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide
  • Price includes: Organisation and guiding
  • Price excludes: Accommodation (BB), lunch, dinner and extra meals, soft drinks, beers etc, insurance, flights, transfers from/to Klagenfurt or Salzburg Airport, climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack (individually bookable)

PLANNED TOURS

  • Grossvenediger 3666 m
  • Grossglockner 3798 m

ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Meeting at the foot of the mountain 

Early in the afternoon, you meet your guide and fellow teammates for the climb in Hinterbichl, which is a little village at the foot of the Grossvenediger.

Day 2: WALKING TO DEFREGGERHAUS (2962 METRES)

After breakfast, you can “cheat” the first half of the long hike up by taking the “Venediger Taxi” – a van service most climbers resort to – up to Johannishütte at 2121 metres. On this day there’ll be no glacier walking.

From Johannishütte it’s a pretty walk up on the alpine hillside. The hike is moderately difficult; you should make it to Defreggerhaus in 2.5-3 hours. We’ll do an ice basics course and test our equipment on the glacier.

Day 3: CLIMB GROSSVENEDIGER (3666 METRES, DESCENT TO JOHANNISHUTTE

You will get up at dawn and you will need to ascent 700 vertical metres to reach Austria’s 4th highest peak.

We begin our ascent with head torches on in the dark on a rocky trail. After about 30 minutes, you enter the glacier. Your mountain guide will rope you up and you will put your crampons on. However, you may start to feel fatigue, because you’re above 3000 metres. Don’t be afraid if you experience a small headache – it’s normal, but tell your mountain guide about it.

After a 2.5-3 hour climb, you’re on a narrow ridge leading to the summit. You are on the region’s second tallest mountain, topped only by Grossglockner – you have an awesome view of Grossglockner to the east and it is our next target after this peak. After summiting, you descend to Defreggerhaus for a rest. It’s quite likely that you’ll be in time to walk back to Johannishütte (1-1.5 hour walk down) which is more comfy than Defregger with better food and the chance of a hot shower.

Day 4: DESCENT TO THE VALLEY

We shall get up at around 8-8:30 and take the taxi down to the valley to say goodbye to these magnificent mountains. You will sleep in or around Kals.

Day 5: HIKING TO STUDLHUTTE (2802 METRES)

You should get up at 8:00 and take a drive up to the parking space of Lücknerhaus. You’ll start walking at 2,200 met and will need to tackle a vertical of 600 meters to get to one of the most modern huts in the Alps. This will take you about 1.5-2.5 hours. An indoor climbing wall and great cuisine await you at the hut. Do go to bed early, as the morning sees you leaving quite early. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you’ll have accommodation in Stüdlhütte. You need to book very early (at least 2 months in advance) to make sure you do. Still, if there are no free beds at Stüdlhütte, we can sleep at another hut closeby, Adlersruhe.

Day 6: SUMMITING GROSSGLOCKNER (3797 METRES)

You have a thousand metres of vertical to tackle before standing on the summit, so it’ll be an early rise around 6 am. Starting out on a winding trail among rocks, you soon come to the edge of the glacier, where you rope up and put the crampons on. The first challenge comes after stepping off the glacier. Here, you have a section of via ferrata-like wires aiding the traverse up the rock to Adlershütte, otherwise known as Erzherzog-Johanneshütte at just over 3,500 m. This is the highest standing mountain hut in the country, by the way.

Now comes the tougher part. Soon after leaving the hut, you’re looking at a 40 degree snow slope about 50-100 metres in length depending on conditions. After that it’s easy rock. After easy rock, it’s tougher rock climbing, but won’t exceed Grade II which means there’s no experience needed, you’ve done this sort of stuff as a kid. But, the belaying by your guide will come in handy and make you feel safe. You first ascend Kleinglockner and descend a bit lower to the saddle between Kleinglockner and Grossglockner, called Glocknerscharte. It’s quite exposed – and crowded. Count on a small queue building up here.

After crossing the Scharte, you’re pretty much on Grade II rock all the way to the summit. Take some pics from the “roof of the country” and try to take in the views. The descent is the same way you came up. Celebrate at the hut in the evening!

Day 7: DESCENDING DOWN TO THE VALLEY

Walk back down to the parking lot – it shouldn’t take much longer than an hour. On your way down, your mind involuntarily begins to plan your next ascent of a 4000er. May we suggest Mont Blanc? You’re definitely fit for it after successfully summiting the Grossglockner.

Day 8: DEPARTURE

Depart for the airport and your flight home.

SELF ASSESSMENT

See Tours Grading and self assess your level:

Fitness Level: B                         Technical Level: 2

Fitness B            Technical 2

KEY INFORMATION

  • Equipment you should bring: See personal equipment list
  • Number of participants: Min 2 persons
  • Meeting point: Hinterbichl, which is a little village at the foot of Grossvenediger.
  • Recommendation: For a great place to stay – Gasthof Groderhof
  • Gateway Airport: Hinterbichl – Klagenfurt 119 miles / 2hr 35m or Salzburg 99 miles / 2hr 42m
  • Airport transfers: Available subject to surcharge or included in Standard and Premium package
  • Insurance: You will require appropriate personal cover for this trip with term or annual insurance and we will need to see a copy of your insurance at time of booking. Recommended insurers – BMCAustrian Alpine ClubSports Cover Direct or Snowcard

BOOKING ENQUIRY

CALL: 017687 75337

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DATES

22/06 – 29/06/2015

PACKAGE OPTIONS

Budget Package Price

£990 pp

(6 clients / guide Grossvenediger)

(2 clients / guide  Grossglockner)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding

EXCLUDES

  • Accommodation (BB)
  • Lunch, dinner and extra meals
  • Soft drinks, beers, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Transfers from/to Klagenfurt Airport
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

Standard Package Price

£1890 pp

 (6 clients / guide Grossvenediger)

 (2 clients / guide Grossglockner)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • Budget accommodation (BB)
  • Local transport to start points
  • Transfers from/to Klagenfurt Airport

EXCLUDES

  • Lunch, dinner and extra meals
  • Soft drinks, beers, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

Premium Package Price

£2990 pp

 (6 clients / guide Grossvenediger)

 (2 clients / guide Grossglockner)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • Hotel *** / Half board
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack
  • Transfers from/to Klagenfurt Airport
  • Local transport to start points
  • Extra beverages
  • 8 weeks training plan
  • Coaching – 8 Skype calls

EXCLUDES

  • Insurance

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Mountaineering - gear selection

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Check List:

  • Expedition bag with additional/spare clothes
  • Walking trousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over pants
  • Shorts (Optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun cap or headband
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Lip salve
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Light fleece gloves
  • Thermal underwear – short/long
  • Spare underwear
  • Lightweight climbing gloves – optional for Via Ferrata sections
  • Walking socks
  • Base layer wicking top / quick dry thermal
  • Fleece or alternative soft shell mid-layer
  • Rucksack – 30-40 litre capacity
  • 2 or 3 litre Camelbak (or 2 x 1 litre Nalgen bottles or Thermos)
  • Compeed blister pads – min 2 packs
  • Trekking poles (2)
  • Pocket knife
  • Head torch plus spare battery
  • Camera c/w optional waterproof bag
  • Small wash towel for mountain huts
  • Toiletries
  • Money and documents (ID, Alpine club membership card, etc)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT - ALPINE AND SUMMIT

Check List:

  • B1, B2 or B3 Mountaineering boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Extra ice axe for steeper ice
  • Harness with HMS carabiner
  • Climbing helmet
  • Gaiters

AFTER YOU BOOK?

  • We will contact you and discuss the route, equipment and any special needs of your group.
  • We will tailor our trip plan to the fitness level of your group.
  • We will send you our standard contract and payment instructions (credit card, PayPal, cheques, wire transfer).
  • 2 months before the agreed date, we will let you know how to prepare for the track.
  • 2 weeks before the agreed date, we will confirm weather conditions and how to prepare for traveling to the destination.

TESTIMONIAL

“It’s already over and I don’t have enough words to adequately praise our guides!” John Kragelj