The Dachstein massif, southeast of Salzburg, is a small mountain range with dozens of peaks of 2500m or more, typified by its series of glaciers and sharp descents to the valley floor, the limestone mountain contains some of the largest caves in Austria. Take in the awesome views of ice fields and alpine meadows, limestone peaks and dramatic lakes as you trek this exhilarating circuit. At night you stay in atmospheric mountain hotels interspersed with 3 nights in mountain huts high up on the central massif.
|DAY 1||Arrive Gosau|
|DAY 2||Hike to Hofpürgl Lodge with overnight backpack (5-6.5hrs)|
|DAY 3||Descend to Türlwand, overnight Ramsau on Dachstein (5-7hrs)|
|DAY 4||Day at leisure to explore Ramsau with Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card|
|DAY 5||Ascend the Dachstein Glacier lift to Hunerkogel and walk to the Gutenberg Lodge with overnight backpack (4-5hrs)|
|DAY 6||Walk to Grafenbergalm and on to a hotel above Gröbming (6-7hrs)|
|DAY 7||Walk via Notgasse to the Viehbergalm and Steinitzenalm, descend to Bad Mitterndorf (6-8hrs)|
|DAY 8||Walk to the Steinitzenalm, Lake Ödensee, and on to Bad Aussee, continue to Obertrauner Höhenweg then, boat to Hallstatt (7-8hrs)|
|DAY 9||Visit caves then ride the Krippenstein cable car|
|DAY 10||Visit Hallstatt salt mines then follow the Brine trail to Bad Goisern with overnight backpack (7-8hrs)|
|DAY 11||Walk to Gosau (4hrs)|
|DAY 12||Trip concludes|
We had a wonderful time on our Dachstein Circuit trek, albeit challenging at times... We like the self guided option as it gives us the freedom of choice of extending or shortening the walks - we rely on our Maps and my app a lot. The walk info handed over to us was sufficient for enjoyable walking. Austria is beautiful and the schnapps is too!