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Ski traverse Hoch Tirol

  • only 6 places
  • 9640Hmaltitude difference ascent
  • 96kmwhole distance
  • 3798mhighest point
  • 6 Tageduration
  • 5/5idifficulty
  • most of the track is within

tour description

The “Hoch Tirol” ski traverse is the longest of this kind in the alps, travels on predominantly glaciated terrain, and is in general more demanding than the famous Haute Route, but with better and more comfortable accommodations in the huts. On top of it you usually summit at least one stout summit ...

The “Hoch Tirol” ski traverse is the longest of this kind in the alps, travels on predominantly glaciated terrain, and is in general more demanding than the famous Haute Route, but with better and more comfortable accommodations in the huts. On top of it you usually summit at least one stout summit each day with the highlight on the last day, where the highest mountain of Austria is on the agenda. Another bonus of this ski traverse are the renown, long ski runs along the way, which you can enjoy with a regular day pack, since all huts along the way are well catered.

1st day:
We offer two options to start the traverse, option one is a long Taxi ride to Kasern in South Tirol, the other one is skip the first long day and start in Hinterbichl and spend the first night at the Essener/Rostocker Hut. (please inquire with our office about details of both options)

2nd day:
We start at the Essener Rostocker Hut and ascent to the summit of the Gr. Geiger (3360m), from here we can see the first time the Grossglockner in the far distance. A long corn run down the other side brings us to the Johannis Hut.
3rd day:
 A very early start is required for this long ascent of the Grossvenediger (3660m), one of the big ski prizes of the area. The following 2000m run down the crevassed Schlatenkees into the Innergschloess ranks as one of the most scenic ski runs in the eastern alps. We spend the night at the comfortable Matreier Tauernhaus.

4th day:
From our accommodation we first have a big climb to the Amertaler Hoehe (2990m), and after a short run down the backside we put the skins back on for the climb to the Sonnblick (3088m) from where we can ski down to the Rudolfs Hut, another nice place to spend the night.

5th day:
After a couple hours ascent to the historic Tauernpass, we ski down the long Dorfer Valley directly into the village of Kals. After a fine lunch the first time back in civilization, we’ll burn all the calories off by skinning 3 hours up to the Stuedl hut in the afternoon. A short Taxiride from Kals to the Lucknerhaus will be the only time we are not self propelled.

6th day:
The highlight of the week is the King of Austria, the 3798m high Grossglockner.
We first skin over the Koednitzkees, depending on conditions we leave the skis just below or above the Adlersruhe (closed during the Winter). From there we climb with crampons along a very exposed ridge to the summit and enjoy the tremendous  views from our last highpoint, all the way back to where we started a week ago. The descent follows predominantly the same way, and if conditions are right we get rewarded with a 1500m long corn run down to the Lucknerhaus, where we can celebrate the finish line of this truly breathtaking outing.

conditions

very good fitness for a minimum of 1800m ascent max/day for consecutive days in a row
well rounded ski touring experience

dates

  • 13.03.2021 - 19.03.2021
  • 27.03.2021 - 02.04.2021

upon request also anytime outside of below dates from March to Mai

prices

  • 1 person€ 2460 p.P.
  • 2 persons€ 1335 p.P.
  • 3 persons€ 960 p.P.
  • 4 persons€ 935 p.P.
  • 5 persons€ 790 p.P.
  • 6 persons€ 705 p.P.

services included

organized by the Mountain guides office, guiding from a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide,
Glockner certificate and Gipfelschnapps!
Rental gear like harness, crampons and helmet will be provided.

additional info

Ski touring skis, avalanche beacon, shovel and probe can be rented at a local gear shop.

equipment

ACHTUNG

Wir behalten uns vor die Einschätzung des Wetters sowie der Teilnehmer durch unsere geschulten Bergführer durchzuführen.

Difficulty Scale

1/5

Fitness (for all activities)
little fitness = you can hike an elevation gain of 400m up and down, or a total time of 3-4 hours depending on the activity

Technical skills Ski Touring:
easy (up to 30 degrees)=very easy or easy ski tour with a steepness less than 30 degrees. No previous knowledge required. You can parallel ski on groomers. No kick turns required.

Technical skills Ice Climbing:
easy (40-60 degrees)=fairly flat waterfall with small steps, mostly top rope belayed

Technical skills Alpine Climbing:
easy=easy snow slopes, glaciated terrain with some crevasses, pretty much everyone can do this, no previous experience required.

Technical skills Rock Climbing:
easy=easy terrain like scree slopes or blocky ridges with good stances where you need your hands for support. Good for beginners or children.

Technical skills hiking:
T1 hiking=always on a good hiking trail, no fall hazard. No requirements, also possible with running shoes, everyone can do this.

Technical skills Via Ferrata:
K1 very easy=very easy Via Ferrata which is possible for beginners and children.

Technical skills Snow Shoe hikes:
easy with less than 25 degrees=fairly flat, no avalanche hazard. Everyone can do this.

2/5

Fitness (for all activities)
basic fitness = you can hike an elevation gain of 400m to 800m up and down, or a total time of 5 hours depending on the activity

Technical skills Ski Touring:
easy (approx. 30 degrees)=easy ski tour with a steepness around 30 degrees. You can parallel ski on all groomers and can turn off piste. Some kick turns required or other means to make a change of direction in 30 degree terrain.

Technical skills Ice Climbing:
moderate (70-80degrees)=short but steep waterfall steps to almost vertical. You should be able to put your own screws in and build a basic anchor. Basic ice climbing skills required.

Technical skills Alpine Climbing:
moderate=predominantly low apple snow slopes with shorter steep sections, glaciated terrain with crevasses, sure footing required.

Technical skills Rock Climbing:
moderate=climbing routes with sections up to grade 2-3 (UIAA scale), scrambling terrain or steeper scree slopes should be handled with ease. For talented beginners or people with some previous climbing experience.

Technical skills hiking:
T2 mountain hiking=easy hike on a good hiking trail, with shorter steep sections, barely any fall hazard. Possible with running shoes, but proper hiking shoes recommended. some sure footing is helpful. Since those trails are located above treeline, one can run into snowfields early season or washed out sections after lightning storms.

Technical skills Via Ferrata:
K2 easy=Easy Via Ferrata which is possible for beginners and children, but some sure footing and no fear of heights required.

Technical skills Snow Shoe hikes:
easy with less than 25 degrees=fairly flat, some avalanche hazard possible. Everyone can do this.

 

3/5

Fitness (for all activities)
Good fitness = you can hike an elevation gain of 800m to 1200m up and down, or a total time of 7-8 hours depending on the activity

Technical skills Ski Touring:
moderate (up to 35 degrees)=Moderate ski tour with a steepness up to 35 degrees. Most classic ski tours fall in this category. You can parallel ski in most snow conditions off piste. Kick turns required, experience with ski crampons, and some basic crampon techniques for glaciated sections.

Technical skills Ice Climbing:
moderately difficult (80-90degrees)=short but steep waterfall steps to vertical ice and traverses. You should be able to put your own screws in, build a basic anchor and belay your partner. Good ice climbing skills required.

Technical skills Alpine Climbing:
moderately difficult=steeper snow and ice slopes with the occasional belay, partially heavily crevassed glaciated terrain, small Bergschrunds, mountain experience, basic rope handling and sure footing required.

Technical skills Rock Climbing:
moderately difficult=exposed climbing routes with sections up to grade 3-4 (UIAA scale) over several pitches, scrambling terrain or steeper scree slopes should be handled with ease. Previous rock climbing experience is essential.

Technical skills hiking:
T3 demanding mountain hiking=at times no hiking trail and/or exposed sections, could require holding on to fixed ropes or chains, and/or the use of your hands for balance and support,  proper hiking shoes a must. Sure footing and some basic mountain experience come in handy. Since those trails are located above treeline, one can run into snowfields early season or washed out sections after lightning storms.

Technical skills Via Ferrata:
K3 moderately difficult=More exposed and steeper Via Ferrata, sure footing and no fear of heights required.

Technical skills Snow Shoe hikes:
demanding with up to 30degrees=generally moderately steep with short steeper sections, some movement skills and balance helps. Some sections lead through avalanche terrain and need to be managed accordingly.

 

4/5

Fitness (for all activities)
Very good fitness = you can hike an elevation gain of 1200m to 1500m up and down, or a total time of 10 hours depending on the activity

Technical skills Ski Touring:
demanding (up to 40degrees)=ski tour with a steepness up to 40degrees. A step up from regular ski tours. You are a good, solid skier in most snow conditions off piste. Solid kick turns required, experience with ski crampons, solid crampon technique for glaciated sections, basic rope handling may be required.

Technical skills Ice Climbing:
difficult (90degrees)=consistently steep waterfall ice or long alpine couloirs, at times basic mixed climbing skills are needed.  You might encounter sections of bad ice quality. You should be able to put your own screws in, build a basic anchor and belay your partner. Very good ice climbing skills required.

Technical skills Alpine Climbing:
difficult=steep ice slopes with the occasional belay, exposed ridge and face climbing to grade 4 (UIAA scale), partially heavily crevassed and complicated glaciated terrain, Bergschrunds, in depth mountain experience, general rope handling and sure footing required.

Technical skills Rock Climbing:
difficult=exposed climbing routes with multiple sections up to grade 5 (UIAA scale) over many pitches, scrambling terrain or steeper scree slopes should be handled with ease. Previous rock climbing experience of many grade 4 routes is essential.

Technical skills hiking:
T4 difficult mountain hiking=at times no hiking trail and/or exposed sections, steep scree and grass slopes may be crossed. Could require holding on to fixed ropes or chains, and/or the use of your hands for balance and support,  proper hiking shoes a must. Some sections may lead over glaciated terrain and bare ice. Sure footing and some basic mountain experience an asset.

Technical skills Via Ferrata:
K4 difficult=Exposed and steep Via Ferrata, sure footing and no fear of heights required. Short, exposed sections without the aid of a steel cable.

Technical skills Snow Shoe hikes:
difficult with over 30degrees=generally moderately angled terrain with longer, steeper sections, maybe involving short rock sections and glaciers. Good movement skills and balance an asset. Some sections lead through avalanche terrain and need to be managed accordingly.

5/5

Fitness (for all activities)
Extremely good fitness = you can hike an elevation gain of over 1600m up and down, or a total time over 10 hours depending on the activity

Technical skills Ski Touring:
difficult (above 40degrees)=ski tour with a steepness above 40degrees. You are a very good, solid skier in all snow conditions off piste. Sections of the tour may lead through a “no fall zone” up and/or down. Solid kick turns required, experience with ski crampons, solid crampon and ice axe technique for glaciated sections and frozen faces, basic rope handling is required.

Technical skills Ice Climbing:
very difficult (90degrees+)=consistently steep waterfall ice with potential rock steps, or long, time-consuming alpine couloirs or faces, mixed climbing skills are an asset.  The ice quality might be poor at times. You are able to put your own screws in, build a basic anchor and belay your partner. Very good ice climbing and alpine climbing skills required.

Technical skills Alpine Climbing:
very difficult=steep ice and mixed slopes with continuous belayed climbing, time consuming, exposed ridge and face climbing to grade 4 (UIAA scale) and short sections may be above that grade. Partially heavily crevassed and complicated glaciated terrain, Bergschrunds, in depth mountain experience, good rope handling and a large degree of independent responsibility required.

Technical skills Rock Climbing:
very difficult=exposed climbing routes with multiple sections up to grade 6 (UIAA scale) over many pitches, or short sections above that grade. In depth rock climbing experience of many grade 5 routes is essential.

Technical skills hiking:
T5 very difficult mountain hiking=predominantly no hiking trail and exposed sections, steep scree and grass slopes will be crossed. Will require holding on to fixed ropes or chains, and/or shorter rock climbing sections. Proper hiking shoes a must. Some sections may lead over glaciated terrain and bare ice. Sure footing and good mountain experience an asset.

Technical skills Via Ferrata:
K5 very difficult=Exposed and steep, partially overhanging Via Ferrata, sure footing and no fear of heights required. Short, exposed sections without the aid of a steel cable should be handled with ease.

Technical skills Snow Shoe hikes:
very difficult with over 35degrees=challenging terrain with longer, steeper sections, maybe involving short rock sections and glaciers. Good movement skills and balance a must. Several sections lead through avalanche terrain and need to be managed accordingly.

 

 

 

 

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