If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere - that was the motto of famous Viennese climbers such as Pfannl or Peterka. "University of mountaineering" - this is what the Gesäuse is known for since the early days of alpinism. As a living legacy of this "golden age" of mountaineering, the Gesäuse still maintains the largest number of shelters in the Eastern Alps. Therefore, it was obvious to connect these alpine huts with a long-distance hiking trail and thus to make the "University of Mountaineering" in the Gesäuse, the only national park in Styria, hikable.
The Gesäuse Hüttenrunde leads in a large circle through the Gesäuse National Park and knows how to put its trademark "steep rock and wild water" breathtakingly in scene. Its ascent is technically moderate (red marked mountain trails) but requires some stamina and experience. The overall requirement is a bit higher than those of its famous neighbor, the Lynx Trail, especially because no luggage transport can be offered on the Hüttenrunde. Whether in one piece - that means at least eight daily stages - or in shorter sections, the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde will open up the unique magic of the mountain landscape in the national park with the slowing down and inner calm necessary for long-distance hikers. The starting and ending point for the Hüttenrunde is the historic town Admont with its magnificent Benedictine monastery and the comfort of a modern tourist destination. A welcome reward after the eventful efforts of the previous days.
The best season for a trail trip on Gesäuse Hüttenrunde extends from mid-May to mid-October and is based on the snow conditions and the hut opening times.
Spring (March, April, May): In the months of March and April the trails are still under snow and therefore the trail is not yet accessible. From the middle of May, all passages of Gesäuse Hüttenrunde are usually snow-free and the huts are all opening after the winter break. In case of doubt, please contact the booking center or the regional tourist offices.
Summer (June, July, August): June is a highly recommended hiking month for the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde: pleasant temperatures and a blossoming nature make hiking a pleasure. But also July and August are nice hiking months: You keep hiking in the shady natural forests or on refreshing mountain ridges in the National Park Gesäuse and escape the heat in the valley on the high mountain huts of the Gesäuses.
Autumn (September, October, November): Crystal-clear air, discoloring forests and cool temperatures. Hiking in autumn (September to mid-October) is an insider tip on Gesäuse Hüttenrunde. After that, onsets of winter can make it difficult to impossible to hike, and the huts are closed.
Winter (December, January, February): The stages of the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde are not accessible in winter, as the paths are under snow and the huts are closed.
Technically, the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde has moderate difficulties that are not a problem for the sure-footed and experienced hiker. All stages run on mountain trails with a red dot, so they are classified as moderately difficult trails according to classification Alpine Club Austria. However, you should bring along a certain mountain experience for the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde, as you move in the mountains with heights of up to 1,850 m.
Fitness wise, the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde has moderate to higher demands: Although only one stage (Heßhütte - Ennstaler Hütte) exceeds the almost "magical limit" of 7 hours of pure walking time - most stages range between 5 and 6 hours of pure walking time. However, the many meters in altitude (up to 1,250 vertical meters in ascent and 1,400 vertical meters in descent) make him demanding - you hike in steep and rugged mountains. In addition, you have to carry your luggage on the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde, since the huts are not accessible by car and therefore no luggage service is possible. Appropriate conditional preparation is therefore recommended. For children the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde is recommended from 12 years with very good condition.
For persons with reduced mobility, long-distance trails and trekking routes are little to unsuitable due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
Click here to find more information about the classification of the mountain trails and the technical and conditional preparation of the tour
For the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde a "normal" equipment for alpine hikes on unpaved roads is quite sufficient. We definitely recommend sturdy footwear and the inclusion of telescopic hiking poles to relieve the knee in the sometimes-long descents. For all shelters along the trail, a hammock sleeping bag and a towel must be brought along. Click here to see a detailed equipment list for your trail trip.
Since the huts on which you stay overnight on your trail trip are very remote high up in the mountains and cannot be reached with the luggage shuttle, we cannot offer luggage transport at the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde contrary to our other trail travels. We therefore recommend packing the backpack sparingly and to take only really necessary things on the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde. To hike without luxury we experience as liberating!
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc. In case of Self drive tours (overland) the drive times are based on our empirical values.show Stages
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Your accommodation options along the Trail are divided into three categories (regional rating):
Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse or mountain lodge
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2-star or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4-star hotel, often with spa area
The Classic and Comfort categories are only available at the Start and End destination Admont, at the other stages we will always stay overnight in huts.
As it is the case for a Hüttenrunde, all other overnight stays are in a hut and therefore in the Basic category. The huts in the Gesäuse have - as usual in mountain huts - only a limited number of twin / double rooms and also offer dormitories. There are shared showers and shared toilets. It is obligatory on the shelters - for the sake of the environment - to use a sleeping bag - please also bring a towel with you.
Children aged 6 to 14 years receive a 35% discount when traveling with two adults.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take a dog along the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde.
In the partner companies, you have two different types of boarding available:
Breakfast: breakfast buffet or served breakfast
Half board: breakfast plus dinner (mostly 3-course menu)
Special requests (vegetarian, vegan, allergic, ...) please write in the field "comments". The Trail Info & Booking Center will try to fulfill your customer request.
For the realization of your carefree trail trip a mobility service is offered:
Return transport: Convenient collective transport from the individual destination of your trail trip back to the starting point (not necessary if you go the entire circular Trail).
Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required to complete the trail trip are included in the total mobility package. Other individually desired shuttle services, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., are gladly organized by the Trail Info & Booking Center. These shuttle services are not included in the tour price.
As you always stay overnight at huts that are not accessible by car at the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde, we cannot pick you up directly at the hut. In case of a return transport or shuttle service (e.g. due to bad weather) you have to go down from the hut to the next parking lot where your taxi is waiting for you (usually 1-2 hours walking time).
During your Trail journey you can make use of the special service in the Trail Info & Booking Center, which will make your Trail journey a particularly safe, well looked after and thus unforgettable experience:
Trail Hotline, Angel´s Service: This is available daily with advice and action during your Trail journey, also beyond the office opening times, from 8:00 to 20:00.
Guide: Our certified mountain guides are well trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. In addition, they have a great knowledge of the nature and culture of the region around the Gesäuse National Park, which makes a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail trip. All costs incurred (guide, accommodation, meals and travel) for the mountain guide are included under "Guiding".
Extended trail travel documents, Angel´s Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for preparing your trail trip. Will be sent by e-mail (PDF, print@home) in good time before departure.
There are three options available to you for this trail trip - not included in the price - to get there:
With your own car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail journey (please note that parking in Johnsbach is very limited). Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most parking spaces are free of charge and not monitored! The return transport will bring you back to your car. Tip: Please put a note with the note that you are on the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde (including return date and telephone number), visible in the car - the mountain rescue will thank you!
By train: The following stations are at your disposal: Liezen station (continue by bus 910 to Admont), Weißenbach - St. Gallen station (from here by bus 912 to Admont).
By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arriving by plane - Wien (VIE), Linz (LNZ) and Graz (GRZ).
Arrival shuttle service - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will be happy to organize this shuttle service for you.
This is where hikers find an especially warm welcome: our partner establishments have been hand-picked based on specific criteria, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.show partners
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Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
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Tel: +43 4782 93093