Return to Civilisation: Crossing the Haller Mauern mountain chain to the world-famous Admont Abbey
From Laussabaueralm you follow the signs "Klosterweg", cross the Karbach river eastwards, enter the forest and step over a game fence. Then keep left and follow the forest road along the river downstream. At the next junction keep right and follow the forest road to the Simandlalm, from where you continue left on the forest road. Over a bridge you cross the Laussabach and reach the Hengstpass road. Follow this road for about one kilometer downstream to the right and turn right 450m ahead of the Gasthof Sagwirt (parking lot Oberzwiesel, 691m, Oberlaussa) into the Pölztal (path no. 633).You now find yourself on a gently ascending forest road that runs parallel to the Pölzalmbach stream, leading past several hunters’ cabins and alpine huts. Near the Menggalm pasture, you turn off onto a path which – crossing the forest road several times along the way – takes you to the Klapfboden pasture (997m). From there, the route gets steeper and you will have to navigate a step in the terrain before reaching the Kleiner Seeboden, a slightly wooded alpine pasture. Soon afterwards, the Grosser Seeboden comes into view – an impressive valley basin which you reach after a brief descent. Next, you walk along the even valley floor in a south-westerly direction, before embarking on the ascent to the Admonter Haus mountain hostel. From Admonter Haus, the route once again descends towards the valley: a two-and-a-half-hour hike takes you across alpine pastures, through a woodland area and past the ‘Johannesbründl’ spring, until you reach the villages of Hall and Admont. Even after a taxing trekking day, we highly recommend a visit to the world-famous Admont Abbey (which also houses the National Park exhibition project ‘A Passion for Nature’).
Time: 6 hrs 30 min
Distance: 18.9 km
Ascent: 1050 m
Descent: 1194 m