Dachstein High Altitude Circular Path

Unique Walking Experience in World Heritage Region Dachstein.

Sitting at 3,000 metres above sea level, the ‘majesty’ rises above the other mountains: the Dachstein. The imposing glacier clad peak separates the Austrian provinces of Styria, Salzburg and Upper Austria and is a popular trekking area due to its magnificent beauty. The Dachstein high altitude circuit trails through secluded valleys, alpine meadows and high plateaus that, with their solitude and silence, make the heart beat a little faster. 

Details about the hiking holiday in the Dachstein region

Mountain hikers will not be disappointed with the Dachstein high altitude circuit. The eight-day trekking tour around the Dachstein offers a fascinating view of the Alps and the Salzkammergut. In addition, it holds true treasures: including the 2,458 metre high ‘Bishop’s Cap’, which owes its name to the characteristic shape of the double summit. Or the Soleweg, which leads along the historic salt pipeline to the Hallstatt salt mine. In the Styrian Dachstein plateau fragrant pine trees line the path to the Stoderzinken. Having arrived at the Brno hut, you will then taste a ‘Zirbenschaps’. Look forward to a demanding hike for mountain enthusiasts around this limestone region.

Highlights of the Dachstein high altitude circular path at a glance:

  • Make the most of your mornings: The early bird catches the worm! Experience the impressive dawn close up as it comes into view as the mist clears.
  • Rocky peaks and fascinating views: Hike through several climatic regions! Climbing up the angular, reddish south faces of the Dachstein limestone in pleasant air and experience cool temperatures at the glacier region: both are possible at the Dachstein.
  • Boat trip on Lake Hallstatt: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt by boat. There, culture meets nature and history.

Useful information about the Dachstein high altitude circuit

The eight-day hiking tour around the Dachstein starts with your own journey to Ramsau. Over the next few days you will enjoy the morning atmosphere on the Gosaukamm, the far-reaching view of the border triangle, and the delicacies served in the numerous mountain huts. Each day trip offers variety, is approximately 17 kilometres long and takes roughly six hours. Please note: The demanding high-altitude hiking trail offers numerous spectacular views, but it requires sure-footedness and a good physical condition!

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Hotel example: Almfrieden

Short bus ride and hike up to the summit Sulzenschneid. Via the Linzer Path you cross the Alpine pasture area ‚Rinderfeld’ with all kind of cattle grazing. Then your route leads below the peaks along a high altitude path towards the impressive Bischofsmütze (mitre) and then to the foot of this well-known rock formation to the Hofpürgl hut, where a cosy evening in the hut awaits.

Hotelexample: Hofpürgl Hut

approx. 6 hours
13 km
800 m
660 m

Anticipate an amazing morning mood on the mountain, followed by high altitude trekking with stunning views below the sharp ridges of the Gosau mountain. Then via Alpine pastures with grazing cattle all the way to the alp Stuhlalm, which invites to a break and to sample some of the home made produce. Below the peak Donnerkogel (summit ascent possible) to the Gablonzer hut with breathtaking views onto the Dachstein glacier and down into the Gosau valley and lake Gosau. Break and cable car descent to lake Gosau.

Hotel example: Cooee Alpin

approx. 5 hours
11 km
330 m
540 m

From Gosau the route takes you along forest paths via the alp Iglmoosalm to the hut of the Goiserer Alpine Club, situated on the mountain crest which offers stunning views onto the Goiserer valley and lake Hallstätter See. You have again the option of a summit ascent onto the mountain Hochkalmberg with the rock formation called ‚Stone Indian’. Descent via the Waldsteig to Bad Goisern on lake Hallstättersee.

Hotel example: Pension Maria Theresia

approx. 6 hours
15 km
860 m
1.060 m

From Bad Goisern via the scenic outpost pavillion Giselawarte and through marvellous and unspoilt farm land to the Soleweg path, running along the historic salt-pipeline all the way up to the Hallstätter salt mine, which we strongly recommend you visit. Anticipate a tremendous viewing plateau at the Rudolfs-tower with views over Hallstadt and onto the Krippenstein mountain. Descent by cable car to Hallstadt, the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage village with countless tourist attractions and its unique beauty. By boat and train back to Bad Goisern.

Hotel example: Pension Maria Theresia

approx. 5 hours
13 km
540 m
230 m

After a short transfer the route takes you through the forest to the summit Hochmühleck. Via the summit to the Viehberg alp, where traditional huts invite to a break. A little bit towards the valley now and then once more through a remote karst and mountain pine area up to the Brünner hut situated on the Stoderzinken. You spend a recuperating night in the mountains directly below the sharp peak of the Stoderzinken.

Hotel example: Steinerhaus

approx. 7 hours
19 km
1.300 m
370 m

Today you cross the high plateau of the Styrian Dachstein plateau. Through mountain pine and larch forests, past little mountain lakes you hike over solitary and vast karst and gravel areas upwards and down, heading for the majestic Dachstein. This high altitude trekking tour beneath spectacular summits and through untouched nature towards the mountaineer-station Guttenberghaus is the perfect final route of your week of trekking around the Dachstein!

Hotel example: Almfrieden

approx. 6.5 to 7 hours
19 km
750 m
1.380 m

Tour character

Challenging high altitude paths with views onto the Alps and the Salzkammergut region. An ideal tour for hiking enthusiasts equipped with a good fitness level and surefootedness. Our tours mainly lead along hiking trails and you can expect walking times up to 7 hours.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 13, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020
Aug 30, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020
Friday and Saturday
Season 2
Jun 28, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020
Friday and Saturday
Dachstein High Altitude Circular Path 8 days, AT-SKWRA-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board evening meal 7x (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)

Category: 2x 4****-hotel (Ramsau), mainly 3***-hotels and inns, 1x hut (Hofpürgl Hut)

Season 1
Jun 13, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020
Aug 30, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020
Season 2
Jun 28, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb

Services and infos


  • 7 overnight stays as stated (hut: multi-bed rooms), breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer (except overnight at Hofpürglhütte)
  • Ramsau Summer card (Dachstein Gletscherbahn, any cable cars, tourist attractions, public buses, ect.)
  • Cable car descent Gosaukamm
  • Salzbergbahn descent to Hallstatt
  • Transfer on day 6
  • Train Hallstatt – Bad Goisern
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • If half board: min. 3-course evening meal (sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Train journey to Schladming and by bus to Ramsau.
  • Parking: hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible.


Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Public transport with bus, approx. EUR 9 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Helene Edtmeier
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Helene Edtmeier, Customer service


4.9 of 5 Stars (7 Ratings)
5 stars
Markus B. DE | 15.09.2019
Schöne aber anspruchsvolle Tour
Touren sehr anspruchsvoll. Unterkünfte alle Top. Reiseunterlagen Top. Organisation vor Ort Top.
5 stars
Stefan Hemming DE | 18.08.2018
Absolut empfehlenswert!
Diese Trekking Tour ist genau das richtige wenn man einfach mal abschalten will. Wunderschöne, abwechslungsreiche und anspruchsvolle Touren auf denen man meistens für mehrere Stunden die Natur völlig allein genießen kann. An der Organisation lässt sich auch absolut nichts aussetzen, sehr nettes und zuvorkommendes Personal. So muss das sein. Ich freue mich auf weitere Touren mit Eurohike!
5 stars
Annette Kossow GB | 14.08.2017
Großartig und abwechslungsreich
Eine sehr schöne und abwechslungsreiche Tour, bestens vorbereitet und auch für unsere 9-jährige Tochter problemlos zu meistern (Möglichkeiten zum Schwimmen in Ramsau, am Gosausee und in Bad Goisern).
Florian Frisch
Florian Frisch answered:
Liebe Frau Kossow - herzlichen Dank für Ihr Feedback! Schön, dass Ihnen und Ihrer Familie auch diese Trekking-Tour wieder gut gefallen hat. Gerne möchten wir Ihrer Tochter ein großes Kompliment aussprechen - diese Trekking Reise ist durchaus anspruchsvoll und generell würden wir diese eher älteren Kindern empfehlen. Hut ab! Wir freuen uns auf Ihre nächsten Buchung!
5 stars
Isabell Wedi DE | 24.07.2017
Wunderschöne Wandertage
Anspruchsvolle, aber wunderschöne Trekkingtour. Alle Etappen sind landschaftlich sehr reizvoll und man wird immer wieder mit einem tollen Panorama belohnt. Sehr hilfreich war auf jeden Fall die ausführliche Beschreibung der Wanderung mit vielen Bildern. So hat man nie Probleme den Weg zu finden.
4 stars
Riitta Hallberg DE | 27.09.2016
Dachstein Höhenrundweg Individuell
Eine sehr abwechslungsreiche und schöne Wanderung mit herrlichen Aussichten. Das Bildsystem des Routenbuchs war sehr hilfreich. Gute Unterkünfte mit freundlichen Gastwirten.
5 stars
Andreas Kort DE | 17.09.2016
Dachstein Wanderreise
Eine schöne Tour mit wunderbaren Aussichten. Am Ruhetag sollte man unbedingt die Wanderung nach Hallstatt machen. Wenn man die Abkürzung direkt nach Hallstatt nimmt, ist es eine sehr erholsame Wanderung ohne große Steigungen, aber mit fabelhaften Eindrücken!
5 stars
Nicole Keller DE | 05.09.2016
Dachstein Höhenrundweg
Extrem abwechslungsreiche, anspruchsvolle Tour. Sehr ursprüngliche, teils einsame Wanderwege. Bei schlechter Witterung schwer oder auch gar nicht zu begehen, bei Sonnenschein ein echter Traum!
Helene Edtmeier
Helene Edtmeier answered:
Vielen Dank für Ihr tolles Feedback, Frau Keller! Wir freuen uns sehr! Für schlechtes Wetter haben wir in unsere Routenbüchern umfassenden Hinweise zu Abkürzungen, öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln, Routenoptionen und Sehenswürdigkeiten eingearbeitet. Wir hoffen, so für jede Witterung die passende Lösung im Programm zu haben!

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