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Dachstein crossing

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Special features
Glacier region
Suitable for groups

Tour and route information

  • Starting place: 8970 Schladming
  • Starting point: Dachstein Südwandbahn cable car
  • Destination: 4831 Obertraun
  • Destination: station of the cable car Dachstein Krippenstein
Duration: 5h 57m
Length: 16,9 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 282m
Altitude difference (downhill): 2332m
Lowest point: 598m
Highest point: 2721m



Panoramic view:

Great panorama

Paths covering:

  • Snow

Most economical season:

  • Spring
  • Deep winter
Dachstein crossing

A 25 km long route leads from the Dachstein summit region via the Simonyhütte and the Gjaidalm to Obertraun.

From the mountain cable car station, follow the signposted path southwest onto the Hallstatt glacier. From the wind funnel there is a path to the lower Eisstein cliff face. From there the way continues over the middle section of the Hallstatt glacier and towards the upper Ice lake. Now it is another 200 meters in altitude to the Simonyhut. Safety warning - in the winter some of the ravines on the glacier are filled with snow and therefore difficult to see.
From the Simonyhut, the ski ascent leads along the 650 hiking path to the Gjaid Alm.
From there pass the Hausberg lift towards the III section of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car.
Further you then ride into the valley on the prepared piste to the valley station of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car.
It is also possible to go via the valley station and then choose the Imisel-descent over the Eisgrube into the valley.

Please note that you will be travelling in a high alpine environment. Single travellers please join a larger group and those inexperienced with this glacier enivronment please travel accompanied by a professional guide.
Always watch the weather before beginning this tour as it should only be attempted in good weather. Emergency gear should of course be present with you at all times.

Important phone numbers: Dachstein Krippenstein cable car Obertraun 050 140, Gjaidalm +43 (0)680 3253138, Lodge am Krippenstein +43 (0)664 3804054, Simonyhütte +43 (0)680 2196374 , Taxi Rastl +43 699 1175 4852 Alpine emergency (mountain rescue) 140, Avalanche service Oberösterreich  +43 732 77 20-124 12

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Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut – Ortsstelle Obertraun
Obertraun 180
4831 Obertraun

Phone: +43 5 95095-40

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Tour - Details

Details - Ski

  • Descent: Difficulty: medium


Accessibility / arrival

Ramsau am Dachstein Schladming glacier railway It is best to park in Schladming in the center and take the bus to the valley station. Combi ticket for return journey possible


  • Parking space: 50

Shuttle service

Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH offers return trips to Ramsau:
• 2.45 pm: Hallstatt boat landing stage
• 3.30 pm: Obertraun, valley station cable car
Registration for the return journey is absolutely necessary:, Tel: +43 3687 81870
Registration deadline is till 4 pm the day before.
Minimum number of participants: 15 people
The return transfer costs with valid ski pass are € 18,00 for adults and € 12,00 for children.

Planai buses for a return transport :
The buses depart every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 15:30 from the valley station cable car Obertraun to Schladming, Ramsau and the starting point the Dachstein valley station.
Registration for the return transport at Kassa Talstation Dachstein Gletscherbahn is required and must be announced by 16:00 at the latest the day before. (Tel .: +43 3687 22042 800)
Price for return transfer with valid ski pass:
Adults: € 18,00 / children: € 12,00
Prices for return transfer without valid ski ticket:
Mountain cable car & return transfer: adults € 41,50 / children € 24,00

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    Dachstein crossing
    Starting place: Schladming

    Duration: 5h 57m

    Length: 16.9 km

    Metres of altitude: 282m


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