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The Dachstein Circuit - Hut to Hut in Austria

Austria
Available Departures: Sep

7 days from

US$1,775

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

Guided walking hut to hut walking holiday around Hoher Dachstein in Austria

Trip Code: DCH
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The Dachstein Circuit - Hut to Hut in Austria

Highlights
  • Guided group walking week on this classic alpine circuit in a UNESCO world heritage region
  • Brave the famous 'Sky Walk' and look over the impressive Dachstein Glacier
  • Stay in traditional Austrian mountain lodges in idyllic locations
  • Explore the fairy-tale town of Hallstatt

At a Glance
  • Group Size 5 to 10
  • 5 days guided trekking
  • Max. altitude - 2700m
  • Join In Gosau

Accommodation & Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 4 nights Mountain Hut / Refuge
  • 2 nights Hotel
Overview

A spectacular 7 day walking holiday around the impressive Hoher Dachstein, situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria (Parts of the massif also lie in the state of Salzburg and so the mountain is also referred to as the Drei-Länder-Berg "three-state mountain"). We begin our adventure holiday in the idyllic town of Gosau, here the amazing mountain landscape is already apparent. As we make our way around this impressive massif we will experience spectacular views of the Dachstein Glacier, a magical walk over the 'Am Stein' plateau , stunning mountain vistas every day and traditional mountain huts in the most picturesque locations, this really is a holiday with everything.

This walking holiday is a circuit of the Hoher Dachstein, staying in small family run hotels and mountain huts with basic facilities. It involves walking on an established waymarked trail over variety of terrain including forest paths,  alpine meadows and over rocky passes. The trails used for the most part offer very good underfoot conditions but there are a few sections where we will cross boulders and others where we may encounter lying winter snow.  We average around 6 to 8 hours walking each day.

Why KE?

We offer this as a fully guided holiday, with all uplifts included.


Working with our local colleagues; with every booking on this holiday we will plant a tree in Austria.

 

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Itinerary

Meet at the group hotel in the picturesque village of Gosau. In the evening, we will have an informal chat with our guide about the week ahead. KE land only services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

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After breakfast at our hotel we begin with a short and gentle walk to the cable car station at Gosausee Lake, where we take the Gosaukammbahn cable car up to Zwieselalm; we enjoy stunning views from the gondola - all the way through to Hoher Dachstein itself. From here we enjoy an awesome introduction to the area, with the high level walk to the Hofpurgl mountain hut - rewarding us with views back down to the Gosausee Lake and of idyllic alpine pastures. We should arrive at the Hofpuergl hut (1705m) in the mid to late afternoon - possibly even in time for a beer on the terrace before dinner.

Accommodation

Mountain Hut / Refuge

Meals

B D

Ascent

750 M

Time

3 hrs walking

This morning set out walking across green pastures but with a slow and gradual increase in gradient, it becomes a little rockier underfoot until we reach the scree fields below the Gosaustein. As we approach the Sudwand Hut we are greeted by incredible views of the surrounding peaks; we might just have time to stop here for a quick drink to soak up the views

Accommodation

Mountain Hut / Refuge

Meals

B D

Ascent

895 M

Descent

882 M

Time

5 hrs walking

Distance

13 KM

A little less walking today, however a very unique day all the same. We start the day with a fantastic gondola ride up to the Hunerkogel mountain station (2700m), over looking the Dachstein Glacier - truly an awesome sight. We'll have time here for all those very important photos - especially for those brave enough for the 'Sky Walk' viewing platform. From here we continue on our way along the high alpine route, making our way slowly down the opposite side of the glacier. After the height gain in the gondola this morning our afternoon's walk is nearly all downhill, with a very slight incline to reach the charming Guttenberghaus; our mountain hut for the night - at over 100 years old it has a very traditional feel and charm.

Accommodation

Mountain Hut / Refuge

Meals

B D

Ascent

264 M

Descent

861 M

Time

5 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

A day of simply stunning mountain views today. After a relatively early breakfast we head up and onto the beautiful 'Am Stein' plateau - a wild landscape with characteristically alpine views. We carry on up to the impressive Wiesberghaus, a large mountain hut, but still with all the traditional charm - and a fantastic terrace to relax on while looking up towards Dachstein.

Accommodation

Mountain Hut / Refuge

Meals

B D

Ascent

552 M

Descent

860 M

Time

6 hours walking

Distance

13 KM

Today´s route leads us from the Wiesberghaus towards mount Plassen. Here we pass one of the oldest salt mines world wide (some 7000 years old) and the historic Rudolf´s tower. and follow the serpentines down to the UNESCO world heritage town Hallstatt. After you enjoyed the famous town center, use the bus to get back to the starting point in Gosau.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

278 M

Descent

1519 M

Time

6 hours walking

Distance

12 KM

KE land only services end after breakfast.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • An English-speaking qualified guide
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals except lunches
  • All land transport and transfers required by the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees and costs involved in any optional activities

You must join the group at the group hotel in Gosau on the evening of Day 1 of the trip itinerary. There will be a briefing held at approximately 18:00 and you should aim to be there for this time.
For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Gosau is to fly to Munich Airport and travel by train or bus from there. You should allow up to 5 hours for this journey and it will cost approximately 80 Euros each way

All meals except lunches are included, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7.

When in the towns and villages all tap water is drinkable. In mountain huts there is usually not a sustainable drinking water supply. Water in plastic bottles is brought in to the hut. All huts have a recycling point. If you have to purchase water in plastic bottles please buy the largest bottle you can so as to use less plastic. Please take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water if you can fill from a local stream. Bottled water is not provided. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles. Local authorities are working to find solutions to using plastic water bottles in huts. We monitor the situation carefully for updates.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights at a hotel in Gosau with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek, there are 4 nights spent in mountain huts. The accommodation away from Gosau is on a non-segregated, dormitory-style basis. In some high mountain huts, washing facilities are limited. Single rooms are not available.

The group will be led by an English-speaking local mountain guide.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude.  During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The package price includes all accommodation, guiding, and all meals except lunches. You should also make an allowance for additional snacks, drinks etc. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. Approximately 300 Euros should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements.

Tipping for good service has become the norm. However, it is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be seen as a 'thank you' for a job well done. There are no set rules as to how much to tip but we do recommend that the group as a whole decide on the level of tips rather than individually.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage (maximum weight 15kg) and a daypack (of around 30 - 40 litres). Luggage with wheels is useful for this holiday. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline. Your main bag will be transferred between overnight stops, however there are three nights when you will not have access to your main bag (nights of: day 2, day 4 and day 8). It is not possible to ride with the baggage transfer vehicle.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

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Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Regular hiking is the best preperation for a trip like this but if this is not possible you should adopt a weekly exercise regime which you gradually increase leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 15°C/ 59°F to 25°C/ 77°F. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places, falling close to freezing point at night. The weather is usually stable during July, August and September, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out. You should be prepared for all eventualities!

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

Kompass - Dachstein (Ausseerland, Bad Goisern, Hallstatt). 1:50,000.  Map number 112

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Shorts
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Daypack 40 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 2 litres (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sleeping bag liner / sheet sleeping bag
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera
  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Travel clothes
  • Lightweight down pullover or jacket
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes:

Sleeping bags are not required, as bedding is provided. However we recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag for use in the mountain huts.

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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DATES & PRICES

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2024

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  • The Dachstein Circuit - Hut to Hut in Austria
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: DCH /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 7 Sep and ends on Fri 13 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Contact us for single room pricing
  • Download Trip Notes

Land Only Information

We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis allowing you the flexibility to choose the travel method which best suits you. The holiday starts at the hotel in Gosau. Munich is the nearest airport.

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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.

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The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

KE Adventure is a fully bonded tour operator. We hold an ATOL license (No: 2808) and are bonded with ABTA (Membership No: W4341)


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