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Großvenediger hike

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wo weeks before our „main alpine event“ we decided to do a practice climb on an austrian glacier Grossvenediger. As usual we set departure at 6 o’clock in the morning. At 13:00 we were already parking the car in our final destination – parking lot Hopffeldboden.

Berndlalm – 1 514 m

From the Hopffeldboden (1 080 m), we are starting our ascent at 13:50. Path is nice and wide enough for bikers and taxis that are taking tourists to one of the „mountain houses“. Hikers walking up on foot as ourselves are not so many.

Start of our route to Großvenediger

Start of our route to Grossvenediger

After an easy start the path leads us on a steep forest winding footpath. We continue on for about and hour with fully loaded backpacks with enough supplies to last for two days. We eventuallly get to the Brendlalm cottage (1 514 m).

Berndlalm hut

Berndlalm hut

We rest for a while , enjoyg a popsicle and a view of farm animals rambling around in the sun. We continue our ascent at 15:20.

Route from Berndlalm

Route from Berndlalm

Postalm – 1 691 m

The forest ends and we go on. We get a view of meadows full with grazing cows. We walk quite fast, assuming the steep part is only yet to come. We reach the Postalm at 16:15.

Postalm

Postalm

We rest for a while and continue again along fenced pastures . The views are breathtaking.

Views from Postalm

Views from Postalm

Kürsingerhütte – 2 548 m

At 17:35 we get to a place from where taxis and bikers cannot go any further (2 000 m). From here you can only continue on foot. The road is made of stone blocks and reminds us of our home mountains – Tatras. A sign says 1,5h to the next cottage.

Turn from the wide road

Turn from the wide road

Route up to Grossvenediger

Route up to Grossvenediger

The stony section is secured by a handrail, and must be passed by walking under a huge piece of rock.

Route to Großvenediger is secured by a handrail

Route to Großvenediger is secured by a handrail

Last section before Kürsingerhütte leads through grassy-stony slopes with spots of snow, to a platueu with a view of the cottage.

Last meters before Kürsingerhutte

Last meters before Kürsingerhutte

We finally reach Kürsingerhutte at 19:15. Not wasting time we check in, pay 5 euro fee for actually not wanting any food (still cheaper than paying the board), enjoy the best tourist food ever (yes you guessed it right – canned tuna 🙂 ) and go to sleep, alarm is set to 04:20 am.

Kürsingerhutte

Kürsingerhutte

Grossvenediger – 3 666 m

We have breakfast in the hallway, fill up our water packs in the kitchen and head out at 05:10. The path leads behind the cottage along the red mark. After an hour we get to the glacier. We put on a harness and crampons. No need for the rope yet, first we have to descend couple meters before we start going up again. The path is busy, all we need to do is follow the others.

Beginning of the glacier to Grossvenediger

Beginning of the glacier to Grossvenediger

9:20 we reach the Venedigerscharte saddle with Small Venediger on one side and Big Venediger on the other. From there the path turnes right and circles the peak and then merges with other ascend routes for the last meters.

Route from Venedigerscharte to Grossvenediger

Route from Venedigerscharte to Grossvenediger

It is a narrow ridge that leads to the summint cross. From the cottage it took us to Grossvenediger 5 hours (incl. breaks) and we reached the summit of Grossvenediger at 10:10.

Final part of the ridge to Grossvenediger

Final part of the ridge to Grossvenediger

Descent from Großvenediger

After a little rest, snack and obligatory pictures, we head down at 11:20. As expected the descent is much easier, we reached the saddle at 11:40.

View of route from summit of Grossvenediger, Kleinvenediger in the middle

View of route from summit of Grossvenediger, Kleinvenediger in the middle

Around noon the sun gets quite strong and the snow starts to melt. We recommend to use the rope. 13:00 we leave the glacier behind. 14:05 we get to the cottage, have a snack and continue down about half an hour later. 16:00 – parking spot for taxis, 16:50 Postalm – 17:50 Berndlalm. Here we finally get some proper rest and ice cream.

View of Grossvenediger glacier

View of Grossvenediger glacier

18:30 we start the last part of the descent through the forest. 19:10 finally Hopffeldboden. We get in cars heading to the camping site in the village, pitch the tent and drop dead 🙂 . All in all from the morning we enjoyed 14 hours of hiking.

Next day we stop at Zell am See from where we drive home.

Conclusion

Overall the hike to Grossvenediger is not techincally difficult, the glacier is relatively safe , good also for beginners as a practice of walking in crampons and in a rope team. The path is very well marked , and you cannot really get lost. You can make it a little challenge like us and walk all the way from the first parking lot, but with hindsight , I recommend to take the taxi at least either on the way up (18€) or down (14€).

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DIFFICULTY
Hiking
4/5
Length
30km
19 h (2 days)
Elevation
2600 m.
2600 m.
Altitude
Max. 3666 m.n.m.
Min. 1080 m.n.m.

Significant points

Parking lot Hopffeldboden 60 min Berndalm hut
Berndalm hut 55 min Postalm hut
Postalm hut 2:35 h Kürsinger hut
Kürsinger hut 5 h Grossvenediger
Grossvenediger 2:45 h Kürsinger hut
Kürsinger hut 2 h Postalm hut
Postalm hut 60 min Berndalm hut
Berndalm hut 40 min Parking lot Hopffeldboden

Prices

Taxi from parking lot to Postalm: 18€ / per person
Taxi from Postalm down: 14€ / per person
Kürsinger: 13€ + 5€ (lager without food) / per person / per night
parking lot Hopffeldboden: 4€ / car / day
Last update: 1. August 2019
Keywords: Alps, Austria, Berndalm, glacier, Grossvenediger, Kürsinger, Kürsingerhutte, Postalm, Zell am See
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Hiker, climber, athlete, eater of burgers. Programmer in free time.

I attended a math university, consequesnces are visibble to this day. Around that time my trips started to be little longer than walking in the city. I have been in all kind of places since then. From our beatiful Tatras, scenic landscapes of Balkan, kayaking near the shores of Sweden to national parks on west USA.

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Luiz Elias 11. September 2019
The article was awesome, thank you for sharing.
Filip Niezgoda 6. October 2019
Thanks for detailed info