Situated in the main ridge of the Central Eastern Alps, along the Alpine Divide, Grossglockner is an iconic mountaineering destination for alpine enthusiasts.
Its pyramid-shaped peak consists of two pinnacles – Grossglockner and the Kleinglockner (3.770 meters) – that are separated by a col. While most climbers opt for just the taller spire, many others will add an additional day to the trip and head up both.
The peak has great cultural significance to the region and therefore attracts numerous climbers throughout the season. The normal route is the easiest way up and can be quite crowded. For more advanced moutnaineers, various other routes up the north and south faces of the mountain are quieter alternatives, including the famed icewall on the north face.
While July to September is the best time to climb, many guides offer trips from MArch until November, which tend to be a bit tougher, but also offer more solitude and are better suited for ice climbing and ski mountaineering.
During the summer months, you can expect average temperatures of about 10 ºC on the mountain. These tend to decrease at higher elevations and feel colder with windchill. Summer is also the wettest time of year and weather can change quickly on the mountain.
Any trip to Grossglockner begins with a flight into Innsbruck Airport (INN). From here, Kals (a common starting point for the climb) is just three hours away by car. Due to the mountain terrain, the trip is longer by bus or train.
July to September
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