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Make a quintessential alpine ascent to the summit of Austria’s highest peak!

Rising to 3.798 meters in elevation, Grossglockner is the highest peak in Austria and the tallest mountain east of Brenner Pass. This classic alpine ascent is perfect for most mountaineers as it is, technically, not too difficult. “Compare and book a certified guide for your Grossglockner Mountain Climbing trip with Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our Grossglockner Mountain Climbing selection. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Grossglockner

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Grossglockner?

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.

Why should I choose Grossglockner for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

As Greossglockner is the tallest mountain in all of Austria, the views from its summit are quite incredible. From the top, you can see many other iconic peaks, including Piz Bernina, in Switzerland and on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of the Adriatic Sea. Along the way up, marvel at amazing views of pristine alpine valleys and immense glaciers too.

Great for beginners

If you have even just a tiny bit of mountaineering experience and a pretty high level of physical fitness, then Grossglockner is the perfect peak for you. The normal route only requires mostly hiking and scrambling, with a bit of ice and rock climbing that are easily enough accomplished for people with a bit of previous experience.

Provides a challenge too

If you have graduated on from beginner mountaineering, Grossglockner has something for you too. Outside of the normal route, there is a tougher one starting in Stuedlhuette, which combines some Class III and Class IV climbing on the southwest ridge of the mountain. On the north side of the mountain there are several other routes that offer climbing challenges rated up to Class IV+ too.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Grossglockner?

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.

How can I get to Grossglockner?

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.

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Best time to climb

July to September

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Grossglockner



Had a GREAT time with Andy, who helped me witness an awesome sunrise on top of the GrossGlockner! Again many thanks for everything!



Daniel made our two day guided ascent to the summit of Großglockner an incredible and unforgettable experience. Daniel provided us with quality gear and kept us well informed throughout the whole expedition in terms of the route, weather conditions and safety precautions. Daniel’s communication skills were fantastic and he spoke perfect English. We were very thankful that Daniel gave us a second attempt at the summit after having to turn back on our first attempt due to bad weather (Daniel’s judgement of the conditions was great and we had full confidence in his decision to turn back to ensure safety). The summit was absolutely amazing and we had a lot of fun and good laughs with Daniel. We hope we can book Daniel for another trip soon, Danke!!



Andreas is fantastic. 10/10



We had such a great trip! We felt incredibly safe with Mauro even during some intense, crowded moments up on the peak. All in all, we had a great experience!



Firstly, this is the second occasion that we have booked a trip through Explore-Share and both times the process has been brilliant from start to finish. They are helpful, informative and efficient and always easy to contact. Secondly, this is the first time we have used Andreas as a guide and we really couldn't have asked for more. He assisted us in the preparation and logistics of the trip and helped us to get to the starting point, thus avoiding the need for a hire car. The guiding process was fantastic, professional throughout but also friendly and relaxed making it the perfect balance; everyone in our group loved the trip. Brilliant value for money, would not hesitate to book him again. Good stuff!

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