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Climbing Grossglockner summit by the normal route

Daniel, an IFMGA certified guide, takes you to the top of the Grossglockner in this 2-day mountaineering trip in the Austrian Alps. The views are breathtaking!



2 Days

Jun - Sep




* Climb one of the classic peaks in Austria.

* Spend the night in the highest mountain hut in the country.

* Take part in a rewarding ascent and have fun in a via ferrata.


The Grossglockner (3789m) is the roof of Austria. And in fact, it’s one of the most famous peaks in the country. I invite you on this occasion to ascend it by the normal route in 2 days.

This 2-day Backcountry ski tour takes you through the amazing scenery of the highest mountains in Austria in the heart of the National Park Hohe Tauern—a demanding ski tour for people with ski touring and mountaineering experience.

It will be a demanding and rewarding ascent on the rock. In addition, the first day includes some fun via Ferrata. And we will sleep at the Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte, the highest mountain hut in Austria.

I can guarantee that you will never forget the panorama from the summit!

You need to be prepared and in very good condition since we will ascend up to 400 meters per hour. Besides, the difficulty of climbing is up to UIAA 2.

Interested in this 2-day ascent of Grossglockner? Then don’t hesitate to contact me! 

And you can also check out this Grossvenediger ascent by the west ridge.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Ascent to Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte

We leave from the parking lot of Lucknerhaus (1918m). After ascending to Stüdlhütte (2802m) we take a short break. Then we continue along the Ködnitzkees to an easy via ferrata. leading us to the Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte (3451m), the highest hut in Austria. The sunset at this altitude is an unforgettable experience. Duration: 5 hours D +1400m

Day 2: Summit day

Today we start early in the morning over the Glocknerleitl up to the rocks, which lead us to the Kleinglockner. The summit is already close, but before we finish the last passage in the rock, we head down again briefly to the Glocknerscharte. At the highest point of Austria, you can admire a unique panorama. During our descent, we will have a rest at the Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte before resuming the return. Duration: 7 hours D +400/-1800m



More info

All the prices just include the guiding fee no extras included (accommodation, food/drinks, Lifts, ) All the accommodations and huts are organized by the guide! If needed rental gear for a rental fee is also available!

Meeting point

At the Lucknerhaus parcking lot.


When is it the best time to climb Grossglockner?

The best time to climb Grossglockner goes from June till October.

What are the extra costs to cover on top of your guiding service?

You'll be paying my guiding service fee here to confirm your booking.

On top of this, you'll need to cover the accommodation and the food/ beverages, for both you and me.

The half board fee is around €80 per person.

When should I book the ascent?

You should book at least 3 months in advance. My agenda for the period 'June-October' is full quite fast.

When do we start and finish the climb?

We start around 5:30am and finish around 11:30am.

What happens in the event of bad weather or bad conditions?

If we decide 72 hours prior to the climb that we have to cancel for bad weather and there is no Plan B offered by me, you'll get a full refund! Everything closer than 72 hours prior to the climb and/or cancellation for personal reasons, there will be no refund.

How experienced do I need to be to climb Grossglockner?

You need to have general mountain skills. The ability to move in exposed alpine terrain is mandatory.

How fit do I need to be to climb Grossglockner?

You need to be fit and be able to cope with doing an effort for 7 hours long.

What equipment do I need to take with me?

Besides, appropriate mountain clothing for a 3700 m high peak. You'll need:

  • mountaineering boots semi or full crampon ready or at least stiff proper hiking boots
  • a 25-30L backpack for your belongings
  • a thin and small liner sleeping bag for the hut, silk or cotton! No real sleeping bag required.

In terms of technical equipment, you'll need:

  • a harness
  • a helmet
  • crampons
  • 2 carabiners

If you don't have these, you can rent them.

How many climbers maximum can make it with you?

I'll take maximum 2 climbers with me. If you come with a larger group, I'll find another guide to join us.

What is the 2-day program?

We usually meet at the Stüdelhut at around 12:00 and then go up together to the Erzherzog Johann hut.

The next day, we climb to the summit and go back down to Stüdelhütte.

The way up to Stüdelhütte (on day 1) and back down to the parking in the valley (on day 2) is done on your own. The hike takes 2 hours. It’s pretty straight forward, and everything is marked and well described!

I'm would to stay in the valley before the 2-day climb, where do you recommend me to sleep?

A good place to stay is the Lucknerhaus which is directly at the starting point of the tour. The rooms are nice and the food is good! You also can book a room in Kals am Großglockner or further down in Matrei.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Heiligenblut am Großglockner Heiligenblut Austria
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Glocknerhaus Heiligenblut Austria
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Pension Appartements Reiterkaserne Heiligenblut Austria
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Born in the Austrian Alps, the connection to the mountains was there from early on. Started skiing as a 3 year old kid, bit later climbing and mountaineering stepped in my live. Skiing and climbing all over the Alps and abroad became a huge part of my life.

One of my favorite places in the Alps are the mountains around Chamonix and Zermatt. Since graduating as a fully-certified Mountain guide, I’ve been able to share my passion for skiing and climbing with my guests. When I’m not guiding I try to push my personal limits in climbing and mountaineering. Looking forward reaching summits together.


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What people are saying about this trip



This weekend i went with Daniel to the Grossglockner via the normal route and the experience was perfect. Everything was arranged and felt safe the whole trip. i would reccomend Daniel to everyone who wants to climb some mountains in the alps. In the future i will again make use of his services if i decide to climb in the alps once more.



Great trip! We enjoyed every minute - Daniel was great as a guide and quickly and safely gets you past the trickier sections so as to maximise the fun and enjoyment. We felt safe and confident with him at all times and wouldn't hesitate to book another tour!



Excellent trip, Daniel was a great guide and positively challenged us. He made us feel safe. Would love to book another trip with him!



Great trip! We enjoyed every minute - Daniel was great as a guide and quickly and safely gets you past the trickier sections so as to maximise the fun and enjoyment. We felt safe and confident with him at all times and wouldn't hesitate to book another tour!



We planned a trip to the grossglockner early August this year with Daniel. On arrival in Austria the weather turned bad with nearly 24/7 rain and thunder in between so we wouldn't reach the peak. The guide proposed to go sportclimbing indoors, or go a week later, communication was fast and clear. We didn't have a week so decided to cancel the trip, for which Daniel offered a partial refund. Have a look at Daniel's website for detailed information on gear, route and requirements. Once back in our home country we couldn't get in touch anymore, but Explore-Share took over communication and solved remaining issues. Hope to finish this ascent sometime in the future with better weather conditions, and good luck to Daniel!

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