Easy Alpine Tour: “Schneeberg via Nandlgrat (I) and descending via Fadensteig (A/I-)”

Climb up to Schneeberg from Losenheim via the Nandlgrat. This steep trail requires basic climbing skills (I) and sometimes passes scree slopes but offers a promising and sportive exercise. After a good meal at the Fischerhütte, the descent is done via the Fadensteig (A, I-).

Climb up Schneeberg via the “Nandlgrat” (I) and descend via the “Fadensteig” (A/I-)

This tour starts at the parking of the chair lift in Losenheim (GPS: 47.791747, 15.831263). The ascent is done by following the trail next to the chair lift up to the Edelweißhütte (Note: The tour can be shortened by taking the chair lift up and down). The tour then follows the Nördlicher Grafensteig trail which crosses with the Nandlgrat (sometimes also called Nandlsteig). The steep Nandlgrat (some easy climbing, I) leads up towards the Fischerhütte but crosses first the Fadensteig.
After a well-deserved break at the Fischerhütte, the descent is done via the Fadensteig which ends again at the Edelweißhütte. The final descent can then either be done by the chair lift or by following the trail downwards into the valley.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot at the valley station of the chair lift in Losenstein.
00:03 After the pond, turn left and follow the trail up to the Edelweißhütte (along the chair lift).
00:40 At the Edelweißhütte turn left and follow the Nördlicher Grafenstein trail (route marked white-red-white).
01:18 At the crossing, turn right into the Nandlgrat (follow the signpost “Fischerhütte / Nandlgrat”, trail is marked white-blue-white).
01:20 Short break at the Rieshütte (the hut is neither serving food nor drinks). A perfect time for enjoying a self-brought snack and beer ().
01:30 Continue the tour following the Nandlgrat (white-blue-white markings).
01:58 At the crossing, turn left and follow the Nandlgrat which now becomes more and more steeper.
02:45 The last ascent of the Nandlgrat, protected with a fixed rope.
02:55 At the crossing with Fadensteig, first turn left and follow the Fadensteig towards the Fischerhütte.
03:15 Well-deserved break at the Fischerhütte ().
04:00 Take the Fadenstein trail back but stay at the trail.
04:55 Optional: Break at the Edelweißhütte ().
04:55* Follow the gravel road towards the Almreserlhaus.
04:58 Turn right and follow the trail along the ski slope downwards till the valley station.
05:20 Return at the parking.

*: timing not considering a break at the Edelweißhütte.
At a glance

Level difficult
–  UIAA Level (Climbing)  I 
–  Via Ferrata Category  A 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 10,8km
Ascent: 1193m (2h 40min)
Descent: 1192m (1h 32min)
Highest Pt: 2074m
Lowest Pt: 855m
Duration: 4h 20min (without breaks)
5h 20min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Edelweißhütte (1235m)
Fischerhütte (2049m)
Almreserlhaus (1222m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Hiking shoes with good grip on gravel
Snacks and enough water
Sun & Weather protection
Topo/Map: Nandlgrat (I)


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O   Tour at outdooractive.com


Tour Diary

Tour Date: 2018-08-28 12:00
  Weather: Sunny (some clouds)
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto

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