Alpine Tour: “Rax via Zahmes Gamseck (A), Fuchsloch (II-) & Reißtalersteig (A/B)”

Long but promising alpine tour up to Rax via the Kleine Nass, the Zahmes Gamseck (A), descending through the Altenberger Steig and then climbing up again via the Fuchsloch Steig (UIAA II-) to finally descend using the Reißtalersteig (A/B).

Long but promising alpine tour up to Rax via Zahmes Gamseck (A), Altenberger Steig, Fuchslochsteig (II-) and Reißtalersteig (A/B)

The tour starts at the parking Nasskamm (GPS: 47.706643, 15.658779) and first follows the forest road upwards towards Kleine Nass. The tour then follows the trail towards Gamseck. At the Gupfsattel (saddle), the tour follows the trail straight ahead towards Zahmes Gamseck and ascends via this easy via ferrata (A). After a short break at the Gamseck, the tour then descends using the Altenberger Steig but continues forward along the wall towards Fuchslochsteig. After ascending again via the Fuchslochsteig (UIAA II-), the tour then finally descends using the Reißtalersteig via ferrata (A/B) and leads back towards the parking using the Schutzsteig.

This long tour is an alpine tour and requires a sure foot, basic climbing skills (UIAA II-). For the descent via the Reißtalersteig, a via ferrata set is recommended!


Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Nasskamm (GPS: 47.706643, 15.658779) and follow the red-white-red marked forest road upwards (eastwards).
00:05 At the crossing, turn left into the small red-white-red marked trail towards Rax and follow the trail upwards.
00:25 At the crossing, turn right but then use the small trail on the left hand-side up to Kleine Nass / Nasskamm.
00:27 At the crossing of Nasskamm, turn right and follow the trail towards Zimmermannhütte / Gamseck (see signposts).
00:45 After the u-turn, turn sharp right into the small trail (watch out for the red-white-red stake!) towards the Zimmermannhütte ( This crossing can be easily overlooked, especially in winter and will lead to a dead-end).
00:47 Pass by the Zimmermannhütte and follow the red-white-red marked trail upwards.
01:05 At the Gupfsattel, keep straight ahead (slightly left) and follow the red-white-red marked trail towards Zahmes Gamseck. Do not follow the trail on the left hand-side, it will lead you towards Wildes Gamseck (UIAA II+ climbing route).
01:25 Start of the Zahmes Gamseck via ferrata. First climb down, cross the scree field and then follow the route by climbing up again.
02:10 At the end of Zahmes Gamseck via ferrata, at the crossing turn left and follow the trail towards the summit of Gamseck (keep left and leave the trail after some meter!).
02:15 Short break at the peak of Gamseck. Enjoy the promising view from there towards Schneealpe, Grabner-Gupf and Heukuppe (best enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ().
02:35 Hike back towards the exit of Zahmes Gamseck and its crossing.
02:40 At the crossing, stay straight ahead and descend via the Altenberger Steig.
02:40 At the crossing, stay straight ahead and descend via the Altenberger Steig (see signpost “Altenberg”). Enjoy the promising and amazing views from this trail!
03:15 At the crossing in the valley, shortly before reaching the forest street, turn left and follow the small trail towards Fuchsloch (see signpost).
03:50 At the crossing, turn left into the Fuchslochsteig and follow the big red markings (cross, arrows) upwards.
Please note that the trail now is alpine, slippery through loose gravel and requires later climbing skills to master UIAA II-!
03:55 Climb up the steep wall (crux, UIAA II-) and make sure you follow the red markings. In the middle of the wall, you must turn left and follow the trail.
04:00 After mastering the crux, follow the marked trail upwards.
04:30 At the crossing (Schneegrubensattel), turn right and descend via the white-yellow-white marked Reisstalersteig trail.
04:40 Climb down the iron ladder and continue descending via the white-yellow-white marked Reißtalersteig trail.
04:50 Climb down the steep cliff (protected with steps and iron cable) which brings you to the end of the Reißtalersteig via ferrata. Continue descending via the white-yellow-white trail.
05:05 At the first crossing, keep left and continue on the Reißtalersteig but turn sharply right at the next crossing after a few meters into the white-blue-white marked trail towards Almgasthof Moassa.
05:17 At the crossing (U turn of the street), keep straight ahead and stay on the marked trail. Then follow the next forest street.
05:30 Keep straight ahead and turn into the small trail which leads towards Almgasthof Moassa.
05:40 Well deserved break ( ) at Almgasthof Moassa.
06:20 Follow the forest street northeastwards.
06:25 At the tree with the dead hiking shoes (see picture), turn right and follow the trail upwards and then follow the forest street (keep always straight ahead).
06:50 At the crossing, turn right into the small red-white-red marked Schutzsteigtrail. Follow this trail which leads back to the parking.
07:10 At the crossing, do not follow the trail towards the waterfalls, but keep left and follow the red-white-red marked Schutzsteig.
07:30 At the crossing, keep left and follow the forrest road downwards which brings you directly back to the parking.
07:55 Back at the parking, end of the tour.
General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Styria / Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 1489m (4h 15min)
Descent: 1490m (2h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1934m
Lowest Pt: 979m
Duration: 7h 00min (without breaks)
8h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Alpengasthof Moassa (1170m)
Karl-Ludwig-Haus (1804m, detour!)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food/snacks and plenty(!) of water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Topo/Map: Reißtalersteig (A/B)
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At a glance

Level easy – moderate alpine
–  UIAA Level (Climbing)  II- 
–  Via Ferrata Category  A/B 
Shape / Fitness
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Tour Diary

2021-06-19 08:30

Weather: sunny, hot
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Strava

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