Alpine Tour: “Hohe Veitsch via Wildkamm (I)”

Promising alpine tour up to Hohe Veitsch starting from the Niederalpl saddle. The tour ascends via the exposed but amazing Wildkamm (UIAA I) which requires a sure foot and having no fear from heights. After mastering the Wildkamm, the tour continues to the highest peak, the Hohe Veitsch and then descends towards the Graf Meran Haus. After a well-deserved break, the tour leads back to the Gingatzwiese and then uses the easy but scenic hiking trail back to the Niederalpl saddle.

Promising alpine tour to Hohe Veitsch via Wildkamm (I) starting from the Niederalpl saddle

The tour starts at the parking of the saddle of Niederalpl (GPS: 47.680846, 15.376559) and first follows the trail southwards (opposite the street) towards Sohlenalm / Hohe Veitsch (see yellow signpost). At the Sohlenalm, then tour then follows the now unmarked path (orientation skills necessary!) through the meadow up towards the visible Wildkamm. The tour first bypasses the Kleiner Wildkamm and then follows the ridge directly up to the Großer Wildkamm. After reaching the Großer Wildkamm, the tour becomes alpine and descends using the fairly exposed ridge down into the Gingatzwiese. After some climbing (mostly I) in descent, the tour then makes its way through the bushes till finally reaching trail 405 up to the summit of Hohe Veitsch. After enjoying the impressive view from the summit, the tour continues descending southwards towards the Graf Meran Haus, offering a perfect place for lunch and refreshments. The tour then takes the easy trail around the summit northeastwards back to the Gingatzwiese. This time, the tour follows the trail 405 towards Niederalpl which leads automatically back to the parking.

The ridge between Großer Wildkamm and Gingatzwiese is fairly exposed, thus this tour is an alpine tour and requires a sure foot and climbing skills (UIAA I) in descent. This tour is not a hiking tour and therefore not suitable for inexperienced hikers! Doing the tour in the opposite direction (descend via the Großer Wildkamm) is easing up a lot but still requires climbing skills to master exposed UIAA I parts.


Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Niederalpl saddle (GPS: 47.680846, 15.376559) and follow the trail opposite and at the end of the parking towards Sohlenalm (see yellow signposts).
00:35 At the crossing at Sohlenalm, keep straight and bypass the hut. Keep left after the hut and leave the marked trail. Find your way through the meadow (orientate on the visible ascent to Wildkamm) till finding again the trail (visible but not marked!). Follow the trail upwards.
01:25 Enjoy the view from Kleiner Wildkamm and continue following the trail up to Großer Wildkamm.
01:50 Enjoy the view from Großer Wildkamm and take a small break to prepare for the crux of the tour.
01:55 Follow the exposed trail along the ridge and descend (some climbing parts in UIAA I) down to the Gingatzwiese.
02:23 At the crossing (inside the mountain pine field), turn right and follow the now marked trail towards the next crossing.
02:25 At the crossing, turn left and follow the trail 405 up to the summit of Hohe Veitsch.
02:35 At the crossing, keep right and take the direct way up to the summit of Hohe Veitsch.
02:45 Enjoy the impressive and scenic view from Hohe Veitsch. Look back and analyse the route through the impressive Wildkamm.
02:55 Continue following the trail southwards descending towards Graf Meran Haus.
03:05 Well deserved break ( ) at Graf Meran Haus.
03:40 Take the trail 405 on the east around the hut and head back northeastwards towards Gingatzwiese bypassing the summit this time.
04:10 At the crossing Gingatzwiese, keep left and follow the trail 405 back to Niederalpl (see signpost). Enjoy the scenic and fairly easy route back to Sohlenalm.
05:15 At the Sohlenalm, take the same route back to the parking like used for the ascent.
05:40 Back at the parking Niederalpl saddle, end of the tour.

At a glance

Level easy-moderate alpine
–  UIAA Level (Climbing)  I 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  
General Tour Data

Area: Mürzsteger Alps, Hochsteiermark, Austria
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1064m (1h 35min)
Descent: 1047m (1h 15min)
Highest Pt: 1981m
Lowest Pt: 1218m
Duration: 5h 05min (without breaks)
5h 40min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Graf Meran Haus (1837m)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food/snacks and plenty of water
Sun & Weather protection
GPS recommended!
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Tour Diary

2022-07-24 12:00

Weather: Partly sunny
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Strava

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