How far is “too far”? The Saalbach Hiking Challenge doesn’t pose this question, it sets what is likely the biggest challenge in the entire Home of Lässig instead: 64 km and 3,800 altitude metres of ascent wait for experienced long-distance hikers. The combination of three long-distance hiking trails in Saalbach Hinterglemm even proves tricky for enduring mountain pros. Track your progress via control card or app and get a decent price from the tourism office. You’d like to know which tours you need to cover? We’ll gladly tell you.
Experience the nature of the Home of Lässig on the eponymous walk with a whopping five summits and approx. 22 km with around 1,700 altitude metres of ascent. Set out for the Lindlingalm in the valley and of Hinterglemm, then continue to the Schusterscharte and Teufelssprung, where you take a break after having walked for about four hours, which is close to halftime. Let the view of various mountain lakes amaze you on your walk to the Gamshag before continuing to the Tristkogel via Toralm. Another descent to the Saaljoch prepares you for the final two summits, Saalkogel and Staffkogel. Good conditioning, surefootedness and a head for heights are required!
Not quite as “high”, but at least as exciting: As the name suggests, this just under 24-km trail leads you to the seven tallest summits of Glemm Valley. The early cable car – don’t forget to get your ticket the day before! – by the Schattberg X-press transports you to dizzying heights. While the Stemmerkogel and Hochkogel will give you comparatively little hassle, you need to really show off your technical skills and endurance on the ascent to the Hochsaalbachkogel. The Bärensteigkogel, Manlitzkogel and Mittagskogel are the next summit stops before hiking onto the tallest one of this tour. The Geissstein (2,363 m) amazes with grand views. The descent via the Birgel to the valley end can be quite something as well.
The final long-distance hiking trail in Saalbach Hinterglemm is anything but easy. While the ascent of 650 altitude metres across 18 km is comparatively mild, this tour from the Schattberg to the Schmittenhöhe isn’t really a “walk” either. Start at the Schattberg east summit mountain station to the Marxtenscharte, Seetörl and Klinglertörl. The route leads you from Hinterglemm to the Zell am See passing the Klammscharte and Rohrertörl. Arriving on the Schmittenhöhe, you take the Schmittenhöhebahn (ride fee included in the JOKER CARD) down into the valley and take the bus line 680 back to Saalbach. Sounds easy, but lots of time and food are necessary. There quite a few sharp ascents hidden away on the Pinzgau Walk.