Obersulzbachtal

Neukirchen am Großvenediger

Summits and crossings

Summits:

  • Großvenediger (3.674 m)
  • Großer Geiger (3.360 m)
  • Schlieferspitze (3.290 m)
  • Gamsspitzl (2.888 m)
  • Maurer Keesköpfe (3.311 m)
  • Keeskogel (3.291 m)

Crossings:

  • via Krimmler Törl (2.776 m) to Warnsdorfer Hut
  • via Maurer Törl (3.104 m) to Essener und Rostocker Hut (2.207 m)
  • via Obersulzbachtörl (2.918 m) to Johannis Hut (2.121 m)
  • via Venedigerscharte (3.407 m) to Defregger Haus (2.963 m) and to Neuen Prager Hut (2.782 m)
  • via Bettlerscharte (2.050 m) into  Utersulzbach Valley

Glacier Land

 

Narrow valleys with steep slopes lead into the magnificent glacial area of the Grossvenediger. Nine glaciers are located in the catchment area of Obersulzbach. The largest of these is the Obersulzbach-Kees, which once formed the valley. Its glacier terminus extend up to the Obersulzbach Hut as late as 1850, today the glacier snout is located far into the valley. In 2007 alone, the glacier terminus shrank by 47.5 m compared to the year before. In front of the glacier, near the "Turkish Camp", a lake has formed and the edge of the ice is quickly dissolving. In the sparsely vegetated glacier forefield, a nature trail illustrates the history of the glacier.

 

Water Realm

 

The water in Obersulzbach comes from the glacial area. Most of the water flows in the summer months (70 % of annual runoff in June, July and August). The power of the mighty alpine stream can be seen from the river erosion. Also fascinating and declared natural monuments are the waterfalls: the Gamseck-Fall at Berndlalm (over 80 m high) and the nearby Seebachfall, a 300 metre high curtain waterfall. A destination worth a visit is Seebach Lake at 2,083 m above sea level, which can be reached from Hopffeldboden via a steep but not difficult trail. You will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Grossvenediger massif for your effort. These locations with plenty of snow and protected from the wind are home to an abundance of alpine roses. West of Seebach lake is largely silted up Small Seebach Lake.

 

Ibex Territory

 

The alpine fauna can be excellently observed in Obersulzbachtal Valley. The ibex, having become extinct, were reintroduced to Obersulzbachtal Valley in 1978. The animals reach a weight of up to 100 kg, the horns can get up to 1 metre long and weigh 15 kg. The nannies' horns only get up to 30 cm long. A small colony of ibex can be seen on the way from the Kürsinger Hut to Keeskogel mountain. It is also very likely you will see snow grouse here. In summer they are speckled brown, in winter snow-white and thus optimally camouflaged. They remain in the region even during harsh winters. Special down and feathers on the feet keep them warm in freezing temperatures.

 

The highest peak of Salzburg

Outlet lake by the entrance to the national park

 

Blausee Lake is located before the national park but in the nature preserve – around 15 min. walk from the Siggen Inn. It was formed thanks to the dynamics of Obersulzbach stream around 100 years ago and was revitalises in 2006/07. An amphibious biotope beckons to go and explore and the glacier stream has secured areas to play in (caution, not above the torrent control!). Toilets and rest areas are perfect for a family outing. Dragonflies, grass frogs, greenbacks and common toads frolic in the water. In the lake, river trout and Eurasian minnows can be observed.

Walking time: approx. 15 min.

 

Valley hike to the Postalm apine pasture region

 

The trail leads along the forest road past Blausee lake, first through Grauerlenwald forest, then montane spruce forest until you come across alpine meadows full of flowers near the Kampriesenalm hut. Here the trail branches off to the west to Seebach lake. Continue through spruce forest to Berndlalm inn. Highlights of the hike include Seebach falls (curtain falls, natural monument) and the Gamseck falls (short by-path with beautiful views, two viewing platforms at Berndlalm inn further on. From here the walk continues past alpine meadows for about 1 hour (gentian, leopard's bane, crocus in spring) to the Postalm. Several big rockfalls, kettle basins by the Postalm and beautiful glacial polishes, witnesses to former glacial activity, can be admired on the way.

Walking time: approx. 3 ½ hours from Siggen inn, approx. 2 ½ hours from Hopffeldboden parking lot.

 

To the edge of the ice – Glacial trail Obersulzbachtal

 

At the head of the valley the landscape shaped by glaciers comes alive. The interesting nature trail in the foreland to the Obersulzbachkees glacier shows where the glacier has receded since 1850. Prominent moraines, glacial polishes and the colonization of the screes by pioneer plants can be seen. The accompanying booklet "Glacial Trail Obersulzbachtal" describes the special features of the twenty stops. The trail opens up wonderful views of the west flank of the Grossvenediger and through the valley to the west Kitzbühl alps in the north.

Walking time: Postalm to Obersulzbach Hut approx. 15 min., Nature trail (3.5 km) in approx. 3-4 hours

 

On the highest peaks – Grossvenediger

 

The first day takes us up to the Kürsinger Hut Early in the morning on the second day, the trail leads over loose boulders and later magnificent glaciers, past the impressive northface to the Venedigerscharte. After around 4 hours we reach the summit of the Grossvenediger at 3,674 m above sea level.

Walking time: approx. 4 ½ hours Hopffeldboden to Kürsingerhütte, approx. 4-5 hrs. to the summit. In the summer months, daily guide summit tours with mountain guides are available.

 

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