© Foto Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH/Robert Maybach: Schneeschuwandern im Mühlviertel in der Nähe von Bad Zell.

Mountains & Lakes Trail "The pleasure wide hiking trail from lake to lake" - Part I

Gmunden, Oberösterreich, Österreich

June 15th - October 8th, 2023

Tour I – Hut tour at lakes Attersee and Traunsee across the Höllengebirge
Tour I - 4 lakes / 2 summits
+ Delicious Discoveries: fluffy “Kaiserschmarren”

The defining feature of the Salzkammergut has always been the visual drama between the countless small and large lakes nestling in the abruptly rising mountains of the Northern Alps. The newly established long distance trail links these hotspots in a never seen before, comprehensive way. On 19 stages or 337 km, plus several regional circuits, a new walking experience takes form. Discover lush Alpine meadows, fairy-tale forests and invigorating waters in a cultural landscape of outstanding authenticity.
This tour follows the first stages of the S-Trail from Lake Traunsee to Lake Attersee and leads into the magnificent “Höllengebirge” mountain range. With overnight stay at two mountain lodges!

  • 6 nights
  • 6 x Overnight stay with breakfast (4 x ***inns/hotel, 2 x in hut – double rooms or communal bunks, hut sleeping bags mandatory)
  • 1 x welcome video with explanations and information that you need for the tour
  • 1 x tasty “Kaiserschmarrn”
  • 1 x Feuerkogel one way cable car ticket
  • 1 x ferry from Ebensee to Gmunden
  • 1 x Hiking map of the Salzkammergut area + detailed routing (1x per room)
  • 1 x S-Trail hiking booklet (1x per room)
  • 1 x Salzkammergut Adventure Card – Reductions on 120 attractions in the region
  • 3 x Luggage transfer - max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage
  • A tree for your booking – we plant a tree for your booking
  • Daily service hotline from 08.00am - 06.00pm (including weekends)
  • Breakfast


1st day:  Individual arrival in Gmunden.
You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation

Overnight stay in Gmunden
2nd day: Gmunden – Altmünster – Langbathtal
~ 18 km, 7 hrs, difference in altitude á 905 m / â679 m
The tour starts at Gmunden’s lakeside promenade – past the picturesque Schloss Orth the     trail leads into Altmünster. Slowly the trail winds its way into the Grasberg hills with great         views of Lake Traunsee. Finally the last stage passes through shady forests of the Langbath valley.

Transfer from Gasthof Kreh to and overnight stay at Ebensee
3rd day: Langbathseen – Weissenbach am Attersee
~ 23 km, 8-9 hrs, difference in altitudeá925 m / â1088 m
Day of the lakes: This beautiful stage passes the idyllic Langbathsee lakes and the nature      reserve surrounding Lake Taferlklaussee. Finally you reach one of Austria’s largest bodies of water and former summer retreat for famous artists like Klimt and Mahler – Lake Attersee.

Overnight stay in Weissenbach
4th day:Weissenbach am Attersee – Hochleckenhaus
~ 9 km, 6 hrs, difference in altitude á 1434 m / â 364 m
The traverse of the Höllengebirge Mountains is a classic among local trekking enthusiasts. After ascending the outlying summits to Hochleckenhaus and taking in the marvellous view, half of the traverse is done.

Overnight stay at Hochleckenhaus mountain lodge.
Luggage transfer from the Weissenbach to Ebensee where you spend the last night (Overnight backpack and sleeping bag for the nights at Hochleckhaus and Riederhuette have to be carried by yourself)
5th day: Höllengebirge: Hochleckenhaus – Riederhütte
~ 9 km, 4-5 hrs, difference in altitudeá930 m / â727 m
Keep your eyes peeled as you traverse the mountain plateau. The Höllengebirge Mountains are known as retreat area for many Alpine animals, especially birds.
A fluffy Kaiserschmarren is your delicious discovery today (depends on availability – otherwise you will get your well-deserved Kaiserschmarren in a traditional café/restaurant in the valley)

High alpine, steep rocky, impassable terrain. No rest stop possibilities during the tour.
Take at least 2.5 liters of water per person and enough food with you. Lunch package can be packed at breakfast in the Hochleckenhaus for an additional charge.

Overnight stay at Riederhütte
6th day: Höllengebirge: Riederhütte - Ebensee
~ 6 km, 4-5 hrs, difference in altitude á 158 / â 1400 m
The final part of the traverse offers tempting walking options to the summits of Großer          Höllkogel (highest peak in the mountain range) and Alberfelkogel. Once you reach the       eastern end of the mountains you take the cable car to the valley and walk a short stretch to     the village of Ebensee

Overnight stay in Ebensee
7th day: Ferry back to Gmunden. Individual departure or additional nights

possible date of arrival

Arrival day: daily

from price
  • € 589,00 per person
  • bookable from 1 person
Travel period (15.06.2023 - 08.10.2023)
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non-binding inquiry

Rates per person and arrangement in €:

15.06. – 01.07.23
01.09. – 08.10.23
***hotels/inns in double room (communal bunks in the huts)   671,--
Supplement half board   187,--
Supplement single room   124,--
01.07. – 01.09.23
***hotels/inns in double room (communal bunks in the huts)   692,--
Supplement half board   187,--
Supplement single room   124,--
Additional night   on request 
Arrival day   daily
Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 3,-- per person/per night)
Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:

  • *Hut sleeping bag: blankets are available in the huts; necessary but mandatory is only a lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag liner
  • The Covid-19 protective measures valid at the time must be observed.
  • On most huts, card payment is not possible. Take enough cash with you for food and drinks.
  • Due to their location, not all huts can offer running water, hot water or showers. In some cases there is also no flushing system in the toilets.

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.
Prices are subject to change. We recommend travel cancellation insurance.
Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.

  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples

We recommend a cancellation insurance.

The terms and conditions of Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH in the currently valid version apply.

conditions of travel


Mountains & Lakes Trail "The pleasure wide hiking trail from lake to lake" - Part I
Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH
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4820 Bad Ischl

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