ApproachYou start the tour at Golling hut, 1641m. For approach, see the main page!
From the hut we continue towards S and soon reach Gollingwinkel, teh beautiful meadow, where the valley ends below Hochgolling N wall. The path crosses the creek towards right and ascends in many turns steep up towards SW. Higher, grassy slopes end and over rocks and debris we reach Gollingscharte (notch), 2320m. From the other, southern side (Landawirseen), another path reaches this notch.
From the notch we continue towards left. The path goes over rocks, some iron pegs help us to overcome steep sections. Soon we find ourselves in the middle of the west face. Here the path branches.
1. The left branch leads us steep up, until we reach the NW ridge of Hochgolling. Climbing it is a beautiful experience! Endless views on all sides, and also an interesting, easy climbing sections. Only a few hardest sections of the ridge are avoided by detours on the right, south side, so the difficulties nowhere exceed the degree of UIAA II (mostly I). Over the fore-summit to the place where both routes join again and to the summit.
2. Normal route (Historisches Weg) continues by the W face, but also gains altitude fastly. Also this route demands mountaineering experience and easy climbing, but not harder than degree UIAA I. On some places it is also protected by steel pegs. In early summer on this route old snow rests can be dangerous.
For an experienced mountaineer, the best combination is ascending by the NW ridge and descending by the normal route.