The Hochiss is the highest peak of a small group called Rofan.
The group which lies between Achsensee (lake) and Inn bears officially the name "Brandenberger alps". The western part of it, next to the Achensee, is the most important part with the highest peaks. Among climbers is mostly just called the "Rofan". The eastern part of the Brandenberger Alps features calm wooded hills (around 1500 m).
The Rofan consists basically of gentle grass slopes to the south where the alpine cows can go up to the top of the peaks and steep north faces towards Steinberg.
This really small group is pefect for all kind of mountain acitivities: hiking, climbing, paragliding,ski touring and snow shoeing
Main Summits of the Rofan
List of all summit higher than 2000 m
(taken from Bergbuch.de with additions
altitude, name, difficulty (UIAA), starting point
2299m Hochiß, 0 Maurach, 975m
2261m Seekarlspitze 0 Maurach, 975m
2259m Rofanspitze 0 Maurach, 975m
2257m Roßkopf, nördlicher II Maurach
2236m Spieljoch 0 Maurach, 975m
2233m Dalfazer Wände (-Joch) 0 Buchau, 950m
2228m Sagzahn 0 Kanzelkehre, 896m / Maurach, 975m
2227m Sonnwendjoch, vorderes 0 Kanzelkehre, 896m
2195m Guffert 0 Steinberg, 1000m
2192m Haidachstellwand 0 Maurach, 975m
2169m Grubalackenspitze 0 Maurach, 975m
2157 m Stuhljöchl 0 Achenseehof 936m
2122m Kotalmjoch 0 Achenseehof 936m
2078m Unnütz, vorderer 0 Steinberg, 1030m
2041m Klobenjochspitze 0 Buchau, 950m
2029m Gschöllkopf 0 Maurach, 975m
2007m Hinterunnütz 0 Achenkirch, 920m
2004m Marchspitze 0 Steinberg-Grundache, 900m
Basically all Rofan summit can be reached on well marked and easy pathes. Close to the summit, you may encounter short stretches of easy scrambling, sometimes secured by cables.
Access may be shortened by using one of the two funiculars:
1. Rofanseilbahn from Maurach to Erfurter Hut
2. Kramsacher Sonnwendbahn
It is quite common to do a few summits a day. You have only to descend 100-200 m and reascend to reach the next summit.
Nice climbs, well equipped with bolts are found on the south side, esp. on Rotspitze and Roßkopf, and on the east face of Rofanspitze (above Zireiner Lake). More info and topos here
Very alpine rock climbing on the north faces of Hochiss, Seekarlspitze, Rofanspitze.
Sik touring, snowshoeing:
There are two small ski resorts in the area (see above).
It is also possible and quite common to tackle the summits in Winter. From the Rofanspitze, there is a off piste run 1700 m down to the Inn valley (Wiesing). Also snowshoers can reach most summits: esp. Rofanspitze, Kotalmjoch, Unnütz
access from north and west: Holzkirchen, Tegernsee, Achenpaß, Achensee
access from south and east: Kufstein, Kramsach
by public transportation
train to Tegernsee, bus to Achensee (www.rvo-bus.de)
lengthy trip via Inn valley.
Camping generelly not permitted, there are several huts, 3 by the German alpin club:
1. Bayreuther Hütte DAV Bayreuth Tel. +43-664/3425103
2. Erfurter Hütte DAV Ettlingen Tel. +43-5243/5517
3. Gufferthütte DAV Kaufering Tel. +43-676/6292404
More information on this huts:
Web site Austrian alpine club
Books and Maps
Map Nr. 6 of the Alpine Club (1:25.000)
Several guide books for hiking, climbing by
Route decription with pictures (in German)
Alpine rock climbs in Rofan (in German)
- German Alpin Club Munich chapter
Rock climbs in the eastern part (newly equipped with bolts) with Topos (in German)