Ankogel normal SW ascent

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 47.05050°N / 13.24950°E
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Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering, Scrambling
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Middle hard walk-up and scramble
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Ankogel with Lassacherkees....
Ankogel with Lassacherkees....

See the main section how to reach the upper station of Mallnitz cable-car, 2631 m! Or, if you are on a longer trek Over Hohe Tauern, you can start the tour also in Hannoverhaus, 2719 m. The hut is standing on the main ridge, just above the cable-car upper station.

Route Description

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From the upper station of cable-car follow the marked path towards the east, which descends a little till it reaches the Goslarer Weg (path), No. 502, coming up from the nearby Hannover Haus. Proceed towards the east to distinctive rocks of Grauleitenwand, after which our ascent leaves the Goslarer Weg (it proceeds horizontally) and goes up till the snow rests (small glacier) of Lassacher Kees. This ice field has no dangerous crevasses. After crossing the ice field we reach the Radeckscharte, 2874 m. Not very much of height have been gained so far in 1 h 30 min! Northern horizons open, while towards the south and west we were enjoying panorama all the time so far.

Ascending on Kleiner Ankogel
Ascending on Kleiner Ankogel

From Radeckscharte the marked ascent goes over the broad rocky shoulder of Kleiner Ankogel (Lower Ankogel) to its summit, 3097 m. Climbing is not difficult, nor exposed. A narrow ridge further on, and we reach the base of the main summit rocks. On the left we see a couloir where in spring people ski down on Radeck Alm.

Approaching the base of...
Approaching the base of Grosser Ankogel

From the base of summit rocks marks lead us just below the west ridge, always keeping on the southern side. It goes steeply, but in good conditions no real climbing is needed (but there are also no protection devices). In some 30 minutes we reach the main summit, 3246 m.

From Radeckscharte to the foresummit and over it to the main summit the path is rocky, but in summer it offers no difficulties. In good conditions it is also used in spring, when tour skiers ascend the Kleiner Ankogel from which you can ski down towards the north in Anlauftal or the main summit from which they ski down towards the east to Osnabruecker Huette. From the cable-car station 2 h 30 min. Altogether from the Hannoverhaus we need some 3 hours. On the Swiss scale for Hiking Tours, the difficulty of route would be graded T4.

Essential Gear

For summer tour you need only normal hiking equipment, poles can be useful. In winter the ridge can be icy, so you need a complete winter equipment. In spring on a ski tour take crampons and ice axe, for the final scent consider to rope the unexperienced.



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