The name of the mountain makes you think that the Granatspitze
(3,086m/10,125ft) is the highest peak of the Granitspitze Group, but that is the Grosser Muntanitz
(3,232m/10,604ft), to the south. Even it's northern neighbour, the Stubacher Sonnblick
(3,088m/10,131ft) is a little higher.
The mountain is located in the center of the Granatspitze Group. It is surrounded by three glaiciers. The Granatspitz glacier (southeast), Prägrat glacier (west) and the Sonnblick glacier (north). Despite all these glaciers the Granatspitze has a rocky summit. The rocky summit rises beautifull out of the glaciers surrounding it.
The summit has three short ridges. The easiast of them, and the normal route, is the East ridge. It has some short climbing passages (UIAA II). The summit is quite popular in both winter and summer.
The first ascent of Granatspitze: G. Demelius, A. v. Schmid, J. Gräfler and K. Gorgasser in 1871.
The Stubacher Sonnblick and the Granatspitze
Getting ThereIn general:
Unfortunatly we still don't have a Granatspitze Group on SP. Therefore you'll have to check upon the Glockner Group page
To the Rudolfshütte:
From the village of Uttendorf you'll have to follow the road all the way through the Stubachvalley untill you arive at Enzingerboden, 1480m. There you have two options: take the Weissee cable car
all the way to the Rudolfshütte. Or take one of the marked paths to the Rudolfshütte.
To the Karl-Fürst-Hütte:
From the South all approaches start on the Felbertauern road. One option is to start hiking at the South portal of the Felbertauern tunnel, hike up to Gruensee hut and by one of the two marked paths further towards the East to Karl-Fuerst-Huette. The second option is to start much lower on the road and hike through the long Landeggtal (also: Landecktal) (valley). In any case you need some four hours or more to reach the Karl-Fuerst-Huette.
Routes overview (created by Vid Pogachnik)
Normal route from the Rudolfshütte to the Granatscharte (2970m):
The summer ascent goes along the southern shore of the lake to the almost vertical rock step below Rotkogel. This passage is well secured. Above the route reaches Sonnblickkees and cross it to Granatscharte. 3 hours.
In times of tour skiing the ascent from Rudolfshuette goes down to the Northern shore of the lake and then in the western direction up to ombrometer (cca 2500m) and then by the northern side of Sonnblickkees towards Sonnblickscharte, 2806m. But below the notch you turn southwards and go along the NE ridge of Sonnblick towards the Granatscharte. 3 hours.
Normal route from the Karl-Fürst-Hütte to the Granatscharte (2970m):
From the hut you ascend towards the NE to the main Hohe Tauern ridge and follow it till the last notch below Stubacher Sonnblick. There you turn right and step on the glacier. The first slope is the steepest (some 30 degrees), it is even more unpleasant because the glacier is oriented towards the West, so the snow or ice is usually very hard in the morning. After some 80m the glacier flattens and you easilly cross it to Granatscharte. 2:30 hours.
This is the normal route on the Granatspitze. The ridge is pretty short and not very difficult (UIAA II). It is quite popular in both winter and summer.
Alpine climbing grade: WS-, II, 1 hour from the Granatscharte.
* North ridge: WS+, III, 2 hours from the Granatscharte. Fine short rock climb in good rock.
* The Stubacher Sonnblick
are a well known pair, often also ascended in one tour. Both ascents begin on the high glacier saddle between them (Granatscharte, 2970m). See also the excellent Stubacher Sonnblick
page on SP.
The Granatspitze with the East ridge (left) and the North ridge.
Maps and GuidebooksMap:
* AV-Karte Nr. 39, "Granatspitzgruppe", 1:25.000.
* Willi End: "Glockner- und Granatspitzgruppe", Alpenvereins guidebook Rother, 2003. ISBN 978-3-7633-1266-5
* Clemens M. Hutter: "Skitouren in und um Salzburg", Verlag Pustet, Salzburg 2004. ISBN-13: 978-3702503178
* Thomas Schranz: "Hohe Tauern – Die schönsten Skitouren", Verlag Tyrolia, Innsbruck 2005. ISBN-13: 978-3702226985
* Digital map:
* The Rudolfshütte:
* The Karl-Fürst-Hütte:
* Time Tabel cable car Weissee:
* Weather in Austria:
* Avalance bulletin:
* Time Tabel bus:
* Public Transport (train):