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
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: