The Hohe Riffl is a very nice firnmountain that is situated between the
Oberer Ödenwinkelscharte (3228m) und the Riffltor (3111m).
From the summit you have a great view at the Glocknergroup and the Grossglockner. You can also see the summits of the Grossvenediger and the Gr. Wiesbachhorn and the very nice lakes of Kaprun (Weisssee, Tauernmoossee, Stausee Mooserboden und Wasserfallboden).
It was First climbed by K.Hofmann, J.studl , Th. Groder and J. Schnell at
You can also traverse to the Totenkopf (3151m) along a narrow snow ridge. this was first done by R. Gerin and O. Pitschmann at 17/07/1911.
The best village where you can stay is Heiligenblut.
Website of Heiligenblut
From there you have to go to the Franz-Jozefshöhe along the Grossglockner hochalpenstrasse. To ride along this road you have to pay toll. For 30 days for a car 35 Euro.
At the Franz-Jozefshöhe you can park your car for free at the many parking accomodations.
From there you take the "Gamsgrubenweg" and you have to go cross the wasserfallwinkel glacier to the Oberwalderhütte 2972m.
At the Oberwalderhütte you have to cross the oberste Pasterzeboden and the Rifflwinkel Glacier till you get to the Oberer Ödenwinkelscharte (3228m). From the scharte climb up the snowridge to the summit.
South - route: go to the Oberer Ödenwinkelscharte (3228m).
From the scharte climb up the snowridge to the summit.
30 min climb from scharte, 113 Hm, this is the normal route.
North - route: The north wall is 350 m high, it is a "Firn" wall with a steepness of 45° - 60°.
a.) from Oberwalderhütte (2972m) you go to the Obere ödenwinkelscharte(3228m). There you take the normal route to the summit of the Hohe Riffl (3338m). Than you can descend over the north-west ridge until you get to the Rifflsatell (3170m).
This point lays in frot of the Totenkopt (3151m). Then you have to descent to the Obere Rifflglacier (Totenlöcher). From this point you can take the north route to the summit.
b.) Vom Kapruner Törl (2639m) you have to go direction south to the Oberen Rifflglacier. It is important that you get on this glacier and not on the Untere Rifflglacier becaus on this glacier there are a lot of cracks !!! From the Obere Rifflglacier (Totenlöcher) you can take the north route to the summit.
You can also start from Rudolshütte 2311 m (Kaprun) from here to Kapruner Törl (2639m) = 2 hours.
Or you can start from Bergrestaurant Mooserboden ( Gasthaus Heidnische kirche) to Kapruner Törl (2639m) = 3 hours.
At Heiligenblut ther are to campinggrounds: The nationalpark camping Grossglockner and the MöllFlusscamping.
When To Climb
The best period to climb the mountain is from may - september.
You need no permit .