The Grossglockner (3798 m), the highest peak in Austria, is just two hours drive from Cortina on the border between Carinthia and the Tyrol. Grossglockner
The view is magnificent and, climbing the normal route, it is the last section which is the most thrilling, the brief but exposed linking ridge between the Gross- and Kleinglockners and the section near the Palavicini gully which drops vertically from the north face of the massif.
Climbing this imposing mountain takes us to a very different environment from that of the Dolomites. Here we’ll be climbing on glaciers and granite on the normal route or the more challenging Via Stüdlgrat (SW-Grat).
The climb is not a difficult one but as the mountain is an “almost 4000 meters” one, good physical fitness is required. We will leave in the morning from Cortina for Kals (approx. 2 hrs). From the car park (1930m) we climb to Stüdl-Hütte refuge (2801m) or Erzherzog Johann-Hütte (3454m) depending on the route chosen for the climb. After sleeping overnight in the mountain hut we leave at dawn and climb to the summit. We then descend and return to Cortina.