Hochiss – 2290m

The highest in the Rofan

The northernmost foothills of the Brandenberg Alps is the Pendling near Kufstein. In its southern part, this part of the Brandenberg Alps is better known among mountaineers under the name "Rofan Mountains", outdated as "Sonnwend- or Achensee Mountains". Climbing the highest peak of the Rofan, the Hochiss, is quite easy and, in combination with the circumnavigation of the Dalfazer ridge, is an extremely rewarding mountain hike.

Short Info:

Region: Rofan
Tour type: Mountain Hike
Reached summit: Hochiss 2299 m
Duration from Maurach: ascent approx. 3.5 hours; Descent about 4 hours; (From Berggasthof Rofan you can save 1.5 hours each on the way up and down.) Attention: Do not miss the last valley run of the cablecar!
Difficulty: easy, sure-footed and free from fear of heights required. If you do not use the track, a certain degree of fitness is required. A few rope insured passages.
Difference in altitude: to Hochiss: from Maurach approx. 1330 m, from Berggasthof Rofan approx. 450 m. Descent on the Dalfazalm are still about 150 meters up to go.
Best season: mid- June to October

Tour description:

Maurach – Berggasthof Rofan:
From Maurach comfortably to the Buchauer Alm, from it 500 hm in serpentines to the Mauritzer Rasthütte, then right in Serpenenen to the Mauritz-Niederleger (ruined walls) and on to the Berggastof Rofan. Duration approx. 1.5 - 2 hours. The use of the Rofan cable car saves this ascent.

Berggasthof Rofan – Hochiss:
From the refuge northwards on the well signposted path. It leads (seen from below) right past the southeastern grassy slopes of the imposing Gschöllkopf. Passed over a saddle you into a green cauldron under the Hochiss. In a small bend to a turn - beware of chippingof stones! Here on the left to the so-called Gamshals. On the ridge between Spieljoch (on the right) and Hochiss (on the left), the path runs to the left under the south crashes of the Hochiss along until just before the brushhead. Here partially insured by ropes. In a right turn a bit steeper, through Schrofen and rock you reach the flat, grassy western slope, from which you can reach the summit cross in a few minutes.

… like ascent

Descent variant around the Dalfazer ridge:
On the western slope back to the turnoff, where you are left from the Schrofen. Continue straight ahead towards Dalfaz Alm and Streichkopfgatterl. The Rote Klamml is a small Place where it goes a bit steeper and therefore a fuse is attached. From there on to Streichkopfgatterl. Here on the left down, partly over flat, partly over narrow mountain slopes. On a walk in the beautiful high valley between some imposing rock formations. Later you will see the Achensee and shortly afterwards you will reach the Dalfazalm. From the Dalfazalm in just under an hour on a gentle mountain trail over to the mountain inn Rofan (about 150 m ascent). Or from the Dalfaz-Alm down to Maurach (about 1.5 - 2 hours).