The rewards along this walk are great—stunning natural scenery, outstanding views, and clean air—but be prepared to work for every view you get. From Bonn-Matreier-Hütte Hut climb across talus and rock-laden terrain, slowing your pace as you clamber up to Säulkopf Peak. If you don’t want to summit it, head north to gain narrow Kälberscharte Crest and steep Galtenscharte Notch. The trail is a bit rough and can be hard to follow in places; but you’ll get your first occasional glimpses of majestic Großglockner. Clamber up and around large granite boulders at Galtenboden; and if you are up for the extra effort, summit Hohe Achsel Peak on a demanding trail that is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. As you near Badener Hütte Hut, you’ll be greeted by a murmuring brook. The striking rock face above the hut resembles the notorious Eiger North Face and pays scenic dividends to tenacious trekkers.
If the weather is clear, you can savour one of the finest vantages for admiring spiralling Großvenediger Peak's sprawling sparkling glacier from the top of Säulkopfgipfel. And if you can ever move your eyes away from this mesmerizing mountain, a multitude of others demand your attention as well, from close-ups of Großglockner Range all the way to the Central Alps and the jagged peaks of the Dolomites.
Galtenscharte Notch is an Alpine traverse and a demanding scramble section across rock-laden terrain, slowing your pace as you clamber up and around large granite boulders. The tread is poor and consists of loose rock in places; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak of the Tauern National Park.
A section above Bonn-Matreier Hütte (around 8-10 minutes’ walk), at the signposts the route branches off to the right. Proceed across a stony mountain trough and finally get to the rugged buttes of the Kälberscharte (2791 metres). On both side of the wind gap a staircase and steel cables make the crossing into Kleine Niltal easier, which means you can even tackle the ascent to the higher Galtenscharte relatively problem-free. There is now a steep, challenging descent down to Mailfroßnitzbach, although you have to make up for this 600 metres altitude later on. The upper section of the route is secured with steel cables, in the middle section a tough, steep snow field is there to tackle, often in the summer too. With a bit of luck and if the route is free of snow, you can proceed right along the trail. Further down the terrain becomes flatter, the descent ends at the bridge across the Mailfroßnitzbach. About 40 metres below the bridge the trail continues. High above Froßnitztal you now cross the green slopes of the Hohe Achsel from south to north and pass a section of the route which is variety-packed in terms of the scenery it offers. Short sections are secured with steel cables, and you pass numerous little streams. On the so-called shoulder there is a tarn covered in grass and sealed up by a moraine. The Venediger altitude trail links up with the valley trail here. Continue to ‘Badener Hütte’, where you cross moraines which line up closely behind one another and finally the bridge on the Froßnitzbach. There are a few ridges and troughs providing protection for the snow grouse. You eventually get to the lateral moraines of the Frosnitzkees, bear right here and continue hiking until you reach the destination for this hike, Badener Hütte (2608 metres) on the Großvenediger.