At 2,606.9 metres (8,553 ft), the Hochkalter in the Berchtesgaden Alps is the highest peak in the massif of the same name and therefore one of the highest mountains in Germany. The Hochkalter Massif (German: Hochkalterstock or Hochkaltermassiv) is also called the Hochkalter mountains (German: Hochkaltergebirge).
The Hochkalter massif lies west of the Watzmann massif and, like it, is located within the Berchtesgaden National Park. The Hochkalter mountains are divided into sub-groups known as the Hochkalter Group (Hochkalter-Gruppe), Hocheis Group (Hocheis-Gruppe) and Southern Wimbach Chain (Südliche Wimbachkette). The most important base for climbing this alpenstock is the German Alpine Club's Blaueis Hut (Blaueishütte, literally "Blue Ice Hut") which lies at a height of 1,653 metres (5,423 ft) in the Blaueis Cirque (Blaueiskar) below the Blaueis, the most northern glacier in the Alps. Other mountain huts are the Bergheim Hirschbichl for the Hocheis Group, the Wimbachgries Hut (Wimbachgrieshütte) for climbs up the eastern flanks of the massif and the Ingolstädter Haus for the Southern Wimbach Chain.
There's an alpine trail (T4) leading to the summit. Hochkalter is one of the 142 peaks along the multi-day Ostalpen.
The nearest mountain hut is Blaueishütte located 2 006m/6 580ft NNE of the summit.
By elevation Hochkalter is
# 31 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 4 out of 172 in Nationalpark Berchtesgaden # 31 out of 37308 in Germany # 4 out of 321 in Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land # 20 out of 1048 in the Northern Salzburg Alps # 19 out of 590 in the Berchtesgaden Alps # 1 out of 46 in the Hochkalter
By prominence Hochkalter is
# 34 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 4 out of 172 in Nationalpark Berchtesgaden # 37 out of 37308 in Germany # 9 out of 321 in Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land # 14 out of 1048 in the Northern Salzburg Alps # 7 out of 590 in the Berchtesgaden Alps # 1 out of 46 in the Hochkalter
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