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Gailtaler Höhenweg, Abschnitt Weißbriach-Windische Höhe

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The entire trail is a magnificent but very long high-level hike over the Gailtal Alps, with magnificent views of the Gailtal and Weissensee, the Carnic and Julian Alps.
moderate
33.5 km
14:00 h
2,986 m
2,686 m
Although not as well developed as the Karnische Höhenweg (Carnic Highway), which runs across the Carnic Alps, this mountain range offers an incredible variety of natural beauty, unspoilt scenery and solitary peaks. Because of the few high alpine huts and overnight accommodation facilities, an ascent and descent at the beginning and end of a stage is necessary.
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Sabine Zschock, Alpstein Österreich
Updated: August 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,084 m
Lowest point
806 m
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Start

Weißbriach / Schwimmbad (805 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.691630, 13.252640
DMS
46°41'29.9"N 13°15'09.5"E
UTM
33T 366394 5172379
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Destination

Windische Höhe

Turn-by-turn directions

229 Gailtaler Höhenweg, section Weißbriach - Mittagsnock - Naggler Alm - Golz - Spitzegel - Vellacher Egel - Graslitzen - Gaisrücken - Windische Höhe

From Weißbriach (open-air swimming pool) trail mark 229 or no. 17 of the municipality of Gitschtal via Moosmüller and Memmer Alpl to the Mittagsnock, 1473 m (2½ hrs). Continue to the Naggler Alm, 1324 m (¾ hrs) and via the Jadersdorfer Ochsenalm to the Kohlröslhütte, 1523 m (1¼ hrs). Via the St. Lorenzer Hochalm ascent to the Golz, 2004 m (1¾ hrs.). Descent to the Radniger Alm, 1554 m (¾ hrs., possibility to descend to Radnig via trail 246). On the Gailtaler Höhenweg 229 via the Möschacher Alm to the Obervellacher Alm - Laudinzenhaus, 1676 m (1 hour, trail 248 from Obervellach).

Further ascent to the Spitzegel, 2119 m (1 hour), at last only for experienced, sure-footed and vertigo-free hikers (for the ascent to the Spitzegel see also trail 248). The further path over the Spitzegel ridge to the Vellacher Egel (2108 m) is also long and demanding (1 - 1½ hrs, airy climbing passages).

Possibility to acquire the Spitzegelgrat mountaineer badge at the Schluga campsite in Obervellach and Presseggen.

From the Vellacher Egel steep descent to the Vellacher Sattel, 1858 m (¾ hrs, possibility to descend to the Pressegger See or to Khünburg via trail 249). The Gailtaler Höhenweg 229 now crosses the steep, rocky southern slopes of the "Plerscha" to the Förolacher Sattel, 1840 m (¾ - 1 hrs.), from there in ¾ hrs. to the Graslitzen, 2044 m (large summit cross, wonderful view). From the Graslitzen we walk along the ridge to its eastern summit, 1932 m (¾ hrs) and via the Köstendorfer Alm down to the Geißrücken, the Blümelhütte or Georgikapelle, 1464 m (1 hrs). The last section of the trail now continues on comfortable forest paths, after a short ascent (½ hrs.) finally downhill to the Windische Höhe (1 hrs.).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Journey to Weißbriach by public transport possible.

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Getting there

Approach via the Weissensee federal road B86 to Weißbriach.

Parking

At the swimming pool in Weißbriach

Coordinates

DD
46.691630, 13.252640
DMS
46°41'29.9"N 13°15'09.5"E
UTM
33T 366394 5172379
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Checklist:

 

  • Sturdy footwear (hiking boots or mountain boots)
  • (Hiking) Clothing for all weather conditions: rain gear, hats, gloves, ... (according to the season)
  • First aid kit
  • Money
  • Mobile phone or radio
  • Hiking maps
  • Backpack
  • Sun protection and sunglasses
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Catering (drinks, water bottles and food)
  • Toiletries
  • ev. hiking poles

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
33.5 km
Duration
14:00 h
Ascent
2,986 m
Descent
2,686 m
Multi-stage route Scenic

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