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Die Karnische Milchstrasse - ET01 Feistritzer Alm - Egger Alm

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"The Carnic Milky Way" as the best of the Carnic Highway and the Constellation Hikes is "Hiking in New Dimensions". 
moderate
16.2 km
6:19 h
1,098 m
1,399 m
The Carnic Alps - an adventurous and fantastic mountain landscape, which is offered to the hiker. Above, ridges of peaks like bizarre limestone reefs that seem to rise directly from an invisible sea, and below, a hidden peaceful world of lush green mountain basins with a magnificent flora and fauna. Right through the middle, the famous Karnische Höhenweg (KHW 403). And right in the middle, the Kasmacher with their cheese cauldrons, in which all the beauty and variety of the landscape is processed into a wonderful and tasty product, the Gailtaler Almkäse. In each cauldron, a world of its own, a different world awaits you.

Each cauldron has its own story, but all cauldrons together are mysteriously connected with their own and common stories: Like the stars on the Milky Way, the alpine pastures are strung together along the Karnischer Höhenweg: The cauldrons, alpine pastures and mountains thus form a special Milky Way, namely the Carnic Milky Way. The picture of the Carnic Milky Way is completed by the "constellations".

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On these day hikes you can immerse yourself deeply into the history, nature and culture of the hiked landscape.
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Updated: August 28, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,999 m
Lowest point
1,324 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Technically, the Carnic Milky Way has moderate difficulties. Sure-footedness on rooty and stony hiking trails in alpine terrain is an absolute requirement.

All stages run on mountain paths with a red dot, so they are classified as moderately difficult mountain paths according to the classification of the Alpine Club. >> see here.

By definition, paths categorized in red are "predominantly narrow, often steep and can have passages that are dangerous to fall. There may also be short insured walking passages (e.g. wire rope)".

Even if the terrain does not present any major technical difficulties, you will still often move above the tree line in an alpine region with altitudes of up to 2,200 m. You should therefore have alpine hiking experience for the Carnic Milky Way, have orientation skills for finding your way and be able to deal with the dangers of sudden changes of weather in the mountains.

The Carnic Milky Way is more demanding in terms of stamina: individual stages have ascents of up to 1,000 meters in altitude, descents of up to 1,400 meters in altitude and/or 20 km of trails. This means pure walking times up to 7 hours per day. As always, the walking times are calculated with the (however, quite fast) Outdooractive formula. Therefore, an appropriate physical preparation is recommended.

For children, the Carnic Milky Way is suitable from 12 years of age with good physical condition.

Long-distance hiking and trekking routes are little or not suitable for people with reduced mobility due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.

More information about the classification of the trails and the technical and conditional preparation of the tour can be found here.

 

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Start

Feistritzer Alm (1,713 m)
Coordinates:
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46.560093, 13.507433
DMS
46°33'36.3"N 13°30'26.8"E
UTM
33T 385599 5157362
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Destination

Egger Alm

Turn-by-turn directions

A lovely start from one alpine village to the next

After breakfast you will be taken by a shuttle very comfortably to the Feistritzer Alm at 1.715 m above sea level, the actual starting point of your trail journey along the Carnic Milky Way.

Right at the start you will be spoilt for choice: either you choose the shorter version via the actual Carnic Milky Way, or you immediately attach a "constellation" hike "Lips of Europe", on which you additionally climb the peak of the Oisternig (2.052 m) just above the Feistritzer Alm. The peaks and landscape formations sketch two lips - the lips of Europe, in the style of the Windische Alm villages of the Carnic Milky Way. In the case of the summit path, you choose the right one of the two uphill hiking trails on the Feistritzer Alm, which crosses the eastern flank of the Oisternig to its eastern crest. Via the east ridge you reach the summit of Oisternig in another 30 minutes. Right from the summit you descend the path through the southern flank, go straight ahead at a fork in the path and after a few hairpin bends you reach the hiking path of the actual Carnic Milky Way in the direction of Lomsattel shortly after the Feistritzer Alm (additional time required: about 1 hour 30 minutes).

If you do not include the "constellation" hike, your actual trail from the Feistritzer Alm starts with a descent: From the saddle of the Feistritzer Alm you choose the path to the Dolinza Alm, which is located at the Lomsattel. Here, the Gasthaus Starhand offers the only possibility to stop for refreshments on this stage.

Now you continue westwards along a forest path with short meadow passages uphill to the edge of the forest and further on to the Starhand saddle (1,866 m) between the small peaks of Starhand and Sagran. On the other side of the saddle you hike down the Wiesensteig to the Görtschacher Alm.

Here begins an alpine road, which you follow down a few hairpin bends. But you shouldn't miss the Waldsteig, which leads down to the left to a ford in the stomach. On the other side of the creek you follow a short stretch of forest road until a path leads down into the Kesselwaldgraben. On the other side of the creek you have to overcome a steep slope to a gravel road, but this is made easier by an old rope. Now you continue to climb over meadows and through forest up to a forest road, which you follow to the right without gaining or losing altitude to a ridge.

Here you have the possibility to attach another "constellation" hike "Lips of Europe": In about 40 minutes you will ascend just below the ridge to the Poludniger Alm (1.708 m). Now continue straight ahead following the signs over the middle of the three hiking trails in another 45 min to the summit of Poludnig (1.999 m). Now on the other side over the west ridge down to the Schlosshüttensattel and from there along the marked forest road through the valley floor to the Eggeralm (additional time required compared to the original route 1 hour 30 minutes) The Windische Hüttendörfer, i.e. the alpine pastures of this stage, which are the result of the impressive hut formations, have been the center of life on the alpine pasture: a lively coexistence of different cultures and languages and even a dialect of its own. This is conveyed as the central theme of the "constellation Lips of Europe".

The actual Carnic Milky Way, however, follows the forest road downhill from the mentioned mountain ridge to the beautiful alpine village of the Dellacher Alm (1,362 m). From here, you first follow the asphalt road through the lovely valley, but turn left before the Egger-Alm lake onto the beautiful hiking trail. You pass the lake along its southern shore and continue walking along the path through the beautiful "Buckelwiesen" to the Schlosshüttensattel. Here you turn right onto the forest road and soon reach the Egger Alm village (1,422 m).

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Public transport

By train: The following train stations are at your disposal: Arnoldstein and Hermagor, both accessible by S-Bahn from Villach main station. With the

Airplane: The following international airports can be recommended for travel by plane - Klagenfurt and Ljubljana.

Getting there

Arrival shuttle service - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will gladly organize this shuttle service.

Parking

With your own car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail tour. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and not monitored! The return transport will bring you back to your car.

Coordinates

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46.560093, 13.507433
DMS
46°33'36.3"N 13°30'26.8"E
UTM
33T 385599 5157362
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

For the Carnic Milky Way, "normal" equipment is sufficient for alpine hikes on unpaved and partly stony paths in the southern limestone Alps. However, sturdy shoes with a good profile sole for unpaved paths are a "must" and the carrying of telescopic hiking sticks to relieve the knees on the sometimes longer descents is recommended. In summer, good sun protection and sufficient water are very important (there are not refreshment stops on every stage). Sufficiently warm clothing for possible weather drops is also important in midsummer. For all the refuges along the trail you should also bring a sleeping bag and a towel.

 Click here for the detailed equipment list of your trail trip.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.2 km
Duration
6:19h
Ascent
1,098 m
Descent
1,399 m
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