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Karnischer Höhenweg - Etappe 1: Leckfeldalm - Obstanersee Hütte

Long-Distance Hiking · Carnic Alps
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  • Obstansersee-Hütte
    / Obstansersee-Hütte
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Auf dem Karnischen Höhenweg
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, (c) Traildino
  • / Obstansersee mit den Roßkopf 2603 m
    Photo: datacycle-kaernten
  • / Entlang der Grenze
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
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The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.
difficult
Distance 11.5 km
6:00 h
960 m
580 m
The Karnische Höhenweg is about 150 km long from Sillian to Arnoldstein and can be divided into 8-11 daily stages, a descent into the valley is (almost) possible at any time. Overnight stays in managed huts are sufficiently available.

The somewhat longer section east of the Plöckenpass offers a gentle mountain landscape with extensive alpine meadows and easy hiking mountains. West of the Plöckenpass, the more interesting alpine section stretches along the highest peaks of the Carnic Ridge. The alpine long-distance hiking trail leads through a scenically extremely beautiful and varied area.

Author’s recommendation

In addition to the conventional route, summit ascents can also be included. Especially recommended: Hollbrucker Kreuz and the Hochgränten cemetery.
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Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See
Update: August 28, 2020
Difficulty
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Highest point
2,661 m
Lowest point
1,917 m
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Safety information

Mostly alpine terrain, especially in the western part of the Karnischen Höhenweg. Sure-footedness, freedom from vertigo and the ability to climb easy climbing sections are required. Conditionally partly very demanding.

Tips and hints

Further information is available from the Nassfeld-Pressegger Information & Service Center at +43 4285 8241 and info@nassfeld.at

The Karnische Höhenweg in the Lesach Valley

The Karnische Höhenweg in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See area

Start

Sillian (1,917 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.720243, 12.412963
DMS
46°43'12.9"N 12°24'46.7"E
UTM
33T 302298 5177327
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Destination

Obstansersee-Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions

The Leckfeldalm, starting point of the Karnischen Höhenweg, can be reached from Sillian in about 2.5 hours on foot, by car or by hut cab. The walking time to the Sillian Hut is about 1.5 hours. From the Sillian Hut you can reach the Obstansersee Hut in about 3.5 hours.

 

Alternative: Ascent from South Tyrol:

from Versciaco and Sesto mountain railroads up to 2,000 m - from there about 1.5 hours to the Sillianer Hut, to the Obstansersee Hut 4-5 hours.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Travel to Sillian by public transport is possible.

Timetable under:

www.oebb.at

www.mobilbuero.com

Getting there

from Sillian in about 2,5 hours walking time, reachable with own car or by cabin cab.

Parking

Parking facilities are available in Sillian and Versciaco.

Coordinates

DD
46.720243, 12.412963
DMS
46°43'12.9"N 12°24'46.7"E
UTM
33T 302298 5177327
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hier können sie eine kostenlose Broschüre mit allen Etappen und Hütten herunterladen: www.karnischer-hoehenweg.at Karnischer Höhenweg: Von Sillian nach Thörl-Maglern. 14 Etappen - mit Varianten und Gipfeln. Verlag: Bergverlag Rother; Auflage: 2., aktualisierte Auflage 2013 (19. August 2013) ISBN: 978-3763344048 Karnischer Höhenweg: Wanderführer mit Tourenkarten und Höhenprofilen (KOMPASS-Wanderführer). Verlag: KOMPASS-Karten; Auflage: 1., Aufl. (Mai 2013). ISBN: 978-3850268257 Gailtal, Lesachtal : Karnischer Höhenweg (Kompass-Wanderbuch). ISBN: 978-3870515003 Gailtal /Lesachtal /Karnischer Höhenweg: Wanderführer mit Tourenkarten, Höhenprofilen und Wandertipps. Verlag: KOMPASS-Karten, Innsbruck; Auflage: 6 (August 2008). ISBN: 978-3854915003

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
960 m
Descent
580 m
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