The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.
Distance 11.5 km
Highest point2,661 m
Lowest point1,917 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.
In addition to the conventional route, summit ascents can also be included. Especially recommended: Hollbrucker Kreuz and the Hochgränten cemetery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Travel to Sillian by public transport is possible.