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Karnischer Höhenweg

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  • Auf dem Karnischen Höhenweg
    / Auf dem Karnischen Höhenweg
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, (c) Traildino
  • / Filmoor-Standschützenhütte
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Hochweißsteinhaus im Herbst
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, Hochweißsteinhaus
  • / Hochweißsteinhaus
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, Hochweißsteinhaus
  • / Wolayer See mit Wolayerseehütte
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, (c) Profer & Partner
  • / Blick auf den Wolayersee
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, (c) Profer & Partner
  • / Stellungen aus dem 1. Weltkrieg auf dem Kleinen Pal
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Freilichtmuseum auf dem Kleinen Pal
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Blick auf Grünsee und Angerbachtal vom Kleinen Pal aus
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Herbstlicher Zollnersee
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Wasserspiegelung auf der Zollnerhöhe
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Auf dem Zollner
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Entlang der Grenze
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  • / Grenzstein im Nassfeld-Gebiet
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Der Trogkofel - ein massiver Gipfel am Karnischen Höhenweg
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Der Karnische Höhenweg auf dem Nassfeld
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Blick vom Gartnerkofel-Thörl Richtung Gailtal mit Hermagor und Pressegger See
    Photo: Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Blick vom Poludnig oberhalb der Egger Alm und Dellacher Alm
    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. 
Open
difficult
Distance 137.8 km
48:47 h
8,144 m
9,400 m
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 course of the Carnic High Trail, challenging summit ascents such as Gr. Kinigat, Filmoorhöhe, Porze, Monte Peralba, Hohe Warte and others can be included (partly on fixed rope routes). We recommend a 2-3 day extension - with additional overnight stays at the Filmoorhütte or the Untere Valentin Alm.
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Author
Erich Glantschnig, Kärntner Bergwanderführer
Update: August 28, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
2,675 m
Lowest point
661 m
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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
46.720122, 12.412978
DMS
46°43'12.4"N 12°24'46.7"E
UTM
33T 302299 5177313
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Destination

Thörl-Maglern

Turn-by-turn directions

The Karnische Höhenweg, for example, can also be divided into 8-11 daily stages; a descent into the valley is possible (almost) at any time. There are plenty of possibilities to stay overnight in managed huts.

Proposal for the daily stages:

1st day: Leckfeldalm - Sillianer hut - Obstansersee hut

2nd day: Obstansersee hut - Filmoor hut - Porzehütte

3rd day: Porzehütte - high white stone house

4th day: High white stone house - Wolayerseehütte

5th day: Wolayerseehütte - Zollnerseehütte

6th day: Zollnerseehütte - Nassfeld (Alpenhof Plattner)

7th day: Nassfeld (Alpenhof Plattner) - Dolinza Alm (Gasthaus Starhand)

8th day: Dolinza Alm (Gasthaus Starhand) - Thörl near Arnoldstein

 

Of course the Karnische Höhenweg can also be walked in the opposite direction, with the gentler part at the beginning and the high alpine part at the end.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Arrival by public transport possible.

Timetable under:

www.oebb.at

www.mobilbuero.com

Getting there

The approach depends on the planned starting point of the Karnischer Höhenweg. See the individual stages.

Parking

The parking possibility depends on the planned starting point of the Karnische Höhenweg. See the individual stages.

Coordinates

DD
46.720122, 12.412978
DMS
46°43'12.4"N 12°24'46.7"E
UTM
33T 302299 5177313
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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:
  • Sturdy footwear (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
  • ...

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
137.8 km
Duration
48:47 h
Ascent
8,144 m
Descent
9,400 m
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  • 8 Stages
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1
Distance 11.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 960 m
Descent 580 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 11.8 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 860 m
Descent 1,230 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3
Distance 16.4 km
Duration 8:30 h
Ascent 1,200 m
Descent 1,270 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 4
Distance 15.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,260 m
Descent 1,160 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 5
Distance 23.7 km
Duration 9:00 h
Ascent 1,760 m
Descent 1,980 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 6
Distance 23.8 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,120 m
Descent 1,250 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 7
Distance 23.6 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,120 m
Descent 1,270 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

from Tourismusinfo Nassfeld-Pressegger See,   NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 8
Distance 19 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,030 m
Descent 1,830 m

The Karnische Höhenweg or "Friedensweg" leads along the entire Karnische Kamm, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy.

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