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Mittagskogel Hike

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  • Blick zur Hochalmspitze in den Hohen Tauern
    / Blick zur Hochalmspitze in den Hohen Tauern
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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Long and demanding alpine tour to the volcano above Lake Faak.
Distance 13.3 km
8:30 h
1,450 m
1,450 m
2,145 m
784 m
The Mittagskogel hike is one of the most famous, and most challenging, hikes in the Villach area.  The hike goes along the sometimes-quite-steep west side of the mountain up to the summit.  The hike down to the Berta hut is a bit easier, with a chance for nourishment at the hut.  

Author’s recommendation

Descend the way we have described in this guide, as the way down on the western flank can be extremely difficult and unpleasant.  
Highest point
Mittagskogel, 2,145 m
Lowest point
Untergreuth, 784 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

At about 1200 meters above sea level you will find a spring.  The next water source can't be found again until arriving at the Bertha hut.  

The western flank of the Mittagskogel is steep and rubble-enforced.  Sure-footedness is required for this hike- and we don't recommend it if you are scared of heights!

Tips and hints

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000



Gasthof Martinihof Parking Lot (786 m)
46.543941, 13.935353
46°32'38.2"N 13°56'07.3"E
33T 418373 5155036



Turn-by-turn directions

After exiting your car, you follow the paved road through a trench to “Weiler Outschena,” where you take a left, following the signs to “Annahütte,” where you take a forest road up into the woods.  After a few minutes the forest road branches off and you have to follow it to the left.  This trail will take you on mild to moderate climbs, always going up.  After a large passage through a trench, the trail takes you to a steep footpath, ending at Anna hut (closed).  You are now on the Slovenian border.  From here the trail takes on a markedly alpine character.  After a few short but steep climbs (cables are available to hang onto), you arrive in a saddle between the small and large Mittagskogel, where you head up the west side of the Mittagskogel.  This is a difficult portion, but is secured by steel cables.  The rubble-enforced path leads you further up the western flank of the mountain until you reach the southern end of the summit ridge, where the path becomes a bit flatter until you reach the highest point of Mittagskogel.


To continue, you cross the well-marked trail on the Austrian side to the downwards to the south into a small crevice.  You take a left here and follow the wood-enforced trail into the valley.  After a challenging riverbed crossing, you walk a few more meters downwards and arrive at a large crevice on the left (north).  From here you will be at the Bertha hut in mere minutes, with Carinthian specialties awaiting.  From the hut you take a steep path down to the north in the direction of “Faaker See” (Hotel Mittagskogel).  At about 1100 meters above sea level, you begin your final descent along the forest road until you reach a crossroads (Illitsch Raut.).  Here you must follow path 603 to the left (west), where you will cross a stream and arrive back at the starting point.  


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Public transport

Take an ÖBB postal bus towards "Pogöriach bei Faak" until the Latschach stop.

Getting there

Coming from Villach or from Rostental take the B85 road (Rosentalstrasse) until Gasthof Martinihof in Latschach, to Buschenschenke Ischnighof or to Koflerbauer.  


At the Gasthof (inn/restaurant), the Buschenschenke (tavern) or the Bauernhof (farm)


46.543941, 13.935353
46°32'38.2"N 13°56'07.3"E
33T 418373 5155036
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Hiking boots , jacket, snacks, plenty to drink

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • 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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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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B Meyer
July 31, 2019 · Community
We did this hike on a dry, mixed cloudy /sunny July 31st. Two fit hikers were at the summit in a little under 3 hours and found it a pleasant trail. The trail follows the red white red flashes and is marked 682 and 681. The walk down seemed longer but Bratwurst XL at Berta’s Hutte made it all good again. The outdoor active map was very helpful on a couple of turns and in tracking progress - I can not understand the comment made Re not knowing how far it still was. The scree type field at the top was a little demanding in terms of staying with the trail but not hard. Many thanks to the creator.
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When did you do this route? July 31, 2019
Jupp Beim Wandern
June 21, 2019 · Community
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Freitag, 21. Juni 2019
Photo: Jupp Beim Wandern, Community
Jörg Groschacher 
June 08, 2013 ·
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When did you do this route? June 08, 2013

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Freitag, 21. Juni 2019

13.3 km
8:30 h
1,450 m
1,450 m
Highest point
2,145 m
Lowest point
784 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route


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