Hiking Karnischer Höhenweg
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8 days | difficulty level

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Hiking Karnischer Höhenweg
Hiking week on the border between Italy and Austria

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Duration: 8 days
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The Karnische Höhenweg, KHW 403 for short, is a unique experience for hikers, geologists and nature lovers. Already on the first stage you can enjoy incomparable views of the Sesto Dolomites and the UNESCO World Heritage. Again and again you pass smaller and larger lakes, whereby the Wolayersee with its crystal-clear water clearly stands out. Finally, the second largest city in Carinthia – Villach – awaits you.

You hike on through the realm of marmots and soon wide plateaus and lush flower meadows dominate the picture. Let the journey end in Villach with its cosy, mediterranean way of life. The more exposed part will be bypassed generously. The eastern part of the high-level trail is much easier.
The easy hike runs along well-marked mountain and hiking trails. The tour is suitable for everyone with a good basic condition. Climbing skills are not necessary.

TRAVEL ITINERARY

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1

Individual arrival at the hotel in Dobbiaco. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.

Day 2

ascent approx. 475 m, descent 875 m / approx. 4.5 - 5.5 hours

Your hiking trip starts with a short transfer to the mountaineering village of Sesto. With the cable car you float to the starting point of the tour on the Helm. With a view of the famous Sesto sundial, the Dolomite peaks of Neuner, Zehner (Sesto Rotwand), Elfer, Zwölfer and Einser towering high above Sesto, you hike along the Carnic ridge. Without noticing it you cross the border to Austria and hike back to Italy. Passing the Sillianer Hütte and the Klammbachalm you reach the Kreuzberg Pass and from forward to Padola.

Day 3

ascent approx. 575 m, descent approx. 775 m / approx. 4.5-5.5 hours

In the morning a transfer takes you to the starting point of today‘s stage. A little below the actual high-level trail, you hike through woods and flower meadows into the Val Visdende with a view of the steeply rising flanks of the great Kinigat.

Day 4

ascent approx. 1.125 m, descent approx. 1.150 m / approx. 6-7 hours Alternative: ascent approx. 575 m, descent approx. 25 m / approx. 3 hours

At first, the hike continues along the Val Visdende before climbing comfortably along forest paths higher and higher towards the Monte Rinaldo mountain group. Soon you reach the beautiful Val Popera, the Forcella del Franza and Passo del Mulo. Enjoy the magnificent view of the mighty rock castles of Hochweistein, Monte Chiadenis and M. Avanza and down to the magnificent lakes Laghi d‘Olbe. The surroundings of the lakes belong to the most charming mountain areas of the Carnic Alps. The mountain shoulder of the Sasso Alto leads to Sappada. If you like, you can take the shorter alternative via the Val Visdende to the Rifugio Sorgente del Piave. From there it goes by public transport to Sappada.

Day 5

ascent approx. 775 m, descent approx. 1.075 m / approx. 5 - 6 hours

In the morning a shuttle takes you to the starting point. The hike starts at the mountain hut „Rifugio Tolazzi“. Behind the hut the old military road begins, which later turns into a hiking trail. In the shade of a dense forest you ascend towards the Wolayer Pass. After about an hour‘s walk, the vegetation will fade, the ground will become stony and there will be a wonderful view of the pass and the impressive rock faces of the Hohe Warte and the Seekopf Capolago). Soon you reach the Wolayer Pass, with its beautiful blue lake and the impressive Italian trenches recently unearthed by volunteers. The descent is via the Carinthian border path to the Valentinalm. You get to Kötschach Mauthen by public transport.

Day 6

ascent approx. 875 m, descent approx. 875 m / approx. 5 - 6 hours

A transfer takes you to Straninger Alm. Along the Karnische Höhenweg you hike up to the Nassfeld Pass and past various lakes, both large and small. Alpine rose fields, wet meadows with cotton grass and numerous species of orchids as well as many streams characterise the landscape. Enjoy the excellent cheese specialities for which the region is known and which are produced in the many alpine cheese dairies themselves.

Day 7

ascent approx. 525 m, descent approx. 650 m / approx. 4-5 hours

Starting from the Nassfeldpass today you hike to Eggeralm, which belongs to a cooperative of Gailtaler farmers and consists of a multitude of simple huts. Here your hiking holiday ends and by transfer you go to Villach. Villach is not only well known for its carnival, but also for its funfair, there are many interesting places to visit.

Day 8

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

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Prices and dates

Double room rate From 19/06/2021 to 18/09/2021 689 €
High season supplement From 17/07/2021 to 11/09/2021 39 €
Single room supplement 169 €

From 19/06/21 to 10/07/21, from 11/07/21 to 11/09/21, from 12/09/21 to 18/09/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night and person in double room Toblach From 01/05/2021 to 30/06/2021 59 €
Single room supplement per night Toblach From 01/05/2021 to 30/06/2021 17 €
Price per night and person in double room Toblach From 01/09/2021 to 31/10/2021 59 €
Single room supplement per night Toblach From 01/09/2021 to 31/10/2021 17 €
Price per night and person in double room Toblach From 01/07/2021 to 31/08/2021 79 €
Single room supplement per night Toblach From 01/07/2021 to 31/08/2021 17 €
Price per night and person in double room Villach 59 €
Single room supplement per night Villach 17 €

From 19/06/21 to 10/07/21, from 11/07/21 to 11/09/21, from 12/09/21 to 18/09/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Return transfer 69 €

From 19/06/21 to 10/07/21, from 11/07/21 to 11/09/21, from 12/09/21 to 18/09/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

General information

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By car: on the motorway Brenner/Brennero (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit “Brixen-Pustertal”, then along the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Toblach/Dobbiaco, or drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco.
By train: take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change trains for the Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off at Toblach/Dobbiaco. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Low cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, „Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova“ airport in Treviso and/or to the „Marco Polo“ airport in Venice. On request, we can organise transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour.

Inns and hotels 3*** category, 1 overnight in a mountain guesthouse (Val Visdende).
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

Free and unguarded parking facilities for the duration of the hiking tour at a nearby public parking area.

Every Sunday transfer from Villach to Dobbiaco/Toblach at a price of € 69.00 per person (reservation and payment upon booking).

• Accommodation in inns and hotels 3*** category, 1 accomodation in a mountain guesthouse (Val Visdende)

• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

• Personal tour information

• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

• Tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car and bus)

• Well planned routes

• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

• Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

• Arrival to the starting point of the tour

• Departure at the end of the tour

• Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

• Lunch, Dinner (if not booked)

• Not mentioned entries

• Travel insurance

• All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

FAQ

Questions and answers

Light, comfortable clothing is advisable. In addition to the usual equipment (clothes, washing things) we recommend hiking or trekking trousers, gloves, hiking or trekking shoes (hard sole and high shaft protect feet), hiking sticks, rain jacket/protection/sunshield (cap, glasses), small rucksack for the day's provisions, water bottle, personal medication, small first-aid kit (plaster, elastic bandage, disinfection, ointment against strains).

The easy hike runs along well-marked mountain and hiking trails. The tour is suitable for everyone with a good basic condition. Climbing skills are not necessary.

Every Sunday we organise a return transfer by shuttle bus from Villach back to Alta Pusteria (reservation and payment required when booking).
Alternatively, there are good train connections. You can find the current timetables at www.oebb.at and www.trenitalia.com.

Transfers to the starting points are organised directly by us using a shuttle bus or public transport. You can find more information in the travel documents.

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