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The Karnischer Hohenweg

A 1-2 week trek on the Carnic Peace Trail: Austria and Italy

English-language guidebook to the Karnischer Höhenweg, a 170km waymarked hut-to-hut trek along the border between Italy and Austria. Also known as the Carnic Peace Trail, it runs west to east along the ridge of the Carnic Alps, the site of the WW1 front line. With information on planning your trip, accommodation and the history of the area.


The Karnischer Höhenweg is a high Alpine trek and can only be walked in the summer between mid-July and the end of September.


A linear ridge walk, the Karnischer Höhenweg starts at Sillian in the west and ends near Arnoldstein in the east, and crosses major road passes at Plöckenpass and Nassfeld.


The Karnischer Höhenweg is a clearly waymarked and well-supported high-altitude trek. The key requirements for its enjoyment are a reasonable level of fitness, a sense of adventure and a head for heights. There are a few places where steel cables and ladders need to be negotiated but these don't require any special equipment or technical expertise.

Must See

First World War remains; the open-air museum at the Plöckenpass; views of the Dolomites, Hohe Tauern and Julian Alps; the unique geology of the Carnic Alps UNESCO geopark; Monte Coglians - the highest summit in the Carnic Alps and home to the Peace Bell
19 Jun 2018
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.00cm

A guidebook to trekking the Karnischer Höhenweg, or Carnic Peace Trail. The 170km hut-to-hut trail follows the World War I front line through the Carnic Alps, along the border of Austria and Italy, and is rich in historical, geological and cultural interest. It can be hiked in 1–2 weeks and is suitable for walkers with a reasonable level of fitness, a sense of adventure and a head for heights.

The guidebook covers both the Austrian variant, which is presented in 8 day stages, and the Italian variant, presented over 10 days, with stages ranging from 6 to 28km. Also included are optional detours to climb neighbouring peaks, such as Monte Coglians.

  • 1:50,000 mapping and elevation profile provided for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Handy route summary tables help you plan your itinerary
  • Accommodation listings included
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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By John Hayes

John Hayes is a retired management consultant with degrees from Liverpool University and University College London. Immediately after finishing work in 2011 he embarked on an epic 5,000km trek across Europe, walking from Tarifa in Spain to Budapest. John has written for numerous walking and trekking magazines, and has written four walking guides and a cycling guide for Cicerone.

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