The Karnischer Hohenweg

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

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9781852849429
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19 Jun 2018
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160
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
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200g

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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.

Seasons Seasons
The Karnischer Höhenweg is a high Alpine trek and can only be walked in the summer between mid-July and the end of September.
Centres Centres
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.
Difficulty Difficulty
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 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
ISBN
9781852849429
Availability
Published
Published
19 Jun 2018
Edition
First
Pages
160
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
Weight
200g
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes the Karnischer Höhenweg, a 170km long-distance walk through the beautiful Carnic Alps which straddle the border between Austria and Italy. Following a high Alpine trail along the main ridge, the route is clearly waymarked and requires a reasonable level of fitness, a sense of adventure and a head for heights, but no special equipment or technical expertise. It can be walked between mid-July and the end of September and takes up to a fortnight, though it is possible to devise shorter itineraries taking in the highlights.

    The guide describes the full route of the Karnischer Höhenweg from Arnbach, near Sillian, to Arnoldstein, near Villach, and includes plenty of practical information to help you prepare for the walk. Each stage features comprehensive route description, clear mapping and fascinating insights into the history of the 'war in the mountains' plus other local points of interest. Accommodation listings and other useful contacts can be found in the appendices.

    Also known as the Friedensweg ('Peace Trail'), the route follows the First World War front line, and reminders of the conflict are everywhere. But the trail isn't just rich in historical interest: this is Alpine ridge-walking at its best, boasting spectacular mountain vistas and views of the Dolomites, Hohe Tauern and Julian Alps. The guide covers two key variants of the trail, one on the Austrian side of the border, the other on the Italian side. Also included is an optional ascent of Monte Coglians, the highest peak in the Carnic Alps, and a visit to the open-air museum at the Plöckenpass.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    The Peace Trail
    The route
    World War I earthworks and remains
    The landscape and views
    Geology
    Plants and wildlife
    How hard is the walk?
    Selecting an itinerary
    Getting to and from the route
    When to go
    Accommodation and food
    Budget
    What to take
    Routefinding
    Safety and emergencies
    Using this guide
    The route
    Stage 1 Arnbach to Obstanserseehütte
    Stage 2 Obstanserseehütte to Porzehütte
    Stage 3 Porzehütte to Hochweißsteinhaus
    Stage 4 Austrian route: Hochweißsteinhaus to Gasthof Valentinalm
    Stage 4A Italian route: Hochweißsteinhaus to Rifugio Marinelli
    Stage 5 Austrian route: Gasthof Valentinalm to Zollnerseehütte
    Stage 5A Italian route: Rifugio Marinelli to Plöckenpass
    Stage 5B Italian route: Plöckenpass to Casera Pramosio
    Stage 5C Italian route: Casera Pramosio to Zollnerseehütte
    Stage 6 Zollnerseehütte to Nassfeld
    Stage 7 Nassfeld to Gasthaus Starhand
    Stage 8 Gasthaus Starhand to Arnoldstein

    Appendix A Route breakdown
    Appendix B Accommodation
    Appendix C Useful contacts

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Hayes John

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. The veteran of numerous long treks in the Alps, Spain and the Himalayas, John has written for extensively for walking and trekking magazines. John first visited the Karnischer Höhenweg in 2012 while on the Via-Alpina. He walked it again in 2015 and 2016.

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