This guidebook describes the Karnischer Hoehenweg, 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 Hoehenweg 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 Ploeckenpass.
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 numerous walking and trekking magazines.
Map key Area map Route overview map Route summary tables 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 Obstanserseehutte Stage 2 Obstanserseehutte to Porzehutte Stage 3 Porzehutte 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 Zollnerseehutte Stage 5A Italian route: Rifugio Marinelli to Ploeckenpass Stage 5B Italian route: Ploeckenpass to Casera Pramosio Stage 5C Italian route: Casera Pramosio to Zollnerseehutte Stage 6 Zollnerseehutte 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