Karnischer Höhenweg


  1. Name Karnischer Höhenweg (403)
  2. Length of trail 160 km, 99 miles
  3. Length in days 11 days
  4. Start of trail Sillian
  5. End of trail Thörl-Maglern
  6. Traildino grading SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail
  7. Hut tour grading T2, Mountain walk

Karnischer Höhenweg

Sillian – Nassfeld - Thörl-Maglern, 160 km, 11 days

The Karnischer Höhenweg is a marked trail following the ridge of the Karnischer Massif. The trail stays high up in the mountains, and often one foot is in Austria while the other is in Italy. On the northern side you might see the Grossglockner when the weather is clear. On the southern side you can view the spectacular Dolomites.

Until worldwar I, also the southern region, known as Süd Tirol, was Austrian. Today still you will find many people speaking German. The worldwars left their mark in the mountains, lucky for us with some good paths cut out of the rocks. The hike is strenuous, not difficult, and the huts are great.

Starting point is the pass over the frontier between Lienz and Brunico. First hut is the Sillianer Hütte. And from there on the trail follows the ridge eastbound. The highest point you reach is the Pfannspitz (2678 m). Much of the trail coincides with the E10, the Austrian Weitwanderweg 03, and the Via Alpina.

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Karnischer Höhenweg, 156km
Karnischer Höhenweg (Ausweichroute), 28km
Karnischer Höhenweg (KHW), 7.9km


Rate 8.0 | 2 votes | No 5. in Austria
  • Henk Nouws July 2008
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Good views all the time. Relatively quiet. Very good huts with delicious food.
  • Joke ter Weele July 2008
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Breathtaking views all the time
  • Negative Pretty tough and steep in some places
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