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The Karnischer Hohenweg A 1-2 week trek on the Carnic Peace Trail: Austria and Italy - Cicerone

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.

EAN13 : 9781852849429

  • Publisher/Serie : Cicerone/International trekking
  • Destination : Austria/Italy
  • Activity : Trekking/Trail
  • Publication date : jui-2018
  • Pages : 160
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 11.6cm x 17.2cm x 1.0cm


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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.


The Peace Trail
The route
World War I earthworks and remains
The landscape and views
Plants and wildlife
How hard is the walk?
Selecting an itinerary
Getting to and from the route
When to go
Accommodation and food
What to take
Safety and emergencies
Using this guide
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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