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Hiking, climbing, cycling and enjoying nature in Kartitsch and its surrounding area


Surrounded by an impressive mountain backdrop, Kartitsch is situated at the beginning of the Tyrolean Gailtal, in the East Tyrol Hochpuster Valley, embedded between the Dolomite Alps and the Carnic Alps at a height of 1,350m, on the sunny side of the Alps.

Kartitsch is a paradise for people looking for peace and relaxation, who would like to enjoy pure nature and who love the mountains. Idyllic hiking trails, crystal-clear mountain lakes and "peak experiences" offer each new day a large amount of recreational activities in harmony with nature. Rustic mountain huts entice you to stay. There is something for everyone, from leisurely hiking trails in Kartitsch and its surroundings to challenging mountain or climbing tracks on the Carnic Ridge. Go through shady spruce forests to the sunny alpine plateaus by foot or mountain bike, while taking in the wonderful landscape. For sporty cyclists there are interesting mountain bike tracks which lead high up to the high alpine terrain. The idyllic bike path along the Drau is ideally suited for families and guarantees a lot of fun for both old & young - this is cycling in Kartitsch in East Tyrol.

 Hike 1: Hike to the Obstanser Seehütte refuge near Lake Obstans with the military cemetery
Nature and culture – the perfect route for active explorers
A thundering waterfall, a wooden chapel, the sparkling lake, a cemetery, about 2,300 metres above sea level: one highlight after the other. The hike to the Obstanser Seehütte refuge spoils you with natural and cultural and historical things to see at every turn. But let’s start at the beginning: you set off from the sport and leisure centre in Kartitsch. You walk south along the paved forest road through the enchanting Winkler Tal valley. When you get to the end of the valley, whose walls fall off steeply to the left and right, you continue on the old military road, whose bends make you ascend quickly before it turns into a rocky mountain path that ends up in the Lake Obstans area. Green as far as the eye can see – marvellous! You should take a first breather here. And visit the picturesque Prinz-Heinrich Chapel with its sun-dyed wooden facade and the old shingle roof. After you’ve had enough of a rest, go on further in a south-easterly direction through the magnificent bottom of the valley, tackle the hairpin bends on the north-west side of the Rosskopf and after that a stony depression leads you to the Obstanser Seehütte refuge at 2,304 metres. To get to the military cemetery, take the path that goes west past the lake in the direction of the Obstanser Sattel. The return route follows the same path. The military cemetery has 12 crosses commemorating the Standschützen (Tyrolean mountain troops) killed from 1915 to 1917 on the mountains Cima Frugnoni and Pfannspitze.

Difficulty: medium
Hiking time: 6-6,5 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 1.030 metres
Distance: 12 km
 Hike 2: 2-peak hike: Kinigat & Pfannspitze
A hard slog up. The reward: two peaks to enjoy!
Why just one mountain peak when you can have two? Namely the 2,689-metre high Kinigat and the 2,678-metre high Pfannspitze. Two rock giants with great views that can be ascended in a wonderful combination. You start off in the car park of the Klammerwirt guest house in the hamlet of Rauchenbach in the Kartitsch district. Follow the sign to “Erschbaumertal - Große Kinigat“. The road first goes through luxuriant meadows and then you go through the Erschbaumertal to the end of the valley. Then there’s a steep ascent on the left to the Tscharr Hütte refuge, where you take the fork that goes to the Mittersattel and the 2,406 metre high Hintersattel that is south of the peak. Follow the sign to “Kinigat“ through rocky terrain until you get to the unmistakeable steep section that leads to the summit. The impressive cross on the peak says you’ve earned a rest. Pure mountain happiness! But we’re not done yet. We can already hear the Pfannspitze calling for us. You go down the same way you came up for a few metres before you go further in a north-westerly direction, down to the gap that becomes the long-distance ridgeway path along the Carnic Alps that is known as the Karnischer Höhenweg. Follow this path along the south side of the smaller Kinigat peak or kleiner Kinigat as far as the summit. The descent along the ridgeway path takes you to the Obstanser Sattel, down to the right to the Obstanser See Hütte refuge, and eastwards through the inviting mountain gap to the Rosskopftörl and the Tscharr refuge. From there it’s an easy walk back to Rauchenbach using the path you took on the way up.

Difficulty: difficult
Hiking time: 8-9,5 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 1.750 metres
Distance: 21 km
 Hike 3: Dorfberg – Gipfelkreuz Golzentipp Circular Hike.
Departure by ski lift from Obertilliach and bus back from Obertilliach to Kartitsch
Through lush sunlit meadows, past gentian and other wild flowers.
Sunny, fantastic views, varied. This exciting circular route that is part of the Gailtal long-distance ridgeway path starts in tranquil St. Oswald in Kartitsch. Here, at 1,364 metres above sea level, next to the Knappenkirche (miners’ church), a narrow path to the right of the button lift takes you up to the ski lift station as far as the edge of the wood. Once you get out of the shade of the wood you have a clear view of the local mountain of Kartitsch: the 2,115-metre high Dorfberg is now in sight and is only 45 minutes away. Once you get to the top, you can enjoy the amazing view. You can’t help noticing the impressive Kinigat rising up proudly in the south. We continue walking over gently hilly sunlit meadows affording fine views along the Gailtal ridgeway path, via the Pfanneck and in a gradual ascent to the prominent cross on the peak of the Golzentipp (2,317 metres). The circular hike takes you south-east downwards to the Conny Alm mountain pasture (2,050 metres), where hungry hikers can enjoy traditional dishes and homemade pastries. From here you take the Golzentipp cable car down to Obertilliach, from where you can easily get a bus back to Kartitsch.

Difficulty: medium
Hiking time: 5,5-6 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 1.100 metres
Distance: 13 km

Kartitsch is also an ideal starting point for many day trips. The close proximity to Italy – South Tyrol (12km) with its world-famous Dolomite Alps and the Three Peaks (a UNESCO World Heritage site) – encourages you to have a cross-border holiday experience.

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Dolomites - East Tyrol - Austria
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