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Italy / Austria
Hermagor-Pressegger See
Karnische Alpen

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R18 Egger Alm » Naßfeld
  |   3h30   |   13.9 km   |   546 m   |   422 m

Already just after the Egger Alm pasture, there are some glorious vantage points over the Gailtal valley and the Kreuzeck group. The trail runs for a while on Italian territory and follows an old war-time road. After dense woodland, you arrive in the Garnitzenalm and Wartschiger Alm meadows, where the first skiing areas of the Sonnenalpe Naßfeld resort are also located.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Egger Alm
1411 m
| B  3.2 km / 0h50
1532 m
| D  3.6 km / 0h50
1433 m
| C  2.9 km / 0h55
1671 m
| C  2.6 km / 0h35
Watschiger Alm
1643 m
| A  1.6 km / 0h20
1533 m
Detailed route description
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
The route follows a course that is identical to that of the south alpine long-distance trail 03 or Carnic high-alttidue trail (KHW) 403 and the Carinthian border trail (KGW). On the Watschiger Alm meadow, the "Rupertiweg" north-south-long-distance trail no. 10 from the Kühweger Alm meadow meets long-distance trail 03, after which they run together to the Nassfeld pass, where the Rupertiweg ends.
Useful topographic maps
  • ÖK50 Nr. 199, 198 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
  • WK Nr. 223, Naturarena Kärnten, Gailtal, Gitschtal, Lesachtal, Weissensee, Oberes Drautal ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 60, Gailtaler Alpen, Karnische Alpen ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Kulturweg Alpen, Band 1, Gerhard Stürzlinger ~ Pichler (ISBN 3-85431-288-1)
  • Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 03 "Südalpenweg", Sekt. Weitwanderer ~ Sekt. Weitwanderer (ISBN )
  • Kärntner Grenzweg ~ Heyn (ISBN 3-7084-0129-8)

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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2024-04-21
    Im Sommer 2024 gibt es beim Alpenhof Plattner auf der Watschinger Alm gemäss Website wegen Bauarbeiten keine Übernachtungsmöglichkeit.
  • Ingo - 2023-09-30
    The lake at Wätschiger Einkehralm that Eva mentioned in 2017 (see below) doesn´t exist anymore. They dug out a big hole instead, probably they are building a new and bigger artifical lake instead. We camped wild somewhere behind.

    Right behind Wätschiger Einkehralm there is a sign that indicates the trail that heads up to the peak of Gartnerkofel. Right where the sign is, there were some very aggressive wasps that are probably living in the ground. We were biten in our legs without warning, my leg got swollen for five days. Be aware of them if you come in late summer/fall.
  • flautix - 2023-08-21
    Alpenhof Plattner ist eine gute Adresse für Wanderer: Da wird man noch mit Handschlag vom Chef persönlich begrüßt und eingewiesen. Für Alpenvereinsmitglieder vergünstigte Zimmer (auch mit eigenem Bad) im UG. Großes Frühstücksbuffet (Vorsicht: jegliche Mitnahme vom Buffet zum Wandern ist strengstens untersagt!). Abendessen a la carte. Auch viele Italiener kommen hierher im Sommer und bestellen Berge von Tiroler Gröstl oder Wiener Schnitzel...
  • Lolo - 2018-08-12
    Hotel Berghof toujours fermé au 10 Aout 2018. Auberge Plattner très bien 2km avant Berghof.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Hotel Berghof always closed on August 10, 2018. Hostel Plattner very well 2km before Berghof.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    23 juin 2017
    Chemin un peu escarpé avant le Garnitzenalm, heureusement aménagé avec des chaines (voir aussi mon blog "").
    Un conseil, ne pas descendre jusqu'à Nassfeld où l'hôtel Berghof est fermé, mais s'arrêter au Watschiger Alm où il y a le bel Alpenhof Plattner.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    June 23, 2017 A little steep path before the Garnitzenalm, fortunately arranged with chains (see also my blog ""). A tip, do not go down to Nassfeld where the Berghof Hotel is closed, but stop at the Watschiger Alm where there is the beautiful Alpenhof Plattner.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    Because I'm not sure if it's allowed to camp where ever you want, I usually ask at the Alms. 99% of the time they say that I can pick a spot, but often they even show me a good flat place where I'm not in the way of the cows. At Wätschiger Einkheralm, the let me put up my tent next to the lake.
  • tof - 2014-12-25
    Trieste-Monaco le 10/07/14

    Epicerie ouverte à Nassfeld. Bivouac sur le chemin de l'étape suivante près du refuge Rossalp (ouvert).
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 10/7/14 open Nassfeld Groceries. Bivouac on the way to the next stage near the refuge Rossalp (open).
  • Demmeljoch? - 2013-09-20
    Kurz vor der Zollhütte gibt es eine weitere Hütte auf einer Almwiese, die auf meiner Frytag & Berndt-Karte nicht eingezeichnet war. Etwa 50 m von der Forststr. entfernt auf dieser Almwiese ein Schild Staatsgrenze. Hier noch nicht von der Forststr. abgehen! An einem Baum ein Wegweiser (etwas schwer zu erkennen), der einen dann den richtigen Weg weist. 5 Min später kommt, etwas im Wald versteckt, die Zollhütte, an der es links auf der alten Kriegsstrasse vorbei geht.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Shortly before the Customs hut, there is a further hut on a mountain pasture, which was not marked on my Frytag & Berndt map. A sign State border about 50 metres of the forest St. on the alpine meadow. Here yet not of the forestry St go off! On a tree a signpost (hard to see anything), one then the right way is. 5 Min later, the inch cabin, the left is on the old road of war over hidden in the forest.
  • Daniel - 2012-09-26
    The Plattner Gasthof (recommended, lots of dorms) is 1,5km east of Nassfeld. Do not pass it by, like I did. I arrived down at the village (a horrible place) where I was told I had to go back. The very friendly chief gave me a special Via-alpina Tourenstagebuch. Coordinates: 46.5653,13.2855

    Between Plattner and Nassfeld there is a running Sulfur Source. They say you can drink that water, and it seems to be very purifying. (Probably not recommended if you sleep in dorms)
  • Alpinisten - 2011-09-07
    Der Berghoff hatte im Sommer 2011 wegen Renovierung geschlossen. Sehr gute Unterkunft im Alpenhof Plattner!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The Berghoff had closed in summer 2011 due to renovations. Very good accommodation in the Alpenhof Plattner!
  • Jean-Luc - 2010-03-10
    A Nassfeld, l'hôtel Alpenhof Plattner recèle un hébergement, style refuge , tout confort. l'accueil y est excellent
    Automatic translation [Google]
    A Nassfeld Hotel Alpenhof Plattner contains accommodation, shelter style, comfort. the reception is excellent
Last update : 2019-12-15