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Nockberge-Trail

The Wilderness & Wellness Ski Traverse

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Overview

The Nockberge-Trail is Austria's first Ski touring Trail that can be booked online. It crosses the UNESCO Biosphere Park in the Carinthian Nockberge mountains on four breathtaking daily stages and connects the ski resorts of Katschberg, Innerkrems, Turracher Höhe, Falkert and Bad Kleinkirchheim. The Nockberge-Trail is a technically moderate Ski tour crossing that requires a certain amount of fitness and experience. The remote Ski touring experience in the deeply snow-covered mountain landscape of the Nockberge mountains, coupled with the amenities of comfortable hotels and wellness resorts, is in clear contrast to the asceticism of high-alpine crossings, such as the "Haute Route" in the Western Alps or the "Hoch Tirol" in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The ideal combination of wilderness and wellness!

Even if every stage of the day starts and ends in a skiing area - you first go up every day with a gondola - you move in the hours in between in lonely wilderness covered in deep snow, which requires appropriate mountain experience in bad conditions: the mountains are "nocky" - round - but of course the alpine challenges apply as in all other mountain groups of the Alps. In addition to the danger of avalanches and blank blown ridges, these include difficult orientation in poor visibility. The Nockberge Ski touring Trail is therefore aimed at experienced and independent ski tourers with the appropriate physical condition for longer day trips, who like to combine a ski tour lasting several days with wellness and comfort in the evening. However, they will enjoy a beautiful ski crossing that will certainly be well remembered. Further important information can be found on this page in the section "requirements"on this page.

Safety is our top priority: Therefore - also with regard to the new EU travel package directive 90/314/EEC - all offers for the Nockberge-Trail can only be booked with a state certified ski tour guide and in combination with other services (such as luggage transport).

As a special service for experienced ski tourers who deliberately want to set off on their own without a Ski touring Guide, the Trail Info- and Booking Center can organize the partner accommodations. See the package: "Accommodation on the Nockberge-Trail".

Those who have been fascinated by the gently raised Nockberge mountains in winter will also appreciate the new Nockberge-Trail in summer. In contrast to the ski traverse, it crosses the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as a long-distance hiking trail on five enchanting daily stages.

Highlights

  • Untouched winter landscapes in the Nockberge UNESCO Biosphere Park
  • Each stage of the Trail begins with a cablecar ride to shorten the day’s tour
  • Ascending to the highest summits of the Nockberge mountains along routes with stunning views
  • Powder snow or firn: glorious ski runs from December to early April
  • Comfortable hotels with excellent spa facilities and outstanding cuisine
  • The Trail finishes in Bad Kleinkirchheim, famous for its thermal spas

Highlights

  • Untouched winter landscapes in the Nockberge UNESCO Biosphere Park
  • Each stage of the Trail begins with a cablecar ride to shorten the day’s tour
  • Ascending to the highest summits of the Nockberge mountains along routes with stunning views
  • Powder snow or firn: glorious ski runs from December to early April
  • Comfortable hotels with excellent spa facilities and outstanding cuisine
  • The Trail finishes in Bad Kleinkirchheim, famous for its thermal spas

Your advantages

  • Official Trail Info- and Booking Center for the Nockberge-Trail
  • Top advice from Ski touring experts in the Trail Info- and Booking Center
  • Trail Hotline (daily from 08:00 to 20:00)
  • Various possibilities for individual travel planning
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers with top service
  • Excellent comfort hotels with wellness facilities

Your advantages

  • Official Trail Info- and Booking Center for the Nockberge-Trail
  • Top advice from Ski touring experts in the Trail Info- and Booking Center
  • Trail Hotline (daily from 08:00 to 20:00)
  • Various possibilities for individual travel planning
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers with top service
  • Excellent comfort hotels with wellness facilities
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Information

Best time to travel

The optimal time for a ski-tour on the Nockberge Trail is from mid-December to the beginning of April.

Spring (March, April, May): Depending on snow conditions, ski tours on the Nockberge Trail are possible until the beginning of April. An early-morning start is important in order to enjoy the benefits of skiing on firn snow on the way down. The risk of wet snow avalanches increases in the afternoons. 

Summer (June, July, August) / Autumn (September, October, November): The Nockberge Trail journey is not available during summer / autumn.



Winter (December, January, February): Depending on snow conditions, ski tours on the Nockberge Trail are possible from mid-December. Peak times (Christmas holidays, February half-term) should be booked well in advance.

Requirements

From a technical point of view, the individual stages of the Nockberge-Trail for ski touring have moderate difficulties: if the route is carefully followed, the slopes are steep up to 35° and the ridges of the peaks are not exposed.

Nevertheless, the Nockberge-Trail in winter is subject to the same alpine dangers as any other high mountain trail - the Nockberge-Trail is not a ski tour for beginners even with a guide:

• Avalanche danger: For self-guided tourers (without a state-certified ski guide) a high degree of experience is required in order to recognize possible danger spots (avalanches) and to react correctly.

• Orientation: The Nockberge-Trail is not marked as such except at the neuralgic places (stickers on yellow signposts). In poor visibility conditions (fog, snow), high ability to orientate is required. Especially the cropped terrain in the area of the summit ridges is very challenging to find a route in poor visibility due to the lack of orientation points. If visibility is poor ("white out"), it is essential to avoid ascending the stages. In any case, you should download the GPX data to your mobile phone or GPS device (available here: https://nockberge-trail.com/etappen/) and save it offline and study the abort options (details in the route descriptions of the stages). If the weather is too bad, please contact us via our hotline (the number is included in the booking documents): We will try to get you on the luggage transport (if booked); then you can go on a day ski tour before or after the tour, depending on the conditions.

• Danger of falling: The summit ridges are mostly round and not exposed, but in some places, they are clipped to one side. What offers relaxed skiing in good visibility requires careful walking in poor visibility conditions to avoid breaking through a snow cornice. Depending on the conditions, blown off areas of the summit ridges sometimes have to be mastered on foot with trained skis, but this is usually no problem. The same applies to the ascent of the slopes: they usually have a moderate incline and are never steeper than 35° if the route is correctly followed. However, the steepest passages require a solid technique and the use of crampons, especially since the summit areas are often blown-off and therefore have hard snow.

For self-guided tourers (without a state-certified ski guide), a high degree of experience is therefore required in order to recognise any danger points (avalanches) and to react correctly.

For an enjoyable and carefree Nockberge-Trail ski crossing we recommend in any case the tour guide by a state-certified ski guide. An online booking without guiding is only possible after agreement to the disclaimer.

Conditional requirements:
The demands on the Nockberge-Trail can be classified as moderate to sporty. The individual stages each have total times (ascents and descents) of five to six hours and ascent performances of 700m to almost 1.000m. The stages are therefore not too long, but the walking times must be reasonably adhered to, as you will not be able to start before 9:00 a.m. due to the operating times of the ski areas.

There is at least one possibility of cancellation on each stage. In case of bad (weather) conditions or bad physical condition on a day, there is a possibility to shorten the stages. With the exception of the last stage, the use of the cancellation facilities requires a taxi transport to the stage destination. The possibilities for stopping are shown at the end of the route description for each stage.

The Nockberge-Trail is suitable for children from 16 years with very good condition.

Due to their requirements, ski touring trails are not suitable for people with physical disabilities. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.

Here you can find more information about the requirements.

Equipment

Your journey on the Nockberge Trail requires the complete range of ski-touring essentials. Click here for more equipment details.

Important information: It is imperative that your equipment includes a complete Avalanche Rescue Kit, comprising avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. We also highly recommend an avalanche airbag.

Hot tip: Keep your backpack light by booking our transport service, which delivers your main bag (up to 20kg) to your next accommodation. For peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc. In case of Self drive tours (overland) the drive times are based on our empirical values.

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Service

Category

Accommodation along the Trail is available in three categories (regional rating): 



Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse or mountain shelter 

Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2-star or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4-star hotel, often with spa area

Children aged 14 to 16 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults are paying full price)


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

Our Nockberge Trail partner establishments offer three types of catering:

Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
 

Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses) 

Regional half-board: Half-board, with a regional specialty served for dinner (i.e. Glockner Lamb, Alpine Salmon or Nockalm Beef)


Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Regional half board
Mobility Service

For an especially carefree Trail journey, consider our comprehensive transport service:


Luggage service: Touring with a light-weight day backpack, while your main luggage (max. 20 kg) is transported from one accommodation to the next. We recommend luggage insurance for peace of mind.


Return transfer: Convenient shuttle service from your Trail destination back to your departure point


Shuttle service: All shuttle transfers that are essential for the completion of your Nockberge Trail journey are included in the mobility package. Additional shuttle services (for example in the event of bad weather, illness etc) can simply be requested at the Trail Info & Booking Center, though these will be charged separately.

In general, our ski-touring routes are not suitable for persons with limited mobility. However, if you would like to discuss your options based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, simply contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

Walk like an Angel: Our experienced team at the Info & Booking Center offers a comprehensive range of services designed to support you in every aspect of your Trail journey.

Trail Hotline: You are able to contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 8:00 to 20:00.

Comprehensive travel information: To help you prepare for your Trail journey, we will send you a folder of expertly compiled information in plenty of time prior to your trip.

Guide: Our state-certified ski guides (German speakers with good English skills) are highly trained experts with excellent knowledge of the area and terrain. Particularly in the event of avalanche risk or bad weather, the expertise of a certified guide will be invaluable in ensuring a safe and straightforward touring experience. All additional costs incurred by the guide (overnight stay, meals, cableway tickets and travel costs) are included in the GUIDE package. Booking a ski tour without hiring a guide is only possible once you have agreed to a liability waver. Find out more by contacting the Trail Info- & Buchungscenter.

Arrival

To get to your departure point at the Nockberge Trail, you have three travel options (not included in the price):

By car: Parking is available at the beginning of each stage of the Trail. Details can be found in your booking documents. Most of the car parks are subject to fees, and unmonitored, so that your vehicle will be left at your own risk. At the end of your trekking journey, our return transfer takes you back to your car.


By train: Depending on where you are travelling from, you can choose from the following IC/EC train stations: Spittal-Millstätter See; Bischofshofen; Unzmarkt. 


By plane: We recommend the following international airports: 
Klagenfurt, Salzburg; Ljubljana. 


A shuttle service (charged separately) is available to take you to the departure point of your Trail journey, and back to the station or airport of your choice. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will be very happy to arrange this shuttle service at your request.

Partners along the trail

This is where our Trail travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked based on specific criteria, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

Here you will find the travel terms of your trail operator:

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