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Nockberge-Trail

Long-distance hiking in the Carinthian Nockberge

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Overview

Among all mountain groups in the Eastern Alps, the Nockberge mountains with an age of 60 million years are the oldest. You cannot fail to see: while the Hohe Tauern in the west, the Karawanken and Karnische Alpen in the south exude an almost youthful brusque, the Nockberge mountains rest like wise giants with their gently rounded mountains and knolls.

This gentleness, combined with peak heights of almost 2,500 meters and a landscape majesty, largely free of technical infrastructure, give the Nockberge a very special magic. Therefore, it is clear why nature conservation pioneers fought to preserve this natural jewel as early as the 1970s. Thanks to them, today one of three UNESCO biosphere reserves in Austria protects this harmonious Alpine landscape for the next generation.

What could be more appropriate than walking through this hiking paradise on a long-distance hiking trail? Over lush green pastures, through shady stone pine forests, on breathtakingly promising ridges, from one summit to the next. This is the new "Nockberge-Trail"! The start is located on the Katschberg in the north and leads in five charming day stages across the UNESCO biosphere reserve to the destination to Bad Kleinkirchheim in the south, where your reward, a famous Spa is waiting for you. Essentially, the trail follows his popular namesake, Austria's first online ski touring trail, during the summermonths.

The Nockberge-Trail impresses with its scenic attractions, sheer boundless panoramas, technically less difficult climbs, which still require a certain degree of stamina, and the charming change of comfortable hotels and friendly huts in the stages. The ideal choice for grounding within a week and absorbing the peace and serenity of the Nockberge mountains.

Highlights

  • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Nockberge
  • Largest stone pine forests of the Eastern Alps
  • Countless summit ascents along the trail
  • Boundless views
  • Accommodation: Comfort hotels as well as friendly guest houses/huts
  • Destination Bad Kleinkirchheim with its thermal spas

Highlights

  • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Nockberge
  • Largest stone pine forests of the Eastern Alps
  • Countless summit ascents along the trail
  • Boundless views
  • Accommodation: Comfort hotels as well as friendly guest houses/huts
  • Destination Bad Kleinkirchheim with its thermal spas

Your advantages

  • Official Nockberge-Trail information and booking center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent staff
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services, local cuisine etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm.

Your advantages

  • Official Nockberge-Trail information and booking center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent staff
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services, local cuisine etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm.
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte
A beautiful September day at the Nockberge-Trail; Stage 1 from Katschberg to the Neue Bonner Hütte

Information

Best time to travel

The best season for a hiking trip on the Nockberge-Trail in the Carinthian Nock Mountains extends from early June to early October.

Spring (March, April, May): In the months of March and April the trails are still under snow, so the trail is not yet accessible. Even in May, the sections in the higher regions - the Nockberge Trail leads up to an altitude of 2,350 m – are partially covered with snow, so the trail this month can rarely be recommended.

Summer (June, July, August): June, July and August are all highly recommended hiking months for the Nockberge-Trail: In June, you will be enchanted by the ever greener and blossoming nature. By contrast, in the months of July and August, the Nockberge-Trail is ideally suited for avoiding the hot temperatures in the valley due to its altitude - it leads almost continuously between 1,500 m and 2,350 m above sea level.

Autumn (September, October, November): Crystal-clear air, color-turning forests and pleasant temperatures. Hiking in autumn (September to early October) is an insider tip on the Nockberge-Trail – No wonder, that the photo sessions often take place in September. Later in the fall, winter onset can make a visit difficult or even impossible.

Winter (December, January, February): The stages of the Nockberge-Trail are not accessible in winter, as the paths are under snow. This is the season for its namesake - Austria's first online bookable ski trail .

Requirements

On the Nockberge-Trail you travel as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 2.300m. For the Nockberge-Trail you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to react in case of bad weather. You will be well looked after and supported by our organisation on the Nockberge-Trail. Nevertheless you are on your way as an independent hiker (unless you optionally book a mountain guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organisation you are on your personal responsibility on the Alpe-Adria-Trail.

Technical requirements: Moderate From a technical point of view, the Nockberge-Trail shows moderate difficulties: The stages follow moderately difficult mountain trails with red dot (classification Austrian Alpine Club). That means:

  • Difficult parts of the path are mostly narrow and often steep.
  • There may be short passages secured by ropes.
  • Due to weather conditions or short-term extreme weather events, hiking trails may be in a poorer condition (e.g. slippery) or less visible due to fog.
In order to be able to manage this as a mountain hiker without problems you need to be:
  • surefooted
  • free from giddiness
Conditional requirements: More demanding (on 2 stages demanding) The Nockberge-Trail is a bit more demanding in terms of condition (on some stages it is demanding):
  • Ascent performance depending on the stage up to 1.200 meters of height difference
  • Descents depending on the stage up to 1.250 meters of height difference
  • Path length up to 21 km depending on the stage
Even if all three maximum values never come together at one stage, this means a pure hiking time between 4 and 7 hrs 15 min. The calculation of walking times is based on the Outdooractive formula (Outdooractive is one of the world's largest suppliers of tour documents and market leader in the German-speaking world). This includes brisk walking times, which correspond approximately to the average speed of a well-trained mountain hiker.

Attention: All data are pure walking times, i.e. breaks have to be added. Appropriate conditional preparation is strongly recommended. Our tip: As you are on a multi-day tour here, you should have already hiked a day tour with similar fitness requirements. You can also plan a rest day in between, on which you can regenerate yourself.

Further Information:
  • The Nockberge-Trail is suitable for children from 12 years of age with very good physical condition.
  • Long-distance hiking and trekking routes are little or not suitable for people with disabilities due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
It is often difficult to personally assess whether a trail is suitable for you. If you are unsure about this or if you want to know which stages are best for you, just contact us. We will gladly advise you. However, this does not release you from the responsibility of your own self-assessment.

Equipment

For the Nockberge-Trail you need alpine hiking equipment.

  • The equipment list, which you can find under this Link lists the minimum equipment needed for this trip.
  • Of course you can or should add the items that you personally need for the trip or with which you have had good experience (e.g. medication, special sun protection, larger water bottle etc.).

Further preliminary information about the equipment at the Nockberge-Trail:
  • Attention: For overnight stays on the Neue-Bonner-Hütte it is mandatory to bring a sleeping bag. Due to the COVID19 hygiene regulations, there will be no blankets on cabins in summer 2020. For this reason, a hut sleeping bag is not enough, you must take a padded summer sleeping bag with you..
  • Please take you own towel to the neue-Bonner-Hütte.
  • trekking poles are highly recommended because of the often long descents.
  • You usually hike at altitudes between 1.600 and 2.300 m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing)
  • You should ensure that you have enough food and drink bottles of sufficient size, as there are no rest stops and wells on all stages.

Tipp: With our luggage service you can easily hold your daypack while your heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. We recommend that you take out a luggage protection insurance - please contact us regarding this.

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.

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Service

Category

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

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* or 3* inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4* or 4*s hotel, often with spa area

The stage destinations offer - except the destination of stage 1, the Neue Bonner-Hütte - a selection of middle to high class hotels. The Neue Bonner-Hütte has - as usual in mountain huts - only a limited number of twin / double rooms and additionally offers four to five-bed rooms. Be aware that there are shared showers and shared toilets. For the sake of the environment, it is obligatory at the Neue Bonner-Hütte to use a brought sleeping bag - please also bring a towel with you.

Children aged 6 to 14 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)

Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances, allergies 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 the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:

Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How?
It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance.

Return transport: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.

Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

While traveling, you can take advantage of the special service of our Trail Info & Booking Center, which turns your hiking trip into a particularly safe, well supervised and thus unforgettable experience:

Trail Hotline: You can contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 8:00 am to 08:00 pm.

Guide: Our certified mountain guides are well trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. In addition, they can provide you with a lot of knowledge about the nature and culture of the UNESCO biosphere reserve Nockberge, making a hike with our guides to a varied and safe trail trip. All costs incurred (guidance, accommodation and food and travel) for the mountain guide are included under "Guiding".

Advanced Trail Travel Documents, Angel's Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for the preparation of your trail trip. The documents will be sent in good time before departure by e-mail (PDF, print @ home).

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 traveling 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 (KLU), Salzburg (SZB).

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 travelers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4* 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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