On the Saualm ridge: Fantastic stage directly across the gentle mountain range of the Saualpe high above the Lavanttal valley
From the Pöllinger Hütte you first hike a few meters back (northwards) on yesterday's trail to the first crossroads. Here you turn right and follow the hiking trail over the Saualpe to the Ladinger Spitz (highest peak on the Saualpe, 2.079 m). Continue over the ridges to the west just below the summit of the Gertrusk (2.044 m) and then over the Kienberg (2.050 m) and the Forstalpe (2.034 m) to the Geierkogel (1.917 m, path no. 308). Here your high-altitude hike ends: the last part of the route leads from the Geierkogel always downhill to the Naturfreundehaus Klippitztörl.
The route from here to your accommodation at Hotel Alpengasthof Hochegger is marked as a hiking trail, but not signposted as "Panoramaweg Südalpen": Follow the road for a short time to the east and turn left onto a hiking trail immediately after the sharp left-hand bend. You follow this in slight ups and downs, always parallel above the road (with a short touch of the road) until you come to the Klippitztörl ski area. The hotel is located a few meters further the left of the street at the valley station of the Hochegger lift.
Duration: 5 hrs 45 min
Distance: 17,8 km
Ascent: 670 m
Descent: 772 m