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The Lavanttal — hiking on the sunny side of Carinthia

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The Lavanttal — hiking on the sunny side of Carinthia

Hiking Collection by Lavanttal

8

Tours

138:54 h

272 mi

56,075 ft

Sun-drenched slopes, endless meadows, and idyllic Alpine huts — welcome to the Lavanttal, the sunny side of Carinthia. With its gentle mountains and quaint towns, this picturesque valley lying at the very east of Carinthia is a real hiking paradise for families and pleasure hikers. The best thing about it: the Mediterranean influence on the lush valley is unmistakable. As soon as spring rolls around, the wonderful scent of blossoms blows through the valley and across the vast mountain meadows.

We have chosen five different day hikes that will take you to the most beautiful and exciting places in the Lavanttal. You will explore the Alpine pastures and vast meadowlands of the Koralpe and Saualpe and discover the ancient rock formation kilns on the peaks of the Lavanttal. You can also learn more about the area’s mining legacy on excellent themed trails.

In addition to the day hikes, you can experience the Lavanttal on a fantastic multi-day Tour. For example, the six stages of the Southern Alps Panorama Trail take you from the mouth of the Lavant into the Drava River to its source at the summit of the Zirbitzkogel. On the Koralm Kristall Trail, you will explore magnificent panoramic views in eight days whilst learning a lot about minerals and rock layers along the way. Alternatively, you can hike along the Lavanttaler Höhenweg in seven stages, discovering the most beautiful places in the valley. Whichever multi-day hike you choose, you will hike through picturesque mountain forests, across idyllic meadows, visit cozy mountain huts and, above all, enjoy the Alpine panorama.

Simply choose your favorite hikes and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the Lavanttal. The hiking town of Wolfsberg with its historic town center also offers many other possibilities for varied Tours and excursions into nature.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    05:16
    9.56 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The long, extensive ridge of the Koralpe forms the eastern edge of the Lavant Valley. On this beautiful circular hike, it goes up to the Great Speikkogel, the highest peak of the mountain group. Most of the time you wander above the tree line and enjoy an excellent panoramic view. Due to well-developed and signposted trails, the hike in Carinthia is considered a moderately difficult tour.

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    12.2 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Just opposite the Koralpe lies the Saualpe on the western edge of the Lavanttal. The spacious summit plateau is characterized by sheer endless, untouched alpine meadows - pure mountain idyll. Around the Ladinger peak, the highest point of the Saualpe, are numerous mountain huts. This round trip takes you past a total of eight huts on the Saualpe and one is more comfortable than the other.

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    8.73 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Granitztaler Mostwanderweg is a wonderful pleasure trip through the lovely Granitztal. The gentle, spacious side valley of the Lavant Valley is sparsely populated and famous for its wide orchards. From this, the farmers of the valley produce excellent musts, which gave the trail its name. On leisurely hiking trails and hardly traveled roads, the tour takes you to beautiful …

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    6.88 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Klippitztörl is a pass crossing on the Saualpe and connects the Lavanttal with the Göschitztal. In winter, snowboarders and skiers whiz down the slopes, but in summer, the ski resort turns into a real hiking paradise. On this leisurely circular walk you can explore the area around the Klippitztörl extensively.Starting point of the hike is the Almhüttendorf Klippitztörl. …

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    7.69 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Middle Ages and early modern times the Lavanttal was an important mining center. Countless, narrow tunnels were drifted into the mountains to mine valuable iron ore there. Only at the end of the 19th century were the inventories exhausted and the traditional mining ended. On this hike you can hike from Frantschach St. Gertraud on the old paths of the miners to their old tunnels.

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  • Difficult
    28:49
    54.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    12,600 ft
    8,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    If you can not get enough of the Lavanttal on a single day hike, then the Panoramabeg Südalpen is the place for you. Of the total of 17 stages, the last six lead over the mountain ranges in the Lavant Valley. Starting point of the first Lavanttaler stage is Lavamünd. Here, at the southernmost point of the valley, the Lavant flows into the Drava.

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  • Difficult
    44:17
    87.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    16,525 ft
    16,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lavanttaler Höhenweg has a length of 138.1 kilometers and, as a regional long-distance trail, circles the lower and middle Lavant valleys. On seven daily stages you cross 4,479 meters of altitude, enjoy picturesque alpine panoramas and explore the varied nature of the Lavant Valley. From the market town of Lavamünd, the most southerly point of the Lavanttal valley, you …

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  • Difficult
    42:51
    86.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    18,150 ft
    15,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Koralm Crystal Trail takes you in eight stages to the ridge of the Koralpe - passing through the ancient rocks of the former giant continent Pangea. Powerful rock formations and glittering crystals form the individual stations of the long-distance hiking trail. The ancient rocks of the Kor- and Stubalpe are rich in mineral substances, which were mined in historical …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    272 mi
  • Duration
    138:54 h
  • Elevation
    56,075 ft

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