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9 days of relaxation and wonder in Austria – Lavant Valley Trail

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9 days of relaxation and wonder in Austria – Lavant Valley Trail

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9

Tours

51:08 h

103 mi

18,725 ft

Gentle mountain ridges, panoramic peaks, and peace and quiet in abundance – that's what awaits you on the Lavant Valley Trail. This hike is ideal for anyone looking to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Over 102 miles (165 km) and nine stages, you hike along the Koralpe and Saualpe mountain ridges and through the lush alpine meadows around the Lavant Valley. This area of southern Austria is truly beautiful and most of the time, you can enjoy the wonderful landscape to yourself.

This circular hike starts and finishes at the lowest point of the route in Lavamuend, a small town in the south-east of Carinthia. From the town, you hike up to the rustic Stift hut and climb the Großer Speikkogel, the highest peak in the Koralpe at 7,020 feet (2,140 m) on the second day. Next, you hike through the popular holiday region of Weinebene and head over

Via the popular holiday region Weinebene you hike over the Pack Saddle pass to the town of Reichenfels, which lies in the north of the Lavant Valley. After a detour into the valley, this high-alpine trail lives up to its name as it leads you to Klippitztorl. This popular winter ski resort offers hikers fantastic views over idyllic alpine pastures in summer. On the sixth stage, you will be impressed by no fewer than five Saualpe peaks, each with magnificent mountain panoramas. Here, you spend the night in the Wolfsberger Hut, before heading over the Griffner Mountain and through the St. Pauler Mostland hills. On the final stage, you visit historic St. Paul monastery before returning to the starting point in Lavameund.

Alpine experience isn’t required for the Lavant Valley Trail, but you do need good stamina. Some stages are quite long and you have to climb more than 3,600 feet (1,100 m) in one day. Other days are more family-friendly. In the evenings, you can relax in the mountain huts and small villages in the valley. As long sections run through shaded forests, this is a good option for a hike in the height of summer.

To travel by public transport, take the train to St. Paul where you can catch a bus to Lavamuend. You can also take a bus from the starting point to other towns en route like Voelkermarkt or Klagenfurt. For more information, visit: oebb.at.

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Lavanttaler Höhenweg

101 mi

18,650 ft

18,650 ft

Last updated: December 6, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Lavamünd zur Stiftshütte – Lavanttaler Höhenweg

    Difficult
    06:49
    13.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    4,000 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of your long-distance hike is in Lavamünd, at 343 meters above sea level not only the lowest point of the tour, but also the southernmost place in the Lavant valley. At 21 kilometers and 1,220 meters in altitude, the first stage is one of the most physically demanding on the Lavanttaler

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  • Difficult
    05:41
    10.9 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,575 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second day, gentle hills, beautiful alpine meadows and a wonderful panorama of the Koralpe mountain range await you.

    

    The Lavanttaler Höhenweg leads along the forested western flank of the Kleinalpl and on to the Luckert rock. The Koralpe is part of the Norwegian Alps and rises between the two rivers

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    11.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage is characterized by idyllic forest and alpine paths in the border area between Carinthia and Styria. With a length of 18 kilometers and a few meters of altitude, the stage is also manageable for families with children who like to hike often.

    

    From the Weinebene it goes to the Handalm with

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  • Difficult
    07:56
    16.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,400 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you will have a hike through a varied and very scenic region. Lively alpine pasture and gentle ridges make this stage unique.

    

    At around 26 kilometers, this stage is the longest on the Lavanttaler Höhenweg. From the pack saddle to the Peterer Alm it goes steadily uphill and you will be rewarded with

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  • Difficult
    07:20
    14.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,850 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage is varied and takes you from the valley up to the foothills of the Seetal Alps, along gentle mountain ridges, to the Klippitztörl skiing and hiking area. With a length of 24 kilometers and 1,180 meters of altitude, it is a very demanding stage.

    

    Starting from Reichenfels, the northernmost

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    8.48 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage is a wonderful summit tour on the gentle back of the Saualpe, high above the Lavanttal. With a length of a good 13 kilometers and about 610 meters of ascent, it is a leisurely hike for the whole family.

    

    The Saualpe is not only the local recreation area of the Lavanttaler, but also part

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  • Intermediate
    05:00
    10.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    275 ft
    3,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage runs on beautiful forest and meadow paths past pilgrimage churches and mountain villages. A relaxed mixture of relaxation and adventure.

    

    From the Wolfsberger Hütte at 1,827 meters, it is about five hours, mainly downhill, to the foothills of the Saualpe. There are only a few places to stop

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    10.1 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,975 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eighth stage, you will be accompanied by lovely nature with typical orchards of the region. The St. Pauler Mostland, the surrounding mountains and the mild climate give this region a unique character.

    

    From Griffner Berg over Haberberg it goes to the St. Pauler Mountains. Alternately you hike through

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    6.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today we go back to the starting point in Lavamünd. A leisurely stage with plenty of time for a review of your hiking adventure around the Lavant Valley. With a length of around ten kilometers and a walking time of three hours, it is the shortest stage of the Lavanttaler Höhenweg and is therefore very

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    103 mi
  • Duration
    51:08 h
  • Elevation
    18,725 ft

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