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Italy / Austria
Villach Land
Feistritz an der Gail /Hermagor
Karnische Alpen

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R17 Feistritzer Alm » Egger Alm
  |   3h50   |   15.3 km   |   580 m   |   876 m

From the Feistritzer Alm pasture, the trail leads westwards for quite a while on Italian territory. It only arrives back on Austrian soil upon reaching the Starhand inn. After the dense woodland, the alpine meadows of the Dellacher Alm and the Egger Alm with the Egger Alm lake provide a welcome change.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Feistritzer Alm
1713 m
| C  2.1 km / 0h35
Wirtshaus Starhand
1462 m
| C  4.8 km / 1h15
Görtschacher Alm
1671 m
| B  4.8 km / 1h05
Dellacher Alm
1370 m
| A  3.6 km / 0h55
Egger Alm
1411 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
South alpine long-distance trail 03, KGW Carinthian border trail. The ascent of the 1,965m high Starhand and back down again takes approx. 1h and gives you a beautiful view.
Useful topographic maps
  • WK 224, Faakersee, Villach, Unteres Gailtal ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 60, Gailtaler Alpen, Karnische Alpen ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • ÖK50 199 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 03 "Südalpenweg", Sekt. Weitwanderer ~ Sekt. Weitwanderer (ISBN )
  • Kulturweg Alpen, Band 1, Gerhard Stürzlinger ~ Pichler (ISBN 3-85431-288-1)
  • Kärntner Grenzweg ~ Heyn (ISBN 3-7084-0129-8)

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  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    At signpost 'Feistritzer Alm 2 hrs' step *behind* the signpost for alternative trail directions also used by GPS coordinates Recommend not to take alternative trail (not to follow the GPS coordinates): it's a track at best, goes straight up, is overgrown in places, and blocked in steepest parts by fallen trees. Where the two trails rejoin before the Feistritzer Alm, no signpost and no paint marks on the ground indicate the alternative trail (which the GPS coordinates follow) in the reverse direction.
  • Lolo - 2018-08-12
    Je n'ai pas pu dormir à Egger ne sais pas pourquoi ! 2km plus loin, il y a une auberge côté autrichien et côté italien il y a le refuge Nordio Deffar tout neuf pour dormir
    Automatic translation [Google]
    I could not sleep in Egger Alm ... I do not know why! 2km further, there is an inn on the Austrian side and on the Italian side there is the brand new Nordio Deffar hut for sleeping
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    22 juin 2017
    Etape courte et simple.
    En cours de route, le Rifugio Fratelli Nordio était en rénovation, donc fermé.
    A Egger Alm, j'ai logé chez Rudi dans l'annexe rustique, mais il y a aussi la Sennerei à côté qui semble bien.
    Attention, accessible en voiture, donc il peut y avoir du monde.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    June 22, 2017 Short and simple step. Along the way, the Rifugio Fratelli Nordio was under renovation, so closed. At Egger Alm, I stayed at Rudi's in the rustic annex, but there is also the Sennerei next door that looks good. Attention, accessible by car, so it can be crowded.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    I warmly recommended staying at Wirtshaus Starhand. People are truly friendly and funny. I camped at the (old) cheese-making-place, but I have to say that I regret not having dinner and breakfast in the hut. It looked delicious and as the other guests said, it has been the best they had... The path through the forest was a bit damaged because of a storm earlier in August, but it's well marked. If you come from Görtschacher Alm, pay attention, don't take the most obvious path on the right, but you have to hike a bit uphill to get to Starhand. Between Dellacher Alm and Görtschacher Alm, I missed the hiking path and hiked the forest road.
  • Tof - 2014-10-28
    Trieste Monaco, 09/07/2014

    Au gasthof Rudi possibilité d'hébergement dans un gite annexe en dortoir pour 25 euros (nuit + petit déjeuner). La patronne fut très serviable. A emmené l'un de nous en vallée (8kms) pour retirer du cash.

    Ravitaillement en excellent fromage d'alpage à l'auberge voisine (E.Buchacher), très bon marché. Viande également disponible à la vente.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste Monaco, 09/07/2014 In gasthof Rudi possibility of accommodation in an adjoining cottage dorm for 25 euros (night + breakfast). The boss was very helpful. A took one of us in the valley (8km) to withdraw cash. Refueling great mountain cheese at the nearby inn (E.Buchacher), very cheap. Meat also available for sale.
  • Via Alpina international secretariat - 2014-04-02
    The renovated Oisternig hut will be open again this summer from May to October!
  • Demmeljoch? - 2013-09-08
    Falls man, wie ich, die Variante über die Poludnig-Alm wählt: Ein Weg führt von der untersten Poludnig-Alm zunächst nach Osten (408) Richtung Dellacher Alm, zweigt aber nach ca. 15 Min nach links ab Richtung Eggeralm. Östlich des Eggeralmsees kommt man wieder auf Weg 403 (Original Via Alpina)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    If you, like me, choose the type using Poludnig Alm: A path leads from the lowest Poludnig Alm first to the east (408) direction Dellacher pasture, but branches off after about 15 minutes left towards Eggeralm. East of Eggeralmsees to get back on route 403 (original Via Alpina)
  • Demmeljoch? - 2013-09-08
    Bei der Göriacher Alm muss man gut aufpassen, tatsächlich den Weg von der untersten Alm zu nehmen. Weiter oben gibt es eine Forststr. die in meiner Karte nicht eingezeichnet war (Freytag und Bernd). Bei der Göriacher Alm tendenziell immer links halten. Es geht ziemlich nach unten. Derzeit Forststrassenarbeiten. Via Alpina ist meist nur mit der rot weiß roten Markierung gezeichnet (fast keine Wegweiser). Am Talgrund führt sie ziemlich unwegsam runter zum Kesselwaldbach und ähnlich unwegsam auf der anderen Seite wieder bis zur asphaltierten Straße.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    When you have to take good care Göriacher Alm to actually take the path of the lowest Alm. Further up there is a Forststr. which was not shown in my map (Freytag and Bernd). Keep left tends When Göriacher Alm. It's pretty down. At present forest road work. Via Alpina is usually only with the red-white-red mark drawn (almost no signpost). At the bottom of the valley it leads quite impassable down to the boiler Waldbach and similar impassable on the other side to the paved road.
  • Elisabeth - 2012-11-30
    Après Dellacher Alm, un itinéraire permet d'éviter la route : le sentier passe en rive gauche du lac Egger Alm.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    After Dellacher Alm, a route avoiding the road: the path goes left bank of Lake Egger Alm.
  • Daniel - 2012-09-26
    If you are eastbound, this is the start of the bear area, up until deep into Slovenia! The west-bound hikers safely can unload their rifles now! When I was in Feistritzer Alm, two sheep were killed by a bear the week before. During my dinner the farmer told me in detail how the sheep had been ripped apart!
  • Alpinisten - 2011-09-07
    Auf der Deglacier Alm kann man im "Almgasthaus Pipp" auch schon einkehren (keine Übernachtung).
    Automatic translation [Google]
    On the Deglacier Alm can be seen in "Almgasthaus Pipp" already come (no overnight).
  • ROUSSELLE - 2010-01-06
    Après Wirtshaus Starhand, un sentier bien balisé monte au Col du Kopjsica (1852m). Là en 2008, il n'y avait plus de balisage. Partir à droite puis descendre jusqu'à la piste à 1400m d'altitude. Comme le sentier indiqué sur la carte n'existe plus,suivre la piste qui contourne le vallon à gauche (quelques balises VA) et monte à flanc du Mont Poludnisk avant de redescendre sur Dolska.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    After Wirtshaus Starhand a well-marked trail climbs the Col du Kopjsica (1852m). There in 2008, there were more signs. From right then down to the track at 1400m. As the path shown on the map no longer exists, follow the trail that skirts the valley to the left (a few beacons VA) and up the side of Mount Poludnisk before descending Dolska.
Last update : 2019-12-15