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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)
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R23 Hochweißsteinhaus » Neue Porze Hütte
  |   8h25   |   21 km   |   924 m   |   841 m

From the Hochweißsteinhaus lodge, Via Alpina takes you mostly over Italian territory to the Porze hut. Old war shelters are dotted all along the Höhenweg (high-altitude trail). This is a high-alpine stage which, as of the Luggauer Törl, already runs without exception at an altitude of over 2,200m. It is imperative to check that the trail and weather conditions are good.

Easier alternative route (difficulty )

Hochweißsteinhaus lodge - Hochalpljoch pass - Trail 134 Mga.Chivion - Trail 170 Mga.Chiastellin - Mga. Manzón - Mga.Cecido - Mga. Campobon - Tilliacher Joch alpine road - Porze Hut (25km, 8h30min).

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1857 m
| CD  3.5 km / 1h15
Luggauer Törl
2233 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h55
Luggauer Sattel
2391 m
| D  1.8 km / 0h50
2473 m
| D  3.2 km / 1h00
2302 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h40
2245 m
| D  1.8 km / 0h40
Winkler Joch
2234 m
| D  2.9 km / 1h05
2315 m
| D  1 km / 0h45
2408 m
| D  0.8 km / 0h45
Tilliacher Joch
2052 m
| D  2.9 km / 0h30
Neue Porze Hütte
1935 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
South alpine long-distance hiking trail 03, KGW Carinthian border trail. Geo-trail and peace trail. Summit climbs: Torkarspitze /M. Pietra Blanca (2,513m), Steinkarspitze /M.Antola (2,524m), Reiterkarspitz/M. Cecido (2,421m), Bärenbadeck/Croda Nera (2,430m), Porze/Cma. Palombino (2,559): Via ferrata Austriaweg from the west, via ferrata Via dei Camosci from the east.
Useful topographic maps
  • WK 223, Naturarena Kärnten ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
  • ÖK50 196, 195 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 47, Lienzer Dolomiten - Lesachtal - Karnischer Höhenweg ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • 01(8) ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Kulturweg Alpen Bd 1, Gerhard Stürzlinger ~ Pichler (ISBN 3-85431-288-1)
  • Karnische Alpen u. Friaul, Ingrid Pilz ~ Styria (ISBN )
  • AV-Führer Karnischer Hauptkamm, P. Holl ~ (ISBN )
  • Naturkundlicher Führer Via Alpina - Karnischer Kamm, Walter Mair ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (ISBN )
  • Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 03 "Südalpenweg", Sekt. Weitwanderer ~ Sekt. Weitwanderer (ISBN )

Favourites, criticisms ? Make your personal comments on this stage. For more general notes please use the comments section of the page Over to the Via Alpinists.

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  • Julien Trieste Monaco - 2022-08-15
    Beautiful section I did at sunset. No one the trail, very peaceful.
    Pörzehütte is another place I recommend as cakes are really good and staff very nice.
  • Oliver - 2022-07-19
    If you intend to take the alternate route on the Italian side I suggest you descend past the Refugio sorgenti di Piave to the West and ascend the other side of the valley. The trail coming down from Hochalplpass in WNW direction is an alternative but it is not recommended. It is completely overgrown with hip to shoulder deep vegetation. The trail is barely visible and often can't be seen due to foliage. Especially in the morning you'll be completely soaked after the one hour descend. It's also quite slippery due to all the leafs and grass on the trail.
  • Bergserker - 2022-07-04
    The regular exposed path is okay as of early July. No ice before luggauer thörl. I would still recommend the path over the Frohntal. The area with the possible snowfields experienced some landslides and is difficult to pass.

    If continuing over the regular path to Porze - take the "einfacher Weg", when the signs indicate it. It's just on the other side of the "schwerer Weg" and both will reconnect later.

    I would highly discourage the regular path in bad weather. Take alternative "403a" over Malga Campobon.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    Similar to 10A but longer and more exposed. This is not a hiking trail as there are many instances of scrambling, and passages with (much needed) ropes and iron footholds. In many locations the trail is dilapidated / in urgent need of maintenance in order to be safe(r), for example where steel and wooden steps have broken away. I suggest to view the R23 currently described in the guidebook as a challenging 'Alternative.'

    The safe way (a hiking trail) goes from Hochweisssteinhaus via (likely) the Hochalplpass to the Italian side, where it follows a comfortable, hikeable dirt road; close to the Porze hut (end of stage R23), signposts point away from the dirt road to the Porze hut. Old comments on R23 in the guidebook provide a bit more detail, and describe possibilities to overnight. (In bad weather, I started out on the R23 as described in the guidebook and three-quarters the way to Porze hut descended to the Italian side.)
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    28 juin 2017
    Le temps n'étant pas annoncé beau, nous décidons Egon et moi de prendre par la variante, qui est aussi très belle. Là-haut, on aurait rien vu!
    Finalement temps très acceptable sur les 3/4 du trajet, mais on arrivera trempés au refuge, cette dernière partie se faisant heureusement sur un large chemin carrossable.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    June 28, 2017 The weather is not announced beautiful, we decide Egon and me to take the variant, which is also very beautiful. Up there, we would have seen nothing! Finally very acceptable time on 3/4 of the way, but we will get soaked at the refuge, this last part being done happily on a wide road.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    I hiked the Almenweg (Strada delle Malghe), because the weather has been very unstable, I didn't dare the ridgehike.. Halfway I slept at Malga Antola, a very basic place, but super charming. It's a place that's still unspoiled by tourism, characteristic and traditional. I liked it a lot. Camping is also possible there.
  • tof - 2014-12-25
    Trieste-Monaco les 16 et 17/7/14

    Temps à l'orage sur les 2 jours.

    Utilisation de la variante italienne (strada delle malghe n°132 et 134). Prévoir une carte pour orientation. Sentier très joli parfois en balcon.
    Possibilité ravitaillement et couchage à Malga Antola. Autres malghe fermées. Bivouac le 16 à côté de la Malga Cecido.

    Le 17, passage au Tilliacher Joch. Petit déjeuner à PorzeHutte (mon meilleur apfelstruddel du voyage!), puis direction Obstanserseehutte. Cause orage, nuit dans cabane ouverte nommée Tscharrhütte (voir la carte) avant la montée au Roßkopftörl. Cabane en bon état, balai pour nettoyer.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 16 and 17/07/14 time the storm over the 2 days. Using the Italian variant (Strada delle Malghe No. 132 and 134). Provide a map for orientation. Very nice trail sometimes balcony. Feeding and sleeping possibility Malga Antola. Other Malghe closed. Bivouac 16 next to the Malga Cecido. 17, passage Tilliacher Joch. Breakfast at PorzeHutte (my best apfelstruddel the trip!), Then towards Obstanserseehutte. Cause storm overnight in open cabin named Tscharrhütte (see map) before the climb to Roßkopftörl. Cabin in good condition, broom to clean.
  • Elisabeth - 2012-12-09
    Deux erreurs dans le topo-guide : le sentier 403 suit bien la Alta Via Carnica ; le refuge Porze n'est pas à 1642m mais à 1942m, donc tout près du col Tilliacher (2052m). Si l'on veut camper, il faut s'arrêter avant le col.
    Faire le plein d'eau avant de partir, car sur cette très longue étape, il n'y en a pas jusqu'au col Tilliacher.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Two errors in the guidebook: 403 trail follows much the Alta Via Carnica the refuge is not Porze 1642m to 1942m but, so all the Tilliacher pass (2052m). If you want to camp, you must stop before the pass. Fill with water before leaving, because on this very long stage, there is not to pass Tilliacher.
  • Daniel - 2012-09-26
    During bad weather -like I had- it is advisable to take the lower road on the Italian side. It is an easy type B road, without too many climbs. On the way you will pass Malga Antola -a mountain dairy farm. GPS:46.6428,12.6974. Do not pass by! You will meet Guiliano and Marino, two elderly men who serve a lunch with self made cheese from raw-milk (!), bread and plenty of wine. There is also a dormitory. Guiliano speaks a little German, but his native tongue is 'Ladino' -a local language. The overnight stay was very pleasant!

    Later you will stop at Malga Manzon. GPS:46.6419,12.6356. They served me coffee, bread and home made cervelat wurst. They put another sausage in my pack, and refused any payment! They have private rooms.

    And there is small refugio just before the Porze pass at 46.6451,12.6025, it seemed unmanned.
Last update : 2019-12-15