Going by the main crest of Carnic Alps from the west towards the east, after the rocky Creta di Timau and its lower neighbours, the ridge mountains get more and more humble and grassy. Also, not so unusual for the geologically mixed structure of Carnic Alps, rocks become different too. Still, the summit of Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta has on its top a rocky structure, which makes almost all ascents to it steep and a bit harder than on the mountains further to the east. So, it can be considered one of the more important summits of the group.
Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta is also very popular for ascending. This is due to the fact that just below its summit, on the NE side, a well maintained mountain hut stands, that there are also broad mountain pastures, and that the area is reachable by a mountain road, opened also for public traffic. We need less than 1 hour 30 minutes to the top from there. In addition, many visitors come also from the Italian side, where the other hut stands.
The summit is an excellent panoramic point. Besides being a popular hiking destination the area is in winter also appropriate for tour skiing. A hard ski descent goes also just from below the summit of Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta. And, last but not least, the area is very appropriate for mountain biking. But the ascents from the valley of Gail/Zilja are very long and enduring. To the hut you have some 15 km of the road and more than 1050 m of altitude difference.
The area is also known from the World War I. Still today you can see a few caverns and rests of trenches, and visit the memorial places around the mountain, such as the chapel on Zollner Alm. The Italian army was holding the main crest, the Austro-Hungarians were holding only the summit of Kleiner Trieb / Punta Medate.
From the Ancient Times
Interesting may be also the fact that Passo Pramosio / Kronhof Toerl was frequented already in prehistoric times. A bronze exe, found there, is a certain proof of that (can be seen in the Archeologic museum of Zuglio). Only when the Ancient Roman road over Passo di Monte Croce Carnico / Ploecken Pass was built, Passo Pramosio lost its importance.
Also high alpine pastures were populated in prehistoric times. On the upper Chiàula pasture, 1539 m, two fibulas and a bronze needle were found.
From the main summit of Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta two ridges descend. The SE ridge is called Creta Rossa and is all on the Italian territory. The italian marked path reaches its upper part and by it the summit.
The main Carnic Alps crest continues from the summit of Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta towards the NE. At first there is a short summit wall, which some 150 meters below starts forming a distinct ridge. It rises on the sharp Kleiner Trieb / Punta Medatte, cca 2050 m, and there the crest turns into the eastern direction and soon lowers significantly on Zollner Toerl / Passo Pecòl di Chiàula, 1795 m. By this ridge and the summit rocks the Austrian ferrata ascends Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta.
Between the ridge of Creta Rossa and the main Carnic Alps crest there lies Chiàula Alta meadow, where Rif. Pietro Fabiani, 1539 m, stands.
Towards the north the main Carnic Alps crest falls with at first partially rocky, then grassy and bushy slopes on the territory of Austrian high Carnic alpine meadows, such as Zollner Alm. As on the other regions of this mountain group, also here long valleys with vivid creeks run down towards the main Gil/Zilja valley. Between them are long, rounded, on top grassy mountain crests, and on their slopes alpine pastures. So, towards the north from Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta also one such crest runs. Beyond the broad saddle it culminates on Zollner Hoehe, 1930 m, and the lowers down with forrested slopes more steeply.
Carnic Alps - Main Ridge (Eastern part).
|For general overview, see the Carnic Alps group page and the Carnic Alps Main Ridge (East) subgroup page. Gail/Zilja valley on the north can be reached from Villach (highway), driving towards the west. Paularo can be reached from Tolmezzo (highway), driving towards the north and then deterring north-east in Val Incarojo. Timau can be also reached from Tolmezzo (highway), driving towards the north-west and then by Valle di S. Pietro through Paluzza till the small town.|
Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta summit can be reached from four main directions:
2. The second approach from Gail/Zilja valley goes one side valley towards the west (Kronhof Graben) and brings you on Unteres Bischof Alm, 1181 m. I have no information when the road till there opens. From this meadow a narrow mountain road continues over the saddle towards the east, and reaches Zollner Alm. But it is probably not appropriate for usual vehicles. By this valley one option for a ski tour goes.
3. The third (normal) approach comes from the west, from Passo Pramosio / Kronhof Toerl (path No. 448). This saddle can best be reached from the mountain road, which ascends from Timau town to Rif. Casera Pramosio, 1521 m. The other option is through Kronhof Graben (see above) and from the road towards SW up on the saddle.
4. The second Italian approach comes from the valley of Rio Cercevesa, from the SE. Noth of Paularo we leave the mountain road, which encircles Monte Zermula. From Casera Ramaz we hike towards the NW to Rif. Pietro Fabiani and further on top.
Routes OverviewT4. 1 h 30 min from the hut.
T3. 1 h 30 min from the hut.
> 3. From Passo Pramosio / Kronhof Toerl. We reach the saddle either from the Italian or Austrian side (see the Getting There section). From the saddle the path No. 448 ascends by the Italian side, until it reaches the main crest below the summit of M. Scarniz. From there follow the main ridge to the top. The path is not difficult (T3), from the saddle 1 h 30 min, from Casera Pramosio 2 h 10 min. Note: From the W ridge it is wort visiting the war remains on the terminal part of the SE ridge. From the Point 2090 m a well visible horizontal path crosses the southern slopes, finally reaching there.
> 4. From Rif. Pietro Fabiani, 1539 m. From the road we reach the hut by one of many marked paths. The shortest is No. 454 (Sentiero dei Silenzi). 1 h 30 min till here. From the hut the path No. 448 (448a), the main Traversata Carnica, crosses the southern slopes of Hoher Trieb / Cuestalta towards the west. It soon ascends the ridge of Creta Rossa, and continues crossing the slopes on the other side. Only when it comes just south of the summit, the ascent route deters right. It reaches the upper part of Creta Rossa and by it goes on top. 2 hours from the hut.
> 5. NE wall. By a distinct ravine, finishing close to the main summit, M. Tessari climbed in 1923 one easy route (UIAA II. degree), which is however not very attractive.
You can see a detailed map (1:50000) on-line on: http://www.austrianmap.at/.
Rif. Pietro Fabiani, 1539 m. Above the valley of Rio Cercevesa, on Casera Pecòl di Chiàula Alta. Reachable from Casera Ramaz (road) in some 1 h 40 min. Opened from mid June till mid September. Tel.: 0433.72022/70084/70096, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. It also has a winter room.
Casera Pramosio, 1521 m. South-East of Creta di Timau, at the end of the mountain road, which ascends up from Laipacco (near Timau) in the valley of But. It is bed and breakfast type and has 20 beds. tel. 0433/775757.
When To Climb?The best months are in summer and autumn. An ascent in winter conditions can become hard (steep slopes), although in good conditions the summit can also be reached in times of tour skiing (over the west ridge).
> Guidebook and photomonography (in Slovenian): V. Pogačnik: Kar na Karnijce. Založba Narava, 2011.