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Ojstrnik/Oisternig Gets PresentedEven if I'm an advocate of writing names of mountains on multi-lingual areas with all names, I shall in this case use only the Slovenian name. The other two names, the Italian Monte Osternig and German Oisternig are transcriptions with the later origin.
Ojstrnik is the last high summit in the Carnic Alps Main Ridge, going from west towards east. Despite its name (in Slovenian language 'oster' means 'sharp') here only little is left of Carnic Alps rocky nature. Only summit slopes are mixed rocky and grassy, already 200 meters below only grassy slopes are all around and below the altitude of some 1600 meters there are mainly broad forests.
The mountain is very popular. First of all because its panorama and secondly because of an easy access. Many forrest roads and cart-roads, although closed for public traffic, reach the high regions of Ojstrnik, the highest one coming even to Feistrizer Alm, 1720m. So primarily this summit is a nice hiking destination, in winter and early spring also a tour skiing destination and I believe that many roads offer also many mountain-biking possibilities.
Zahomec / Monte Acomizza / Schoenwipfel, 1813 mThe second summit in this small group, which is worth visiting, is the grassy Zahomec / Monte Acomizza / Schoenwipfel, rising SE of Ojstrnik/Oisternig. It is lower, but because being even closer to the Julian Alps, it also offers a great panorama. NW of its summit is Zahomska planina / Achomitzer Alm, where also a mountain road reaches. So in summer this area is also very popular for mountain biking. In winter almost all slopes are nice for skiing.
For general overview, see the Carnic Alps group page and the Carnic Alps Main Ridge (East) subgroup page.
Northern (Austrian) trailheads are in Gailtal / Ziljska dolina. Driving towards west we can reach villages of Feistritz and Vorderberg from Villach in some 18 or 27 kilometers.
From southern (Italian) side the best starting point is Valle di Ugovizza (valley), into which we drive from the Udine - Tarvisio - Villach highway from the village of Ugovizza/Ukve. This road is closed for public traffic on the altitude of 1210m, at Rif. Nordio Deffar (hut).
On the web, you can see a detailed map on: http://www.austrianmap.at/.
A very recommendable classical map is: Tabacco: Alpi Giulie Occidentali Tarvisiano, 1:25000.
Because of so many forest and cart-roads there is a great variety of possible ascents on Ojstrnik. Below are just some most convenient.
1. From SW, from Valle di Ugovizza. From the parking place on 1210 m we go either N towards Lom (saddle) and the E to Feistritzer Alm and the summit, or immediately E to Sella Pleccia and then N to Feistritzer Alm and the summit. 3 h.
2. From S, from Camporosso, 810 m, near Tarvisio we follow the road and markings No. 508 towards N to the summit of M. Acomizza / Schoenwipfel, 1813 m, and further towards N to Feistritzer Alm and the summit. 5 h.
3. From NE, from Feistritz we follow all the time the forrest road and markings No. 481 to Feistritzer Alm and the summit. 5 h.
4. From N, from Vorderberg we follow the forrest road and markings No. 15 and 478 to Werbutzalm, above which we reach the NE ridge and by it (see #2) continue to the summit. 4-5 h.
5. The other option from Vorderberg is the western road, which goes above Vorderberger Wildbach (creek) and by Dolinzabach (creek) to Lom (saddle) in the main Carnic Alps crest and then as described in #1 to the summit. 5 h.
1. From Valle di Ugovizza, as described above in #1 summer ascent.
2. From the NE, from Feistritz as described above in #3 summer ascent. We don't need to go all the way to Feistritzer Alm, but can ascend the summit also directly from Untere Alm (and ski down there).
3. From Lom saddle directly, or over the NW slope. Perhaps this is the most beautiful ski tour on Ojstrnik. We reach Lom saddle either from the N or from the S, then we follow the main ridge. By the NW slope we can find up to 600 meters of powder snow, all the way down to Dolinza/Dolinca meadow.
4. Skiing down on Werbutzalm and further to Vorderberg. We probably will not ascend by this route, but if we ski from the summit by the E ridge to a broad saddle, there we find a steep ravine, which brings us down on the road to Werbutzalm. From the meadow, we continue northwards down through a light forrest to a hut, where we hit a forrest road. Then by the road down to Vorderberg. It is also possible to ski down by the rib, going down west of Werbutzalm.
5. From Val Bartolo. We go by the road on Bartolo saddle, then by the other road or east ridge on top.
Red TapeThere are no limitations.
When To ClimbAny time of the season.
The ascent can be normally done in one day. In summer three huts are supporting outdoor activities around Ojstrnik.
Starhand hut on Lom saddle, 1460 m, private. Opened from mid May or start June till end of October, 7+15 beds, tel.: 04283/2004.
Feistritzer Alm, 1718 m, private. Opened from May till September, 8 beds.
Schoenwipfel Schutzhaus, 1715 m. Opened in July and August, 10 + 5 beds, tel.: 04256/3163.