Despite quite modest altitude, Tschekelnock is quite an important and often visited summit. It rises in the eastern part of Gailtal Alps, just above the Windische Höhe / Ovršje pass. In its southern slopes, on the altitude between 1460 m to 1700 m, once there was a mine of led and zinc. It saw its highest prosperity in the middle of 19th century, today it is closed.
Tschekelnock is today mostly visited by hikers. As mountain roads are reaching high below its summit, it is also a convenient goal of mountain bikers and tour skiers. For harder climbing its rocks are not convenient.
Standing quite remotely from other higher mountains, and also a bit indented towards the north, Tschekelnock is a good lookout mountain. The most attractive parts of panorama are the views on the nearby Graslitzen, on the group of Latschur, towards the east on Dobrač massif and on Carnic Alps across the valley of Gail.
The roads in this area are very branched and it's also not sure that all of them are opened for public traffic. We were driving from Windische Höhe pass by car by the road, which has on 1280 m an important branching. The correct branch would be the right one (towards the north), but we took the weaker left branch, and had to park already on 1340 m, where right up from the road the marked path deters.
1. Tscheckelnock from Windische Höhe
This is an easy route (on the Swiss Hiking Scale would be graded T2). If we go on top just from the road pass, we need for ascent 2 h 30 min. The route goes mostly through the woods, partly using also mountain roads. On some places nice views are opening, so the ascent is not boring. The summit ridge is short, but nice and panoramic.
Description. From the road pass the marked path goes first over the meadows towards the north, then through the woods towards the northwest. A few times it crosses mountain roads. On the altitude of 1340 m the path deters from the road again towards the north, reaches through the woods the upper road on the turn on 1440 m, and continues left again through the woods. Next time it reaches the road again on 1580 m. One more shortcut brings us on the road below Hadersdorfer Alm - we have only a few more minutes till there.
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2. Tschekelnock from Köstendorfer Alm.
This nice and quite frequented alpine meadow lies close to the main ridge of Gailtal Alps. On the page of Graslitzen (East route) you can read how it can be reached from the valley of Gail. From Köstendorfer Alm the main Gailtal Alps long distance hike (Gailtaler Höhenweg) goes towards the east on Windische Höhe road pass. That's the marked trail we must follow to reach Tschekelnock from the west. The crossing of trails is at Geißrückenkreuz.
Now a bit steeper hike up is ahead of us. It still goes through the woods close to the edge, the direction is east. After good 15 min of ascent we reach the crossroads on 1505 m. From the left a narrow mountain road reaches there, goes over the ridge, descends towards the south and ends there.
Continuing by the Gailtaler Höhenweg on Windische Höhe road pass would mean going down by the road a bit and then through the woods quite a way down towards the south. On 1360 m the trail hits the lower road, which the marks are then following towards the east, and, as it was already described, down on the road pass.
Towards the summit of Tschekelnock, however we must deter on the crossroads 1505 m left up the slope (the trail is well marked). Another 150 m of ascent are ahead of us, the trail goes all the time towards the northeast. The upper road we reach just below Hadersdorfer Alm, then we continue on top of Tschekelnock, as it was described at route #1.
When to Ascend?
Mountain HutsIn the vicinity of Tschekelnock there are no official mountain huts, but on alpine meadows and on Windische Höhe there are many private huts.
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