OverviewVellacherturm/Storzek is a 2.110m high summit in the region of Kamnik and Savinja/Steiner Alps in the boarder region of Austria and Slovenia. It is the southernmost summit in Austria and also the only summit of Steiner Alps completely in Austria. The summit is situated in the nature protection area of Vellacher Kotschna with many unique species of plants and animals.
It is nice to combine the tour to Vellacherturm/Storzek with the summits of Ledinski Vrh 2.108m or Velika Baba 2.127m. The Summit is not an easy hiking peak: on the ascend from Vellacher Kocna there is a Via Ferrata (Class: KS3 – B) and on the other side you can hike the South-Wets ridge (Class: UIAA II, not marked). On both sides it is quite a long hike to get to the access of the final sections (Via Ferrata and South-Wets ridge)
You follow the way from Vellacher Kocna 968m, pass the Offner hut at 1.472m and go on in direction of Sanntaler Sattel/Savinjsko Sedlo 2.001m. Below Sanntaler Sattel/Savinjsko Sedlo there is a sign “Klettersteig” (Via Ferrata) tp the right dirction.
The Ferrata is quite short and not very difficult. Class: KS3 – B.
From Lokarska Dolina ~1.000m you pass Frischauf Hut 1.396m, go via Okreselj up to Sanntaler Sattel/Savinsko sedlo 2.001m and on to Seelaender Sattel/Jezersko sedlo 2.034m. A little further on the way to Ledinski Vrh 2.108m there is a way down (to Baba Sattel/Sedlo pod babo 1.989m) from where you can climb the South-Wets ridge of Vellacher Turm/Storzek. Class: UIAA II, not marked.
From Ravenska Kocna 1.030m you go up to Kranjska Hut at 1.700m, on to Seelaender Sattel/Jezersko sedlo 2.034m and a little further on the way to Ledinski Vrh 2.108m there is a way down (to Baba Sattel/Sedlo pod babo 1.989m) from where you can climb the South-Wets ridge of Vellacher Turm/Storzek. Class: UIAA II, not marked.
AccomodationThere are no huts on the Austria side of Vellacherturm/Storzek.
The closest huts on the Slovenian side are Kranjska Koca 1.700 and Cecka Koca 1.542m (access from Ravenska Kocna) and Frischaufov Dom 1.396m (access from Logarska Dolina).
Getting ThereBy Public transport:
there are buses from Klagenfurt (regional capital of the district of Carinthia) and Völkermarkt to Eisenkappel, although not very frequent. Buses in Slovenia go from Ljubljana to Kranj and on to Jezersko
from Slovenia, Croatia take exit Kranj on the highway Ljubljana-Klagenfurt and follow Jezersko/A signs to Jezersko for Ravenska Kocna or up to the Seebergsattel (saddle), down to Bad Vellach and on to Vellacher Kocna. From Germany and Switzerland take exit Grafenstein on Highway A10,A2, follow the Seebergsattel/Bad Eisenkappel signs and on to Vellacher Kocna. From Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary take the exit Völkermarkt Ost on the highway A2 and follow the Seebergsattel/Bad Eisenkappel signs and on to Vellacher Kocna.
The nearest airports are Klagenfurt and Ljubljana.
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