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West Face

Page Type: Route

Location: Lienz Dolomites, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.72220°N / 12.84330°E

Object Title: West Face

Route Type: Hike, later Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Scramble-Up

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Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Oct 6, 2004 / Oct 6, 2004

Object ID: 162412

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Approach


The trailhead is at the hamlet of Assing on the northern slopes of the Lesachtal Valley. Follow the signs (mark 11) towards Lumkofel and Tscheltscher Alpe.

Route Description


Lumkofel photo_id=111702

  • General data
      - Start altitude: 1427mm, 1250 at the hamlet Ladstatt
      - Summit altitude: 2286m
      - Prevailing exposition: W
      - Type: 1h over paths, 1h 30min over forest roads, 1h through the scree covered western rock face
      - Protection: marked but without security
  • Effort: 1000m of altitude gain, 10km distance to the summit.
  • Power: 1 - no difficulties
  • Psyche: 2 - tricky on the final ascent through the west face
  • Orientation: 1 - easy if you take the Joch approach, 2 - medium. if you go over Milnazensattel

    From the trailhead at Assing follow the sign to Lumkofel. The trail runs north, losing altitude until you reach the hamlet Ladstatt. From there an unmarked trail leaves to the north, shortcutting the forest road to Tscheltscher Alpe. Once back on the road you need to decide:
  • take the road, until you reach the Joch Saddle, from there turn east towards Lumkofel
  • Follow the Milnazer Bach Valley towards Milnazensattel (tricky, while slippery). Once in the saddle turn right (east) and follow the ridge over Milnazenkofel towards Lumkofel. The route is - more or less - trail-less but there is an electric cattle fence which you can use for orientation. The route leads downwards to the Joch Saddle, where it meets with the route along the forest road.

    From Joch follow the ridge until you reach the base of the rocky Lumkofel west face. A short, but secured, climbing section leads you over a ledge into the face. The ascent trail crisscrosses along gravelly paths through the 45 - 60° face so take care! There are no possibilities to place any security. The trail reaches the real summit . Climb down sothwards towards the summit cross.

    Essential Gear


    Usual hiking gear is sufficient. I would recommend hiking sticks.

    Images

    Lumkofel seen from the hamle...Kellerwand (2774m), Hohe...Biegenköpfe in the Carnic...To illustrate the greavelly...