Hollbrucker Tal and Hochgränten Pass

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Carnic Alps, Austria/Italy, Europe
Route Type:
Hike and Scramble
Time Required:
Half a day

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Created On: Oct 11, 2004
Last Edited On: Oct 12, 2004


The ascent of the mountain starts at the small village of Hollbruck, which you reach from Kartitsch in the Tyrol Gailtal Valley. Follow the "Getting There" Instructions on the main page

Route Description

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  • General data
      - Start altitude: 1360mm
      - Summit altitude: 2581m
      - Prevailing exposition: N, later E
      - Type: 1h 30min over forest roads, 2h over paths, 15min exposed over the south ridge
      - Protection: marked but without security
  • Effort: 1200m of altitude gain, 10km distance to the summit.
  • Power: 1 - no difficulties
  • Psyche: 1 - easy - short exposed section near the summit
  • Orientation: 1 - easy

    This is the normal route ascent to Hollbrucker Spitze, Demutspitze and Schöntalhöhe (though the latter has a similar second ascent route through Schustertal - the next valley to the east). It follows a forest road for most of the distance. The trail is marked 467. At an altitude of 1525m you can choose between the road and a short cutting trail which runs close to the Hollbrucker Bach Creek. Both recombine at the Ochsenboden Alm at 1955m.

    From here on the ascent trail (again marked 467) heads west to climb for a bivouac at 2300m. Here you can head eastwards, directly heading for the Hollbrucker Spitze South Ridge. The normal ascent, however heads southwest, directly to Hochgränten Pass (war cemetery, heart shaped lake). From here you can choose between three trails, one along the ridge (the best in my opinion), one on the Austrian, one on the Italian side. All three head northwest and lead to Hollbrucker Spitze. To reach the cross at Hollbrucker Eck, a short exposed ridge has to be crossed.

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    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear is sufficient.

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