> Jan 17th, 2019: Design corrections
> Feb 6th, 2013: SP V3 design updates.
> Jan 9th, 2011: Images attached.
> Aug 1st, 2005: Interactive Google map inserted.
> Oct 13th, 2004: Three more pictures added.
Kareck is the last high, rocky peak in the mountain crest extending from the main Tauern peaks towards Katschberg Pass (1641 m), where the group of Hohe Tauern ends. It is true, that just above the Katschberg Passs there is also Tschaneck, 2020 m, but it's gentle slopes, chained up with modern tourist devices can hardly count as a considerable mountain peak. But Kareck is different. Towards the south, its slopes are very steep and more than 700 m high, no marked path is coming from that side. Towards the northeast it sends a moderately steep ridge, ideal for skiing in winter and for a normal mountain access in summer. And of course the main crest is going from west to east - the eastern ridge is also being appropriate for summer ascent.
With all due respect of summer ascents, Kareck is for me in the first place an excellent tour skiing summit. It has one attribute, not mentioned so far - it's norteastern slope is in good conditions ideal for skiing. Up to 40 degrees steep, 600 m high, usually covered with powder snow is a constant temptation for every mountain skier, sitting at home and dreaming of endless left-right turns. Being also close to the touristic resort on Katschberg Pass, the summit of Kareck is in good conditions often ascended, but still there was never a crowd although we reached the peak in good conditions.
From its summit there's also nice view around. The higher mountains of Hohe Tauern on one side, the hilly Nockberge and the fine Niedere Tauern on the other side.
The highway Villach - Salzburg crosses Alps through two tunnels. Looking from Villach, the first one is Katschberg. Just before the tunnel you go in Rennweg off the highway (or, if arriving from the north in St. Michael), then drive by the Katschberg Pass road (opened all the year) to the Pass where you can find good parking places (ski resort).
You can see a detailed map on: http://www.austrianmap.at/.
No limitations. If you wish, in winter or spring you can take a ski lift up to the Tschaneck peak, shortening the approach to 2.5-3 h.
Left aside the summer season (the best months are June to October), Kareck is ideal for tour skiing. For this, the best months are March to May (even in May you can find ideal powder snow in Kareck's northern slopes). If conditions are very good, also January and February are worth of consideration. If there is enough snow, you can ski down to Rennweg, which means more than 1200 m of altitude.
No need for camping, because all the routes are short. On Katschberg Pass there are many hotels and nearby huts (Gamskogel Huette, 1850 m, Gasthof Bacher, 1720 m), in Gantal, spreading NE of Kareck, there is a Gasthof Almfried, 1750 m. But for the ascent you will not need a mountain hut