Klomnock is one of the most popular summits in Nockberge. In summer, its popularity is mostly due to the fact, that the panoramic Nockalmstrasse (road) reaches one of its two highest points on Schiestelscharte, 2027m. From there hikers have less than 1 hour to the summit. And, because the ascent is not hard, there are many of them. In winter its popularity goes more to the sunny cauldron of St. Oswald, lying south of the summit. This resort is part of Bad Kleinkirchheim ski arena and is touristically well developed. An attractive ski tour goes over the neighbouring Mallnock, 2226m
, by the ridge to the summit and then down in southern direction.
Geographically Klomnock summit is sending one shorter ridge towards the North, to Schiestelscharte, one long ridge towards the South-west, to Mallnock, 2226m and further to the long ridge of Brunnachhoehe, and the third long ridge, called Steinhoehe, towards the Soth-east, where on Steinnock, 2197m, already the Falkert area begins. As said, south of Klomnock the valley of St. Oswald lies, on the North-west there's the upper part of Grundtal with Grundalm and on the North-east there's the upper part of Winkelbach valley with Mayerlingalm. A pretty clear picture!
As most of the highest summits of Nockberge are of a quite same altitude, being scattered around the broad area, also Klomnock offers a nice view in all directions. On the West we see the broad Rosennock and all around in close neighbourhood other Nock summits. In the distance some main ranges of Alps can be clearly seen: Schladminger Tauern on the North, Hohe Tauern on the West and Julian Alps and Karavanke/Karawanken on the South.
For the broader overview see the Gurktal Alps / Nockberge
From the south you best reach the well known tourist resort Bad Kleinkirchheim either from Klagenfurt via Feldkirchen or from Villach or Spittal via Radenthein. In Bad Kleinkirchheim you turn north into the valley of St. Oswald (8 km). On the upper part of the village you can in winter use the cable-car on Brunnachhoehe. For 550m of altitude a one-way ticket is EUR 7.90 (in winter 2006).
The other option is the Nockalmstrasse. There you pay EUR 13 toll for a car or EUR 7 toll for a motor bike. It is opened from begin of May till end of October.
On the web, you can see a detailed map on: http://www.austrianmap.at/
|A self-made map of Klomnock with its marked paths and downhills.
Summer marked paths
North ridge South-east ridge
From the north, from Schiestelscharte, 2027m. The marked path starts on the saddle and the easier variant soon turns into the eastern slopes of the fore-summit (the other variant goes on the fore-summit from the NW). When reaching some 2175m you can decide whether to turn right on the fore-summit and over the N ridge to the top or to proceed by the eastern slopes to the SE ridge and from there to the top. 1h, not difficult path over a steep grassy slope.
2. From the South-east: You start on the end parking place of Falkert road, at Hotel Schneekoenig, cca 1850m. From there you ascend the main ridge and proceed towards NW by Klomnock's SE ridge to the top. Some 2h.
3. From the South-west, over Mallnock, 2226m. You can reach the summit of Mallnock either from the upper station of Brunnachhoehe cable-car, 1902m (1h) or from the South, from Falkertschutzhaus, 1557m (2h). Then by Klomnock's SW ridge to the top (another 20 min).
In summer also other passages are possible, only the NW slope is rocky and you should avoid forcing a passage over it.
Ski tour from St. Oswald
You start on the ridge of Brunnachhoehe, 1902m, (or in St. Oswald, 1356m), by the upper station of the cable-car. From there you continue towards NE and ascend Mallnock, 2226m. Then continue in the same direction and ascend by Klomnock's SW ridge the highest point. Some 1:30h.
You can ski down either from the summit of Klomnock towards the South to Falkertschutzhaus, 1557m, or if not going on the summit of Klomnock, from Mallnock by its SE slopes into the valley of Schoenfeld and further to Falkertschutzhaus. Both downhills are very beautiful, on the top there are some steep sections. Take care when there's an avalanche danger! From the hut proceed towards SW down to St. Oswald, 1300m.
No limitations, but a great portion of Nockberge is a natural parc. For more details, see the official web site of Nationalpark Nockberge
The Nockalmstrasse is opened from May to October (toll!).
|Parc area near Nockalmstrasse.
To ascend Klomnock you don't need to sleep on the mountain.
Otherwise south of it there's the Falkertschutzhaus, 1557m.
On Schiestelscharte, 2027m, reachable by car by Nockalmstrasse there's Glockenhuette. Tel.: +43(0)4279/7213.
When To Climb
You can climb Klomnock in any season.
For weather conditions for Austria see here
(then choose regions: Steiermark and Kaernten).
Avalanche info page is the following: Kaernten