Monte Coglians/Hohe Warte

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.60980°N / 12.88630°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling, Via Ferrata, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 9120 ft / 2780 m
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Monte CogliansWWI view

Coglians/Hohe WarteSunset (ClaudioNC)

Monte CogliansFrom Creta Monumenz

Monte Coglians/Hohe Warte is the highest mountain of the Carnic Alps , and without doubt one of the most beautiful summits of this part of the Alps. It is the main summit of an impressive ancient massif composed by interesting other summits like Creta della Chianevate/Kellerspitzen. The 360° view from the summit is really fantastic, if the sky is clear you can admire hundreds of mountains of the Carnic Alps, the Dolomiti, the Hohe Tauern group, the Lienz Dolomites, the Julian Alps, and also the beautiful hills and plains of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

The massif of Monte Coglians/Creta della Chianevate is definitely one of the most impressive of the Carnic Alps main ridge, with very high walls and sharp crests. This mountains are mainly composed by limestones originated in the Devonian age ( 410-360 million years ago ).

The name of this mountain means just "mountain of Collina" ( the small village on its foothills ), from the latin word collis/coliàns.

During the First World War Monte Coglians, like all the mountains of the ridge, was a stronghold of the Italian Army, and you can still find rests of that period. On the top there was a small fort built by the Dronero brigade of the Alpini ( italian mountain troops ).

First Ascent: 30 september 1865, Paul Grohmann, through the actual Italian Normal Route.

Getting There

Monte Coglians / Hohe Warte from Monte DimonFrom Monte Dimon (Vid Pogachnik)


Passo di Monte Croce Carnico

From the Udine-Tarvisio motorway exit Tolmezzo and then Paluzza, Passo di Monte Croce Carnico.
From Venezia to Belluno-Lozzo di cadore-Passo della Mauria-Villa Santina-Tolmezzo-Paluzza-Passo di Monte Croce Carnico
From the Brennero motorway exit Bressanone/Brixen and then S.Candido-Auronzo di cadore-Passo della Mauria-Villa santina-Tolmezzo-Paluzza-Passo di Monte Croce Carnico

Rifugio Tolazzi

From the Udine-Tarvisio motorway exit Tolmezzo and then Villa santina-Forni Avoltri-Collina-Rifugio Tolazzi
From Venezia to Belluno-Sappada-Forni Avoltri-Collina-Rifugio Tolazzi
From the Brennero motorway exit Bressanone/Brixen and then S.Candido-Sappada-Forni Avoltri-Collina-Rifugio Tolazzi


From the Plocken Haus, near Passo di Monte Croce Carnico/Plocken Pass ( E66 exit Oberdrauburg, then take the road to Mauthen and to the border ), you can reach the Valentin Alm and the starting point of the routes on the north face of the mountain.

Routes Overview

There are three main routes to climb this mountain:

The very popular Normal Route that goes up on the southern big ravine, which is the only "weak" side of Monte Coglians. For expert hikers, short passages of the UIAA I degree in the last part.

The Via Ferrata "Weg der 26er", a very modern and challenging ferrata on the vertical north face. Only for via ferrata experts.

The Old route on the north face, a partly secured alpinistic path, with short passages of the UIAA II. The last part on the western crest is the same for both routes.

Coglians groupFrom South

Climbing Routes

Monte CogliansFrom Cima di Mezzo

There are several climbing routes on this mountain but the quality of the rock is not very good. Here's a list of the most known:

  • Southwest Face
    Rated: IV
    First Climbed: 1941 (Aurelio, Terribile, Pinamonti)
    Length: 600m
  • West Face
    Rated: II
    First Climbed: 1933 (Caneva, Candido)
    Length: 600m
  • South-West Face of the North Ridge
    Rated: III
    First Climbed: 1921 (Haberl, Nießner, Sickenberg)
    Length: 600m
  • North-West Ridge (from Seewarte)
    Rated: III
    First Climbed: 1921 (Hinterberger, Mayer, Schneck)

  • Western (First) North Face Chimney
    Rated: IV
    First Climbed: 1930 (Peterka, Proksch)
    Length: 250m
  • Central (Second) North Face Chimney
    First Climbed: ? (Samassa)
    Length: 250m
  • Third North Face Chimney
    Rated: III+
    First Climbed: 1976 (Unterluggauer et al.)
    Length: 250m
  • Eastern (Fourth) North Face Chimney
    Rated: III+
    First Climbed: 1897 (Samassa, Urbanis)
    Length: 200m
  • Felfernigg - Cermenjak Route
    Rated: III+
  • North Face / Koban - Prunner Ferrata
    Rated: II
    Length: 500m
  • North Face / Kofler Route
    Rated: III
    First Climbed: 1895 (Kofler)
    Length: 650m
  • North Face /Damberger Route
    Rated: II
    First Climbed: 1922 (Damberger, Steiger)
    Length: 200m
  • Direct North-EasternPillar
    Rated: IV+
    First Climbed: 1933 (Rittsteuer, Pichler)
    Length: 250m
  • North-East Pillar /Peterka Route
    Rated: III+
    First Climbed: 1932 (Peterka, Zimmermann)
    Length: 250m
  • North-East Pillar / Castiglioni Route
    Rated: IV
    First Climbed: 1937 (Castiglioni, Bozzoli, Barzaghi)
    Length: 250m
  • North-East Face
    Rated: IV+
    First Climbed: 1933 (Peterka, Souscheck, Fraisl, Köckenbauer,Fischer)
    Length: 700m
  • North-East Face of the Eastern Summit
    Rated: III+
    First Climbed: 1927 (Kaser, Gebauer)
    Length: 700m


Rifugio MarinelliRifugio Marinelli

Rifugio Tolazzi
Rifugio Marinelli
Rifugio Lambertenghi Romanin
Eduard Pichl Hutte
Gasthof Valentin Alm

When to climb?

From june to october. There can be snow on the north face until mid summer. Winter ascents are possible for experts with full winter gear. The normal route can be very crowded on the weekends of july and august.

Meteo Friuli

Books and Maps

  • Lienzer Dolomiten / Lesachtal
    Kompass Map WK47
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 3-85491-053-3
  • Gailtaler Alpen / Karnische Alpen / Oberdrautal
    Kompass Map WK60
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 3-85491-067-3
  • Tabacco Maps, all 1:25000


German Books
  • Hiking and Trekking
    • Osttirol Süd
      W. Mair
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-4132-3
      Good descriptions with maps covering: Defregger Berge, Villgrater Berge,
      Carnic Alps, Lienz Dolomites
    • Kärnten
      G. Lehofer
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-4187-0
      Good descriptions with maps covering: Carnic Alps, Gailtal Alps,
      Karawanke, Julian Alps (parts)
    • Gailtal – Lesachtal – Karnischer Höhenweg
      Kompass Wanderbuch 982
      Kompass Verlag
      ISBN: 3-85491-500-4
      Good Descriptions with maps and elevation profiles covering: Carnic
      Alps, Southern Lienz Dolomites, Gailtal Alps

  • Climbing
    • Karnischer Hauptkamm
      P. Holl
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-1254-4
      Excellent overall Climbing Guide through the Carnic Alps Main Ridge.
Italian Books
    ISBN: 88-86928-37-8
    Euro 16,53
    to buy it
  • ALPI CARNICHE, vol. I - II
    A. De Rovere, M. Di Gallo;
    Guida dei monti d'Italia CAI-TCI; 1988

W.Shaumann - E.Eybl - Passo di Monte Croce Carnico Storia, Escursioni e Paesaggio - Ghedina e Tassotti Editori
R.Mazzilis-L.Dalla Marta - Dai sentieri attrezzati alle vie ferrate - Editrice Co.El
A. e F. Scrimali - Alpi Carniche Escursioni e testimonianze sui monti della Grande Guerra - Edizioni Panorama
E.Tomasi - Traversata Carnica & Karnischer Hohenweg - Edizioni Svevo



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