From Kartitsch to the Obstansersee lake

The Obstansersee is a magic spot on the Carnic Ridge. The ascent of more than 900 metres in altitude is worthwhile for every nature lover.

Starting point of our hike to the Obstansersee lake is Kartitsch. At the church we follow the path towards the Waldruhe Hotel and further to the sports ground. There the forest road through the Winklertal valley starts. At the head of the valley, the beautiful Obstans waterfall with several huge cascades on the rock face is located. The path no. 466 now climbs up the Dolomite cliffs to approx. 1,900 m a.s.l. where it reaches the alpine meadows at the Obstanser Boden.

Past the wooden Prinz Heinrich Chapel and a shelter the path crosses the flat alpine meadows before it steeply ascends again through the rocky landscape below the Rosskopf mountain. During this ascent we can also see the Obstans ice cave from which a jet of water bubbles. At our destination, at 2,300 m a.s.l., the Obstansersee lake and the eponymous mountain hut are located. The lake is a real scenic highlight at the Carnic Ridge and a worthwhile photo motif: deep blue the sky is reflected in the water, in the distance we can see the snow-covered glaciers of the High Tauern.

Author: AT

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Starting point: Kartitsch
Route: sports ground – waterfall – Prinz Heinrich Chapel – Obstansersee lake
Markers: Obstanser Seehütte, no. 466
Distance: 6 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 3 hours ascent, 2 hours descent
Altitude difference: approx. 920 m
Altitude level: between 1,390 and 2,310 m a.s.l.
Rest points: Obstanser Seehütte mountain hut
Experienced in: September 2018

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