thurntaler mit bonner hoehenweg
thurntaler mit bonner hoehenweg

Mt Thurntaler circular hike

On Mt Thurntaler, the local mountain of Sillian, we make an easy hiking tour with a side-trip to the Lake Thurntaler.

The Thurntaler mountain separates the Upper Pusteria from the Villgratental valley and offers a gorgeous view on the surroundings. The cable car of the Sillian skiing area (not operating daily in summer!) takes us up to 2,100 m a.s.l where the mountain station Gadein is located. The first section we walk towards north, first lightly then quite steeply uphill along the gravel road. After about half an hour we reach the area of the Drei Seen (Three Lakes). The path proceeds further uphill to the peak of Mt Thurntaler where we follow the high-altitude path with the marker "Bonner Höhenweg" which proceeds along the mountain crest towards west.

Arrived on the Astatt saddle we decide to make a side-trip to Lake Thurntaler which is located about one km further south westerly. On the way there, we enjoy fantastic views on the Braies, Sesto and Lienz Dolomites, on the Carnic Alps, the Villgraten Mountains and the Venediger Group in the very north. On our way back we follow the path n° 10b (after the Astatt saddle) towards Gadein (mountain station) and take the cable car down to Sillian again.

Author: AT

suited for families circular route difficulty: easy route with lake with lifts
  • Starting point:
    Gadein mountain station (Sillian/Panzendorf)
  • Time required:
    03:10 h
  • Track length:
    9,3 km
  • Altitude:
    from 2.089 m to 2.376 m a.m.s.l.
  • Altitude difference:
    +363 m | -363 m
  • Route:
    Gadein - Three Lakes - Mt. Thurntaler - Bonn High Route - Astatt Saddle - Lake Thurntaler - Astatt Saddle - Äussere Hochalm Mountain Hut - Gadein
  • Signposts:
    Drei Seen, no. 10, Thurntaler See, 10, 10B
  • Destination:
    Lake Thurntaler See
  • Resting points:
    Gadein mountain station
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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