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 asl 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

Important: if you want to do this hiking tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: mountain station Gadein (cable car starting at Sillian/Panzendorf)
Route: Gadein - Drei Seen (Three Lakes) - Mt Thurntaler - Bonner Höhenweg - Astatt saddle - Lake Thurntaler - Astatt saddle - Äussere Hochalmhütte mountain hut - Gadein
Signpost: Drei Seen, 10, Thurntaler See, 10, 10b
Distance: approx. 9 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: 420 m
Altitude level: between 2,090 and 2,405 m asl
Experienced in: July 2015
Further information: Sillian-Hochpustertal tourist board, phone: +43 50 212 300

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