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Wellness hiking in Carinthia’s Nock Mountains
Step by step you can hike on botanical paths to your very own summit adventures in the Nock Mountains National Park in Austria. In the Carinthian holiday region the spikenard (Valeriana Celthica ssp. Norica), an almost forgotten medical plant, which only grows in the Nock Mountains National Park, is these days celebrating a revival. The nearly forgotten culture of spikenard has been translated into a new and exciting form of wellness hiking.
The spikenard is a protected plant nowadays and therefore cannot be picked. On selected hiking routes surrounding Bad Kleinkirchheim you will smell the wonderful scent of the spikenard and be able to enjoy foot baths with spikenard oil at romantic alpine chalets. An alpine wellness experience for all the senses.
Two times a week the national tourism office in Bad Kleinkirchheim offers guided hiking tours with Uncle Rudi and once a week there is a guided hiking tour with Mrs. Sigrun Pulverer. After an extensive hike there is nothing better than taking a dip in the in-house thermal water or to enjoy a relaxing massage (classic or if you like with groundhog or spikenard oil).
For your very own wellness-hiking memories send a no-obligation request to the Hotel Pulverer – The hotel team will send an individual wellness-hiking-holiday package via email in return.
Starting point / destination: Türkhaus in Kaning (1,000 m), Radenthein
Duration: ca. 1 hour / ca. 640m altitude gain / level: easy, suitable for families
Passing herb and flower gardens, the Mini mill and the Neuwirth mill (demonstration mill) you will reach the bakery, leaving various mills behind reaching the Veidl Mill until you see the Rock shower. Next to the Bear cliff (climbing wall) you will be able to reach the Pelzjäger chalet and the Adam mill. On the other side of the river you find your way back to the starting point. If you choose the path continuing from the Adam mill into the Langalm valley, you will reach the Aicholzer chalet within 30 minutes for refreshments. Austrian tea snacks, dairy and cheese products taste even better after hiking.
History: 22 mills were located at the Rossbachgraben and 6 of those still run today.
Special features: Kneipp basin and places of energy, fountains, Neuwirt – double mill (once a week: bread making course)
Starting point / destination: House Spieler in Gschriet / Ferndorf, 1,130 m
Duration: ca. 5 hours / ca. 980m altitude gain / level: medium
From the House Spieler follow the Güterweg and you will reach the Neugarten chalet within 1.5 hours walking up the Rauter Alp (a short cut on a mountain trail is possible). From the Neugarten chalet you hike on a mountain trail and follow the path marked 1901/190 until you reach the Mirnock summit.
Return path: via the Bodennock hike towards the former restaurant Alpengasthof Possegger.
History: In the mountain village of Gschriet you will find places of power, from which high energy with right turning frequencies can be felt. Those healing energy points were discovered by the German Radi-ästethic Josef Georg from Eppelborn. The special energy can be felt as prickling, warmth or coldness.
Special features: Renate's refreshments made from her own farm produce, yoghurts and Carinthian specialties.
Starting point / destination: Thermal world Hotel Pulverer / St. Oswald or returning to the hotel
Duration: ca. 3.5 hours / ca. 270m altitude gain up to the town centre of St. Oswald, another 840m of altitude gain until Hundsfeldscharte / level: medium/hard
Descent: ca. 2.5 hours, another 35-40 minutes until Hotel Pulverer
From Hotel Pulverer walk towards Hotel Ronacher and leave the St. Kathrein church behind you - walking along the Sonnenweg westwards. Take a right above the Trattnig mill from the Sonnenweg and hike onwards until the Tschernerwirt pub. After crossing the road, walk behind Fauland Farm, hiking along the river through the Schrottenbruch until you reach Bichlbauer farm. After crossing the Oswald river hike along the St. Oswald loop, passing the “Alte Schmiede” tool museum, always hiking along the river.
After the “Buschenschenke Aufegger” junction (ca. 1,400m) follow the forest road towards Falkerthaus. Then follow the loop hike, leaving the Lärchenhütte chalet behind, through the Hundsfeldgraben (path marked No. 11) up to the Hundsfeldscharte (2,160m). When you reach the junction where the road meets the summit path – you will see the spring of the Oswald River 50m on your right (small water trough).
Return to St. Oswald and then continue by bus or on foot until you reach Hotel Pulverer.
Duration: ca. 3.5 hours
Directions: Nockalm Road – Parking lot Karlbad 1,693 m
Metres of altitude to conquer: 700 m ascent
Ascent: If you pass Karlbad on your left you will find the trail to follow going up.
Route a) left via the Friesenhalssee Lake to the Grosse Königsstuhl
Route b) right via the Stangboden to the Grosse Königsstuhl
Descent: Either descend via the same trail or the other trail.
Duration: Ascent ca. 2-2.5 hours, Descent ca. 1.15 -1.45 hours.
Tip for a break: Tangerner Chalet
Directions: Bad Kleinkirchheim – Radentheim – then take the turn towards Kaning. At Kaning follow the junction LANGALMTAL / ERLACHER HAUS and park your car at Erlacher Haus 1,636 m
Metres of altitude to conquer: 900 m when ascending
Ascent: From the chalet follow the markings westwards up switchbacks for approximately 3 - 3.5 hours.
Descent: Either take the same way down - with a quick detour to Lake Nassboden - or descend to the Erlacher Haus (ca. 2-2.5hours) or walk underneath the Zunderwand via Erlacher block hut (this is an additional hour of walking time!!) From Erlacher block hut it’s another 40 minutes to reach Erlacher Haus.
Tip for a break: Erlacher block hut