A vigorous hike across lush meadows, through pine forests to the Villanderer Alm. From the top of the Villanderer Berg mountain there’s a spectacular view of the Totensee lake.
Best time of year
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At the Saltnerstein parking area (1,757 m), follow hiking trail no. 6 to the Mair in Plun mountain hut. Take the wide mountain trail no. 7/A (changes to no. 7) uphill to the Gasteiger Sattel (2,058 m) from where a stunning panorama opens out over the Sarntal Alps. From the ridge turn right and follow trail no. 3, which runs on a track across the wide meadows down into a valley, past a small waterfall and up the hill to the Sarner-Scharten-Biwak encampment (2,380 m). From the ridge, follow the wide trail no. 2 to the first summit: the Sarner Scharte (2,468 m). Head downhill and after crossing the ridge ascend to the summit of the Villandererberg mountain (2,509 m).
After a needed rest at the summit, continue southeast along trail no. 2 to Zwölfernock mountain (2,430 m) then descend a steep stretch to Totensee lake (2,208 m). Return on trail no. 6 via the Totenkirchl (2,186 m), with a wide panoramic view of Totensee lake and the Dolomites forming a magnificent backdrop. Take the same way back and continue to the Gasserhütte mountain hut and to the Saltnerstein parking area.