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  • Aufschwung aus dem Hochtal zum Valentintörl
    / Aufschwung aus dem Hochtal zum Valentintörl
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Durchstieg vom Valentintörl zum Rauchkofelboden
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Gipfelkreuz mit dem Blick zurück hinunter zur Unteren Valentinalm
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Die gewaltigen Nordabbrüche der Hohen Warte
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • / Aufstieg zur Oberen Valentinalm
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH
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At first, the ascent takes place via forest paths or the summer ascent through the forest up to the Upper Valentine Alp. There, one dives into the mighty scenario under the mighty northern walls of the Kellerwand and Hohe Warte. Through the so-called Hochtal (high valley) the path leads to Valentintörl. For fit ski tourers, the ascent leads even further up to the Rauchkofel.
Distance 15.1 km
4:37 h
1,642 m
1,642 m
A ski tour to the Rauchkofel is the spring classic in the Carnic Alps. After snowy winters, this tour can also be done in early May.

Author’s recommendation

In high winter, the ascent to the Wodnertörl (2059m) can be made from the Upper Valentine Alp to the north-west. This variant is shorter and, especially in high winter, sunnier than the dark high valley in the direction of Valentintörl.From the Rauchkofel you can also descend westwards over beautiful slopes to the so-called Angerle (~1800m), but then you have to climb back over the Wolayer See (1958m) to the Valentintörl to reach the starting point of the Untere Valentinalm. This variant is very rewarding if the snow conditions are suitable!
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Gerhard Hohenwarter
Update: December 01, 2020
Risk potential
Highest point
Rauchkofel, 2,460 m
Lowest point
Plöckenpassstraße, 1,075 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

After abundant fresh snowfall, this tour should be avoided at all costs, as large avalanches can release themselves from the surrounding steep faces and flanks.

Tips and hints

Skitouren mit geprüften Skitouren-Guide:

  • Sölle Sport: Tröpolach Tel.: +43 (0) 4285 / 7100
  • Harald Assinger: St. Paul/Gailtal Tel.: +43 (0) 4283 / 2107 oder +43 (0) 664 / 111 95 88
  • Sepp Szöke: Weissbriach Tel: +43 (0) 4286 / 458 oder +43 (0) 664 / 337 29 67
  • Go Vertical: Kötschach-Mauthen Tel.: +43 (0)650/7033035 oder +43 (0)664 3527305


Plöckenstraße oder Valentinalm (1,080 m)
46.623358, 12.942817
46°37'24.1"N 12°56'34.1"E
33T 342507 5165366



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Plöckenpass road, first follow the road to the Untere Valentinalm and then continue in the direction of the Obere Valentinalm. After the Untere Valentinalm, take the forest path and shorten the summer climb over the so-called Schlangenbichl. At the Obere Valentinalm you reach open terrain and then hike southwest under the imposing north walls of the cellar peaks into the high valley. Following the course of the valley you finally reach the Valentintörl. There you turn north (right) and reach the Rauchkofelboden 2238m through a steep ascent (ski ev. tragen) and now ascend via the south flank to the western summit. The eastern summit (summit cross) is rarely climbed, because the summit flank is very steep. This requires a winter with above-average snowfall.


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Getting there

By car, take the B 110 from Kötschach- Mauthen in the direction of Plöckenpass until you reach a junction (Valentinalm) on the right hand side in about 1075m a few meters after the Heroes' Cemetery. Depending on the snow conditions, the dead-end road up to the Untere Valentinalm (1205m) is cleared or not.


Either at the turn-off from the Plöckenpass road or at the Untere Valentinalm.


46.623358, 12.942817
46°37'24.1"N 12°56'34.1"E
33T 342507 5165366
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avalanche transceiver, probe, avalanche shovel, crampons

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Uwe Hochenwarter 
March 27, 2021 · Community
Klassiker in den Karnischen Alpen!
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When did you do this route? March 07, 2021
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15.1 km
4:37 h
1,642 m
1,642 m
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