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Rauchkofel

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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.
moderate
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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Author
Gerhard Hohenwarter
Updated: December 01, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Rauchkofel, 2,460 m
Lowest point
Plöckenpassstraße, 1,075 m
Best time of year
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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, hints and links

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

Start

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

Rauchkofel

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.

Parking

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

Coordinates

DD
46.623358, 12.942817
DMS
46°37'24.1"N 12°56'34.1"E
UTM
33T 342507 5165366
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

avalanche transceiver, probe, avalanche shovel, crampons

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Uwe Hochenwarter 
March 27, 2021 · Community
Klassiker in den Karnischen Alpen!
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Completed this Route on March 07, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.1 km
Duration
4:37 h
Ascent
1,642 m
Descent
1,642 m
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