Over the years we have gotten very good at just getting on with it. Alpe Adria – Signpost at the Pasterze Glacier, Austria (c) Rupert Parker. Turns out it was luckily, but unlucky for us the bus comes late, leaves even later which means the chance of catching the connecting is minimal. I did not enjoy it one bit (except the cold water fountain we found after the first 20 km. Scenery is amazing, The scenery just takes your breath away! Around a 1,159 m climb, that should be fun . In Austria the forests were more just the pine but here it is quite a mix of trees, maybe because we are not reaching heights like Austria and maybe because the soil and rocks look very different. Of course we jumped at the chance and no sooner did we get into the car the sky opened up like you wouldn’t believe. The guy ums for a minute and says no there is nothing (he didn’t look) we said that they told us to walk in and speak to them and they will call around for us, he says who, we say you guys did. Then it is just because it can, today it felt like that at times and it makes you feel like you just have to do the miles and there often isn’t too many smiles. Feeling hot hot hot was the word for today. ​ We took our time and rested whenever their was a nice place to sit and just soak in the surrounds. It did!……….not, well technically it did in fact we ran off the train to the bus station with 3 mins to spare…….no bus. Heaven. I know fancy hey, especially as we are in our hiking gear but there is a very special reason for this splurge. Day 12 Erlacherhaus Hutte to Bad Kleinkirchheim – 12 km. It just kept going, I started to think they were lying about the top where we would find a bar for lunch. It was a relief to find it open and have our favourite Limone Soda on ice! He was so excited to hear Australians have come over to do this trail. Tomorrow we will try and push ourselves for one more border crossing back to Italy. Or not. I’m in heaven. They are very warm and inviting and this one surprised me at how many people were staying here. Thank you Christina you were very kind and I’m sure the little bottle of special mountain drink will be just lovely. it too was behind a fence and I can’t imagine why someone would keep one. I was extremely jealous as it was so hot to be walking. Good here other Aussies are out here. As for the trail today there was nothing of real interest to experience. With still over 100 km left and not many days to do it we will have to be creative with our route again over the next few days. So we went back down hill to the main road and walked till we found a bus stop and caught a bus back to Trieste, grabbed our bathers and got on a ferry and did the final part of the journey by ferry to reach Muggia. I heard some of the campgrounds aren’t too bad if you have a tent or if you are super rich you could pay real big bucks and stay in fancy hotels. We also came across an ostrich, yep an ostrich in Austria. Hi to Mark and glad he had a great Birthday. We are so glad to stop here for the day though the next stage is only 13 km and for once flat we decided not to push our luck with yet another storm. Dinner was in the weirdest Italian/Mexican restaurant. There was no one way there and it certainly was not a straight across passage. After watch my friends Lari and Hedley use theirs, and they swear by them , I thought I really should give it a go and yes I think it certainly is a handy addition to my hiking gear. from € 297,-Your offer. We raced upstairs and threw on our bathers, that we have carried the whole way but not used yet, and headed straight to the pool. Even our alternative route was engulfed by thick cloud, though we could still navigate quite well and the cloud was moving along fast. We haven’t seen anyone else walking the trail in a while now so we were happy to see others. We came across another couple who were finding the lack of signage frustrating as well and we ended up walking with each other through a forest section to be sure we all got through. The Trail runs mainly through the non-Alpine area and as far as possible there are only slight differences in altitude. Once we arrived at Innerfragant for our lunch spot we were greeted by this massive waterfall, quite a sight especially as we saw the river up the top. Day 3 didn’t go the way we thought at the end but all for the better. There was no furniture but we didn’t care, a night on the floor never killed anyone and with a raging storm outside we were really grateful. By the time we reached Cividale the heat in the air was heavy and the sky was rumbling. It had a strange and mystical feel as well as making us walk up hill. For the rest of the day a gradual down which is just perfect for any hiker, the hard work at the beginning and easy for the last part. They are so rugged, dramatic yet pretty at the same time. I think the humidity was the killer more than anything. Sometimes we forget in life to take these moments and before we know it time and life has passed us by. ​ It was quite impressive and for a while when walking over the pass I felt her eyes were watching over us. To say medium difficulty I’m not sure how, when one has to be scrambling on all fours with a pack and a cliff below not once but a few times and the signage well let’s say lack off. What! What were the chances of some guy just happen to come down this dirt road right at theT exact minute and ask if we needed a ride? We walk into the tourist office at Trenta and ask about accommodation. Had a look at the website which I did not find very helpfully. We ended up skipping the ticket and ran to the train to have just missed it! It was quite funny. So as we traversed the mountain through this forest I am all eyes peeled and I saw my red deer! We had hoped today to do the 4 Summits but sadly the weather this morning was not on our side and were advised by the owners of the Hutte not to try it but do an alternative route instead. We walked into San Lorenzo and was fortunate to find the only bar/restaurant we saw all day. Again it was ridiculously humid and hot and the body is feeling it after the past week of it. Most days it is out by 3 km or so but today it was a whopping 6 km! We would pass a building, dock, cafe Etc and I’m getting the sense of “I know this place”. It has one of the oldest sacrificial alters in this area. Late start, (the place we stayed didn’t serve breakfast till after 8) but a much shorter day having us arrive at the Hutte by 5:30 pm. Cividale to hotel Venko – 24 km and humid as all hell. Walking in them gave me a weird feeling knowing that many fought, lived and died here over the four years. 4 overnight stays in a quality-tested partner company. Each stage leads along a defined route which can be walked in both directions. It was a welcome relief to get to our accommodation yesterday and get that icy cold beer. We managed to shelter for a bit under a think grove of trees before it lightened enough for us to get moving again. We walked a lot passed vineyards and orchards with the occasionally visit to the forests. This area has been used for over 6000 years as ceremonial sites. In some parts we have had a bit of trouble with this as it is their summer holidays and all is booked out. We really took a long time going down from the glacier and not just because of the steepness but because we were stopping and just admiring the scenery so much. We did hear however that there were 3 Aussies walking a few weeks back and they were going the whole way so that means they are most likely still on the trail. The walk itself was nothing special as it was a mix of extremely steep downhill forest, few paddocks and some country roads. After having to detour for accommodation last night we caught a train to get back to the track early this morning arriving in Velden am Worthersee for breakfast the we hit the trail for a day that was not filled with endless ups and downs or even any summits but a more comfortable days terrain which was much welcomed as Mark is not feeling terribly well today. Anyway back to the walk which I have to say the scenery was just awe inspiring with so many WOW moments from our first steps. The rain held out for the most part and gave us the most spectacular views for miles to see. They roll along on their own pathway, engulfing the land that comes in its way before spitting it out the other side. Eventually arriving in Villach we run across to the train station with minutes to spare…. Happy trails. This was a fairly flat easy walk that was impressively beautiful and very lush vegetation, along with some very steep views down into the valley below. When we where at the peak of the mountain we actually crossed borders again! If you do this walk do yourself a favour and go slow and soak it up, so worth it. Christina’s mom had an empty apartment we could crash at for the night. We saw more evidence of the war through this section and for anyone who maybe a war history buff, you might enjoy this side of the trail. We had a lot of trouble getting accommodation. Along the trail you’ll follow a mixture of paths and 4×4 tracks, with some sections of walking on asphalt roads inevitable; at times it shares the trail of other long-distance hiking routes, such as the Via Alpina. Floating in the pool watching the storm pass around the town and having a cold beer. Now as we are lower we are walking through the pine forests. The stages are around 20 km long and each take about 6 hours to walk, and are consistently signposted. We found following the trail into Duino a pig, and I mean that in a not so nice way. We had the chance to walk around and float around for hours through the very busy streets and canals (peek holiday season) till we just couldn’t do no more and found ourselves a lovely restaurant by the canal, had yummy food then made our way back to our hotel to pass out and rest ready for our journey up the Austria tomorrow. As we headed down you could see over the valley the clouds brewing and getting ready to explode. At the moment we are between flights enjoying the business lounge waiting for our (delayed) flight to Venice. We spent some time exploring the open-air museum. Today walking up the valley from one of the cutest little villages was a really pleasant walk through farm fields and pine forests. On this one we did not tent. Really enjoyed it. Hang in there you’re a tough cookie. We pushed further than the guide book said as we are rapidly running out of time, we might even have to jump forward a bit more in the next few days just to get to the end in time. They had stopped for the day and were catching a taxi down to Stall, where we were staying, we however were going to keep walking our way down to Stall. It was an amazing walk today and even though it was hard work at times it so was worth it. We met more people today hiking sections, still no going all the way. Good luck you two. Mark is coping quite well with the weather, at least better than me. When up on the Kolovrat ridge and look around you are looking at the battlefield of the Isonzo Front. So now we will have a restful night before we head up to the base of the mountain to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe (2,396m) and to the Pasterze glacier to start our walk back down to town. For the daily tours ranging in length between 10 and 23 kilometres, a good basic fitness level is required. July 3, 2018. Toni Wutte hiked them all in 19 … In Villach pick up your bike and head for Annenheim for a spin around Lake Ossiacher the 3rd larges lake in Carinthia. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Sometimes you can understand why a trail would do this, could be the terrain is dictating how you can go, other times it is because there are interesting sights the trail wants to show you. All good plans mean nothing when they decide to cancel the train your meant to take at the start of your day. Reading up on the area there is a lot of history here from World War One and when we cross tomorrow’s mountain pass and head into the Tiglavski National Park we will come across many monuments and signs of this history. Another hot hot day today. from € 441,-Your offer. Had lunch at the historical Herkuleshof before tackled the down hill run which was so pretty through the forest mixed with pine trees and lush vegetation. It is great to actually know we are in the same place for the next 5 nights as it get so disorientating waking every morning somewhere different. So clear, so inviting, so cold. It isn’t accommodating for the distance hiker in the sense that they make it affordable or even enough places. October 17, 2018. Don those hiking boots and explore some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. He was telling us on the ride that often the busses just don’t show, well ours showed just left early before the train arrived! This is a historical pathway that leads from the Karst plateau into Trieste. A very varied hiking week on the long-distance hiking trail of the Alpe-Adria-Trail. We spent a good part of the day up high over the 2000 m level and after the 5th summit I just stopped counting. We had a wonderful stay at the mountain Hutte and was great to see so many people staying and enjoying the mountains. Best views while enjoying a beer in Heiligenblut. This trail has not got the history behind it as many of the others we walk as it is a newly created long distance trail developed only in 2012. 26 km. We had such a nice rest up the top at Marterle, there were other hikers we had been Criss crossing with since the start and sitting in the sun was just nice. Day 14 Arriach to Gerlitzen Alpe – 16.5 km (all up). We have been getting frustrated more and more with this trail and although we are enjoying the countryside and the walk we are annoyed that we struggle to get anywhere to stay. Day 21. We woke in the morning and decided that a mountain pass today was not going to be a wise choice with the weather forecast to have storms at 10 am and 12 am and Mark (though feeling better) was quite sick the day before. I really think the distances in the guidebook are not very accurate and think you need to add at least an extra 3+ km to what they say. There were many day walkers we met along the way enjoying the sunny day, quite a few families which was great to see the kids exploring. We ascended 1,159 m and descended 1,150 m. We knew we had quite a climb ahead this morning, the book had 8 km we did more like 11 km and up it did go. He didn’t even try and quite frustrating and really puts a sour note on what could be a great walk. Finally the terrain gave us some relief and we were scooting along at a great pace through fields and along dirt roads, dropping down in metres quickly. That’s right. There were many people out and about hiking today, all seemed to be day trippers just really enjoying the beautiful sunshine. The guide book refers today as an easy day with only a ascent of 490 m and a decent of 787 m. We were only about a km out of town and we came across a small deer, taking a still along the path, maybe he is walking the trail too. He unwinds the window and asked do we need a lift? After walking the path we reached a major road and crossed over heading up hill towards the next section of the trail. Slovenia Hiking: Alpe Adria Trail 5days- self guided includes accommodation in a … As we head further down we are following the water flow from the melting glacier and if runs into Lake Sandersee, apparently this lake has been expanding as the glacier retreats. Tonight we are staying in one and it is just amazing. The trail, also known as ” The Garden of Eden” is not only a scenic trail, but also a cultural and historical experience. I feel so drained and each km feels like an effort but I’m staying strong and moving on. 8 Days on the ALPE ADRIA TRAIL- Döbriach to Faaker See - Duration: 6:40. Apart from the heat I really found today’s walk to be just pleasant. is there an option to Hike with tents?. Individual hiking trip with 3 stages. We stopped at a bench seat at the 8 km mark with incredible views, unaware we still had 3 km to go thinking we will reach there really soon. This is how the Alpe-Adria-Trail tastes - A culinary hiking trip. » continue reading. We will see how I feel in the morning though, I might change my mind. Tomorrow we are heading to a place called Stall, with the first 8 km straight up! Last night we stayed in a village called Kleindorf in a 4th generation Pension, Pension Maier. We saw many more people on the trail, mostly only walking for 4 or 6 days, we have not met anyone walking the whole way yet. Day 17 Kranjska Gora to Trenta to Bovec 25kms plus a bus ride. And while some days on the Alpe-Adria Trail have been similar, they’ve all also been different. The trail was so confused we couldn’t make heads or tails of it having to back track for quite a way and believe me when you are tired and at the end of a shitty day you really don’t want to be doing that. These places are mountain huts that offer food and drink and some even a place to stay. By the time we found the public section we just wanting to keep moving as the sky was grumbling more and Mark was just done for the day. We are looking forward to meeting up with a friend from Perth who also is walking and should arrive Friday. South Australia. Always the way. Enter the Alpe-Adria Trail. The first part was enjoyable, more so on sights than weather, the best scenery we have had in a few days. What a great way to end this trail by getting there by sea! A lot of the time we figure we were heading in the right direction so it will do. The path is carved out of the hillside and was used in times of past for the copper mines where the copper was trained out by horse-drawn trains. It’s a great walk for families, with only very few spots which could be more challenging for younger kids, such as a few swing bridges. About a km out of town you come across the crystal clear and beautiful lakes of Jasna before following Pisnica mountain stream. From the village of Heiligenblut you need to travel up to the base of the Mt. Here ears twitching around keeping open for sounds bar for lunch 1915 and 1918 way were. 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