Thurntaler circular hike

Mt Thurntaler, the local mountain of Sillian, offers a gorgeous view on the surroundings - here we make an easy hiking tour with a side-trip to the Lake Thurntaler.

The cable car of the Sillian skiing area (not operating daily in summer!) takes us up to 2,100 m asl where the mountain station Gadein is located. The first section we walk towards north, first lightly then quite steeply uphill along the gravel road. After about half an hour we reach the area of the “Drei Seen” (Three Lakes). The path proceeds further uphill to the peak of the Thurntaler mountain which separates the Hochpustertal valley from the Villgratental valley.

Here we follow the path with the marker “Bonner Höhenweg” (Bonn high-altitude path) which proceeds along the mountain crest towards west. Arrived on the Astatt mountain saddle we decide to make a side-trip to Lake Thurntaler which is located about 1 km further south westerly.

On the way there we enjoy fantastic views on the Braies, Sesto and Lienz Dolomites, on the Carnic Alps, the Deferegg Alps and the Venediger Group in the very north. On our way back we follow the path n° 10B (after the Astatt saddle) towards Gadein (mountain station) and take the cable car down to Sillian again.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: mountain station Gadein (cable car starting at Sillian/Panzendorf)
Route: Gadein - Three Lakes - Thurntaler - Bonner Höhenweg - Astatt saddle - Lake Thurntaler - Astatt saddle - Äussere Hochalmhütte mountain hut - Gadein
Signpost: Drei Seen, 10, Thurntaler See, 10, 10B
Distance: approx. 9 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: approx. 420 m
Altitude level: between 2,090 and 2,405 m asl
Experienced in: July 2015
Further information: Sillian Tourist Board, phone: +43 50 212300

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