Most days it is out by 3 km or so but today it was a whopping 6 km! We managed to shelter for a bit under a think grove of trees before it lightened enough for us to get moving again. She was quite a distance off so the photos are not great but to see her with my own eyes was special. That's why we didn't rest during the winter break but prepared many new things for the 2019 hiking season on the Alpe-Adria Trail. The first 11 km into the village of Dollach was a bit more up and down that we expected but even so it was a very pleasant walk. Funny enough we saw a barge set up with filming equipment, filming! We looked for wild animals but only saw a deer, though heard many marmots and even a cookoo bird. Only a sheet while as we will be crossing back soon then back to Italy. Individual pleasure hiking trip with 2 stages. The Trail runs mainly through the non-Alpine area and as far as possible there are only slight differences in altitude. ______________________________________________________________________________, Day 23. He was sadly the only one we saw today, I was hoping that seeing one so early in the day would be a sign of more. For more details on how to start planning your route, take a look at our comprehensive hiking guide: © 2020 Bradt Guides. 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. Alpe-Adria Trail Stage 2: Tiny Towns. Last night we stayed in a village called Kleindorf in a 4th generation Pension, Pension Maier. We traverse around this lake to were we come to our first bridge which happens to be a suspension bridge, (anyone who knows me knows I am not great with suspension bridges but this one has a wooden platform to walk on so I coped well). 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. Tomorrow we will try and push ourselves for one more border crossing back to Italy. Date of departure is 28th June 2018! Really enjoyed it. Each stage leads along a defined route which can be walked in both directions. We would have spent 30+ minutes once we arrived up there just to have a look around and go into the museum which is quite interesting but in the end we just wanted to get walking. There was no one way there and it certainly was not a straight across passage. Bad Kleinkirchheim to Arriach – 18 km. Day 21. It was getting darker and rain heavier, the thunder storm a whole lot louder and Mark yells back “did you hear a car?” (We hadn’t seen a car since the morning), I said no it is the thunderstorm. 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. In Austria and Slovenia they like you to pre-book and for some areas up to 2weeks in advanced. Walking in them gave me a weird feeling knowing that many fought, lived and died here over the four years. A temple was erected by the Romans in the name of the God Hercules. “We were stuck for a while in the not moving anywhere anytime soon line”  along with many other tired passengers just wanting to get through customs and wanting to get on to their destination. Sometimes we forget in life to take these moments and before we know it time and life has passed us by. We watched a lot of kayaks heading down the river and boy that looked like so much fun. And despite the route passing close to some major population centres such as Trieste, it manages to remain, for much of its length, wonderfully green and remote. Funny enough (and not planned this way) but we are leaving exactly the same day and flight time as we did two years ago for Norway! We followed the stream up for the longest time, always having the rugged and dramatic chalk mountains looming over you. As we headed down you could see over the valley the clouds brewing and getting ready to explode. The legend has it that she had prophesied the death of the legendary chamois buck, Zlatorog, and as punishment turned to stone. Lunch was at the Alexander Hutte that had views overlooking the valley and lake below. Discover the beautiful Kranjska Gora, the gorgeous Soca Valley, and end your trip in Bovec, the adventure capital of Slovenia! We were suppose to have a 3 hr train ride to get to Villach in Austria then with a 40 min layover before catching another train to Spittal then an hour layover and a bus to Heiligenblut. 6:40. We are not used to starting so late and it was around 10:30 am before we did get walking. Yes I’m whinging but sorry it doesn’t stop here. It was also a day for us to just reflect on the journey we have already had and look at what we have left. I did not enjoy it one bit (except the cold water fountain we found after the first 20 km. On this one we did not tent. Over the years we have gotten very good at just getting on with it. Mark is coping quite well with the weather, at least better than me. Bit slow in writing this post as we did have a long day walking but the real reason was we have a friend who lives here and he picked us up after we finished our days walk and we are staying with him for a few nights. And what a way to spend his special day than high in the Austrian Mountains. One minute you can see your trail and the mountains around you and the next it is gone! This is the beautiful trail of three countries that will take us from the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, Mount Grossglockner, taking us from glaciers, through mountain range, valleys, past rivers and lakes and ending at the Adriatic sea at the harbour town of Trieste Italy. I would certainly recommend the stay here. We did see others who were along the way and there are some campgrounds. Always cows. This is where we made the decision that we were done, it was just way too hot to continue and to be honest we feel like the trail was done. Today is Mark’s 50th Birthday! What a strange set of circumstances that played out! All in all a pleasant walk. It goes back inland and up into the hills then tomorrow takes you back across the border to Slovenia and back again to Italy. These places are mountain huts that offer food and drink and some even a place to stay. When we reached the lake, Faarker See, It had become extremely humid (as most days) and the storm clouds just kept building and building. Oh boy it was a hot walk but regardless of the heat I really found it a nice comfortable one with no major ups and downs or even any scrambling, just a bit of slippery mud but we stayed on two feet so all good. Today’s walk was not anything do extremes of a sends or descends, just a passing through the valley then into the hills. Once you start focusing on something that annoys you then your walk will become a chore and you don’t enjoy where you are or what you are doing. The whole way along this well managed pathway you come across sections of the story and the surrounding gorge as you climb higher into it just gets more and more mystical and beautiful. alpe adria trail - 5 days PRICES AND WHAT'S INCLUDED The Alpe-Adria-Trail connects the three regions of Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in a total of 43 stages and circa 750 km. It was a really enjoyable day for the most part, just the last 7 km I found to be a march constantly downhill on mostly old country roads with nothing inspiring to look at. 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. It is a time to switch off and just be, be in nature and in the moment. Why? Day 4 Stall to Kleindoff – 17km walked and 8km taxi = 25km. 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. What! Feeling very drained out and tired and today was just not fun. FYI The filming we saw happening in Heiligenblut is a new TV murder mystery series. The Alpe-Adria trail is a transnational journey of about 700km in length as it runs through 3 countries -Austria, Italy and Slovenia. 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. Arriving in Dollach we found a great cafe to have lunch and rest along with other hikers some stopping there and others like us deciding to do the extra 9 km to the next town. I really love the look of the Julian Alps. For the Alpe-Adria-Trail you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to react in case of bad weather. Having experience the gorge first up in the morning had set us up feeling very excited about the day ahead. Today we will have our first rest day from walking and play happy tourist as we will be exploring the local area of Seeboden. Adventure training camps in region of Alpe Adria We were so excited to get going this morning, though we had to wait for the taxi bus to pick us up and some other hikers and that wasn’t till 9 am. 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. This was challenging to say the least. There are so many trails around it is easy to not know whether you are on the right one or not. Getting into Kranjska Gora you quickly see this is a real lively village. Loads of holiday makers and most wearing hiking gear so you know that this must be a great hub for hiking. Tomorrow we say goodbye to Austria and hello Slovenia by way of a mountain pass over the Julian Alpes. This is never really a wilderness hike in the true sense – the route has been chosen to make it fairly easy and accessible to all, with stages finishing where there is accommodation in the form of a pension, hotel or a mountain hut rather than charging off into the wilds completely. Green Spirit: Hiking environmentally friendly. It was the conical hill that is in the middle of the Moll Valley. I have never been here before, Mark has on a few occasions, but it was a strange feeling as we were floating along the canals of “I’ve been here before!”. 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. Took a while before I left home to work out the best and easiest way to get where we needed to go and it would have been fine but the first step was cancelled and that was the major step. This 466-mile trail is sectioned into 43 stages, each totalling around 12 miles and varied in easy/moderate terrain. Long distance trekking holidays takes a certain state of mind. A very varied hiking week on the long-distance hiking trail of the Alpe-Adria-Trail. 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. There’s no need to carry a tent (nor will you find very many campsites where you could pitch one, and wild camping is generally prohibited, so you’d do much better to leave camping gear at home and enjoy carrying less), or any more food than a few snacks and sometimes a picnic lunch. The Travel Writer’s Bookshelf: books about yourself. This was one day we were hoping for that afternoon rain and it is the first day we didn’t get any. Through this section however is very little shade and the sun was heating up, so I decided to give my new hiking umbrella a try. Good here other Aussies are out here. She was impressed we were from Australia and come all the way to Austria to walk the trail. ​ HI Helen. 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. Depending on the terrain, stages may have up to 1,500m or so of ascent and/or descent in a day in Alpine areas (1,000–1,300m is more usual), or less than a 100m of ascent and descent in lowland areas, and you can expect hiking times of between 5 and 7 hours a day. Not surprising as looking around at the scenery of the surrounding mountains the views were spectacular. First up lets talk the climb. Taking travel seriously since 1974. LAVENDER FEDERATION TRAIL. Yesterday was over 34°C today was pretty much the same but we did have most the walk in the shade it still was hot. Wait for it………business class! All along the way you were reminded of the history from this area with the remains from WW1. Day 24. Feeling hot hot hot was the word for today. We joined them in this community building for a cuppa. Whether we get to cross the path by foot or go around will be determined in the morning as we heard the weather is storms forecast. As for the trail today there was nothing of real interest to experience. This is how the Alpe-Adria-Trail tastes - A culinary hiking trip. Who knows. We decided to finish the trail we needed to change the way we went about it, after all it’s our journey and we must always remember that. Our journey today was far from uneventful even though we had our route well planned. Day 5 day trip from Mallnitz to Stappitzer See and back -10 km. Once we got through we headed straight to the hotel, freshen up and ready to hit the streets (or should I say canals) of Venice. Tonight we went for a really nice dinner for Mark’s birthday and our friends from Seeboden came over and joined us for drinks. We are coping quite well with the heat and humidity, we just have resigned ourselves to the fact it is what it is so don’t worry about it and just enjoy the walk. No didn’t show and when I spoke to another lady (who was waiting too said the local busses are useless, she was not happy). Particularly, the city of Cradisca, which became well known for the twelve Isonzo battles between 1915 and 1918. The rain held out for the most part and gave us the most spectacular views for miles to see. Weird and as one friend said maybe a little spooky. October 17, 2018. 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. We didn’t bring a tent and we didn’t win lotto so we have to look beyond some of the popular spots on the trail which means moving along a little more. Keep following and I promise to add photos too as we walk along the Alpes to Adria. The walk today was long and hard going but we really did enjoy it. What’s a bit of rain and an angry sky anyway. It was a welcome relief to get to our accommodation yesterday and get that icy cold beer. We stopped in at Gasthof Pension, it was not open for lunch but the beautiful lady there, Christina, was happy to serve us the best chicken noodle soup and cold drink. It certainly didn’t start off gentle for the first 3-4 km and the thunder had decided to start rolling around above though not rain at that point. It has one of the oldest sacrificial alters in this area. Tomorrow we are heading to a place called Stall, with the first 8 km straight up! Apart from the heat I really found today’s walk to be just pleasant. After months of lockdown, we could all do with a breath of fresh air. When we arrived in Prosecco we caught the bus to Trieste. Mark was mostly in front and one minute I see him and the next he disappears into a cloud! When hiking any mountains you really need to respect the mountains and the weather. As you can see we needed that bus ride to the next town sadly and I have to say we are even more frustrated with the whole accommodation situation here more. There is a legend that Napoleonic troops had created this route, giving it the name Napoleon Path, but it is also named after the engineer who planned the route, Vicentini. Part of a detailed guide to the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg international cycle touring route from Salzburg in Austria to Grado on Italy's Adriatic coast. Hiking the Alpe Adria Trail – section 1. 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. 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. 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. We were told at the station to walk down the street, cross the road and at a yellow bus sign wait for the bus to take us to Villach. Some of the best trekking in Austria can be found on the early stages of the Alpe Adria Trail as it passes through the Hohe Tauern National Park. We ask if there is anything in Trenta that they know of and the lady sighs and says ‘I’m tired of trying to speak so many different languages in one day, (rattling off the languages, German, French, English …….. )’ and then she says ‘most places won’t take the advance booking in case you don’t show. 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. 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