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ST06 AAT: Innerfragant - Mallnitz

· 7 reviews · Long distance hiking trail · Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park
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  • Am Alpe-Adria-Trail
    / Am Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Kapelle Laas
    Photo: Andreas Kleinwächter
  • / Staneralm
    Photo: König & Prinz, Community
  • / Aussicht ab den Staneralm
    Photo: Robert Tine, Community
  • / Blick von Staneralm übers Mölltal
    Photo: A. Kleinwächter, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Beim Almgasthof Himmelbauer
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Alpe-Adria-Trail hoch über Obervellach
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Hoch über dem Mölltal
    Photo: datacycle-kaernten
  • / Alte Mallnitzstraße am Rabisch
    Photo: P. Angermann, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Weg nach Mallnitz
    Photo: Robert Tine, Community
  • / Weg nach Mallnitz
    Photo: Hermann Holzinger
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This stage of the trail is like taking a trip back to the “good old days”. At first the trail leads downhill from Innerfragant to the Möll Valley. Then after a longer ascent to the Staneralm Alpine pasture, the crowning glory of this stage awaits you in the form of a crossing with many beautiful views as we head towards Mallnitz, the Alpine pearl of the National Park!
Distance 23.3 km
8:00 h
1,215 m
1,100 m
Over the centuries, mountain farming during the summertime has left its mark on the Alpine cultural landscape of the Möll Valley. But there have also been and still are farms here which are inhabited all year round and are situated at a substantial altitude, far above the valley floor. Today if you visit the Himmelbauer, an idyllic Alpine guesthouse on the route from Flattach to Mallnitz, you can only guess what privations must once have existed for the inhabitants with no access road and no car to reach the valley, or how difficult it must have been for the children to get to school. Life on a remote Alpine mountain farm probably had very little in common with our romantic image of Alpine mountain lodges. And yet when we visit a farm like this today, we still long for the “good old days”.

Author’s recommendation

Recht lange Etappe mit längerem Aufstieg (Flattach - Staneralm rund 2,5 h) im Mittelteil - rechtzeitiger Aufbruch daher empfehlenswert!
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Update: November 08, 2021
Highest point
Staneralm, 1,556 m
Lowest point
Außerfragant, 696 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Hotel Flattacher Hof
Almgasthof Himmelbauer
Hotel-Restaurant Bergkristall**** Mallnitz

Safety information

Kurze, etwas ausgesetzte Stelle wenige Minuten nach dem "Himmelbauer" Richtung Mallnitz.

Tips and hints

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Innerfragant (1,069 m)
46.961745, 13.056633
46°57'42.3"N 13°03'23.9"E
33T 352150 5202746



Turn-by-turn directions

From Innerfragant we first follow the road towards the Möll Valley for about 2 kilometres, descending gently all the time. At the point where the road begins to ascend again we turn off right onto a gravel path. We follow this, almost on the flat to start with and latterly ascending somewhat, to the Laas mountain hamlet. From here we descend via several hairpin bends into the Möll Valley, which we reach at Außerfragant. We walk just briefly along the main road, and after just a few metres we turn left off the road and walk uphill in the little village of Kleindorf until the first left-hand bend. Immediately after this bend we turn right towards the Flattachberg.

At an altitude of around 1,200 metres we take a left turn off the asphalt road and follow the signposts for the “Staneralm”. Partly on a forest road and partly cutting off the bends via footpaths we ascend through the forest until finally, already close to the Staneralm, the view opens up across wide stretches of Carinthia as far as the Karawanken. The striking Mittagskogel can clearly be identified! Further stretches of the Alpe Adria Trail can at least be anticipated from here. With just a few minutes’ more effort we could reach the Bschellnighütte mountain lodge, which is open for part of the year. However, our route leads us downhill, past the old “Staner houses”, some of which have been modernised, as far as the Himmelbauer Alpine guesthouse, an inviting place to stop for a bite to eat. The view from the terrace is unparalleled!

From here, to conclude a fairly long stage, the crossing to Mallnitz awaits us. This firstly runs towards the village of Lassach, mostly descending slightly. If you want to spare yourself the final (minor) ascent to Mallnitz, you can opt for the bus here. Our route leads into the forest on the left-hand side (in terms of the ascent) and upwards along the road to Mallnitz, and finally through Alpine meadow landscape we reach the Rabisch district of Mallnitz. From here we hike almost on the flat through a carefully tended rural cultural landscape until we come right into the centre of the “mountaineers’ village” of Mallnitz.


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Public transport


Getting there

Bei Kleindorf (Gemeinde Flattach) zweigt die Zufahrtsstraße zum Mölltaler Gletscher von der Mölltal-Bundesstraße (B106) ab. Über diese Straße direkt in die Ortschaft Innerfragant.


46.961745, 13.056633
46°57'42.3"N 13°03'23.9"E
33T 352150 5202746
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • 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

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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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MAIK Pfeifer
October 13, 2020 · Community
Anders als bei den Etappen davor sollte man die Umleitungen nach den Schildern gehen, GPS nicht upgedated. Schilder sind gut und verlässlich. Andernfalls geht man oberhalb Flattach in den Wald, der absolut nicht passierbar ist. Die 2 große Umleitung betrifft die Staner Alm, welche umgangen wird ca. 200m tiefer. Direkt zum Himmelbauer. Dritte Umleitung ist bereits Richtung Mallnitz. Dort ist der halbe Hang abgestürzt. Umleitung gut beschildert, aber nicht sehenswert. Übernachtung war im Eggerhof, sehr gut. Aber inzwischen geschlossen! Generell muss aktuell sehr auf die Schnee Verhältnisse geachtet werden!!!!
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Birgit Jürgenhake
August 20, 2018 · Community
Vorerst unsere letzte Tour. Unser Kwartier war Hotel Badmeister, oberhalb Innerfragant, mit Wellness, (sehr angenehm mal zwischendurch). Der Chef war so nett uns ein Stück ins Tal zu fahren, das hat uns eine lange Strecke Asphalt erspart, die wohl auch ein Nachteil der Tour ist. Eine lange Kletterpartie durch den Wald, dann ein Schotterweg und wieder Waldweg. Eine wunderschöne Tour!
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Nicole Valenta
August 10, 2018 · Community
Anstieg Ausserfragant sehr schweißtreibend, schöne Wanderung dann Staneralm, Himmelbauer (eher geschockt als Trail Wanderer, da Autos bis zur Tür hochfahren u etwas zu pomös. Hätte gerne etwas einfacheres, originales auf der Tour erwartet. Bin dann gleich wieder weiter über steilen Waldabschnitt, langer Weg in Tal nach Mallnitz.
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Freitag, 10. August 2018 19:20:07
Aussicht ab den Staneralm
Abstieg nach Rabbisch
+ 10

23.3 km
8:00 h
1,215 m
1,100 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available


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