High and sacred

an Alpine pilgrim trail through Osttirol, South Tyrol and Upper Carinthia

200 kilometres – nine day’s stages – 9,200 metres in altitude

The “Alpine Pilgrim Trail High and Sacred” covers 200 kilometres, split into nine day’s stages, and leads from Lavant via Innichen to Heiligenblut, whereas one place of religious significance is part of each stage. Next to the famous St. Mary’s pilgrimage sites Maria Luggau, Kalkstein in Innervillgraten, and Obermauern in Virgen, also regional gems like St. Korbinian in Assling or St. Oswald in Kartitsch will be visited. On average, each day’s stage comprises 20 kilometres length and more than 1,000 metres in altitude. The total walking time amounts to about 65 hours.

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testify to a long history
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convinces with handmade, regional products
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testify to the great creative power
The trail
The trail
conveys beauty, gratitude and faith
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Pilgrim's Booklet - Prologue:

The pilgrimage trail "High and Holy" combines long-distance hiking in alpine mountains with pilgrimage and spirituality. It addresses a deep longing of people today and invites them to hike inward over mountains and borders. Silent paths lead over mountain yokes to holy, strength-giving places.

This pilgrimage book may be a discovery aid for personal searching: to become free in the head, to become one with body and soul, to become open for the connections of meaning, to be on the way with alert senses for the wonder of creation and to taste the simple. We may trust that the life of us human beings finds fulfillment in the face of God. Pilgrimage and pilgrimage are an expression of a holistic search and life towards the decisive encounter with God, which is the way and
the goal for believers.

In addition, there are many useful additions and information on accommodations, transport connections and opening hours up to date. Already the planning and implementation of "High and Holy" was a joyful pilgrimage with many pilgrim companions.

Many thanks to all of them, especially to the volunteers of the pilgrimage team, who are also the authors of this pilgrimage booklet, to the staff of the "Bildungshaus Osttirol", to the project partner market town of San Candido, to all tourism associations, communities, deaneries and parishes. They were all a blessing that may have a far-reaching effect!

 

Bernhard Kranebitter, Dekan at Lienz

High and sacred - check the alpine pilgrim trail at the interactive map Osttirol

High and sacred – an Alpine pilgrim trail through East Tyrol, South Tyrol and Upper Carinthia

starting point:
Lavant
destination point:
Heiligenblut
highest point:
2654 m
total walking time
65 h
distance
194 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
11200 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

The stages of the Alpine pilgrim trail

Stage 01 from Lavant to St. Korbinian

starting point:
Wallfahrtskirche in Lavant,
destination point:
St. Korbinian
highest point:
1054 m
total walking time
6 h
distance
19.7 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
989 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Section 02 from St. Korbinian to Maria Luggau

starting point:
St. Korbinian
destination point:
Maria Luggau
highest point:
1877 m
total walking time
7 h
distance
19.2 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1713 hm
🞽
difficulty
average
state: Teilw. Geöffnet

Stage 03 from Maria Luggau to St. Oswald

starting point:
Maria Luggau
destination point:
St. Oswald
highest point:
2218 m
total walking time
7 h
distance
25.3 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1200 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Stage 04 from St. Oswald to Innichen

starting point:
St. Oswald
destination point:
Innichen
highest point:
1397 m
total walking time
7 h
distance
24.2 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
459 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Stage 05 from Innichen to Kalkstein

starting point:
Innichen
destination point:
Kalkstein
highest point:
2526 m
total walking time
7 h
distance
14.5 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1422 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Stage 06 from Kalkstein to St. Jakob im Defereggental

starting point:
Kalkstein
destination point:
St. Jakob im D.
highest point:
2502 m
total walking time
8 h
distance
20.4 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1170 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Stage 07 from St. Jakob im Defereggental to Obermauern

starting point:
St. Jakob im D.
destination point:
Obermauern
highest point:
2620 m
total walking time
8 h
distance
20.2 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1742 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Stage 08 from Obermauern to Kals

starting point:
Obermauern
destination point:
Kals
highest point:
2206 m
total walking time
9 h
distance
24.9 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1440 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Stage 09 from Kals to Heiligenblut

starting point:
Kals
destination point:
Heiligenblut
highest point:
2654 m
total walking time
8 h
distance
22.5 km
🔋
altitude meters uphill
1411 hm
🞽
difficulty
average

Pilgrim guides: mountain and hiking guides

More information

Timetable Heiligenblut - Lienz and Lienz - Lavant: www.vvt.at
Weather conditions: Osttirol weather
Current path status and information on path locks: www.hochundheilig.eu or contact the local tourist information.
Booking: Book your tour at https://www.bookyourtrail.com/trail/osttiroler-bergpilgerweg-hoch-und-heilig

Luggage transport: Possilbe for online bookings.

Information: https://www.bookyourtrail.com/trail/osttiroler-bergpilgerweg-hoch-und-heilig 
Best season: June - September

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