On the second stage through the Nockberge Mountains, an impressive variety of flowers and plants awaits, owing to the combination of calcareous and crystalline prehistoric rock. Your path to the finishing point stage leads you over three peaks. During the luxury Alpine experience, you have the gather your strength between the ascents, because beyond every peak a special culinary surprise awaits. This much we can reveal: it involves regional specialities that help to revive the senses and give you added vigour.
The stage to Falkerthaus and the Lärchenhütte
This stage starts at Erlacherhaus. The tour here first leads from along an Alpine access path to just before the Feldhütte. The No. 171 hiking path northwards takes you to Lake Nassbodensee
The geology of this region is a particular feature, as the chalky rock alternates with crystalline primary rock. This is key to the biodiversity of the different flowers and herbs. After climbing to the forested area, you reach the open Alpine meadows and can see the imposing Zunderwand with the summit cross of the Predigerstuhl shining down.
Continue to the foot of the Zunderwand, where you change to hiking trail No. 13. This takes you through a mountain pasture to Lake Nassbodensee. From Lake Nassbodensee, the path continues via Thörl up to Predigerstuhl at 2170 metres above sea level. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Nockberge region towards the Carnic and Julian Alps, as well as the Hochalmspitze glacier.
Continue along the Erlacher Bockscharte on hiking path No. 14 up to Pfannnock (2254 metres above sea level), which is the highest point of this stage of the hike. From Pfannnock peak you can see Mallnock and the Pfannsee lakes. Continue past the Pfannsee lakes to Rote Burg, and on hiking trail No.161 to Brunnachgatter. After a short ascent, you reach the final summit of this stage, the Mallnock (2226 metres above sea level). From here, you can once again enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Nockberge towards Bad Kleinkirchheim–St. Oswald, before descending via Oswaldeck to the Falkerthaus or the Lärchenhütte.