Summits as far as the eye can see… This is one of the best meadow-traversing, ridge-walking, view-granting hikes along the Venediger High Trail, bringing you close to prominent peaks such as Hoher Eicham, Großer and Kleiner Hexenkopf, Säulkopf and Rauhkopf. Sure, the terrain is rugged. And yes, the trail has some steep ups and downs. But the tread is good, the vertical suffering short-lived and the scenery gorgeous. Culminating on a ridge named Eselsrücken, literally, ‘the back of a donkey’, the hike gives a panoramic payoff of jagged peaks and emerald ridges that will leave you momentarily paralyzed. From the ridge, it’s a short walk down to Bonn-Matreier-Hütte Hut, a beautiful shingle-clad shelter that is your base for the night.
Eagle View ·A rewarding one hour walk takes you from Eissee Hut to Eissee Lake, a pristine and clear Alpine lake flanked by rocky peaks. Wrapped in stunning scenery, Bonn-Matreier-Hut sits on a ridge of the southern flank of Eicham Range. One of the finest viewing outposts in the area, the hut will leave your head spinning as you try to identify a seemingly infinite array of peaks spread out before you: from close-ups of Lasörling Range all the way to the Dolomites and Schober Range. If the weather is clear, you’ll even have wonderful views of 2,864-metre Triglav, Slovenia’s tallest mountain.
Eagle Kick ·Peak baggers may want to nab the pinnacle of 3,371-metre Hoher Eicham Peak; the trail furiously works its way up to the top of Hoher Eicham from Bonn-Matreier-Hut. Noted for being one of the most striking Three-Thousanders of Venediger Range, with four ridges spreading in all directions, grade II-III climbing and rock scrambling awaits intrepid ones. The climb from the hut to the summit takes some 3.5 hours to complete.