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Carnic Alps

Carnic Alps
Friulian: Alps Cjargnelis
Volaia Lake in the Carnic Alps
Highest point
Peak Coglians
Elevation 2,782 m (9,127 ft)
Countries Austria and Italy
Lander, Regioni Tyrol, Carinthia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto
Range coordinates
Parent range Southern Limestone Alps
Orogeny Alpine orogeny

The Carnic Alps (Italian: Alpi Carniche; German: Karnischen Alpen; Slovene: Karnijske Alpe) are a range of the Southern Limestone Alps in East Tyrol, Carinthia, Friuli (Province of Udine) and, marginally, in Veneto.


  • Etymology 1
  • Geography 2
    • Alpine Club classification 2.1
  • Notable peaks 3


They are named after the Roman province of Carnia, which probably has a Celtic origin.

The mountains gave their name to the stage on the geologic time scale known as Carnian.


They extend from east to west for about 100 km (62 mi) between the Gail River, a tributary of the Drava and the Tagliamento, forming the border between Austria and Italy.

Alpine Club classification

The Carnic Alps are divided into two distinct areas:
  • Carnic Main Crest (Karnischer Hauptkamm) (AVE 57a)
  • Carnic Prealps (Karnische Voralpen), i.e. the Friaul Dolomites and their foothills, the former are, from the Mauria Pass southwards, counted as part of the group known as the Southern Carnic Alps (Südlichen Karnischen Alpen) (AVE 57b), which also includes the Bellunese Prealps (Venetian Prealps).

Notable peaks

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