Trans Tyrol Guided Walk

Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wetterstein & Karwendel ranges
  • Explore Schachen Castle
  • Stay in charming mountain hotels and cabins brimming with warm hospitality
  • Enjoy some of the best hiking in the alps including through impressive gorges and along balcony paths

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The border between Austria and Germany is home to two exceptional mountain regions; the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrol, a mountainous area extending from Austria through to northern Italy. Isolated for long periods this region is home to the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountain ranges with their pristine alpine landscapes and a well maintained network of walking trails. The hike from Garmisch in Bavaria to Innsbruck in Austria is demanding at times and requires a good level of experience in alpine terrain. Impressive gorges and balcony trails, Schachen Castle which can only be reached after several hours walking, the Olympic towns of Garmisch and Innsbruck and the Karwendel Massif National Park are a few of the highlights of this walking holiday. Staying in a combination of atmospheric mountain cabins and country hotels, this trip offers a perfect balance of comfort and alpine hiking.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties.
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3-4 star mountain hotels & 2 nights in mountain cabins or huts (comfortable rooms with 2 to 4 people per room)
  • Welcome and tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (except to mountain huts - days 3 & 5)
  • Transfer in karwendel valley
  • Cable car garmisch partenkirchen
  • Route book per room
  • English speaking walking guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Garmisch Partenkirchen
On arrival in Garmisch make your way to the joining hotel. A representative will meet with you at the hotel to explain the route, and answer questions. The rest of the day is free to explore the town. Overnight Garmisch.
Day 2 Balcony path through Höllental Gorge (5hrs)
The walk begins with an interesting ascent through the impressive Höllental (or Hell Valley) gorge. The route takes you through a series of canyons and tunnels hewn from the rockface and follows the thundering river below. Out of the canyon you reach the mountain cabin Höllentalanger hütte which has an impressive location surrounded by stunning alpine scenery including a view to the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze (2962m). Here you can take a rest before the final ascent to the Kreuzberg following a high trail above the gorge. Descend to Garmisch by cable car. Route: 10.9km, 950m ascent.
Day 3 Ascend Wetterstein Massif, visit Schachen Castle (4.5hrs)
The day begins with a walk through another gorge to the foot of Wetterstein Massif. There is a steep climb to reach the “Kings Path” to Castle Schachen, King Ludwig II’s mountain cabin. The last stage to the mountain cabin where you stay tonight offers hikers incredible mountain views and is an absolute delight. Overnight in mountain cabin. *Note – on this day there is no luggage transfer available. You will need to carry your overnight requirements in your day pack. The rest of your luggage will be transferred to Scharnitz. Route: 9.5km, 1500m ascent
Day 4 View sunrise before descending to Scharnitz (7.5hrs)
To view sunrise in the mountains is a spectacular sight and we recommend you rise early to witness it! The route today begins with a traverse across rocky terrain with some ups and downs before a sustained descent into Leutasch valley. The way becomes more relaxed as you continue through to Scharnitz. It would be impossible to tire of the beautiful surroundings during the walk. At the end of the day a wild and idyllic gorge awaits you. Overnight hotel. Route: 17.9km, 910m ascent, 1820m descent
Day 5 Walk in the Karwendel Mountains (2.5 or 5hrs)
The day begins with a vehicle transfer deep into Karwendel valley. The relaxed walk takes you to Halleranger alpine pasture which you will reach after about 2 hours. The day is designed to relax, enjoy the scenery or take a walk up to Sunntiger Spitze. Overnight comfortable mountain cabin. The walking times and ascent will be greater if you choose not to take the vehicle transfer at the start of the day. *Note – on this day there is no luggage transfer available. You will need to carry your overnight requirements in your day pack Route(s): 5.6km or 19km, 550m or 850m ascent.
Day 6 Balcony path to the famous Nordkette of Innsbruck (6hrs)
A marvellous balcony path brings you across several ridges (passes) to the famous Nordkette of Innsbruck. A short but steep ascent requires sure-footedness and stamina. After that the walk becomes easier to the summit station of Hafelekar cable car and your ride down to Innsbruck. Route: 12.2km, 1150m ascent, 720m descent
Day 7 Trip concludes
Arrangements conclude after breakfast.