Trans Tirol Trek
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The route to the Zugspitze the highest mountain in Germany
A ridge walk with a stunning view
Expoloring the gorges on the Trans Tirol
Spectacular hiking in the Tirol

Trans Tirol Trek


The Trans Tirol Trail

This trip takes us along the Trans Tirol trail, known as the Tirolerweg, and through two beautiful mountain ranges, the Bavarian Alps and the Tirol. It links the well maintained mountain trails of the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountain Ranges passing through alpine valleys. We overnight in characterful and cosy mountain cabins, as well as country hotels offering a perfect blend of comfort and alpine hiking.

Highlights

  • Hike the historic and stunning Höllental Gorge
  • Enjoy views of the Zugspitze, highest mountain in Germany
  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wetterstein & Karwendel ranges
  • Visit the famous village of Mittenwald, making violins since 17th century
  • Explore Schachen Castle, historic home to a King

Our hike links the Olympic towns of Garmisch in Bavaria, Germany with Innsbruck in Austria. Fresh mountain air, alpine flora and fauna, and breathtaking panoramic views makes the route from Garmisch to Innsbruck a walkers paradise. The trail is demanding at times and requires previous alpine hiking experience and a good level of fitness.


The trip was very good with fabulous views and I especially enjoyed the Hollental Gorge. The accommodation and food was excellent in both the hotels and the mountain huts. Our guide Arno was first rate! Very knowledgeable about the area, flora and fauna. Fun to be with and at all times concerned about the group and our welfare. I would highly recommend him. For Bob and myself it was just so good to be back in the mountains after too long a break!!!!!

 
 
- Fran, UK 2023

Fabulous itinerary; excellent accommodation; wonderful company.   Christine. UK 2023

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Sarah was so great! She was easygoing and had a good rapport with all of us, explained things well, helped us feel safe and confident...and could keep us going! We love you Sarah, and if I had a French sister, it would be you! :-)

- Jane, USA, 2019

The Trans Tyrol Trek was absolutely beautiful. The trekking was varied and interesting with fabulous scenery, the accommodations and meals top-notch, our mountain leader Sarah made it so fun, and Julia and her office staff were great during the planning process and throughout.

- Louisa, USA, 2019

Itinerary

  • This evening, at approximately 1830 hrs, your guide will meet you and brief you on the journey ahead. for many centuries the towns were two separate communities, Partenkirchen and Garmisch,  and still retain their own identities.  Partenkirchen was on the trade route from Venice to Augsburgh and is mentioned in AD15. Garmisch was first mentioned some 800 years later. However, in 1935 Adolf Hitler forced the mayors to combine the two market towns in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympics. Today the town is often referred to as simply Garmisch, much to the dismay of Partenkirchen’s residents! 

    If you arrive early and wish to explore further a field we can recommend visiting Neuschwanstein Castle apart from it's architectural beauty, history and location it was also made famous for being in the children's film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  • A truly spectacular first day of hiking. We begin with an ascent of the impressive Höllentalklamm, which translates as ‘Hell Valley Gorge’. The route follows the thundering river via a series of tunnels and walkways hewn from the rockface. In 1900 the local alpine club had the idea to create the route to shorten the walk to the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, at 2962 m (9,718ft). After four years of hard labour it was possible to climb through the gorge. Once out of the Höllentalklamm we reach the Höllentalanger Hütte which has stunning views of the Zugspitze north face. Here we have a true Bavarian lunch before the final ascent along a high balcony trail to the Hupfleitenjoch, a high pass. The trail clings to the mountainside and at times is exposed, but always with a  cable which can be used as a handrail when required. At the end of the day we spend the night on the mountain at Kreuzeck. 

    Ascent: 1244m (4081ft)  Descent: 376m (1233ft) Distance: 10.3km (6.4 miles) Duration: 6-7 hrs

    No access to luggage tonight. 

  • Today we leave our mountain hut and head out along the Bernadeinsteig trail. This is a lovely path which begins by traversing the eastern slopes of the mighty Alpspitze. The summit of the Alpspitze which sits at 2628m (8619ft) has a distinctive pyramidal peak which is the symbol of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is one of the best know and most attractive mountains in this part of the world, and is predominantly formed from Wetterstein limestone. We turn a shoulder just at the treeline and then it's a decent descent as we make our way to the Bockhütte. This hut is in a great position beside the Partnach river, and makes a lovely coffee stop or early lunch. The history of the hut can be traced back 300 years, and is closely linked to the gazing laws of the area which date back to 1408. Once we have refuelled we have a steep climb up through the Oberreintal, which sections of narrow balcony trails and rocky steps. Once above the trees the views are very special, and eventually we pop out at the viewpoint above Castle Schachen. This was King Ludwig II’s mountain cabin which sits just above our accommodation at Schachenhaus. It is no surprise that the King decided to build his cabin on this spot, the views are incredible!

    Ascent: 905m (2968ft) Descent: 697m (2286ft) Distance: 10.7km (6.7 miles) Duration: 5-6 hrs

    No access to luggage tonight.

  • To view the sunrise in these mountains is spectacular and we recommend you rise early to witness it! This is a spectacular day, and we begin with a steady climb up the narrow limestone ridge line behind the hut. At times the trail it narrow and there is a sense of exposure, but the trail is good and does not pose any particular difficulties. At all times you are surrounded by limestone spires and peaks as you make your way to the Meilerhütte, at 2366 m (7,760ft). This historic hut sits right on the frontier between Germany and Austria and has been offering hikers and climbers hospitality since 1898. From here it’s downhill for the rest of the day as we enter what feels like a remote valley, and descend on trails that are sometimes loose and rocky. At all times we are surrounded by sculpted limestone ridges on the skyline. The descent into Leutasch is sustained, but we are heading for a comfortable hotel and a gorgeous Austrian village which makes up one of the 26 hamlets that create the municipality of Leutasch. 

    Ascent: 561m (1840ft) Descent: 1312m (4303ft) Distance: 10.6 km (6.6 miles) Duration: 6-7 hrs

  • From the Leutasch valley we hike over to the beautiful Bavarian village of Mittenwald as we re-enter Germany where we will spend the night. Today begins with a steep forest track which certainly stretches the calf muscles, until it levels off at the Hoher Sattel, a gentle pass where various trails meet. Here we start our day proper with a traversing trail which climbs steadily across the mountainside. This trail will definitely keep you focused as there are sections with exposure, and you may find you are also using your hands with some brief scrambling. What we would call a true Alpine hike that will be enjoyed by those who love to feel they are truly in the mountains. We eventually pass the Arnspitzhütte which is a small unstaffed bivouac hut which is useful for a rest or lunch stop. After the hut the trail becomes easier and follows a magnificent ridge line offering views all the way back to the Zugspitze which we saw on the first day. We are then descending to our overnight stop at Mittenwald. The village is know for its colourful painted houses and its violin-making history. It is also know for the pink 18th-century church of St. Peter and St. Paul Church which has beautiful frescoes.

    Ascent: 1010m (3312ft) Descent: 1202m (3942ft) Distance: 14.3km (8.9 miles) Duration: 7-8 hrs

  • We have an easy ride to begin with today, as we take a taxi up to Isar-Ursprung, the source of the River Isar, and here we begin our hike which takes us first to Kastenalm, a popular lunch destination, which is the end of the public road. We are now on the Adlerweg, the Eagle's Way, as we head deeper into the mountains. The Adlerweg is a new route set up by the local tourism authority to show the best of the region, and we follow it today to the beautifully situation Hallerangeralm hut. On the way we pass meadows with livestock grazing, and overall this is a more mellow day, though the cart track after Kastenalm is steep! We aim to reach our hut around lunchtime and you can then choose to relax on the sun loungers on the terrace or join your guide for an ascent of the Sunntigerspitze with a summit at 2321m (7613ft) which offers spectacular views of the Karwandel range. If the weather is good this is well worth the extra effort knowing that you will return to this gorgeous hut for good food and perhaps a beer! The statistics below include the summit of the Sunntigerspitze, otherwise the day has 547m (1794ft) less of ascent and descent, and 5km (3 miles) less in terms of distance. 

    Ascent: 1194m (3916ft) Descent: 591m (1938ft) Distance 12 km (7.5 miles) Duration: 6 - 7 hrs 

    No access to luggage tonight.

  • Today is our final day of hiking and early morning we leave the lovely meadows of the Hallngeralm as we head for our first pass, or joch, at Lafatscher at 2081m (6,825 ft). Once over the pass its down and around to a high traversing line across rocky terrain on a balcony trail to the spectacular Stempeljoch. Once through the pass we continue not the Adlerweg towards the Pfeishütte where we will aim to have a break. The terrain today feels wild, rough and rocky, and you are definitely 'in the mountains'. The Pfeishütte sits on high ground at the end of the Samertal valley in the middle of the southern Karwendel range at 1,922m (6304 ft), and is surrounded by the majestic peaks of Rumer Spitze, Stempeljochspitze, and Bachofenspitze to name just a few. From here we will meet the day hikers coming up from Innsbruck and it is often a shock to suddenly be in amongst the crowds, but you cannot blame them for hiking to this destination because it is simply stunning. After lunch we make our way along the Goetheweg trail to the Top of Innsbruck, and the highest viewing point of the 2300m (7544ft) Hafelekar. Then we literally 'drop' into Innsbruck on the cable car, and we have arrived at our destination. The city of Innsbruck is the capital of the Tirol, and the 5th largest city in Austria. It is a beautiful place to spend some time, and you might want to consider an extra day at the end of your trip to explore. 

    Ascent: 1120m (3673ft) Descent: 595m (1951ft) Distance 13.6 km (8.5 miles) Duration: 6 - 7 hrs 

  • Today is your departure day. Your trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment. 

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. All of our trips are based on two people sharing a bedroom, what we call a 'twin' means two single beds in one bedroom. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. Note that it is very rare to have air conditioning in European mountain areas, and most bedrooms do not have this facility. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. If you have any questions about the accommodation please contact us.

Atlas Grand Hotel - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

There is no better way to start your week than indulging yourself whilst staying at the wonderful 4* Atlas Grand Hotel.  It is located in the old town and provides an ideal place to explore the local area when you arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  You may, however, just want to spend the afternoon in the hotel and enjoy a visit to the wellness centre, a coffee and cake in their cafe, or perhaps head down for a cool beer or delicious wine in the tavern.  We are sure you will enjoy the traditional welcome from the hotel team and enjoy the opulent surroundings. 

Kreuzeckhaus

Mountain Lodge

The historic Kreuzeckhaus sits at 1652m (5418ft) above Garmisch-Partenkirchen offering stunning views of the Wetterstein mountains. This is a traditional style mountain hut serving typical Bavarian food. Accommodation is in large bedrooms with up to 3 people per room. We avoid the larger dormitory style rooms whenever possible, but the cannot be ruled out during busy periods. Enjoy a Bavarian beer while sitting on the terrace and watching the sun go down. There are a total of six showers available to guests. 

Schachenhaus Hütte

The Schachenhaus Hütte is a wonderfully historic mountain hut situated next to the former summer mountain hut of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. You can in fact take a tour of the King's rather lovely summer house. The hut itself is characterful and offers traditional dormitory style rooms, as well as some bedrooms. It is a fabulous place to see the sunrise. 

The family who run the hut have been doing so for several generations and on arrival it is a treat to sample the home made cakes! There is a washroom and a toilet block in a separate building. The washroom has separate areas for males and females, which means you can get a decent wash while preserving your modesty! There is also a drying room for any wet kit.

The Hubertushof

Hotel

The Hubertushof Hotel is in the village of Reindlau, in the Leutasch Valley on the famous Seefeld Plateau, which is home to many cross country ski trails. However, we will be there in summer to enjoy a drink on the terrace. The Pfeffel family who run the hotel, are originally from Wachau, in Lower Austria, and moved to the mountains in 1991. The hotel is bordered by the Wetterstein and Mieminger mountains, as well as the Gaistal mountain pastures. The hotel has a swimming pool and spa area.

Alpenhotel Rieger, Mittenwald

Hotel

The Alpenhotel Rieger is to be found near the centre of the lovely village of Mittenwald. Hospitality has been in the Rieger family's genes for three generations, and they have been welcoming guests for more than 60 years. The hotel is decorated in traditional Bavarian style, and has a swimming pool, sauna and steam room. All bedrooms have a TV, work desk and private bathroom. Most rooms also have a balcony or terrace with Alpine views. Breakfast is served buffet style. 

 

Halleranger-Alm

We adore the Halleranger-Alm mountain hut which was built 400 years ago. It is in a stunning location and the sunsets can be glorious. Truly one of the most spectacular places we have stayed with wonderful and amusing hospitality from Evi and Horst Schallhart who's family have run the hut for 180 years. There are even rocking chairs on the terrace!

The hut has traditional dormitory style bedrooms, but also some bedrooms. The toilets and showers were new in 2021 and there is a drying room for any wet hiking gear. The food is traditional for this part of Austria and you will not go hungry. 

Central Hotel Innsbruck

Having been away from the maddening crowds for the week then being thrown back into the busy and historic centre of Innsbruck may be a bit of a shock. However the  4* Central Hotel will provide a quiet oasis to relax after your week of trekking. It blends styles under a single roof, with a traditional cafe and a contemporary feel to the hotel rooms. Placed in the hearts of the town it provides a great base to explore Innsbruck in the evening and provides easy access to the transport hubs as you head on from your holiday. 


  • This tour travels north to south starting in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany and ends in Innsbruck in Austria. Both destinations are easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.

    Travelling around Europe by train or coach is very easy.  We recommend using Trainline and RailEurope to plan your train travel, and Flixbus or Eurolines if you prefer to travel by coach.  Please refer to our blog for more information on travelling by public transport.

    Innsbruck and Munich are the closest international airports to the starting point making shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange. At the end of the tour Innsbruck airport is 20 minutes away and Munich 2 hours 15 minutes by road.

    Please contact us if you need further advice on your specific travel requirements.

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Summer mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    However, in the summer months it is generally good in the Alps, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

    Even in mid-summer we can be faced with overnight snow especially when we have spent the night in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut at higher altitude. 

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. If you have any questions with regards to what to bring, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

    Equipment

    • Walking boots - comfortable & waterproof, with a good tread. We have no objection to ‘low cut mountain walking shoes’ if they have a stiff sole for rough terrain. Be aware that early season snow can remain on the high passes and boots may be necessary!
    • Walking Poles – optional, but highly recommended
    • Rucksack – 30-35 litres, ideally with a chest and waist strap, try using it loaded before your trip
    • Rucksack liner or cover - to keep the contents of your rucksack dry
    • Water container - 1 to 1.5 litres, or hydration system
    • Short gaiters – useful, but not essential
    • Umbrella - useful for shade on very hot days/rain showers

    Clothing

    • Waterproof jacket - this MUST be waterproof. We can encounter heavy rain in the mountains and you need to be able to stay dry and warm
    • Waterproof over trousers - we consider these vital items for the reason given above. We reserve the right to ask you to purchase waterproof trousers if we deem them necessary, or to ask you to miss a day of the trip if you are not properly equipped for the weather
    • Trousers - comfortable walking trousers allowing free movement
    • Shorts/skort
    • Sun hat
    • Warm hat
    • Hat - sunhat
    • Gloves x 2 - one thick, one thin
    • Base layer e.g. t-shirt, thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket/shirt
    • Socks - technical walking socks 2/3 pairs
    • Duvet jacket/second warm jacket
    • Thermal leggings - optional

    Comfort

    • Sunscreen
    • Lip salve
    • Insect repellent - recommended
    • Sunglasses - eye protection is essential
    • Tissues
    • Antibacterial hand wash - small bottle
    • Supplementary snack bars/chocolate/trail mix
    • Book/Kindle/Music

    Documentation

    • Passport, plus a paper copy
    • Mountain Rescue Insurance - compulsory
    • Travel Insurance
    • Credit Card
    • Cash - Euros 
    • Waterproof bag for documents

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication - if required
    • Antiseptic cream/spray
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatories
    • Glucose tablets
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets – like Dioralyte
    • A few throat lozenges
    • Blister plasters 
    • Blister tape eg. Strappal
    • Bandaid plaster

    Items for the nights in mountain huts

    • Sheet sleeping bag 'liner' - lightweight ‘silk or cotton liner’ to be used under the blankets/duvet. You can buy one at the first hut if necessary for approximately 18 euros
    • Ear plugs - optional, but advised
    • Head torch - plus batteries
    • Lightweight towel
    • Teabags – optional, tea is expensive, whereas ordering hot water is less so
    • Sandwich bag - to carry your packed lunch from the huts 

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use in accommodation
    • Clothing for use in accommodation
    • Toiletries - including shampoo/shower gel as not all accommodations provide this
    • Swimwear for pools and spas
    • Camera
    • Padlock - for luggage being transferred
    • 1 Medium sized - kitbag/holdall/suitcase

    Your luggage will be moved each day by a taxi driver. Please restrict yourself to one bag of approximately 15kg (33lbs) per person. Not all hotels have 'lifts' and you must be able to carry your luggage upstairs. There may be a charge imposed by the taxi company if you have more than 1 bag, and we would ask you to cover this. 

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. The price of a single room is £520 per person or £340 not including the 2 nights in mountain huts.

  • Tracks and Trails go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation for the countries that they work in.

    Note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    Your hiking guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page.

  • This trip is graded 'Difficult'. It is suitable for those of you who consider yourself ‘hill-walkers’, these trips involve longer days at an altitude of up to 2800m (9184ft) on good paths and tracks. A good level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day on rougher paths. There may be an occasional day with ascents/descents of up to 1350m (4428ft). We would expect you to have previous experience of walking on consecutive days in the mountains, and have experience of hiking in bad weather. Expect to walk 5-7 hours per day. 

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support on all but 2 of the nights, which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required. On the nights you are in the mountain huts, you will need to carry just a few extra items in your rucksack.

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons, the most important of which is food waste. In general our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you purchase your own snacks rather than throw away items from the picnic lunch which we would supply.

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout the day. Buying snacks and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with local people and to practise your language skills.

    If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. Each evening you can order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market. In all cases we would ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks the evening before you depart, and not in the morning when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have maps of the itinerary you will find that those listed below cover the route: 

    Alpenvereinskarte 2014: Bayerische Alpen 1:25,000

    Alpenvereinskarte 2015: Karwendelgebirge Mitte 1:25,000

    Alpenvereinskarte 2013: Karwendelgebirge West 1:25,000

    Alpenvereinskarte 2011: Wetterstein -und Mieminger Gebirge Ost 1:25,000

     

     

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will often only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you are vegetarian his is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet contact us

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel or mountain hut is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water.

    Due to rising temperatures in the summer months some mountain huts are having to restrict water usage. Which may mean that you are unable to shower in some mountain refuges.

    At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly.

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

    We ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 


What's Included

  • The guiding services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • 4 nights half board accommodation ranging from guest houses to 4 star hotels: based on two people sharing
  • 3 nights half board in mountain cabin accommodation 
  • Guides accommodation and expenses
  • Luggage transfers to next accommodation, not including the 3 mountain huts
  • Transfer to the Karwendel Valley from Mittenwald
  • Entrance fee to the Hell Valley gorges
  • Admission to Kings House Museum
  • Cable cars fees to Innsbruck

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers to and from the start of the trek
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Picnic Lunches
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At a Glance

From Price £1895
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 4-10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2366m (7760ft)
Countries Visited Germany, Austria
Meet In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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