Trans Tyrol
Trans Tyrol
Family Mont Blanc Tour
Trans Tyrol
Trans Tyrol
Trans Tyrol

Trans Tyrol Trek


ALPINE HIKING FROM GERMANY TO AUSTRIA

The Tirolerweg also know as the Trans Tirol trail crosses from Germany to Austria and is home to two beautiful mountain ranges. the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrol. Link well maintained mountain trails of the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountain Ranges through alpine valleys and overnight in charming mountain cabins and country hotels offering a perfect blend comfort and alpine hiking.

Highlights

  • Hike the Trans Tyrol Trail with time to explore along the way
  • Enjoy some of the best hiking in the alps including through impressive gorges and along balcony paths
  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wetterstein & Karwendel ranges
  • Explore Schachen Castle
  • Stay in charming mountain hotels and cabins with warm hospitality

The Trans Tirol trail links the Olympic towns of Garmisch in Bavaria with Innsbruck in Austria. Visit Schachen Castle, hike impressive gorges and balcony trails and cross the Karwendel National Park to the Nordkette pass. Complete the journey with a cable car ride down to the Innsbrucker valley. Fresh mountain air, alpine flora and fauna, and breathtaking panoramic views makes the route from Garmisch to Innsbruck is a walkers paradise. The trail is demanding at times and requires previous alpine hiking experience and a good level of fitness.


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! :-)

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.

The physical challenge and the guide's knowledge of the geological origins of the mountain terrain were huge benefits.

The trip was fantastic, a great mix of mountain terrains, spectacular views and authentic cultural immersion. Our guide, Sarah, was enthusiastic, friendly, skilled and knowledgeable, well-prepared and fun to be with.

Itinerary

  • airport
  • meet in
  • accommodation
  • route
  • cable
  • transfer
  • On arrival in Garmisch make your way to the joining hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the town. Overnight in Hotel Dreimohren 3* in Garmisch.

  • 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. Overnight in Hotel Dreimohren 3* .

    Route: 11km/7miles, 950m/3117ft ascent, 30m descent/100ft main descent by cable car. Approx. 5 hours.

  • Today begins with a walk through another superb 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 which we can visit on route. The last stage to our mountain cabin where you stay tonight offers hikers incredible mountain views and is an absolute delight. *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 Leutasch.

    Route: 9.5km/5.9miles, 1500m/4921ft ascent and 180m/590 ft descent. Approx. 4.5 hours.

  • To view sunrise in these mountains is spectacular 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 route then eases and follows the valley floor to reach Scharnitz, well know in winter by cross country ski enthusiasts. Scharnitz is considered to be the gate to the Alpine Park Karwendel.  Overnight at Hotel Risserhof, Scharnitz.

    Route: 18km/11miles, 910m/2984ft ascent, 1700m/5577ft descent. Approx. 6-7 hours.

  • 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 for you to relax and soak up the scenery. Option to take a walk up to Sunntiger Spitze. Overnight in the comfortable Halleranger 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/3.5miles or 11.8miles, 550m/1804ft or 850m/2789ft ascent = Approx. 2.5hrs or 6-7hrs

  • 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. We complete our Trans Tyrol trail with a ride down to Innsbruck followed by a celebratory final meal. Overnight in Innsbruck at Hotel Central 4*.

    Route: 12.2km/7.6miles, 1150m/3773ft ascent, 720m/2362ft descent. Approx. 6 hours.

  • 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


  • 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. 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.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    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. 

  • 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.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The 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 £170 per person.

  • We 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.

    Please note your guide/instructor 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. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • 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. 

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is 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 because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    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 your day of activity. 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 choose to 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 and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day 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. 

  • 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 only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this 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 please contact us. 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 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.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water that is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel 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. 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 for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. 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 recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    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.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. 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. 


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What's Included

  • The guiding services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • 5 nights half board accommodation ranging from guest houses to 4 star hotels including: breakfast and dinner, based on two people sharing
  • 2 nights half board in mountain cabin accommodation: breakfast, and dinner in the Schachenhaus and Halleranger hut. Rooms with up to 12 people in bunks. Upon early booking we can usually reserve private rooms for 2-4 people.
  • Guides accommodation and expenses
  • Luggage transfers which can be arranged everynight except when staying in the 2 mountain cabins
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers to and from the start of the trek
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Sheet sleeping bag
  • Your cable cars fees to Garmisch and to Innsbruck (approximately 30€)
  • Transfer in Karwendel Valley if choosing the shorter day
  • Entrance to the gorges - but this is reduced with your local visitors pass (approximately 5€)
  • Lunches; we find that our guests enjoy buying local food, or you can order a picnic from our accommodation

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! :-)

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.

The physical challenge and the guide's knowledge of the geological origins of the mountain terrain were huge benefits.

The trip was fantastic, a great mix of mountain terrains, spectacular views and authentic cultural immersion. Our guide, Sarah, was enthusiastic, friendly, skilled and knowledgeable, well-prepared and fun to be with.

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At a Glance

From Price £1395
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 7 Days
Group Size 10
Maximum Altitude 2500m (8202ft)
Countries Visited Germany, Austria
Meet In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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