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Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

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Trip code: 
TDF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New Walking Holidays
Min age:
16

Stretching along the valley at the northern end of Tyrol’s largest lake, the quiet village of Achenkirch is the perfect base for a week of walking. Surrounded by the lush meadows and jagged peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, the walking trails throughout the area are plentiful. With such a great variety of walks, two grades are offered each day (moderate and challenging) with one leader escorting each grade. After 35 years in Trins, we have now moved our walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol to Achenkirch.

Highlights

  • Beautiful Tyrolean scenery
  • Moderate and challenging walks
  • Traditional local cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus 1 UK leader per grade.
  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local Transport

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings
  • Single rooms; Double rooms for single use - limited availability.
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Day by day breakdown
Day 220.0km/12.0miles
Day 317.0km/10.0miles
Day 419.0km/11.0miles
Day 613.0km/8.0miles
Day 715.0km/9.0miles
View of Achensee, Austria

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Itinerary

Achenkirch
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Achenkirch
  • Day 1

    Start Achenkirch.

    Start Achenkirch. In the evening the leaders will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and give advice on the local area.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Level 3 - Ascend the valley to the Seewaldhütte (1582m)

    We walk directly from the hotel up a gently climbing valley to a beautiful path with extensive panoramic views which leads us to the Seewaldhütte (1582m) for lunch; we then descend by an alternative route to the hotel. 20Km; 650m ascent & descent; max altitude 1582m.

    Level 5 - Summit Hochplatte (1813m)

    We walk directly from the hotel up a climbing valley to the Seewaldhütte (1582m) and then on to the summit of Hochplatte (1813m) for lunch before descending by an alternative route via the Feichtenalm to the hotel.

    21Km; 900m ascent & descent; max altitude 1813m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Level 3 - ascent of Bärenkopf (1991m)

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car to start our walk to the summit of Bärenkopf (1991m) with its magnificent views of the lake below. Return via the Weissenbachtal to Seespitze for a ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch. 17Km; 550m ascent; 1040m descent; max altitude 1991m.

    Level 5 - Stanserjoch and Barenkopf summits

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car and climb to the summit of the rugged Stanserjoch (2102m) for lunch with its magnificent views of the lake below and the Inn valley. We then descend back down to the Wellfenbachstaffe before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m).  Return is via the Karwendel cable car after a quick drink at the Barenbadalm for a ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch from Pertisau. 16Km; 1000m ascent; 1000m descent; max altitude 2102m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Level 3 - Walk to farm of Pasillalm (1680m)

    We walk directly from the hotel to climb steadily on a good track to the mountain farm of Pasillalm at 1680m before descending steeply in places to the charming little town of Pertisau to catch a lake ferry boat back to Achenkirch. 19Km; 860m ascent & descent.

    Level 5 - Summit the Rofanspitze (2258m)

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable circuit around the Rofan Mountains including climbing to the summit of the Rofanspitze. (2258m), before going off the beaten track descending via a flower filled meadow before a steep climb back to the Rofanlift catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch.

    12Km; 750m ascent & descent; max altitude 2258m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Level 3 - Walk over the pass at Kögljoch (1487m).

    We start with a short bus journey to Steinberg and then walk back to Achenkirch over a remote mountain pass at Kögljoch (1487m). 13 Km; 500m ascent; 600m descent; max altitude 1487m

    Level 5 - Vorderunnütz (2078m)

    After a short bus journey to Steinberg we climb to the summit of the rugged Vorderunnütz (2078m) towering above Achenkirch before descending on a steep path directly to the hotel.

    18 Km; 1050m ascent; 1170m descent; max altitude 2078m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Level 3 - Walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor.

    Today we take the bus to Maurach and then the cable car to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range. Here we start the delightful Enzianweg path which climbs steadily to a col at Steineres Tor (1978m) before descending to the lakeside for a short ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 300m ascent; 1150m descent; max altitude 1978m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochiss (2298m)

    Today we set off from the hotel along the Eastern side of the lake to Achenseehoff before climbing steeply through the trees and meadows to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range for a second time,  to the imposing summit of Hochiss (2298m), the highest mountain in the range . From here we descend to Maurach via the Rofanlift and the Mauritalm for a drink and Strudel.  Finishing off with a bus ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 1360m ascent; 500m descent; max altitude 2298m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Achenkirch.

    End Achenkirch.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included

Weather

It is fair to say that the weather in the Alps can be changeable in summer, and Austria is no exception. Temperatures during the day can be very warm, especially in July and August, and the resulting humidity can cause some spectacular storms in the late afternoon/early evening. Clear, fresh mountain air in the Alps means that effects of the sun are often not noticed until it's too late, so it is important to make sure that sun block and lip balm is administered regularly. Given the depth of the valleys, it is also difficult to predict when rain is on its way, so carrying waterproof clothing is also to be advised.

Is this trip for you?

Our walks have been selected to make the most of the area. Each evening, our leaders explain what level 3 and 5 walking is on offer for the next day so you can choose which walk to join. This is the main advantage of a multi-grade holiday, as friends with differing ability can travel together.

At both Moderate and Challenging levels there are steep ascents and descents often over quite rocky and uneven terrain. Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking level is recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Level 3 entails walking between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way-marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and on occasion exposed.

Level 5 entails walking between 6 and 8 hours per day at an easy but steady pace. We will be using established trails and mountain paths; these will often be steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks.

In Achenkirch, most days are around 6 hours of actual walking for Level 3 and 7 hours for Level 5, and the level of ascent for level 3 is up to 800m and level 5 usually 1,000m. Please note that when we use lifts, the descent is usually greater than the ascent described.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the exact length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Early weeks in June may need to be limited to lower level routes due to late-lying snow conditions. However, this is an ideal time for abundant alpine flowers and, as it is quieter, there is a good chance of seeing more wildlife.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
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1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt***

The Hotel Fischerwirt opened its doors in 1875 as a traditional and rustically furnished 3-star hotel. Directly located on the north shore of the Achensee Lake the hotel offers easy access to a variety of trails. All rooms are en suite, and double and twin rooms offer a balcony or deck with view of the Karwendel mountain range or of the lake. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. All floors are served by a lift. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome, nice rooms and a lovely spa. Some single rooms as well as double rooms for single use are available; please contact our Sales team for available and prices. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Marjorie Barnes

    Stunning Location

    A wonderful week walking in the surrounding area of Achenkirck. Thanks to both leaders, Bob and Lea, who were super. Our hotel was great with good food, lovely helpful staff and a very nice room with a balcony.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing at the top of the Steiner's Tor and drinking in the views. For a second memory sitting in the restaurant at the top of the Olympic ski jump venue having a great cake and a glass of wine on our free day in Innsbruck.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders were great. I did mainly level 3 walks and Bob Mason was superb. He made the walk so interesting with his extensive knowledge of local fauna and flora. Lea, level 5 guide, was delightful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Dorothy Jackson

    Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

    My first trip to Austria more than reached my expectations . I have undertaken several treks, including Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit, Kilimanjaro and more recently, the Inca Trail. Whilst the altitude was lower, the level 5 walks were challenging and set at a pretty fast pace which definitely gave me a sense of accomplishment by the end of the day! I decided to opt for the level 3 walk on a day when the weather was more inclement and though gentler and lower, it was very enjoyable and still required stamina and a good fitness level. Our Guides, Bob and Lea, were excellent, and it was good to have the option to choose whichever grade you felt like doing each day. The hotel was very good, a spacious room and small balcony, comfortable bed and plenty of hot water to soak tired limbs at the end of the day, plus a sauna down the corridor. The food was tasty and plentiful and the bargain of the week was a packed lunch for 10 euros (for the week!) ! The staff were friendly and very efficient. The hotel is located on the northern shore of Lake Achen, near to the boat landing, so very convenient. The lakeside walk was delightful and a good option on a day when the clouds and rain came down. A good transport system - bus/boat/train - made it possible to visit Innsbruck on the free day and this was a very enjoyable excursion.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After some strenuous climbs and long descents the fantastic views and beautiful scenery made it all worthwhile, particularly the day we were almost knee-deep in snow on the summit - magical.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Lea were both excellent. Lea led the Level 5 and Bob the Level 3. The evening briefings outlined the next day's walks and any questions we had could then be answered and helped us decide which level to go for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A reasonable level of fitness and stamina for some quite long days but no technical expertise really necessary. I would definitely recommend using walking poles, especially for the long descents. There is a well-stocked Spar shop about 15 mins from hotel.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would thoroughly recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Rupert and Jo Livingstone

    Tyrolean trekking

    A wonderful week of walking in the Austrian Tyrol, experiencing extremes of weather and beautiful, relaxing scenery. We opted for grade 5 walks each day (except the last due to the inclement weather) and they were suitably challenging and brought rewards of fantastic views making the effort expended worthwhile. The use of varied modes of transport made the trip more interesting and the return to the hotel on the ferry and the opportunity for a beer and/or ice cream whilst enjoying the scenery pass gently by was a great way to end some of the days. Overall a great week which has suitably tickled our fancy to return to Austria.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were two highlights. Firstly, the Rofan range which was beautiful and gave the sense of being part of the landscape rather than just observing. Secondly, coming out of the cloud in the cable car and seeing a wonderful cloud inversion - close to inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Bob and Anna were excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack for all weather. Our trip at the end of August had swelteringly hot days and a shiveringly cold day, a real shorts to sweater experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have time and are that way inclined, the Air Rofan zip wire is an interesting way to see the mountains. Four of us did it early on our day off and we went from scared silence to exhilarated whoops of joy. It made the coffee and cake at the hut all the better.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Henry Slennett

    Excellent location and great walking in the mountains

    This is an excellent hotel based walking holiday that I would recommend to anyone. The location, entered around Lake Achensee, is fantastic, with both Level 3 and Level 5 walks available. I stuck to the Level 3s, but several people easily switched between 3 and 5. The Hotel Fischerwirt was an excellent base for our walks, offering family run service, and great meals in the evening. Both of our tour leaders, Anna and Paul, were excellent, and I would certainly go on a holiday with them again. If you are looking for great mountain walking, in an excellent location, I would highly recommend this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of the Rofanspitze and enjoying the magnificent views, before descending and taking the ferry back across Lake Achensee to our hotel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Anna and Paul were excellent group leaders, and I would highly recommend them. I would certainly wish to travel with Anna again.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    adam wardman

    good times in the Tyrols

    I loved this trip. I have never been to Austria before and the location and walks featured an array of stunning views. Having the option of Level 3 and 5 walks was great as you vary the level of challenge depending on your ability and how you are feeling! The tour leaders were funny and helpful, though I felt we missed out on many opportunities to stop for cake. You are based by a lake and it was lots of fun using the local ferry, steam train and cable cars to get to and from walks. The hotel was fine, the breakfast and dinners were filling, though Austrian food can be rather heavy and it would have been nice to have had a group meal at one of the local restaurants one night.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was a draw between: Getting to the top of the Rofanspitze; amazing views. Going on the zip-line at the Rofan cable car. I had never done this before and it was an amazing experience

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2! Paul and Ania, they were both good fun, with superb knowledge of the local flaura and fauna, if slightly lacking on knowledge of the location of cake selling Alms!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring poles for the descents, eat all the cake, drink all the beer. If you decide to walk to Pertisau on your free day wear your boots, its trickier than it seems!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Richard Fenn

    Great trip

    Superb walking in a beautiful area. This was a great trip reaching several peaks surrounding lake Achensee. The hotel is fantastic as well, you get your lunch from the breakfast buffet.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Two leaders, both well organised and looked after us brilliantly.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Claire Ferguson

    Great walks

    My husband and I completed this in July this year and it was a really enjoyable trip. The weather was poor all week but it didn't dampen our spirits and that of the guide, Paul. Everyday was filled with laughter, sarcasm and plenty of hard walking on the level 5, all of which was worth it for the views and the overall experience!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting fantastic people and seeing some amazing views!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was honest about the walks each night before so we could decide which level to do, not only that but he was just like a member of our new group of friends we had made, friendly, approachable and definitely up for a challenge and a laugh! He was happy to accommodate extra things we wanted to do like a zip wire and jump in the freezing cold lake, what's more he joined in for all of it! He really made a difference to our holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for poor weather but he experience is worth it no matter what!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Emily Smith

    Emily

    A superb trip, highly recommendable. The level 5 walks were varied and very satisfying - with beautiful flowers, varying terrain and sometimes gave opportunity for a welcome beer / strudel. Led by a good humoured and knowledgable Paul, every day was a happy challenge. The level 3 walks sounded beautiful as well, and there was high praise for their experience of Bob's tasty cakes! Authentic Austrian hotel with a sauna for sore limbs, swims in the fresh lake, good hearty food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlights include the zip wire, the mountain chamois, and all the group laughs. Thank you for an excellent trip.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    James Baxter

    Superb location and walks

    We originally planned to go on the Classic Dolomites trip but decided to take the plunge and try this much newer trip. We're very glad we did and had an excellent time. The area is very well chosen for various reasons, mainly because it is beautiful and offers superb views. We were very lucky with the weather and had a couple of fantastic days with great views all around the neighbouring mountains and valleys. In addition there are excellent public transport links i.e. bus, cable car and ferry which make getting around throughout the week very easy. The trip includes a travel card for all of these which is also a big bonus on the free day, and there's plenty to see and do. The trip offers both grade 3 and grade 5 walks with a different leader for both. It was nice to have the choice and you do of course have the option to pick and choose. We did Level 5 walks on all but the first day and found them challenging in places but perfectly manageable for someone of good fitness, although you do need to be quite sure-footed on all grades. The only point I would make for me personally was that there was more descent than ascent on several of the days which I found hammered my knees. I got the impression that the level 3 walks were somewhat more leisurely and had a much greater emphasis on refreshments, with at least one cake stop at the many mountain huts! We were generally all finished by around 4-5pm which gave plenty of time for a couple of relaxed hours before the evening meal. The surrounding area and the views were of course stunning and there were an abundance of wild flowers and various wildlife. The very friendly cows and goats deserve a special mention too with their clanking bells audible all around. The accommodation and local area in general were very pleasant and the hotel staff very friendly. The food and drink were excellent and of good quality and the rooms were clean and comfortable. An important aspect of any group trip is of course the people and we enjoyed some excellent company. I feel any Exodus trip is going to attract interesting, likeminded and well-travelled people and it took hardly anytime at all for people to get to know each other.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed all of the walks but the climb up to peak of the Rofanspitze and the subsequent views was very rewarding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both group leaders were friendly and approachable. Paul McDermott took the level 5 walks and was laid back and was happy for people to go at their own pace. Paul was quite new to the area himself but had obviously made the effort to learn about the local area as well as the various flora and fauna. Bob Mason led the Level 3 walks and has many years of experience in the region and in Austria in general and had a wealth of knowledge. We were travelling onwards from the trip but hadn't had much time to organise anything, and he was more than happy to give us advice on places to visit which we were very grateful for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The level 5 walks in particular involve quite a lot of descent and this can be quite hard going on the knees. I'd advise the use of walking poles as the ground can be very uneven, steep in places and gravel covered and requires quite a degree of sure-footedness. The weather can be very changeable too with rain and thunderstorms typically rolling in later the afternoon. Packing a waterproof coat and trousers is a must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only that if you enjoy alpine scenery, walking and cake this is the trip for you!
  • Reviewed July 2017
    David Mullett

    Wet but worth it!!

    This has been my first walking trip and our first booking with exodus. We chose the level 5 walks on all of our days out. The walks were challenging but manageable even in poor conditions. The hotel was clean and tidy with great views over the lake and within easy reach of the local shops and bus stop . The food was great and it's a nice that the hotel let you make a pack up for your trips out......ham sandwich anyone???

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not so much inspirational but my highlights include, Thursdays summit of Vorderunutz was fantastic with clear views of Achenkirk and the lake below. Swimming in the lake . Meeting some fantastic people who made my experience amazing!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul's knowledge and relaxed attitude was brilliant. He was happy for everyone to go at their own pace and help those that needed it most as and when required. On a personal level, I felt Paul was not only a great leader but a great member of our team, he'd happily join in with suggestions that aren't in the itinerary, whether it's a dip in the lake, a blast down a zip line or an evening run around the town ,Paul would give it a try. Do leaders come any better than this??? I don't think so!!!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'd recommend using some walking poles. I chose not to but by Wednesday my knees were the throbbing from the decents. I'd also recommend a trip to Insbrook on the free day

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall a great trip that I'd happily recommend ! Well done level 5's

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