Edelweiss, Traditional Villages, and Snow-Capped Peaks


Soaring limestone peaks, gleaming alpine lakes, meadows bright with summer flowers, and welcoming villages with geranium-bedecked chalets make the Tyrolean Alps a hiker’s paradise. Our journey through this classic alpine world cuts a swath from the twin villages of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, nestled at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze in the heart of Bavaria, to Austria’s historic Innsbruck, with its Baroque architecture. Our team of Trip Leaders offers two hiking options on many days, allowing you to experience this splendid realm at moderate or challenging levels. Fine dining and overnights in traditional hotels, including a historic 5-star spa in a spectacular setting, top off each unforgettable day.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany / Hollentalklamm Gorge

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen, head out on ridgetop hikes for panoramic views of alpine summits. We’ll follow trails through lush, wildflower-covered alpine meadows and stop in at chalet-style farmhouses that serve delicious local cheeses and other specialties. One breathtaking trail leads us through the winding riverside paths of the sheer Hollentalklamm Gorge. Our accommodation, the historic Kranzbach, is set on 32 acres of protected mountain meadows in the heart of the Bavarian Alps.

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Days 4-5
Seefeld, Austria / Heimgarten / Leutasch Valley

We hike up to Heimgarten (5,577') for spectacular views, with the Tyrolean Alps stretching out before us, and below us, turquoise Lake Walchensee. Heading into the Leutasch Klamm, the gorge Napoleon traveled to invade Tyrol in 1805, our trail leads us right into Austria’s classic Leutasch Valley, with its ancient farming hamlets with fresco-painted wooden houses.

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Days 6-8

From charming Innsbruck, one of our hikes begins in the tiny hamlet of Lehner and heads up into the forested Puittal Valley to a dramatic mountain pass. In the impressive Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountains, we make an exhilarating traverse of a ridge high above Seefeld, with fantastic 360-degree panoramas, and we’ll follow the Zirbenweg (“Eagle’s Walk”) trail through the oldest stone-pine forest in the Alps to reach the summit of the Viggarspitze (7,566'), with its incredible views of Innsbruck and the Nordkette Mountains. Depart on Day 8.

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Choose either moderate or challenging hiking options on many days
Distinctive traditional Tyrol culture and cuisine
Ideally located hotels with traditional hospitality
On the September departure, stay on to enjoy Oktoberfest!


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5095  
Arrive: Kranzbach, Germany
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

6 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 4-8 hours a day (depending on option), altitudes between 4,000-8,650 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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