High Trails Through a Spectacular Mountain Realm

Overview

Soaring limestone peaks, turquoise lakes, a bounty of summer wildflowers, and geranium-bedecked chalets make the Tyrolean Alps a hiker’s paradise. Our journey through this high alpine world traces a route 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 medieval center. Our team of Trip Leaders offers two hiking options on many days, allowing you to experience this splendid realm at moderate or challenging levels—your choice! Mouth-watering farm-to-fork cuisine 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

Our ridgetop hikes offer panoramic views across hundreds of summits as we follow trails through wildflower-covered alpine meadows and stop in at chalet-style farmhouses that serve delicious local cheeses. One memorable hike leads us along the riverside paths of the sheer Hollentalklamm Gorge, with the river tumbling below. Our hotel, 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 the Heimgarten Hutte 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 Leutasch Valley, with its 26 ancient farming hamlets with fresco-painted wooden houses.

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Days 6-8
Innsbruck

From the charming alpine capital of Innsbruck, with its Baroque architecture and sheer mountain backdrop, we hike from the tiny hamlet of Lehner up into the forested Puittal Valley, tucked away behind the towering cliffs of the nearby Wetterstein range. In the impressive Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountains, we make an exhilarating traverse of a ridge high above Seefeld, with fantastic 360-degree panoramas. Another hike is on 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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Highlights

Highlights

Choose either moderate or challenging hiking options on many days
Distinctive traditional Tyrol culture and cuisine
Ideally located hotels with traditional hospitality

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5295  
Arrive: Kranzbach, Germany
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=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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