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Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

from $1,749.00

Moderate and challenging walks in the heart of Tyrol

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 20
All about the Walking in the Austrian Tyrol.

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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 7 dinners included
* 7 nights 3 -star accommodation Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms ensuite
* Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
* Group normally 6 to 20, plus 1 leader per walking grade
* Local Transport

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • No airport transfers are included on this tour
  • Local taxes (approx EUR 12)

Highlights

  • Beautiful Tyrolean scenery
  • Moderate and challenging walks
  • Traditional local cuisine
  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus 1 leader per grade
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m
  1. 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.**

  2. Day 2 Ascend to the Falkenmoosalm (1328m); descend to hotel.

    We take a walk to the end of the village of Achenkirch and then follow a forest track climbing gently with wonderful views back to the Guffertspitze, before arriving at Falkenmoosalm for a picnic lunch. We contour below Hochplatte, before descending through the forest and all the way back along the valley to the hotel. 24Km; 550m ascent and descent; max altitude 1328m

  3. Day 3 Bus and cable car to start the ascent to Barenkopf (1991m); descent to the Weißenbachsattel (1695m) before we walk back to Zwolferkopf and take the cable car back.

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car to start our walk to Zwolferkops before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m). We descend a short way to the Weißenbachalm (1695m) for a traditional mountain farm lunch before we walk back to Zwolferkopf and take the cable car back.  11Km; 700m ascent, 700m descent;  max altitude 1991m

  4. Day 4 Three high summits of the Rofan Range

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then follow the high mountain tracks from east to west taking in the three high summits of the Rofan Range, Roßkopf (2246m), Seekarlspitze (2261m) and Hochiss (2299m). 10Km: 700m ascent and descent: max altitude 2299m

  5. Day 5 A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.**

  6. Day 6 Bus to Steinberg; walk back to Achenkirch over 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).15 Km; 550m ascent; 600m descent; max altitude 1487m

  7. Day 7 Head to the Rofan mountain range, walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor; descend to lake; ferry back.

    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

  8. Day 8 End Achenkirch.

    End Achenkirch.**

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Where you stay

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 an elevator. 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.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included

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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol -

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views we had from the summits.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul and Louise were always helpful and made all the efforts for us to have a good time. Besides, they are a great company, fun and enthusiastic. We we had a great time with them and we look forward to walking with them in another trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the weather before travelling and make sure you have the appropriate clothing and gear for rain.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Fabulous week of hiking

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking down from our final summit, back to the start of our day's hike and also looking down on two previous summits. Truly magical moments.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was an excellent group leader. His relaxed manner and casual good humour belied the care and attention he gave to ensure that each day's hiking was happy, motivated and well ordered.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I was concerned about going on a group trip for the first time; but it was everything I . could have hoped for. The camaraderie was amazing, the walks were very well selected so that they were always manageable and captured the beauty and joy of the mountains. The hotel, travel and all the infrastructure of the trip were really well managed and Exodus looked after me very well. And the group leaders were great company and great at their job. Hard to see how it could have been improved.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
4/5

Wonderful guided walks

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I most enjoyed that we had enough time to enjoy a rest in scenic places high up in the mountains and absorb the beauty that was surrounding us
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader for group 3 was lovely and made the walks and our stay enjoyable.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Group 3, moderate walking, can be a bit more challenging than on other walks. A few people decided after a few days to do their own thing, but seemed to have a wonderful time as there is so much to do in the area. I took my binoculars and thoroughly enjoyed getting a good view of the chamois and marmots.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is great and staff switch on the sauna on request which was a bonus to counteract stiff muscles after a long day of walking.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Wish I was still there!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the highest mountain of the week in lovely sunshine with a cool breeze and looking at fantastic views - as far reaching as the snow-capped mountains of the Dolomites - and seeing other mountain ranges lower than me. I literally felt on top of the world and it felt a great achievement to have climbed higher than the equivalent of Ben Nevis from sea level.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The two group leaders, Paul McDermott and Louise Russell were absolutely brilliant. They were very professional, knowledgeable and skilled leaders, as well as being a good balance of fun, relaxed and sociable. They made sure every walk was paced for walkers of all abilities and provided chocolate and sweets every day, as well as plenty of well-timed stops so we could catch our breath! Paul and Louise really went the extra mile to make sure we were well looked after and nothing was too much trouble for them. I wouldn't hesitate to go on another trip led by either or both of them as I know I'd have a great time and a high quality experience.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take walking poles if you have them as the mountain paths are often rocky, loose and uneven underfoot, especially on the steeper ascents and descents. If you don't have any, the hotel have some that you can borrow for the week. Pay the 20 euros so you can have packed lunches from the breakfast buffet all week, as the Spar is a bit of a walk away. There is ample choice, including salad items, eggs, ham, cheese, etc, and 1001 different types of bread. Don't forget a lunch box if you have one, so you can be environmentally friendly, although plastic bags are provided. Be prepared for all types of weather, whatever the time of year, and make sure you have the capacity (bottles/hydration pack and rucksack) to carry 2 litres of water and all your waterproofs and suncream each day, as you'll probably need it all at some point. Do make sure your fitness levels are sufficient beforehand as the mountains are steep (naturally) and the walks, whilst well-paced, will be far more enjoyable if you don't feel like you're dying the whole way. The pace of the holiday itself was quite intense (well, for me at level 5 walks, anyway): breakfast at 7.30am, out around 8.45am, back between 4-5pm, dinner at 7.30pm, end of dinner around 9-9.15pm, then (for me) pretty much straight to bed. I'm glad I booked a few days off work afterwards to recover! The hotel does have a washing machine, if you need it. The wifi was 1 euro for the week but its quality seemed variable. I was on the 3rd floor and mine was fine, but others seemed to struggle. On the plus side, the hotel gives you two vouchers on arrival: one for free coffee and cake, and one for a free large alcoholic or soft drink. Take a good appetite with you as food is plentiful and comes in large portions! :-)
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would highly recommend this trip and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. The area is beautiful, the views from the mountains on good days are fantastic and the tour guides were the best. If you're sitting on the fence over whether to do this trip or not, just book it! You won't regret it.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Ticked all the boxes for an active week of walking in fabulous scenery

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching some of the summits particularly on the Friday which had amazing views
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was very attentive to the group and incredibly knowledgeable on the plants and animals and shared plenty of information during the walks. The atmosphere was always friendly and supportive and overall organisation was excellent.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring suncreme and rain gear - weather was super changeable... Don't be afraid of Level 5, we ended up doing the level 5 walks most of the days. Take the old steam train down to Jenbach on the rest day, it's quite an experience

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