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Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

from $1,549.00

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 26/07/2019
5/5

Great time

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Paul Mcdermott our guide was brilliant and enthusiastic about the walks and the views as a reward
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul Mcdermott and Bob Mason were both very professional and passed on great knowledge and enthusiasm. Ironed out any problems with ease.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have good quality boots as can be slippery if wet.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My 5th or 6th Exodus trip which shows how highly I recommend their organised trekking holidays.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Fabulous Tyrolean walking - despite the weather!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day five's grade 5 walk to Vorderunnutz was stunningly beautiful, but it was the only walking day that wasn't in the clouds, so it had to be the highlight. I suspect scrambling to the top of Hochiss would have surpassed it, but the clouds were down again making the day atmospheric and challenging, rather than inspirational.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    I walked with Bob Mason on 3 days and Paul McDermott on 2. They are both excellent in every way. They went out of their way to ensure that less competent walkers in the groups were looked after safely.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare yourself for bad weather. It seems as if about 50% of the time the weather is much cloudier/wetter/mistier than the photos show, and even in summer a wet day at 2000m is cold.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The routes on day 1 are distinctly less interesting than the other 4 walks. The grade 3 walk was almost entirely on gravel forest fire roads and some tarmac. I'm surprised that a more interesting route couldn't be found in such a stunning location. The hotel exudes old world charm, but three things are noteworthy. 1. The diet of Austria is built on the back of a pig – always served with generous helpings of potatoes and lashings of cream or butter. 2. There is no communal bar/lounge space to get together as a group after dinner. 3. The hotel is rammed with coach parties every day so the Exodus group is <20% of the occupants. Having said that, Hotel Fischerwirt's virtues outweigh its negatives, and you won't ever feel hungry!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

What a wonderful week in the stunning Austrian Alps

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the peak on Day 3 which had one of the most fantastic panoramas ever - 360 view of craggy mountain tops with a relief of what seemed like hundreds of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Stunning!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Graham is an absolutely lovely guy with a great sense of humour and love of the outdoors. He was always very informative and totally involved with the group both on walks and in the hotel. Five gold stars for Graham!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I suppose just that you do need to have a good level of fitness even for the Level 3 walks. I think many would imagine a walking holiday to be very easy walking whilst chatting, but this involves some steep climbs and descents but nothing technical on Level 3 walks. Some of the Level 5 walks were more technical.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just thank you and look forward to my next trip! Well done everyone.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Excellent Walking: shame about the weather!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting at the top of Vordernnutz sunny and warm, with a 360 panorama eating my lunch. Brilliant and well worth the haul up to the top.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very, very good. Clearly very experienced and knowledgeable about the area. Oozed competence and confidence. I would not hesitate to go with him again.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The level five walks are physically demanding, even for a very fit, keen 63 year old like me. Five walks in six days with over 1000 meters of up most days is not easy. You need to be fit, motivated and have the right kit for mountain walking. However, if it's your thing, then it's very rewarding.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The weather was not particularly kind. I chose the level 5 walking, and the views from the mountain tops were obscured by cloud on four of the five days. On the day it cleared, the views were superb! That said each walk was rewarding challenge. Hotel generally was good. It was busy and the staff work very hard and are quick and efficient, however this can sometimes appear a little brusque. However it was never noisy in the rooms (3rd floor in our case). Our room was of a good size, clean, with an excellent shower, plenty of hot water irrespective of time of day, and comfortable (if a little firm) beds. Good choice at buffet style breakfast. Also, the evening food was plentiful and filling, always arrived hot, which for such a busy place is no small achievement. However, the overall selections and quality were perfectly acceptable, but hardly inspiring, and could have been a little more varied. Overall, good but could be better for only a little more effort.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Excellent holiday in the Austrian Alps

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Moments: The beautiful meadows, views of and from the mountains, challenging myself to do the level 5 and succeeding, snowbumming, farmhouse lunch and homemade cake (level 3), friendly people who all got on well with each other
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Paul and Louise were excellent in their attention to detail, supporting walkers of all levels, knowledge of the terrain and flora and flexibility in modifying walks due to extreme weather (30C degrees). Each night after dinner they briefed you on the hikes planned for the next day and were very open about details and difficulty. They went beyond the call of duty to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You do need a level of fitness for these hikes. The paths can be steep and rocky. A level of comfort for walking long distances and 500m+ of ascents and descents is advised. Vegans: There were plenty of food options for vegetarians but for vegans it was limited and the food, albeit plentiful, not very inventive. Be prepared. Breakfast can be tricky since it is very meat and cheese centric. The hotel was very accommodating and provided non dairy milk for the muesli and coffee and soya yoghurt due to my request. For packed lunches, I brought peanut butter from the UK (although you can probably buy it from the local supermarket) and made peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Honesty, there would not be much for choice for lunch for vegans.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Also my experience with the internet in the hotel was poor - if I was able to log on it would not be for long before 4G kicked in. After trying too many times I gave up. The result is I used up my allotment of data and had to buy more from my supplier. Suggestion: Buy extra data in the event the internet does not work when you are there.

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