Day 1 Arrive Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Easily accessible from Munich airport (2 hours 20 mins), Garmisch is a hiker’s heaven, due to its proximity to the Zugspitze and various other peaks and trails in the area. Considered the Alpine capital of Germany, the town centre is traditional yet vibrant, with lots of restaurants and activities on offer.
Day 2 Choice of walks from Garmisch
Take the cable car to the summit of Vank at 1,780m above sea level (payable locally). Follow a loop walk around the mountain which offers continuously beautiful views of the surrounding peaks.
Alternatively, explore the 150m deep gorges of the Höllentalklamm. Follow this adventurous, circular route over paths and bridges passing countless waterfalls up to the Höllentalanger Hut.
Vank Walk: 14 km, 300m Ascent, 1275m Descent
Hollentalklamm Walk: 12 km, 930m Ascent, 930m Descent
Day 3 Walk to Mittenwald
From Garmisch, ride the Eckbauer cable car (payable locally) to the start of today’s walk at 1,237m. Continue on foot to one of Germany’s highest altitude villages; Wamberg. With only 27 inhabitants and a story-book location, it seems as if time has stood still here. Ascend Kramberg mountain (1,391m) for impressive views over the towering peaks of the Karwendel, and descend to the spa town of Mittenwald; tonight’s overnight location.
Walk: 15 km, 245m Ascent, 560m Descent
Day 4 Walk to Hallerangerhaus Mountain Hut
A short taxi transfer (included) brings you to the trailhead. Follow a steadily steep path alongside the Isar river, all the way to its source. Stop at the Kastenalm; where you can refuel on sandwiches and homemade cake before tackling the final meters of ascent. Spend the night in the Hallerangerhaus (1,768m) and enjoy a hearty evening meal with fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
Walk: 18 km, 840m Ascent, 50m Descent
Day 5 Walk to Absams - Hall
A spectacular day of walking awaits. Ascend on a steep trail to Lafatscher Joch (2,080m). On clear days you will be rewarded with views of the Grossglockner - Austria’s highest mountain. A long descent brings you to the Isstal valley and the Berggasthof St Magdalena, an ideal rest spot. Continue downhill through the Halltal valley to Absams. From here, you will be transferred to the town of Hall; an historical Tyrolean market town.
Walk: 13 km, 375m Ascent, 1360m Descent
Day 6 Walk the Zirbenweg
After two challenging days hiking in the Karwendel, today’s walk is much more relaxed, but doesn’t compromise on spectacular mountain views! Take a bus and cable car (payable locally) to Glungezer mountain station (2,000m). From here, follow the popular Zirbenweg panoramic trail with fabulous views over Innsbruck, the Karwendel and the Nordkette mountain range. Descend by cable car and take a bus (payable locally) to Innsbruck ; Austria’s Alpine capital.
Walk: 8.5 km, 115m Ascent, 210m Descent
Day 7 Free Day Innsbruck or walk in the Nordkette
Spend the day exploring Innsbruck’s cultural and historical treasures. Wander the streets of the late-medieval old town, stopping at cafés between visiting the Habsburg Palace and the Baroque cathedral.
Alternatively, take the Nordkettenbahn up to Haferlekar (2,300m) where the popular Goetheweg begins, an exciting panoramic trail with amazing views of Innsbruck and the surrounding valleys. Hike to the cosy Pfeishuette and have a hearty meal of home-made sausage and sauerkraut.
Walk: 10 km, 670m Ascent, 675m Descent
Day 8 Onward Travel
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and begin your onward travel. If you have time to spare, we highly recommend adding an extra night or two in Innsbruck to really get a chance to explore. Just ask us!
Spend 6 nights in 3* hotels and guesthouses and 1 night in a mixed sex dorm in a mountain hut. All of our accommodations are hand-picked and offer a warm welcome to walkers. You will find an example of the accommodation we normally use below. If these accommodations are not available we will use a hotel of a similar of better standard than those described.
Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Austria and Germany (Doppelzimmer in German) are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo walkers but a solo walker supplement is payable. We recommend that solo walkers be experienced Alpine hikers. Single rooms and double rooms for single occupancy are available should someone in your party wish to have their own room, again a supplement is payable.
7 breakfasts are included in the cost of your trip.Breakfast is always buffet-style with various options available. Expect a continental breakfast with bread, jams, pastries, yoghurt and muesli available. Usually there are also local meats and cheeses, eggs and fruit on offer.
6 Dinners and all lunches are not included so you have the freedom to choose from what’s on offer each day. You may be able to order a packed lunch at your accommodation for the following day, or you can find bakeries and shops in each town to stock up on food for your hikes. There are plenty of options for dinner each night, either at your hotel or in nearby restaurants. Dinner is included at the mountain hut.
Food in Austria and Bavaria is hearty and traditional, with meat and cheese being some of the dominant ingredients! Tiroler specialities include ‘Tiroler Gröstl’, a bacon, onion and potato fry-up topped with a fried egg. In Bavaria, sausage is king so be sure to try one of their specialities like ‘Weisswurst’. ’Käsespätzle’ is a kind of eggy pasta topped with melted cheese and sometimes crispy fried onion– it’s the ultimate comfort food. Bavarian beer is world-famous and for good reason! Enjoy a refreshing ‘stein’ after a day of walking– delicious.
Hotel Schatten - Garmisch
This is a traditional hotel located in the heart of Garmisch. Enjoy genuine Bavarian hospitality with satisfying regional cuisine, bright rooms and a warm atmosphere.
Comfy, spacious rooms and a superb spa area await at this centrally located three star hotel. Enjoy dinner at the traditional Bavarian restaurant.
Located at 1,768m above sea level, this mountain hut benefits from a dramatic location nestled below towering peaks. Recently renovated, there is a cosy lounge, terrace and drying room. You will be sleeping in a mixed sex dorm with shared bathroom facilities on the landing. A sleeping bag liner/ sleeping sheet is required.
Gasthof Badl - Hall
A family-run guesthouse located directly on the banks of the Inn river. Just a few minutes walk from the old town of Hall, the rooms are bright and newly renovated. In the on-site restaurant, the proprietor is also the chef!
Hotel Zach - Innsbruck
Centrally located, with modern rooms and a delicious breakfast buffet. One of the Old Town’s main attractions, The ‘Goldenes Dach’ (golden roof), is only a few minutes walk away, as well as the Nordketten cable car.
Time of Year & Availability
You can start your Alpine adventure on any day except Mondays between the end of June and mid September. Please keep in mind that the weather can be changeable at high altitudes, and cold fronts can occur even in the summer (snowfall in the Alps at the height of summer is not unheard of). Any time during this
period is ideal for walking, mid-July to mid- August is high season and
the towns along the way will be busy with local holiday makers. June and July is the ideal time to catch the Alpine wildflowers in full bloom.
Grade & Terrain
This tour is rated moderate. Distances vary from 12– 18km, and the ascent/descent is considerable, ranging between 300-950m each day. Some days are more on the strenuous side (day 4 & 5 for example) and some on the easier side. To get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape, be sure-footed and comfortable using cable cars. The terrain is alpine, and paths are a mixture of woodland trails, rocky mountain paths, gravel tracks, boulder strewn-paths and faint, narrow grassy trails.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
All of the walks are way-marked and we also provide you with turn-by-turn instructions for each walk, maps and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, so you will have no problem finding your way.
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. Please note that there is no bag transfer to the Hallerangerhaus (day 4) due to its remote location. On this day, you will carry a few overnight necessities in your day pack, and you will be reunited with your luggage the following day at the next accommodation (day 5).
Travel during the trip
Some walks can be started directly at your hotel, and some require short transfers by local bus or cable car. These transfers are not included in the cost of the trip and are payable locally. . Instructions and information concerning public transport will be given in your trip route notes.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which ncludes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Getting to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and from Innsbruck
By Air: Fly into Munich airport where you can take a train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (approx. 2.5 hours with one change). Alternatively, fly into Innsbruck Airport from where you can take a bus to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2 hours 45
mins). We can also organise private transfers from either airport to the
start point, just ask us for more information.
Innsbruck, simply take the train back to Munich airport (approx. 1 hour
45 mins, direct) or depart from Innsbruck airport, which is just a 10
minute taxi ride from the centre of Innsbruck.
Train times and more info can be found in English at www.bahn.de/en
- 6 nights in 3 star hotels and guesthouses
- 1 night in a mixed sex dorm in a mountain hut
- 7 breakfasts
- 1 dinner
- Transfers and bag transfers as per the itinerary
- Detailed information pack , route notes, maps and access to our navigation app
- 24/7 support from our UK office
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Garmisch and from Innsbruck
- All lunches and 6 dinners
- Public transport (including cable cars)
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Additional nights before, during or after the walk
- Single Room Supplement(s)
- Solo walker supplement
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is rated moderate. Distances vary from 12– 18km, and the ascent/descent is considerable, ranging between 300-950m each day. Some days are more on the strenuous side (day 4 & 5 for example) and some on the easier side. To get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape, be sure-footed and comfortable using cable cars. The terrain is alpine, and paths are a mixture of woodland trails, rocky mountain paths, gravel tracks, boulder strewn-paths and faint, narrow grassy trails
Which is the best airport to fly to?
The closest airport is Munich or Innsbruck Airports which are served by flights from throughout Europe and around the world.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. This is a very popular area with holiday makers!
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/trail shoes with a solid sole and good grip, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers a day pack and hats. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack. A detailed kit list is included in your information pack.
How do the baggage transfers work?
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. Simply leave your luggage at the reception of your hotel by 9am and it will be delivered to your next hotel before 5pm. Your bag cannot be transferred to the Hallerangerhaus mountian hut due to its remote location. On this day, you will carry a few overnight essentials in your day pack, and be reunited with your main bag the following day at your next hotel.
When is the best time of year?
You can start your Alpine adventure on any day between the end of June and the end of September. Any time within this time frame is a good time. Please keep in mind that the weather can be changeable at high altitudes, and cold fronts can occur even in the summer (snowfall in the Alps at the height of summer is not unheard of).