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Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Sterzing

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Cross the Austrian Alps from Germany to Italy
  • Walk in the shadow of the magnificent Zugspitze
  • Enjoy a true high-mountain experience with one night spent in an Alpine hut
  • Feast on regional specialities like kaiserschmarrn, pretzels and local wurst
  • Explore the historical old town of Tyrol’s capital, Innsbruck
Walk the high trails of the Tyrolean Alps on this rewarding inn to inn tour from Bavaria to Tyrol. Starting at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, the trail then takes you through the mystical Karwendel and the Stubai Mountains as you cross the Austrian Alps to reach the vibrant Alpine town of Innsbruck. Take in the local history as you walk past the Maria Waldrast Monastery, the highest monastery in Europe, making your way through the mountains. Enjoy an overnight in the traditional mountain hut, Pfeishütte, in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps - a taste of true Alpine life! Complete your tour in Sterzing, an Italian mountain town where you can enjoy 'La Dolce Vita' in the beautiful old quarter, as you sample locally produced South Tyrolean wine.

What To Expect

This alpine crossing is suited for hikers with alpine experience. You will hike along well maintained and signposted alpine trails which offer great views and tough ascents and descents of roughly 1000 m each day. The walking days are varied with some longer and more demanding days, but these are made of for with some slightly easier days or we can build in rest days to suit you. To get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape, be sure-footed and have a head for heights. On this tour you can look forward to relaxing in comfortable, hand-picked hotels and guesthouses with one night in a mountain hut. Daily bag transfer is included giving you the freedom to walk each day with just a light bag each day.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Mountains
  • Alpine Walking

Grade & Terrain

We have graded this tour as challenging, with some days being easier and others more demanding. This trip is suitable for experienced mountain hikers. The routes are not technically difficult, but some paths follow narrow alpine paths, and it is important for your enjoyment of the tour to have a good head for heights, be sure-footed and not suffer from vertigo as some of the days will involve walking along narrow paths with steep drop offs.

Navigation

All of the walks are way-marked, and we 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.

Experience & Fitness

This is an alpine trip and therefore to get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape, be sure-footed and have a head for heights as some sections can be steep and exposed.

Accommodation Information

We will accommodate you in selected 3–4-star hotels, in a double or single ensuite room. You will stay in a dormitory with a shared bathroom (sleeping bag liner required).

Due to Covid-19 health & safety regulations, the mountain hut requires all clients to bring their own sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner. Please bear this in mind when packing, as these items are essential.

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 on the itinerary. If these accommodations are not available, we will use a hotel of a similar of better standard than those described.

There are only a few accommodations in Trins and Obernberg where availability issues frequently arise during peak season. If this occurs, we will arrange a two night stay in Steinach am Brenner instead of Trins & Obernberg and arrange a transfer and provide information regarding the local bus to travel to the start or end of your walk. You can find more detailed information on this in your travel documents.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of the terrain. Single rooms are available if you require single rooms in your party, but there is a supplement payable.

Included
  • 6 nights in 3 - 4 * hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 1 night in a dormitory with shared bathroom in a mountain hut
  • 1 Dinner
  • Transfer from Mittenwald to the Hinterautal
  • Detailed information pack , route notes, maps and access to our navigation app
  • Luggage transport between the accommodations (except day 3)
Excluded
  • Arrival / Departure Travel
  • Lunch, dinner (except on Day 3: dinner is included)
  • Public transport (including cable cars) (additional costs approx. € 50)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal equipment
  • Tourist tax (when necessary)
Extras
  • Additional nights during the holiday

When To Go

You can embark on this adventure from mid-June to September and you can start your trip any day of the week (except Tuesday). 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 and therefore if you are looking to travel during this time period to book early. June and July is the ideal time to catch the Alpine wildflowers in full bloom.

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).

Weather and Climate

The weather in the Alps can change very quickly. You should be prepared for all weather conditions and pack accordingly. Please bear 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), especially at the beginning of the season at the end of June / beginning of July you may still have to cross melting snowfields.

Getting to the Start

By Train: Garmisch-Partenkirchen has excellent train connections with the Deutsche Bahn network. From most larger cities there are connections via Munich to the Garmisch. You can find more information on the Deutsche Bahn website.

By Car: You can travel by car via the A95 from Munich to Garmisch. There are various parking options in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to park your car for the duration of your trip. Further information can be found in your travel documents. The local tourist information office can also provide information about the options on site.

By Plane: The nearest airports are Munich or Innsbruck. We are happy to organize a private airport transfer for you at an additional cost.

Getting from the End

By Train: From Sterzing there are good connections to Innsbruck and from 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

By Plane: From Innsbruck airport there are direct connection to Frankfurt or Amsterdam and other European cities.

Baggage Transfer

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 Pfeishütte (day 3) 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 4).

General Information

Public transport

On certain days you need to catch a bus to get to the start of your days hike, and they can also be used to shorten or skip a stage (more details are provided in your information pack).

Mountain Railways

On days 2, 4 and 5, the use of mountain railways / chair lifts is required. The mountain railway will need to be paid for locally and the additional costs for mountain railways are roughly € 40.

Tourist and local taxes

In some places there may be local tourist taxes. Where possible, we will cover these costs for you in advance. It is unfortunately not always possible to pay them in advance and therefore you have to pay them directly at your accommodation. The amount varies, depending on the location it is usually between €1 and €3 per person per night.

Equipment

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers a day pack and hats/gloves etc. 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.

You need a sleeping bag for the night at the Pfeishütte.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Day 2 Train to Eckbauer. Walk to Mittenwald 10 miles / 15 km Day 3 Transfer to Hinterautal. Walk to the Pfeishütte 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Walk to the Innsbrucker Nordketten Station. Train to Innsbruck 4 miles / 6 km Day 5 Bus to Mieders, Walk to Trins 8 miles / 12 km Day 6 Walk to Obernberg 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Walk to Gossensaß, Train to Sterzing 12 miles / 18 km Day 8 Onward Travel 

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