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The Adlerweg: Best of the Eagle's Way

7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Hike the most scenic section of the Adlerweg, Austria’s famous long-distance trail
  • Explore the idyllic towns of Pertisau am Achensee and the historical market town of Hall
  • Magnificent Tyrolean landscape of snowy peaks and ice-blue lakes
  • Indulge in typical Austrian delicacies like delicious schnitzel and rich apfelstrudel
  • High alpine life awaits in two spectacularly located mountain huts
Hike inn to inn on the most scenic section of the famed Adlerweg and through the dramatic Tyrolean Alps. The Adlerweg, also known as the Eagle's Way, was established by the Tyrolean authorities as a long-distance trail to showcase the best of the region and was named due to the routes shape resembling an eagle's outstretched wings. Make your way into the heart of the Tyrol and embrace mountain life on this long-distance trail as you cross multiple passes. Admire the Birkkarspitze towering an impressive 2,749m over you, then say goodbye to the mountains' serenity and descend into the historic salt town of Hall, renowned for its Mediterranean-style, historic old quarter. This tour offers a balance of comfortable nights in welcoming family-run hotels with classic mountain refuges and the opportunity to relax at the end of a tough day’s walking with a hearty home-made meal.
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What To Expect

This tour is ideal for Alpine connoisseurs looking for their next challenge, but who prefer more relaxed walking days. Enjoy a balance of comfortable nights in welcoming family-run hotels and spectacularly located mountain refuges. It is rated moderate to strenuous with significant ascent and descent on most days. As with all alpine trips, you should be sure-footed and have a head for heights.

Trip Style:

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

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking, Hut to Hut Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night, A point to point walking trip, staying in a new location each night, usually with remote mountain huts or refuges included

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Mountains

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 15 Years

Grade & Terrain

We have graded this hiking tour as moderate to strenuous, with some days being easier and others more demanding. The paths run on a mix of well-maintained wide & narrow mountain paths, with only a few exposed areas.

Please be aware that some residual snow may lie in patches on the highest passes, but this will not require any special equipment or skills, just some alpine walking experience. Walking poles are essential for this tour. To get the most of this trip, you should be in good physical shape and be an experienced walker, having already done some alpine walking.

Navigation

All of the walks are way-marked, and we provide you with turn-by-turn instructions, maps, and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, for each walk, so you will have no problem finding your way.

Experience & Fitness

This trip is suitable for hikers with some alpine experience and who have a good level of fitness. You should be sure-footed and have a head for heights. The hikes are between approx. 5 and 7 hours (not counting breaks) and have roughly 800 to 1300 m of ascent and descent daily. It is difficult to shorten or skip the walking days, and therefore so you should be in good enough shape to complete each day’s hike.

Accommodation Information

The majority of your nights are in small hotels (generally 3*), and some nights are in mountain huts (sleeping bag lines are required) as hotels are not available in these locations.

All of our accommodations are hand-picked and offer a warm welcome to walkers. 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.

You will find examples of the accommodation we normally use on the itinerary. If these accommodations are not available, we will use a hotel of a similar or better standard than those described. 

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

The trip is not suitable for solo travelers due to the remoteness and difficult terrain. If you require single rooms within a party, a limited number are available, and a supplement is payable. Single rooms are not available in the mountain huts.

Additional Nights

You can add extra nights to the trip if you wish. Please contact one of our Adventure and Destination Specialists to arrange this. 

Meals

Breakfast in the 3* hotels is a hearty buffet selection with plenty of local baked goods, cheeses, and meats. Breakfasts in the mountain hotels and huts tend to be very basic; bread, butter, jams, coffee, tea, and orange juice.  If you prefer something more substantial before walking, we recommend carrying a few energy bars with you each day and supplement your breakfast with one of these. Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local bakeries.

In the mountain huts (days 3 and 5), dinner is included. At most of your accommodations, you can pre-order a packed lunch for the next day as the beautifully situated mountain huts and alpine pastures along the way usually invite you to stop for a break.

Included
  • 4 Nights in 2 & 3 star hotels on a twin/double share basis
  • 2 Nights in mountain huts, in a dormitory
  • 2 Dinners in the mountain huts
  • Transfer from Halltal valley
  • Luggage transport between the accommodations (with exception of days 3 and 5)
  • Detailed maps, information pack, route notes, GPX tracks and access to the Macs navigation app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK & German office
Excluded
  • Arrival/Departure travel
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Public transport such as cable cars/ski lifts/buses
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax (2-3 Euro per town)
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement

When To Go

The trip is available to start on any day of the week from July to October. The region is very popular on weekends, and therefore the availability of the accommodation becomes tight, to avoid any issues we would recommend booking early.

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. 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 (end of June/beginning of July). You may still have to cross melting snowfields.

Getting to the Start

By Train: The easiest way to travel to Pertisau is by bus & train, take the train to Jenbach and catch a bus or take a taxi to Achensee. There are trains to Jenbach from Munich & Innsbruck Airport, and you can find more information on the Deutsche Bahn website.

By Car: You can travel by car via Munich to Jenbach and on to Lake Achensee. You can park the car for the whole week in the Karwendeltäler parking lot (approx. 40 €)

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

Getting from the End

By Train: From Hall and Innsbruck you have good train connections to Achensee and your onward travel. You can easily get to Jenbach by train or to Pertisau by bus to pick up your car.

By Plane: From Innsbruck airport, there is a direct connection to London, 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 on days 3 & 5 (Karwendelhaus and Hallerangerhaus) due to their remote location. On these days, 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.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items, such as proper rain gear, sun hat, and sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and many other useful bits and bobs.

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, a 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.

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.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Achensee Day 2 Walk to Eng-Alm 11 miles / 18 km Day 3 Walk to the Karwendelhaus 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 4 Walk to Scharnitz 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 Walk to Hallerangerhaus 11 miles / 18 km Day 6 Walk to Absams, Transfer to Hall 8 miles / 13 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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