The Kitzbühel Alpine Trail

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  • Hike the best of the Kitzbühel Alpine Trail (the KAT-Walk) through Austrian Tyrol
  • Summit Kitzbühler Horn at 1,996m for panoramic mountain views
  • Stay in 4* hotels with small ‘wellness’ areas; ideal for after-walk relaxation
  • Explore the baroque town of St. Johann and the chic streets of Kitzbühel
  • Dine on hearty regional specialities like Tiroler Gröstl and Kaiserschmarrn
Follow the best section of the long-distance Kitzbühel Alpine Trail (aka the ‘KAT-Walk’) on this walking tour through Tyrol’s stunning Kitzbüheler Alps. Discover picturesque mountains and traditional alpine villages on this unique adventure from Hopfgarten to St. Johann. You will be following the KAT-walk for the first three days to Kitzbühel. From here, the train brings you to the beautifully baroque town of St. Johann where various hiking options await exploration. Hike to the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn, a prominent local mountain, for far-reaching views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, or take a loop walk to the verdant Baumooskogel, St. Johann’s local summit. Stay each night in 4* standard hotels offering the best of Tyrolean hospitality. Unwind in the small sauna areas, the perfect way to end the walking day!
If you enjoy alpine hiking on well-maintained and waymarked paths, with the added comfort of bag transfer and comfortable 4* hotels with wellness areas, then this tour is ideal. Delicious local delicacies really sweeten the deal, with hearty food a deserved reward after a day on the trails. With its ‘moderate’ difficulty rating, it’s a perfect tour for first-time Alpine walkers. Follow a mix of narrow mountain paths and wide walking trails with a daily average of 800m of ascent and descent.

Tour Style:

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


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

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Families, Avid Adventurers

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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wellness & Spa
  • Mountains
  • Alpine Hiking

Activity Level & Terrain

We have graded this trip moderate. The trails range from narrow mountain trails to wide hiking paths. You will be walking on alpine terrain so you should be sure-footed with a head for heights since some sections can be steep and narrow. You should be in good shape to get the most from this tour.


The trails are well way-marked, and together with detailed route notes, maps and the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS, you will have no problems finding the way.

Experience & Fitness

You should be in good shape to get the most from this tour as there steep ascents and descents. You should also have a head for heights and a sure foot as you will be walking on Alpine terrain including narrow rocky paths. 


Stay 6 nights in comfortable 4* hotels. All the hotels we use have been chosen for their Tyrolean hospitality, cozy atmosphere and high standards. They also have a small ‘Wellness’ area which usually includes a sauna, steam bath and sometimes a pool. Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Austria (Doppelzimmer in German) are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.

  • 6 nights in 4* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Route notes, maps, GPX tracks, access to our GPS app & info pack
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our German and UK offices
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Hopfgarten and from St. Johann
  • Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • Public transport/cable cars
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights during the holiday

When To Go

This walk is available to start on any day of the week from the middle of June to the end of September.

Weather and Climate

The Alps have generally warm and sunny summers and cold and snowy winters. However, weather in the Alps can change very quickly, particularly at altitude. You should be prepared for all weather eventualities as even snow can fall in the summer in the mountains, regardless of the time of year.

Getting to the Start

Fly into Innsbruck, Salzburg or Vienna airport and then take a train to Hopfgarten im Brixtal with one change in Wörgl ( 1, 2 or 4 hours).

Getting from the End

From St. Johann you can travel by train to any other Austrian destination or back to Innsbruck, Salzburg or Vienna airports, again with a change in Wörgl (1.5, 2 or 4.5 hours). Information on the trains in Austria can be found in English at the Austrian National Rail Service website:

Luggage Transfer

Bag transfer of one bag per person (up to 20kg) is included as standard. Your bags will be moved from Hopfgarten to St. Johann, giving you the freedom to walk each day with just a day pack.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.


In your information pack, you will find a detailed packing list which includes walking boots, walking poles and waterproof clothes amongst other things.

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Day 1 Arrive in Hopfgarten Day 2 Walk to Brixen im Thale 7 miles / 12 km Day 3 Walk to Kirchberg 9 miles / 15 km Day 4 Walk to Kitzbühel and train to St. Johann 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Train to Kitzbühel and walk to St. Johann 7 miles / 12 km Day 6 Loop Walk to Baumooskogel 9 miles / 15 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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