The Adlerweg: Best of the Eagle's Way7 Days & 6 Nights
- Hike on the Adlerweg from Achensee through the Karwendel Mountains
- Explore the idyllic towns of Pertisau am Achensee and the historical market town of Hall
- Unforgettable Tyrolean landscapes— from mountain peaks, waterfalls and lakes
- Indulge in typical Austrian delicacies like delicious Schnitzel and rich Apfelstrudel
- Alpine life awaits in two spectacularly located mountain huts
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Inn to Inn Walking, Hut to Hut Hiking | 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
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As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 15 Years
Activity Level & 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.
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.
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.
You can add extra nights to the trip if you wish. Please contact one of our Adventure and Destination Specialists to arrange this.
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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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 €)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Achensee
Arrive in the picturesque Pertisau, located on the beautiful Achensee. The easiest way to travel to Pertisau is by bus and 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.
Das Hotel Bergland liegt am Ortsrand von Pertisau mit Blick auf den Achensee. Die gemütlichen Zimmer im Tiroler Stil verbreiten Wohlfühlatmosphäre.
This alpine hideaway enchants immediately. Located in Pertisau, "Das Liebling" welcomes you with its large garden and natural swimming pond and comfortable rooms, all decorated with a touch of pink.
The wild Karwendel mountains are calling. Today’s walk takes you on well-maintained trails to Gramaialm meadows. The trail continues to ascend to the Lamsenjoch ridge and descends to the rustic Binsalm, where you are invited to rest your feet, taking a break and admiring the view. Continue descending on gravel and forest paths to the Eng-Alm's luscious green valley, the largest village in Tyrol, sitting at an altitude of 1250m, in the middle of the Karwendel national park.
Ascent/Descent: 1000/750 m
Run by two sisters, you will experience being deep in the mountains at the "Die Eng" alpine inn. This chalet hotel is located in the Großer Ahornboden nature reserve and offers spectacular views of the Karwendel Mountains.
The trip continues through the dramatic mountains, from Almdorf walking along high trails, past the almost vertical Laliderer mountain faces to the Falkenhütte. It is the perfect place to rest your legs before taking on the final stretch of today's walk. Hiking leisurely through the lofty mountain forest to the Kleiner Ahornboden and finally through sparse pine trees to the Karwendelhütte, a meeting place for mountaineers situated directly below the Bikarspitze summit.
Sitting at 1765m, end your day at the Karwendelhaus with its rustic parlor and terrace overlooking the Karwendel valley. Stay in dormitories with shared shower/toilet.
Descend through the Karwendel valley whilst admiring the peaks surrounding you. Follow a wide easy path that descends steadily through the mountain forests, following along the alpine streams, making your way into the valley to join the Isar river. The river accompanies you for the rest of your walk into Scharnitz, the western gateway into the Karwendel mountains.
Stay in the Isarlodge Wiesenhof or continue on to overnight in Mittenwald via a short train journey
Ascent/Descent: 50/850 m
Nestled in the Karwendel Nature Park with a view of the young Isar River is the Isarlodge Wiesenhof. Enjoy the view of the turquoise-blue Isar and the surrounding mountain peaks, or take a walk through the forest and unspoilt nature - far away from stress, everyday life, hectic and traffic.
The hotel, which is still run by the Rademacher family, is located in a former Taxis station, at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains.
The Alpenrose Hotel offers you cozy stay with a traditional Bavarian ambience and excellent local specialities.
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 with freshly made 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.
Due to Covid-19 health & safety regulations, Hallerangerhaus 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.
Ascent/Descent: 900/100 m
The Hallerangerhaus is a hut belonging to the German Alpine Club. Sitting at an altitude of 1768 meters, the hut is located in the heart of the Karwendel in Tyrol.
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; a historical Tyrolean market town.
This comfortable inn is located in a former bathhouse from the 17th century. It is close to the center of Hall's old town, right on the Inn river banks with a wonderful view of the Karwendel Mountains.
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 the region. Innsbruck is worth the visit if you can. We will gladly help you with arranging this.
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