Seven days on a spectacular and lesser-trodden route through the Bavarian Alps, and Austrian Tyrol to the South Tyrolean Pfitsch valley. This varied tour through alpine pastures, passes pristine lakes with swimming opportunities, high alpine valleys, glacial views and summer mountain flora and fauna. A mix of relaxed and more demanding days and options to swim, stop and eat cake or bag another peak en-route mean the programme is fun and without pressure. You will come home really feeling like you have had a holiday.
The varied accommodation styles along the route provide different alpine cultural experiences as well as some comfort - giving you the opportunity to rest and regenerate along the way.
This is an easy- medium difficulty tour. Most of the routes are along BLUE and RED (Austrian Classification) paths. You should be prepared to walk between 4-6 hrs per day – with the longest days’ ascent being a 900m climb. The walking pace will be around 300m/hr (ascent).
Most paths are well maintained and there are few exposed or secured sections making it a technically easy tour for any hiker.
We meet at Tegernsee and hop on the bus for a short ride to the starting point of our Transalp trek, Wildbad Kreuth- Bavarian “Bergsteiger” – Mountain climber village. Here we hit the trail through mixed woodland, then Alpine meadows, passing one of Bavaria’s largest “Alm” farmhouses and then bagging our first peak the Schildenstein. We are now officially in the “Blue Mountains” and a hop-skip and a jump from the border with Austria. Our overnight accommodation is a short walk away. A traditional and working mountain farm, the Blaubergalm sits in the throne of the Blue Mountains.
Accommodation: 4 bed rooms with shared washroom & WC, Half-board (Evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: No lunch stop en-route. Bring packed lunch.
Following a hearty breakfast of fresh produce from the Alm, we head down the South side of the Blue Mountains with views South to the Rofan and Karwendel mountains as well as the Achensee. In the valley we are met by a private transfer that shuttles us a little way along the valley floor to Achen where we resume our hike. We walk along the spectacular lakeside trail that clings to the cliffs of the Seekarspitze- passing waterfalls, mixed forest and fascinating geology. Time & weather permitting, we may stop for a nice dip along the way.
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bath/shower & WC, Half-board (4-course evening meal, board & breakfast, full use of sauna area)
Lunch: Stop at the Gaisalm (the only Alm in Tyrol that can be reached only by foot or boat) or packed lunch (cheese & ham can be purchased at the Blaubergalm).
We leave the idyllic setting of Pertisau and the Achensee with a private transfer, which takes us down into the Inn valley where we travel further with the Zillertal rail link to the mountain village of Fügen. The mountain cable car takes us swiftly above the treeline and into the realm of the Spieljoch mountain. From there we hike across the ridge line with magnificent views back North to the Rofan and Karwendel ranges, into the Zillertal mountains and as far as the Wilder Kaiser massif. We will enjoy a typical Tyrolean lunch break at the delightful Loasalm, before continuing the last leg down to the village of Hochfügen where we can relax and recharge our legs in preparation for the next day’s climb.
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bath/shower & WC, Half-board (4-course evening meal, board & breakfast, full use of wellness area)
Lunch: Stop at the Loasalm for lunch.
After a hearty breakfast at the Almhof we set off onwards and upwards. We pass long-standing traditional mountain farm hamlets and ascend through a landscape carved out by the glaciers up to the Sidan saddle. We continue further along the ridge to our stop for the night – the mountain refuge, the Rastkogelhütte at a lofty 2124m. We make a brief stop for refreshment and leave our packs to then hike up to a close-by summit.
Accommodation: Four-bed rooms with shared washroom/showers & WC, Half-board (Evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Stop at Rastkogelhütte
After a night of traditional mountain hut atmosphere we start the day with a short ascent up to the Mitterwandskopf (2280m) and along a dream-like ridge walk with views of 3000m peaks of the Zillertal and Hohe Tauern. We descend down the back of the Melchboden and save the knees the last switchbacks hopping into the local hikers’ bus down to the valley for a stop in the famous alpine resort of Mayrhofen. We take the local bus again away from all the other holidaymakers on to the Schlegeleis Reservoir at 1800m. Here awaits one of the most spectacular spots on our tour - glorious views across the turquoise waters of the reservoir and beyond to distant mighty glaciers, where we relax on the sun terrace and enjoy our last night in Austria.
Accommodation: Four/five-bed rooms with shared washroom/ showers & WC, Half-board (Evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Stop in Mayrhofen
Following a last evening of Tyrolean hospitality and fare we make our last ascent up a trail winding gradually upwards – across little streams and passed waterfalls. As we reach the plateau we pass high alpine lakes and the border to Italy. Shortly after the border we reach the Pfitscherjochhaus where we stop for the first Italian coffee and to admire the snowy peak of the Hochfeiler (3510m). Across the border at 2280m the hut has an interesting history. Following this break we descend into the South Tyrolean Pfitsch Valley. Here we pass through alpine meadows and meet the trees again. Our trail takes us alongside and through several small rural hamlets to our delightful guesthouse. An evening of South Tyrolean cuisine awaits.
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bath/shower & WC, Half-board (4-course evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Stop at Pfitscherjochhaus
We start the day with a hearty breakfast of local produce then put on our packs for the last time on our journey. Our last day of walking takes us through picturesque South Tyrolean mountain villages, passed rustic farm houses, old churches and charming valley landscapes- stopping along the way for some further South Tyrolean nibbles. The last steps of our transalp hike take us into the town of Sterzing. We have made it! We can rest our weary legs in the sauna and soak up the sun on the sun terrace of our boutique hotel. An evening of celebration and shared memories of our trip awaits.
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bath/shower & WC, (Board & breakfast), celebratory evening meal & aperitif
Lunch: Packed lunch from local shop along the route.
All good things must come to an end. After a delicious South Tyrol breakfast with flair we make our way to the train station. A scenic journey home, through the deep valley of the Brenner and through Austria back to Munich.
Accommodation along this route has been selected for its character, traditional atmosphere and scenic location- giving you the full range of experiences- from the traditional Alm (alpine farm) to mountain refuges, comfortable B&Bs to 3/4* hotels with wellness facilities.
The “Blue Mountains” are a ridge line of mountains from East to West South of the Lake Tegernsee forming a natural divide between Bavaria, Germany and Tyrol, Austria. Named “Blauberge” for the view of the ridge from the Tegernsee – due to the effect of the light (Rayleigh scattering)- these mountains have a hue of blue. Walking across them is a distinctive journey as the North side is known for its rocky scrambles, but once over the top and to the south you are walking through dwarf pine bushes.
This Fjörd-like lake is often referred to as the sea of the Tyrol. It extends dramatically from Achensee in the North to Pertisau and Maurach in the South- cutting through the mountains- leaving the only way round to the West by foot. And what a delight it is! An incredibly scenic trail affording many opportunities to dip the feet or swim in its dreamy turquoise waters.
In contrast to the chalky peaks of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains, the peaks of the Zillertal form part of the central Alps, distinguished by their dark granite rocks. Our trail is a high route along the Ziller valley through hundred year old pine forests and lush blueberry bush adorned paths, we get glimpses across to 3000m peaks of the Ziller range as well as beyond to the Großvenediger and peaks in the Hohe Tauern. A region famed for its geology and gems, as well as singing, cheese and beer.
One of the most well-known high alpine reservoirs, the Schlegeleise Reservoir competes with the Achensee for its stunning turquoise waters. The reservoir is an environmentally-friendly energy source for the local region as well as an important flood protection strategy. A walk above this reservoir takes you to an instagram hot-spot. However we can sit back and enjoy the view from the sun terrace of our accommodation.
The geographical border of Tyrol, Austria and South Tyrol, Italy since the end of the First World War, the history of the Pfitscherjoch pass goes back to Stone Age civilsations. In more modern times it became a smuggling route and eventually after becoming the official border, became the site of customs checks and battles for independence of South Tyrol.
The historical town of Sterzing is the end point of our hike. The main town at the end of the Wipptal is known also as “Vipiteno”. A walk through the historical centre gives you a taste of a real mix of influences- from the Tyrol and Austrian empire, meeting with a Southern flair. Here we can relax and soak up the best of South Tyrolean atmosphere with a nice glass of Italian red.
When booking a tour with 4elements it is vital that you have adequate valid travel insurance covering the activities included. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate insurances and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities. We also recommend Travel Cancellation Insurance (Reiserücktrittversicherung) in the case that you have to cancel a trip for any reason.
Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your country of residence. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter repatriation in the event of illness or injury –and covers the entire duration of your holiday. For this tour it is vital that you are covered for mountain search and rescue. One of the best offers for this is included in annual membership of the German Alpine Club Deutscher Alpenverein
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