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(Adlerweg) At the Eppzirler Alm (Adlerweg) The Valluga area (Adlerweg) A barn above Haselgehr (Adlerweg) At Hoher Sattel (Adlerweg) Above Steeg

Guided trekking holiday

+ Cross the Austrian Tirol either side of Innsbruck
+ Good mountain paths and forest tracks, with harder sections
+ Groups are led by our International Mountain Leaders

Latest news February 2018
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

The Adlerweg is a trekking route across the Tirol and Arlberg regions of the Austrian Alps. The route offers a charming mix of valley walking in well-used farm land, and high mountains with narrow rocky paths and views down remote valleys. Our full Adlerweg takes 19 days from St. Johann-in-Tirol to St. Anton; we include 1 rest day to explore Innsbruck.

The Eastern half is slightly less challenging than the Western, involving typically shorter days and less rugged terrain. After Innsbruck, a more familiar pattern starts of crossings from valley to valley over mountain passes. While not hard overall, throughout the Adlerweg it is possible to find yourself in short situations with a drop to one or both sides. Generally our route avoids the harder alternatives. The West half contains a handful of short sections that call for good balance and footing and a head for heights. The key example is the crossing of the Eppzirler Scharte on narrow and steep scree paths. This day is the reason for the Black grading; by descending to the road and taking a train, this day can be skipped and the whole trek kept at Red grade.

We take the normal routing of the Adlerweg except for the lower route to Schwaz and Innsbruck to avoid an unreasonably long day in the Karwendel range, and on the last day when we forego the Valluga area (the peak above St. Anton with difficult ground) to take the more direct route via the Leutkircher Hütte. On accommodation, we hope that trekkers who have not seen Austria before will love the hospitality of its hotels and restaurants.

Trek in the company of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader (IML). Each day the group decides its route based on the weather and energy levels.

Where we stay
Your accommodation is based on the friendly hotels that typify the Austrian Alps; wood panelling and carefully presented breakfasts are common. For those nights in the mountains, the huts are at a good standard and relatively accessible.

Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Adlerweg self-guided walking holiday

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided Adlerweg?

We trek the full route, missing nothing
On completing this trek you'll have walked every step of the Adlerweg, except for the Innsbruck to Zirl section that can be done under your own steam should the group decide to re-start at Zirl by train. It's definitely something to write home about! Cable cars, buses and trains are available in places, and the group can use them if needed, but the plan is to trek continuously. No part of the Adlerweg is worth cutting out; even the valley sections have interest because of the farming life that goes on in the Tyrol.

Expert knowledge of the route
The same careful research that goes into our self-guided Adlerwegs informs our guided treks too. We keep on top of changes to the route. We know that the hotels and huts that we book are crucial too.

Flexible, personal planning
If you bring your own group on a private guided trip then we have fuller flexibility, but even on our scheduled guided trips we like to be flexible. Single rooms are no problem, except at huts. (The single supplement takes this into account.) If you'd like extra nights in St. Johann or St. Anton before or after the trek, please just ask us.

Small groups expertly led
Alpine Exploratory follows best practice in the mountains. Our leaders are all International Mountain Leaders and we keep to a maximum group size of 8 clients. The aim is a small, tightly knit group with an engaging leader, completing the Adlerweg in excellent style.

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Baggage transfer

On our guided Adlerweg trips, people can opt for baggage transfer or not, as they choose. The service gives drops at all stops except the huts. It's good to have the choice; some of our trekkers like baggage transfer and others prefer not. There is not too much to carry on this route - please ask us for more info.

Options (for private trips)

If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your Adlerweg in various ways.

+ See Innsbruck over more than just one day, or keep walking
+ Shorten the trek to around 14 walking days
+ Trek just half on our East or West routes of one week each
+ Favour auberges or more of our smart hotels

Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled Adlerwegs.

Adlerweg (Self-guided) - look here for all the options

Key information Summer 2018

£2,970 per person
Add single rooms for £375
Add baggage transfer for £330
Private group? Please contact us

Scheduled dates 2017
Please join our 2 guided trips:

ADLg5 29 July to 19 August 2017
Guided by John Nolan
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John Nolan at Alpine Exploratory

ADLg9 26 Aug to 16 Sept 2017
Guided by John Nolan
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John Nolan at Alpine Exploratory

The suspenson bridge above Holzgau in the Lechtal
Holzgau's bridge (Photo gallery)

19 days' trekking and 1 rest day
Austrian Tirol and Arlberg
 Grade (Explained) or
 by skipping one day
Starting in St. Johann-in-Tirol
Ending in St. Anton
Typical walk 18km, 790m ascent
Highest altitude 2,251m
Group size 4 to 8 people

Research 2017
July 2017 (Simon

21 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (6)
3-star hotels (7)
Auberges (3)
Mountain huts (5)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 9 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

Season for private groups
8 July to 17 September 2017
8 July to 17 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Please join us on your ideal dates

Beers in Innsbruck!
Beers in Innsbruck! (Photo gallery)

The UIMLA logo An IML leads your trek

The IML is the award needed to lead treks on the Adlerweg

The IML award

The Adlerweg in the Alps

Map of the Adlerweg within the Alps

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our Adlerweg page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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