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(Adlerweg West) To the Anhalter Huette (Adlerweg West) Barns in the Lechtal (Adlerweg West) St Anton below (Adlerweg West) The church in Bschlabs (Adlerweg West) The Zugspitze in cloud

Adlerweg West
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Trek the Austrian Tirol in a week's journey
+ Full mountain days, climbing to huts and crossing cols
+ Welcoming and smart hotels, excitingly-located huts

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

The Adlerweg is a new trekking route across the Tirol region of the Austrian Alps, and in fact reaching the neighbouring Arlberg region at the end. The route offers classic scenes of the Austrian Alps, villages with church spires and a dense clustering of ridges, mountains, green valleys and mountain huts. Our full Adlerweg takes 19 days from St. Johann-in-Tirol to St. Anton; we offer this West half from Innsbruck to St. Anton in 8 stages.

The pattern of this half of the Adlerweg is substantial mountain days to link charming villages, interspersed with easier days that either stay close to the valley or that run on easier tracks. While not particularly hard overall as a mountain trek, this 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 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, a classic day’s walk. In particular on this half of the Adlerweg, the Austrian hospitality comes into its own; we stay in two hotels that include a set dinner, a typcially Austrian approach and very relaxing.

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 West self-guided walking holiday


We can adjust your Adlerweg in various ways, as follows:

Faster treks
The Adlerweg West is already at a quicker pace than the East, simply due to how the villages and huts are spaced. If you like to press on, our 6-stager can be recommended. We have limited options for making the West an easier-paced trip, again due to the spacing, but things are possible and a rest day in Ehrwald is a great idea (for any schedule in fact). We like this village under the Zugspitze, and cable cars are available...

Make two short trips
The Adlerweg East can be broken into 2 treks of roughly 3 and 5 stages respectively, though other divisions are possible. We love spending time in Munich or Innsbruck.. in fact Zurich or Vienna too.. so please let us know how much time you have and we'll advise.

The Adlerweg has good accommodation options and we have ways to avoid dormitories - subject to availability as always - so please ask us about this when enquiring. The level of hotels on this part of the trip is particularly representative of the super family-run, smart, hotels that Austria has to offer.

Key information Summer 2018


8 stages (9 nights)
£830pp (£175 single supplement)
Adlerweg (self-guided)

We take 8 stages (9 nights) as the norm and can also book other lengths of trip:

6 stages for a quick dash (7 nights)
£730pp (£125 single supplement)
Adlerweg (self-guided)

8 days' trekking
Austrian Tirol
 Grade (Explained) or
 by skipping one day
Starting in Innsbruck
Ending in St. Anton
Typical walk 20km, 830m ascent
Highest altitude 2,251m

Research 2017
July 2017 (Simon

Painted buildings in the Lechtal
Painted buildings in the Lechtal (Photo gallery)

9 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (4)
3-star hotels (2)
Auberges (1)
Mountain huts (2)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 4 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card, language card

Season for self-guided treks
8 July to 16 September 2018
8 July to 15 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

A bridge over the Lech
A bridge over the Lech (Photo gallery)

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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