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Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Cross the Austrian Tirol linking villages and Innsbruck
+ Mountain days, valley sections and a sense of travel
+ Hotels and huts booked and full advice given on travel

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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.

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


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

Faster treks
The Adlerweg goes at a decent pace and we hope our normal schedule will suit most trekkers. If you prefer to walk for longer each day and are used to consecutive days at the 25km mark with over 1,000m ascent, please ask us and we'll advise - it's possible our faster pace of 7 stages before Innsbruck and 6 stages after, plus the Zirbenweg day, will appeal.

A slower pace
The Adlerweg can be thought of as multiple crossings of shorter sections, between the key villages. For example, from Innsbruck we take 3 days to reach Ehrwald, and here would be a good point for an extra rest day. A slower pace is possible, to an extent, but because of the spacing of villages and huts, some of the stages cannot really be shortened.

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. From small towns such as Kufstein to those villages that are little more than hamlets, the quality of Austrian hotels continues to impress us.

Key information Summer 2018


19 stages and 1 rest day (21 nights)
£1,550 pp (£375 single supplement)
Adlerweg (self-guided)

We take 19 stages (21 nights) as the norm and can also book other lengths of trip:

14 stages and 1 rest day (16 nights)
£1,290pp (£250 single supplement)
Adlerweg (self-guided)

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

Research 2017
July 2017 (Simon

Rock pools above Pinegg
Rock pools above Pinegg (Photo gallery)

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
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

The Anhalter Huette
The Anhalter Huette (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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