(Adlerweg East) Mountain views on the Adleweg East trek
ADLERWEG EAST (SELF-GUIDED)   11 stages . 12 nights . Austrian Tyrol   Booking

Adlerweg East
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ The Austrian Tirol from valley agriculture to mountain tarns
+ Sound mountain paths and generally clear forest tracks
+ A choice of paces, and a mix of hotels and huts

Latest news November 2019
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The Adlerweg is a newly-established trekking route across the Tirol region of the Austrian Alps, perhaps alongside the Swiss Valais one of the most characteristically 'Alpine' of areas. Our full Adlerweg takes 19 days from St. Johann-in-Tirol to St. Anton; we offer this East half from St. Johann to Innsbruck in 10 stages plus 1 day to explore the paths high above Innsbruck.

Perhaps more than our other Alpine treks, the Adlerweg spends much time in the pastoral scenery of rural Austria. This is a landscape of many small villages, most with a church in the centre and surrounded by surprisingly neat farmland. The Adlerweg itself begins with a 3-day traverse of forested and open slopes on the side of the Wilder Kaiser massif, to the sweet town of Kufstein with its castle. Stages on high ground are roughly interspersed with valley stages.

We take a lower routing to avoid some awkward terrain, making the last 3 stages a sequence of two historic valley towns - Schwaz and Hall - and finally a descent from Hungerburg (or taking the Hungerburgbahn funicular railway) to Innsbruck. This leaves an afternoon to get to know Innsbruck - and this lively and manageable town surrounded by mountain ranges certainly merits it � before a day with options to traverse the hills South of town using cable cars to two points. On the map, this is the �head of the eagle�!

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 East self-guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
ADEsg Adlerweg East (Self-guided)
5 July to 18 September 2020
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
6 stages
(7 nights)

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Singles 125
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11 stages
(12 nights)

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Singles 225
Main ADE
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Specialised schedules
9 stages
(10 nights)

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Singles 175

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Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price.


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

Faster treks
The Adlerweg can be broken up in several different ways, thanks to regular villages and huts along the route. A feature of the Austrian Alps that even Switzerland can't always match, is the dense and clear network of buses and trains. Many stages can be reached part-way by the local bus routes, and this helps us offer our quicker 8-stage trek, and a few other options either faster or slower than the modestly-paced 10-stager.

Make two short trips
The Adlerweg East can be broken into 2 treks of ideally 4 and 6 stages, and this combined with a day in Innsbruck or Munich can make a wonderful week's holiday. Please ask us about these and other variants, depending on your time available.

The Adlerweg is a trek with varied options which lets us adjust the mix of hotels and huts from our normal schedule. While dormitories are difficult to avoid entirely, we can reduce their number. Please ask about these and other adjustments to your accommodation.

The route

Our approach to the Adlerweg East
Our trip gives a complete journey on foot from St. Johann-in-Tirol, along the Adlerweg to Innsbruck. On the trek itself, no transport is taken except for (optionally) the train to skip the short valley section between Kufstein and Langkampfen, to reach Schwaz from the trail at Pill-Vomperbach, and the cable car above Innsbruck to reach the ‘head of the eagle’ walk. The Adlerweg is a well-defined route. We take the lower option via Schwaz, on the last 3 days into Innsbruck.

The Adlerweg’s terrain comprises wide tracks through forests, tarmac country lanes, zig-zagging hillside paths and steep, rocky mountain paths. In some places on optional variant paths the paths are more steep and loose. The Adlerweg has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a trek throughout.

How to get there

Your holiday starts in the small town of St. Johann-in-Tirol and ends in the Tyrol capitol of Innsbruck. The most convenient airports are Munich and Innsbruck (limited flights) with several transfer options available by train, but Zurich also works for the return.

Fly to
Munich (MUC)
Or fly to Innsbruck (INN) or Vienna (VIE)

Transfer by
3h train

Adlerweg East Start
St. Johann-in-Tyrol

Adlerweg East End

Transfer by
2h train

Fly from
Munich (MUC)
Or fly from Innsbruck (INN) or Zurich (ZRH)

Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.

Key information Summer 2020

Trip name: Adlerweg East
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ADEsg
Route: The Adlerweg (Walking guide)
(Prefer West, Guided or the full Adlerweg?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 11 days' trekking
Start: St Johann-in-Tyrol in Austria
End: Innsbruck in Austria
Typical walk: 18km, 760m ascent
Total distance: 198km or 124 miles
Highest altitude: 2,002m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

A note on grading
The Adlerweg East is notable for wide differences in stage lengths, due to the spacing of villages and huts. The three longest stages are 26.5km to Langkampfen, 27km to Pinegg, and 30.5km to Hall-in-Tirol. Of these, only the stage to Pinegg cannot be reduced by taking alternatives or missing sections. Full details come in your routecards and we can advise any time.

Prices Summer 2020

11 stages, per person:

ADEsg Classic
GBP 1,280 (singles 225)
Adlerweg East (self-guided)

Research Summer 2020

Keith Miller at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Adlerweg was led by:
Keith Miller in July

Recces 2020

Apfelstrudel at the Bayreuther Hutte
Apfelstrudel (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

12 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (2)
3-star hotels (5)
Auberges (2)
Mountain huts (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 3 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards ADL1-11 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
5 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

Ascent to the Lamsenjochhuette
To the Lamsenjochhuette (Photo gallery)

The Adlerweg in the Alps

Map of the Adlerweg within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Munich, Innsbruck, Vienna

City breaks after trekking

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