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A hut on the Zirbenweg walking trail above Innsbruck

Self-guided walking holiday

Key information Summer 2021

Start: St Johann in Tirol in Austria
End: St Anton in Austria
Season dates: 3 July to 17 September 2021
Length: 14 days, 15 nights
Typical walk: 18km, 790m ascent
Total distance: 251km or 156 miles
Highest altitude: 2,251m
Grade: Black 3 (Walking grades) but can also be kept at Red 3 Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups

Our Adlerweg Highlights trip showcases the best sections of the full Adlerweg route in a pleasing 14 days. We use buses and trains to skip the longer valley sections, maximising your time in the fantastic mountains of the Austrian Tyrol. The route offers a charming mix of valley walking in farm land, with narrow rocky paths in the mountains and views down remote valleys.

We start from the pretty town of St Johann in Tirol before climbing straight into the mountains for a night in a Hut. The route then takes to wonderful alpine meadows with quaint huts and villages offering a delicious selection of Tyrolean food and beer. After Innsbruck the route takes to more rugged terrain, crossing from valley to valley over some spectacular mountain passes. The contrast between the days makes for a fantastically varied and enjoyable walking holiday.

Our routecards follow the main Adlerweg route for the most part; our Highlights trip skips some of the longer valley sections and we generally avoiding the harder and longer alternatives which are sometimes recommended in other guidebooks. The accommodation along the route is at the more confortable end of the spectrum and the huts in Austria are also well organised and great places to stay. We love the traditional austrain wood panneling in the huts, the carefully presented breakfasts in hotels and the fantastic mountain views throughout!

If your group would like to hike with a guide, we can also arrange a privately guided Adlerweg Highlights trip for you. We welcome you to get in touch to ask for more details on this option.

Alternative trip options
Prefer a different length of trip? Why not try one of these:
Full Adlerweg - 18 stages, 1 rest day, 20 nights
Adlerweg East - 11 stages, 12 nights
Adlerweg West - 7 stages, 8 nights
Our popular Adlerweg Highlights trip travels at a good pace through the mountains, skipping some of the more lengthy valley days included in the full Adlerweg trail and gives you loads of flexibility to enjoy the mountains at your own pace. This trip has a great mix of long smooth days with short sections of more technical walking.

Keep to the Red Grade
If you're looking for something a little easier, we have a great 12 stage trip which sticks to the 'Red' grade. We achieve this by missing out the section of the route beyond Solsteinhaus which crosses a steep and loose mountain pass (The Eppzirler Scharte) - it is this section which pushes the Adlerweg into the Black grade. The overall grade can be kept to Red by instead taking the train from Innsbruck to Giessenback or Seefeld and then walking as normal to Ehrwald over 2 stages. We also skip the long stage from Fernsteinsee to Bsclabs by taking the bus from Ehrwald to beyond Bschlabs and then walk the final 2 stages to St Anton as normal. Please do ask for more details and we'd be delighted to help!

Make the trip shorter
We can condense the trip in several ways. Firstly, you may consider walking either the Eastern or Western halves as excellent trips in their own right and can be fitted into just 7 or 8 days. Alternatively, you can use buses and trains to shorten our main Adlerweg Highlights route further. There are many possibilities so please do get in touch with your preferences and we can help plan a bespoke trip for you.

Make the trip longer
A slower pace is possible on our Adlerweg Highlights tour by adding in some stages of our full Adlerweg trip. Adding rest days is a great way to elongate your trip and make it feel more relaxed - we recommend taking a few days to explore Innsbruck. Please do ask for details and to plan a trip that suits your needs!.

Additional Rest Days
As standard we do not include a rest day on our Highlights tour as we build in a half-day walk along the Zirbenweg allowing for at least a half rest-day in Innsbruck. We highly recommend extending your time in Innsbruck if you are able to - it's a charming, small city, circled by mountains, with colourful houses and plenty to offer for a rest day. Other places which are worth pausing for a rest day, are Kufstein with its striking white castle, and Erhwald with its sweet village green and proximity to the Zugspitze.

Hike with a guide
Hike with confidence in the company of our fully qualified International Mountain Leaders (IMLs), with the navigation, accommodation and arrangements taken care of. If your group would like a guide for your trip, please get in touch for more details.
Adlerweg Highlights
3 July to 17 September 2021
Hutty Classic Comfy
14 stages
(15 nights)

Please ask
GBP 1,560
Singles 275
Main Trip
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12 stages
(13 nights)
Red grade
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GBP 1,400
Singles 225
Please ask
9 stages
(10 nights)
No dormitories
Please ask
GBP 1,130
Singles 175
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Private guided
14 stages
(15 nights)
Group of 4 or more
Please ask
GBP 3,060
Singles 275
Please ask
14 stages
(15 nights)
Group of 1, 2 or 3
Please ask us
Baggage transfer
Please ask us

Where we stay
Our classic accommodation mix includes 4 nights in huts, 2 nights in auberges (like basic hotels) and the remainder of nights in 3* and 4* hotels. The quality of Austrian hotels continues to impress us; from small towns such as Kufstein to those in villages that are little more than hamlets. For those nights in the mountains, the huts are at a good standard and relatively accessible.

Avoiding Dormitories
We can enquire about private rooms at 2 of the 4 huts (Lamsenjochhütte and Gaudeamushütte); there is no extra charge if we are successful and we'll confirm when sending your schedule. At the other 2 huts (Solsteinhaus and Bayreuther Hütte) it's dormitories accommodation only although they're perfectly comfortable for a night in the mountains. If dormitories really aren't your thing, we can offer a great 9-stage Highlights trip which stays in hotels only - please do just let us know if you'd prefer this option!

Our classic trip is already quite ‘comfy’ due to the high standard of the hotels, so we do not offer a dedicated comfy trip. However please ask if you would like to avoid hut nights as we can suggest ways to avoid these, and we may be able to offer hotel upgrades on some nights too.

We don't offer ready-made Hutty options on the Adlerweg, because it is hard to offer more huts due to the spacing of accommodation. However, please ask us about the minor ways in which we can tweak the Adlerweg to your preferred style, such as booking simpler hotels for you.

Single Supplement
The single supplement covers the difference in cost between a single room and a double room on a per person basis. The single supplement is only applied to nights where single rooms are available, and is not applied to hut nights which do not offer single rooms. In huts we will book dormitory accommodation, in the smallest room available. In the auberges, we may be able to book a single room or if not, we will book one place in a small shared room.
Snow on the Adlerweg trail early in the walking season
Snow on the Adlerweg trail in early July 2019
Our approach to the Adlerweg
Our Highlights trip gives you the best sections of the full Adlerweg from St Johann in Tirol to St Anton, maximizing your time in the mountains and minimizing long valley stages. We have reviewed the route carefully and have selected what we think are the 'Highlights' and then use the efficient and easy Austrian buses and trains to shortcut some of the longer valley days. We also include a second night in Innsbruck where we have a great option for a day-walk high above Innsbruck. This day walk is called the Zirbenweg. It is aided by a cable car at the start and chairlifts at the end, and offers magnificent views over Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains.

The Terrain
The Adlerweg's terrain comprises wide tracks through forests, tarmac lanes, zig-zagging hillside paths and steep, rocky mountain paths. At one point, the Eppzirler Scharte, the terrain is steep and loose over scree, needing careful footing. In some places, on optional variant paths the paths, are more steep and loose sections. The Adlerweg has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a trek throughout.

Is it for me?
The Adlerweg is a trek of stark contrasts. From remote mountain huts, quiet high-mountain paths, pastoral and immaculate villages comes the contrast with the wide, bustling, and at times industrial Inn valley (we actually skip most of this on our Highlights trip). These contrasts are certainly part of the charm of the Adlerweg, and add to the overall sense of movement across the beautiful Tyrol region. The trip would suit those who wish to experience a true taste of Austrian culture, across a wide variety of settings and accommodation, from high-mountain, to rural, to urban.

We grade the Adlerweg as Black 3. The stage from the Solsteinhaus crosses a steep and loose pass, the Eppzirler Scharte, and this pushes the Adlerweg into the Black grade. However, every other stage we would grade as Red or even Blue. The overall grade can be kept as Red Grade by catching a train to skip this section – we can advise more if this option appeals so please do ask for more details. Compared with the full Adlerweg, on our Highlights trip we skip many of the really long stages which characterise the full route making for a relaxed and enjoyable walking holiday.

People at Alpine Exploratory
Alpine Exploratory's 2020 research on the Adlerweg was led by Hannah G in July

   For an even more detailed read, please see our Adlerweg Walking Guide
How to get there
Wooden Eagle on the Adlerweg walking trail
Did you know - Adlerweg translates to "Eagle walk"?

Travel to and from your trip
Your holiday starts in the small town of St Johann in Tirol and ends in the ski resort of St. Anton. The most convenient airports are Munich and Innsbruck with several transfer options available by train, but Basel and Zurich also work for the return.

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.

  • Bespoke accommodation itinerary - tailored to suit your particular requirements
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Dinner at the huts and in Weidach and Steeg (on 6 nights for our main Highlights trip)
  • Detailed Routecards of the Exploratory system, printed on waterproof paper
  • 6 topographical map covering the route
  • Expert advice and local information
  • A comprehensive 'Season Update' following our pre-season recce
  • Full support during your trip from the Alpine Exploratory team (9am until 9pm in the Alps)
Not included
  • Travel to and from your trip
  • Local transport whilst on the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches, snacks, drinks and evening meals in the towns (this would be 9 nights on our main trip)
  • Baggage transfers (available as an extra)

Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between stops. This service takes your bag to each night's accommodation except for the huts, of which there are 4 on our normal schedule. When at huts, your bag goes ahead to the next hotel. Please contact us for a baggage price.

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We will reply to your booking form with a confirmation email giving the details of your balance and deposit amounts.
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Your deposit will be 20% of the cost of your trip with a minimum of GBP 200 per person.
Your balance is due 8 weeks before your trip and we'll email you with a reminder.

Terms and Conditions
By submitting this form you confirm that you have read and agreed to Alpine Exploratory's Terms and Conditions (PDF).
In particular, as the main contact you confirm that:
+ Everyone in the group has read and agreed to the T&Cs.
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Got questions about the Adlerweg?
Feel free to ask us any questions you have about any aspects of your planning and preparations! Lucy, Steph, Hannah W, Hannah G and Nicky will reply with expert advice. We spend a lot of time walking our routes and more broadly exploring ski and hiking trails around the world so do feel free to ask anything at all.

Adlerweg Highlights enquiry form

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Hintersteiner See on the Adlerweg Highlights self-guided walking holiday with Alpine Exploratory
  Hintersteiner See at the end of Stage 2    Photos from the Adlerweg

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