Adlerweg: Karwendel Mountains
5 stages . 1 rest day . 7 nights
A hut viewed between beautiful woodland on the Zirbenweg walking trail above Innsbruck. Behind the hut, peaks in the Tux Alps are visable
Adlerweg Karwendel Mountains
Adlerweg Karwendel Mountains
6 stages . 1 rest day . 8 nights

Adlerweg Karwendel Mountains
Self-guided walking holiday


Key information

Start: Aschau after a night in Innsbruck
End: Hozirl for a night in Innsbruck
Season dates: 1 July to 15 Sept 2024
Length: 6 days' walking with 1 rest day
Typical walk: 16km with 900m ascent
Total distance: 100km or 62 miles
Highest altitude: 2,251m
Grade: Red 3 (Walking grades)
Group size: 2 or more trekkers

From GBP 1,120 per person


Trek through the Karwendel Mountains in the heart of the Austrian Alps, following the well-marked trails of the Adlerweg (or Eagle’s Way). The Karwendel range is the largest protected nature reserve in the Eastern Alps, providing a sanctuary for a diverse array of flora and fauna. With its rugged peaks, lush valleys, and pristine lakes, this region beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike to explore its trails and soak in its landscapes.

On our 6-stage trek you will be treated to panoramic vistas of majestic peaks, crystalline lakes, and dense forests, staying in a mix of traditional huts, and luxury hotels. Our trip begins and ends with nights in historic Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol region, where you will get a chance to take a day hike in the mountains surrounding the city.

Our routecards follow sections of the main Adlerweg route for the most part; beginning in Aschau in Brandenberg our route passes through the Rofan Massif (with the option to summit Rofanspitze at 2,259m) before descending to the sparkling waters of the Achensee. From here the route enters the Karwendel National Park, with 2 nights spent high in the mountains - in Lamsenjochhütte and Karwendelhaus. We pass quaint Alpine barns at Eng and follow the Karwendelbach river into Scharnitz on the German border. Finally walk along the famous Gleirshklamm Gorge and cross to the Inn Valley via Sosteinhaus before spending a final night in Innsbruck.

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


Map

Alternative trip options
Want a longer trip in the Austrain Tyrol?
Adlerweg - 13 stages, 1 rest day, 15 nights
Looking for something different:
Tour of the Vanoise - a circular route in France
Alta Via 1 - a 9-stage trail in the Italian Dolomites
Options

Our hike through the Karwendel Mountains explores the heart of the Austrian Tyrol in 5 scenic stages. A shorter version than our LINK Adlerweg hike, this trek gives you a taste of Tyrolean hospitality in a week long holiday.

Make the trip shorter
If you are short on time, we suggest starting the walk in Maurach. This option takes your straight to the Karwendel National Park and gives a schedule of 4 walking stages and 5 nights accommodaiton. Add an extra night in Innsbruck if time allows to explore the mountains above the city on one of our half-day hikes.

Make the trip longer
If time allows, it's possible to split the last stage into 2 with another hut night in Solsteinhaus. 2 days in Innsbruck also works well, giving you the chance to walk the Zirbenweg and the Goetheweg, see more details on these options below.

Additional Rest Days
As standard we include a rest day in Innsbruck, with an option for a half-day walk along the Zirbenweg or Goetheweg (8km loop via cable car) leaving half a day to explore the city. 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.

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.

Options from Innsbruck
From Innsbruck we have 2 options for half day hikes:


Prices
Adlerweg: Karwendel Mountains
1 July to 15 Sept 2024
Classic Comfy
Self-guided
4 stages - no rest day
(5 nights)
Red grade
GBP 880
Singles 150
GBP 1,090
Singles 180
6 stages - 1 rest day
(8 nights)

GBP 1,120
Singles 240
Main Trip
GBP 1,460
Singles 310
6 stages - 2 rest days
(9 nights)

GBP 1,210
Singles 280
GBP 1,610
Singles 370
7 stages - 1 rest day
(9 nights)

GBP 1,190
Singles 240
GBP 1,530
Singles 260
Options
Baggage transfer
Please ask us

Accommodation

Where we stay
We spend 3 nights in the mountains in charming huts huts and 5 nights in a mix of welcoming 3* and 4* hotels. The quality of Austrian hotels continues to impress us. For those nights in the mountains, the huts are at a good standard and relatively accessible. While we book all of your accommodations on your behalf, we are unfortunately currently unable to pay in advance for bookings at the Lamsenjochhütte. You will need to pay for this night's stay locally in cash, though we will give you more information on this before your trip.

Comfy
We offer a more bespoke comfy option, which upgrades your hotel stays in Innsbruck and Maurach, utilising some of the more luxurious Tyrolean hotels that we have had the pleasure of discovering.

Hut Accommodations
We will ask for the smallest rooms at the huts where possible. Unusually for the Alps, some of the huts in the Tyrol don't specify room types in advance, so we can't know in advance if the rooms will be private or not. The huts are of high quality with welcoming hosts and hearty food.

Solo Travel
We do not take bookings for solo walkers on self-guided trips. If you are still interested in this trip, we do have availability on our guided trips.

A wooden bunk bed room in Bayreuther Hütte. A typical cosy room in an Alpine hut
A 2-person room in Bayreuther Hütte
Route
A grassy path meanders through grassy hillside and around a try. Behind is the distinctive mountain peak of Ebner Joch
Typical grassy paths on the Adlerweg route
Our approach to the Adlerweg
Our Karwendel Mountain Trek gives a flavour of the Adlerweg (or Eagle's Way) in a week long holiday. After extensive research around hiking in the Austrian Tyrol, and with a focus on the epic Adlerweg, this trip is our suggestions for a continuous 6-stage hike which focuses on the more mountainous areas of the route. We use Innsbruck as a base at the start and end of the trip, which rounds off the trip with a touch of luxury in our stunning hotel options, and gives the option to explore the mountains surrounding the time. Innsbruck is one of our favourite Alpine towns (or in this case small city) and it is a pleasure to organise a trek based from this historic centre.

The Terrain
The Adlerweg's terrain comprises wide tracks through forests, Alpine meadows, tarmac lanes, zig-zagging hillside paths and steep, rocky mountain paths. In some places, the paths are steeper, with loose sections. The Adlerweg has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a trek throughout. Sticking to grassy mountain cols and long Alpine valleys, the Adlerweg is less rocky than our other treks and avoids wild rackky cols.

Is it for me?
The Adlerweg is a trek of contrasts. From remote mountain huts and quiet high-mountain paths to pastoral landscapes and immaculate villages to the bustling and urban centre of Innsbruck. 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. Overall the Adlerweg, including this Karwendel trip, has less walking solidly in the mountains than our other Alpine trips.

Difficulty
We grade the Adlerweg as Red 3 overall. Compared with the our Adlerweg trip, which includes longer stages and is graded a Red 4. Our Karwendel trip a more relaxed and consistent walking holiday.

People at Alpine Exploratory
Alpine Exploratory's latest research on the Adlerweg was led by Steph.


Adlerweg Walking Guide - more about the trail

The making of our Adlerweg - photos from our research trips
How to get there
A train about to depart from Innsbruck's bustling station
Good connections through Innsbruck's train station makes the Adlerweg easily accessible from airports in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Northern Italy


Travel to and from your trip
Your holiday starts and ends in bustling Innsbruck. The most convenient airports is Innsbruck. With good train links through the valley, Munich and Zurich also work well.

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.

Travel in Austria - our general page on Austrian trains
Included
  • Bespoke accommodation itinerary - tailored to suit your particular requirements on 7 nights of your trip
  • Breakfast on all mornings except at the Lamsenjochhütte
  • Dinner at 2 of the huts
  • Detailed Routecards of the Exploratory system, printed on waterproof paper
  • 3 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)
  • Overnight stay, breakfast and dinner in Lamsenjochhütte, which will need to be paid locally in cash

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 3 on our standard schedule. When at huts, your bag goes ahead to the next hotel. Please contact us for a baggage price.
Got questions about the Adlerweg?
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The clear blue waters of Achensee (Achen Lake) on the edge of the Karwendel National Park. At the other side of the lake is the village of Maurach and behind are the towering Alpine peaks.
  Maurach nestled on the lakesside of Achensee    Photos from the Adlerweg


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