(Adlerweg West) Wooden Huts above Steeg
ADLERWEG WEST (GUIDED)   8 stages . 9 nights . Austrian Tyrol   Booking

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 December 2018
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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.

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


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ADWsg Adlerweg West (Self-guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
8 stages
(9 nights)

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Singles 175
Our main ADW
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Specialised schedules
6 stages
(7 nights)

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Singles 150
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Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

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


We can adjust your Adlerweg West 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 2019

Trip name: Adlerweg West
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ADWsg
Route: ADL Adlerweg
(See our background page on the Adlerweg)
(Prefer East or the full Adlerweg?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 8 days' trekking
Start: Innsbruck in Austria
End: St Anton in Austria
Typical walk: 21km, 830m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,251m
Grade: Black3 (Walking grades)

A note on grading
The stage from the Solsteinhaus crosses a steep and loose pass, Eppzirler Scharte, that pushes the Adlerweg into the Black grade. The overall grade can be kept as Red by instead descending from the hut and taking the train.

Prices Summer 2019

8 stages, per person:

ADWsg Classic
GBP 850 (singles 175)
Adlerweg West (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Allan Gibbs at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2018 research on the Adlerweg will be led by:
Allan Gibbs in July

Recces 2018

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

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 ADL12-19 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
7 July to 15 September 2019
5 July to 13 September 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
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

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

City breaks after trekking

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Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our background page on the

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