(Adlerweg) Lamsenjochh�tte hut on the Adlerweg
ADLERWEG (SELF-GUIDED)   19 stages and 1 rest day . 21 nights . Austrian Tyrol   Booking

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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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 farm land, with narrow rocky paths in the mountains and views down remote valleys. Our full Adlerweg takes 19 days from St. Johann-in-Tirol to St. Anton; we add 1 rest day to explore Innsbruck.

The Eastern half has some longer stages than the Western, but with less rugged terrain overall. 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. This contrasts with the substantial sections on easy forest tracks.

Generally our route avoids the harder alternatives. 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 H�tte. On accommodation, we hope that trekkers who have not seen Austria before will love the hospitality of its hotels and restaurants.

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


Alpine Exploratory
ADLsg Adlerweg (Self-guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
19 stages
1 rest day
(21 nights)
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Singles 375
Our main ADL
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Specialised schedules
16 stages
(17 nights)

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Singles 325
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ADHsg Adlerweg Highlights (Self-guided)
7 July to 15 September 2019
13 stages
(14 nights)

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Singles 250
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Baggage transfer

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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.

Our Highlights trip
To contentrate on the more mountainous and consistently scenic sections of the Adlerweg, take our Highlights trip. This takes 2 weeks instead of 3, consisting of 4 distinct blocks with local train or bus travel in between. Please see the further information below.

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.

The route

Our approach to the Adlerweg
Our trip gives a complete journey on foot from St. Johann to St. Anton, along the Adlerweg. On the trek itself, no transport is taken except for (optionally) the train to skip the short valley section between Kufstein and Langkampfen, the train to reach Schwaz from the trail at Pill-Vomperbach, the cable car above Innsbruck to reach the �head of the eagle� walk, the train to skip the initial valley section between Innsbruck and Zirl, and the bus to return to Ehrwald from the Fernsteinsee. The Adlerweg is a well-defined route. We take the lower option via Schwaz on the 3 days into Innsbruck; we also take the direct and less challenging option via the Leutkircher H�tte on the last stage into St. Anton.

The Adlerweg�s terrain comprises wide tracks through forests, tarmac country lanes, zig-zagging hillside paths and steep, rocky mountain paths. At one point, the route runs along a busy road and care is needed; at another, 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. 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 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.

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

Transfer by
3h train

Adlerweg Start
St. Johann-in-Tyrol

Adlerweg End
St. Anton

Transfer by
4h train

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

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.

Adlerweg Highlights

To skip the more valley-based sections we offer our Adlerweg Highlights trip as follows:

Arrive in St. Johann for a first night
Walk St. Johann to Kufstein in the normal 3 stages
Morning train and bus to Pinegg
Walk Pinegg to Schwaz in the normal 4 stages
Morning train to Innsbruck
Walk the Zirbenweg (afternoon option)
Train to Zirl
Walk Zirl to Ehrwald in the normal 3 stages
Morning buses to Haselgehr
Walk Haselgehr to St. Anton in the normal 2 stages
Depart from St. Anton after breakfast

This trek of 12 stages and an optional 13th day (the Zirbenweg) gives a 14-night holiday. To this, please add rest days as you wish. We would suggest Innsbruck, then Kufstein and/or Ehrwald.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Adlerweg
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ADLsg
Route: The Adlerweg (Walking guide)
(Prefer East or West trips?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 19 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Start: St Johann-in-Tyrol in Austria
End: St Anton in Austria
Typical walk: 19km, 790m ascent
Total distance: 387km or 242 miles
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.

The Adlerweg 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 2019

19 stages and 1 rest day, per person:

ADLsg Classic
GBP 1,570 (singles 375)
Adlerweg (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

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

Recces 2019

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

21 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (6)
3-star hotels (7)
Auberges (3)
Mountain huts (5)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards ADL1-19 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
7 July to 15 September 2019
5 July to 18 September 2020
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

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

City breaks after trekking

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