(Adlerweg) At the Leutkircherhutte before a storm
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 well-used farm land, and high mountains with narrow rocky paths and views down remote valleys. Our full Adlerweg takes 19 days from St. Johann-in-Tirol to St. Anton; we include 1 rest day to explore Innsbruck.

The Eastern half is slightly less challenging than the Western, involving typically shorter days and less rugged terrain. 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. Generally our route avoids the harder alternatives. The 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 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 Hütte. 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


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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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Baggage transfer

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


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.

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.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Adlerweg
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ADLsg
Route: ADL Adlerweg
(See our background page on the Adlerweg)
(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
Highest altitude: 2,251m
Grade: Black3 or Red3 by taking a lower route on one stage (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

19 stages and 1 rest day, per person:

ADLsg Classic
GBP 1,570 (singles 375)
Adlerweg (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

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 9 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 13 September 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
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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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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