(Zugspitze Tour) Schloss Hotel in Elmau, on the way from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Mittenwald
ZUGSPITZE TOUR (GUIDED)   4 stages, 1 rest day . 6 nights . Bavaria and the Tyrol   Booking

Zugspitze Tour
Guided trekking holiday

+ A modest 4-stage circuit of the Zugspitze
+ Comfortable hotels in these Bavarian and Tyrolian villages
+ Walk with our groups and leaders

Latest news March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

Trek a circuit of the Zugspitze (2,962m), the highest point in Germany. We link the four main towns that surround the Zugspitze: Garmisch-Partenkichen, Mittenwald, Leutasch and Ehrwald.

The terrain is predominantly forested and on lower open hillsides, through meadows and along country lanes. Two highlights come in the form or narrow gorges, the Partnachklamm and the Leutaschklamm. Solid, sometimes precipitous, walkways take us high above the water in both of these gorges.

Your leader takes the group on four stages that make up the circuit. We include a fifth day�s outing, optional for those who wish, to the top of the Zugspitze. There is a funicular railway that takes us to 430m below the summit, from where it is difficult and loose final ascent that nevertheless avoids via ferrata or climbing, or a cable car to the summit.

Your accommodation is based on the friendly family-run hotels that typify the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrol; wood panelling and carefully presented breakfasts are common.


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Zugspitze Tour walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
ZSTg Zugspitze Tour (Guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
4 stages
1 Zugspitze day
(6 nights)
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Singles 150
Our main ZST
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4 stages
(5 nights)

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Singles 125
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Options on a private guided trip
5 stages
1 Zugspitze day
(7 nights)
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Singles 175
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Baggage transfer 150

Baggage transfer

Let us carry your bag among the stops. Leave your bag at reception each morning and it will be delivered to your next hotel. Please ask for more details.


Please feel free to skip the second night in Garmisch at the end, if you prefer not to take the Zugspitze ascent and would rather move on. This would be our 4-stage, 5-night trip.

If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your Zugspitze Tour in various ways.

Slower treks
The Zugspitze Tour works in 5 or 6 stages, taking extra nights to spread out the walking. We can book trips which stay multiple nights in one village.

Combining with the Adlerweg
The Zugspitze Tour's stage between Leutasch and Ehrwald coincides with the Adlerweg, the long-distance trek through the Austrian Tyrol. At Ehrwald, stay on the trail to St. Anton which is 5 days away. Or, join at Innsbruck and walk to Leutasch in 2 days.

The Zugspitze
Incorporate the Zugspitze, whether by cable car or by the final ascent on foot, into one of your trek days instead of as an extra day.
Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled trips.

Zugspitze Tour (Self-guided) - more options here

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Zugspitze Tour
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: ZSTg
Route: ZST Zugspitze Tour
(See our background page on the Zugspitze)
(Prefer Self-guided or the Adlerweg West?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Length: 4 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Start: Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany
End: Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany
Typical walk: 20km, 525m ascent
Highest altitude: 1,590m
Grade: Red3 plus Black2 on the Zugspitze ascent day (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our guided trip:

ZSTg1 20 to 26 July 2019
Guided by leader to be announced
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

Private trips 2019
Please join us any time in our season from
21 July to 15 September 2019

Scheduled trips: Starting 11 July
Season: 19 July to 18 September 2020

Research Summer 2019

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

Recces 2019

An Austrian Airlines plane at Salzburg
Austrian Airlines, Salzburg (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

6 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (3)
3-star hotels (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 1 evening meal
Guided trekking with your IML

The UIMLA logo An IML leads your trek

The IML is the award to lead treks in Bavaria and the Tyrol

The IML award

The Zugspitze massif from the valley near Garmisch
Zugspitze massif from the valley (Photo gallery)

The Zugspitze in the wider Alps

Map of the Zugspitze within the Alps

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

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

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

Walking guides Our background page on the
    Zugspitze area

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