View of Achensee, Austria

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

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Trip code: 
TDF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16

Stretching along the valley at the northern end of Tyrol’s largest lake, the quiet village of Achenkirch is the perfect base for a week of walking. Surrounded by the lush meadows and jagged peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, the walking trails throughout the area are plentiful. With such a great variety of walks, two grades are offered each day (moderate and challenging) with one leader escorting each grade. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Tyrolean scenery
  • Moderate and challenging walks
  • Traditional local cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus 1 UK leader per grade.
  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local Transport

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings
  • Single rooms; Double rooms for single use - limited availability.
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 12, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

View of Achensee, Austria

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Itinerary

Achenkirch
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Achenkirch
  • Day 1

    Start Achenkirch.

    Start Achenkirch. In the evening the leaders will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and give advice on the local area.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Level 3 - Ascend to the Falkenmoosalm (1328m)

    We take a short bus journey to the end of the village of Achenkirch and then follow a forest track climbing gently with wonderful views back to the Guffertspitze, before arriving at Falkenmoosalm for a picnic lunch. We contour below Hochplatte, before descending through the forest and all the way back along the valley to the hotel.  12 Km; 450m ascent and descent; max altitude 1328m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochplatte (1813m)

    We walk directly from the hotel up a climbing valley to the Seewaldhütte (1582m) and then on to the summit of Hochplatte (1813m) for lunch before descending by an alternative route via the Feichtenalm to the hotel.

    21Km; 900m ascent & descent; max altitude 1813m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Level 3 - Ascend to the Weißenbachsattel (1695m)

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car to start our walk to the Weißenbachsattel  (1695m). We descend a short way to the Weißenbachalm for a traditional mountain farm lunch before descending to Seespitze for a ferry ride back to Achenkirch. 14 Km; 300m ascent, 800m descent;  max altitude 1695m

    Level 5 - Stanserjoch and Barenkopf summits

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car and climb to the summit of the rugged Stanserjoch (2102m) for lunch with its magnificent views of the lake below and the Inn valley. We then descend back down to the Wellfenbachstaffe before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m).  Return is via the Karwendel cable car after a quick drink at the Barenbadalm for a ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch from Pertisau. 16Km; 1000m ascent; 1000m descent; max altitude 2102m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Level 3 – Summit of the Rofanspitze (2258m)

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable ascent of the Rofanspitze (2258m), where we have a picnic lunch with panoramic views. We retrace our steps to the Rofanlift, before catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch. 8 Km: 430m ascent and descent: max altitude 2258m

    Level 5 - Summit the Rofanspitze (2258m) and Rofan circuit

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable circuit around the Rofan Mountains including climbing to the summit of the Rofanspitze. (2258m), before going off the beaten track descending via a flower filled meadow before a steep climb back to the Rofanlift catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch. 12Km; 750m ascent & descent; max altitude 2258m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Level 3 - Walk over the pass at Kögljoch (1487m).

    We start with a short bus journey to Steinberg and then walk back to Achenkirch over a remote mountain pass at Kögljoch (1487m). 13 Km; 500m ascent; 600m descent; max altitude 1487m

    Level 5 - Vorderunnütz (2078m)

    After a short bus journey to Steinberg we climb to the summit of the rugged Vorderunnütz (2078m) towering above Achenkirch before descending on a steep path directly to the hotel.

    18 Km; 1050m ascent; 1170m descent; max altitude 2078m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Level 3 - Walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor.

    Today we take the bus to Maurach and then the cable car to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range. Here we start the delightful Enzianweg path which climbs steadily to a col at Steineres Tor (1978m) before descending to the lakeside for a short ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 300m ascent; 1150m descent; max altitude 1978m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochiss (2298m)

    Today we set off from the hotel along the Eastern side of the lake to Achenseehoff before climbing steeply through the trees and meadows to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range for a second time,  to the imposing summit of Hochiss (2298m), the highest mountain in the range . From here we descend to Maurach via the Rofanlift and the Mauritalm for a drink and Strudel.  Finishing off with a bus ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 1360m ascent; 500m descent; max altitude 2298m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Achenkirch.

    End Achenkirch.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included

Weather

It is fair to say that the weather in the Alps can be changeable in summer, and Austria is no exception. Temperatures during the day can be very warm, especially in July and August, and the resulting humidity can cause some spectacular storms in the late afternoon/early evening. Clear, fresh mountain air in the Alps means that effects of the sun are often not noticed until it's too late, so it is important to make sure that sun block and lip balm is administered regularly. Given the depth of the valleys, it is also difficult to predict when rain is on its way, so carrying waterproof clothing is also to be advised.

Is this trip for you?

Our walks have been selected to make the most of the area. Each evening, our leaders explain what level 3 and 5 walking is on offer for the next day so you can choose which walk to join. This is the main advantage of a multi-grade holiday, as friends with differing ability can travel together.

At both Moderate and Challenging levels there are steep ascents and descents often over quite rocky and uneven terrain. Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking level is recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Level 3 entails walking between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way-marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and on occasion exposed.

Level 5 entails walking between 6 and 8 hours per day at an easy but steady pace. We will be using established trails and mountain paths; these will often be steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks.

In Achenkirch, most days are around 6 hours of actual walking for Level 3 and 7 hours for Level 5, and the level of ascent for level 3 is up to 800m and level 5 usually 1,000m. Please note that when we use lifts, the descent is usually greater than the ascent described.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the exact length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Early weeks in June may need to be limited to lower level routes due to late-lying snow conditions. However, this is an ideal time for abundant alpine flowers and, as it is quieter, there is a good chance of seeing more wildlife.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt***

The Hotel Fischerwirt opened its doors in 1875 as a traditional and rustically furnished 3-star hotel. Directly located on the north shore of the Achensee Lake the hotel offers easy access to a variety of trails. All rooms are en suite, and double and twin rooms offer a balcony or deck with view of the Karwendel mountain range or of the lake. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. All floors are served by a lift. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome, nice rooms and a lovely spa. Some single rooms as well as double rooms for single use are available; please contact our Sales team for available and prices. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed July 2018
    Beth Shamrock

    Variety of hikes, beautiful scenery, fabulous group

    Each day's hike offered different terrain, different challenges, different views...and different cakes. Eric was a wonderful guide. And this group was the most fun I've had through Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking the Rofan range and hearing the chimes of cow bells on the mountains amused me and warmed my heart!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric was delightful. He was always in good spirits and always participated in our daily puzzler questions. He helped the group be cohesive.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring boots with good traction! Many single-track trails were sloped and some were indeed slippery.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Day 1 hike was so much longer than the rest of the days. Instead, I think the hike on "hike day" 4 perhaps could act as a decent "read" of participants, so the guides can see what level makes the most sense for them. It didn't make sense to hike 23 km mostly on easy fire-roads on day one and hike half of that on single tracks every other day.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Joan Reid

    Super walking week in the Tirol

    Achenkirk provided an excellent base for a great week of hiking in the Tirol. We got a great flavour of the area sampling a range of walks around the range. The Lake, the mountains and the accessibility of excellent walking made the trip. Weather for the most part was great and the terrain was challenging but manageable to walk on. Really enjoyed the hotel and facilities as well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the five treks at level 5 was a great achievement and probably in particular Hochiss.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was very competent and met the needs of the level 5 group very well. He was encouraging and empathetic in balance. In particular his knowledge of alpine flowers Provided an interesting addition to the story of our journeys into the hills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared. Level 5 walks are well worth the additional effort required to reach the top where we were rewarded with magnificent scenery. For all of the level 5 group on this trip it was within our limits and manageable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel and walk leaders work well together to make the experience seamless.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Paul macdermott

    Great walking and company in Achensee

    This was a lovely week of great walks amid stunning scenery in the Austrian Tyrol. Based in Achenkirk, we were able to access many of the best mountain walks available using cable cars, lake steamers etc as well as our own feet! We had 2 very friendly and knowledgeable guides-Paul & Eric, 1 for each level of walking and a comfortable base at Hotel Fischerwirt. A really nice week and a great group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of various peaks as planned.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric was inspiring & patient and full of little anecdotes of his past experience. He set the pace and adjusted it according to how the group was managing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a good introduction to intermediate Alpine mountain walking ( if you do level 3) but be aware there are a few steep climbs so come prepared.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Paul macdermott

    Great walking and company in Achensee

    This was a lovely week of great walks amid stunning scenery in the Austrian Tyrol. Based in Achenkirk, we were able to access many of the best mountain walks available using cable cars, lake steamers etc as well as our own feet! We had 2 very friendly and knowledgeable guides-Paul & Eric, 1 for each level of walking and a comfortable base at Hotel Fischerwirt. A really nice week and a great group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of various peaks as planned.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric was inspiring & patient and full of little anecdotes of his past experience. He set the pace and adjusted it according to how the group was managing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a good introduction to intermediate Alpine mountain walking ( if you do level 3) but be aware there are a few steep climbs so come prepared.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Clare Grindrod

    Great walking holiday in beautiful mountains

    Five challenging walks all close to the lakeside base, plus cable car, ferry and steam train rides. Great location, great views.. walks were good length, not too long so had time for a beer,swim,relax afterwards.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the Highest peak in the area from lake level.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was cool,calm and encouraging. Knew lots about the local area, flowers and routes and set a good pace for faster and slower walkers. Time for photos and slower pace at the back without slowing down speedy ones at the front and still making ferry or train schedules. Laid back and relaxing attitude, as a holiday should be!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be afraid to mix and match groups. No need to stick to level 3 or 5 everyday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel was lovely with spacious rooms and balconies, near enough to a shop to get supplies. Swim in the lake..it's cold but refreshing. Cycle hire was great on the day off, but so was using free transport with travel card so theres loads to enjoy in this spot.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Patrick Thompson

    Awesome Trip

    I thoroughly enjoyed my second hiking trip with Exodus. The guides (Bob and Paul) were superb. They went out of their way to make us all feel comfortable with what the hikes would be like and what our options were each day. The scenery was amazing, we lucked out with good weather until the last day which was raining. I can't say enough about how well the trip was organized and well thought out. Hats off to Exodus and especially Bob and Paul.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery at the summit of the mountains. It was awesome.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Paul were both excellent leaders. Really great guys and they went out of their way to take care of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take this trip it was excellent.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Olga Alliloueva

    Hiking in Austrian North Tirol

    It’s been a wonderful experience, rather challenging on some walks, but worthwhile the effort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best moments are related to being surrounded by lavish alpine meadows, with a multitude of flowers. It was fun putting a name to a flower.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have taken both level 3 and level 5 walks. Both leaders were professional guides and knowledgeable in the local matters.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack a sufficient quantity of band-aids, mole skin plasters, etc.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was impressed by the in Fischerwirt inn. The inn offers abundant breakfasts and restaurant-like diners, with multiple options to choose from. I don’t think the dishes were ever repeated! A great choice of beers as well. I opted for a single accommodation. The room was quite spacious and nicely furnished, with lots of drawers and hangers. A very comfortable bed and a warm duvet. The hotel was full, but very quiet at that.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Paul Richardson

    Great week in the Tyrol

    Authentic Tyrolean hotel, in a picturesque location served as an ideal base for series of well guided walks showcasing the surrounding mountains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the lake during heavy rain and a thunderstorm.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob Mason and Paul McDermott were both excellent hosts, guides and organisers. I should add that i have been on about 8 Exodus holidays and can state these two gents were up there with the best.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You've read it before, but its true, even in July, waterproofs and gloves are needed. And this is from the guy who swims in the lake, so I'm not adverse to the cold!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Read the trip notes, make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for. The walks are graded accurately, but can still take some people by surprised if they have not done their homework. My flights outbound and home bound turned to a complete shambles thanks to KLM, not I add Exodus's fault in any way. However Exodus' teams in the resort and the UK swung to my rescue on both occasions and rebooked flights as required to get me to my destinations. The level of expertise and speed applied to resolving these problems was outstanding. I do not think I have received such good customer service in the realm of solving a problem at any other time in my life. Use this company with complete confidence.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Richard Ireland

    A Enjoyable Week in Achenkirk

    Very good overall. Competent, well qualified guides and diverse, friendly fellow walkers. Large, comfortable hotel with a good self service breakfast menu and reasonable range of dinner options. Added attraction of an impressive sauna suite, which helped recovery after our more taxing, and mostly damp walks. The area is very attractive, with a good choice of walks and a variety of efficient and novel transport modes. A couple of small issues relating to my bathroom, which were dealt with as soon as practicable by reception.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed the challenge of getting to the summit of Hochiss and, perhaps more crucially, descending without mishap, with the encouragement of our guide (Paul), despite quite wet and tricky conditions, and one walking boot that had seen better days!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leaders (Bob and Paul), quite different in nature, but both very effective, competent in what they did, and good companions for the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For some, the level 3 walks, might be a little easy when compared with, say, those in the Picos itinerary. However, it does give more time to look at the alpine plants and enjoy the mountain hostelries!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was good to have free access to the various modes of transport, including the free day. If so inclined, one could spend the whole of the free day ferrying up and down the lake, interspersed with cable car trips and the odd steam train ride!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Janet Tinney

    The Heidi type mountains I always wanted

    My intention for taking this trip was that I wanted to have some pleasant walks in the mountains that did not require great technical difficulty like ropes or high altitude gear. I wanted to see beautiful mountain views, and mostly, alpine flowers. This trip did not disappoint me. I chose the easier of the two itineraries. The level 3 was a very comfortable but full day for me. Every day was a different experience, sometimes a ridge panorama or a descent to a lake, but always a beautiful and varied landscape. I thought utilising local transport was a brilliant way to travel greater distances and thus increasing the variety of terrain explored. A steam train, a ferry, a bus, all a lot of fun. And do enjoy the farmhouse coffee and cakes! I sure did.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our last day we took a bus to Steinberg then walked back to our hotel in Achenkirch over the mountain pass at Köglich. We had a view below of a dense flower carpeted meadow leading down to an Alm, with a view of Achensee, our home for the past week. The whole view was terraced: flowers, farmhouse, lake so that one view encompassed so many outstanding features. Maybe Bob can help you find Black Vanilla Orchids, or Alpine Rose. I had no idea of the variety or complexity of these flowers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob was very accommodating to individual needs. He kept an eye on those at the back of the group. He made sure each member was safe, and engaged each member of the group in conversation. He is very knowledgeable in trails and geography of the vicinity, as wall as other hiking trails in other countries. He provided us with accurate weather forecasts for the day so we knew we were wise to pack waterproofs or extra water.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is a very affordable way to see a beautiful part of the world without spending months in the planning. Very worry free: just be well packed and show up. I loved the alpine mountains, lakes and flowers. Although I was travelling as a single, other couples enjoyed that they could have the evenings together but select different itineraries in the day according to individual preference. The level 5 is certainly challenging.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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