Winter Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

8 days
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£949
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Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
CAC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Winter Holidays
Group size:
5–14
Min age:
16

Explore the Austrian Tyrol in Winter

We have hand-picked the picturesque village of Achenkirch, located right by northern banks of the biggest lake in Tyrol, for this week of winter walking. We stay in the lovely Hotel Fischerwirt, where the Family Kirchberger will offer a warm welcome and some deliciously hearty Tyrolean food.

Highlights

  • Extensive network of trails
  • Traditional Tyrolean cuisine
  • Achensee and its beautiful surroundings

Key information

  • 5 days guided winter walking
  • 7 nights 3-star hotel
  • Moderate walking on prepared tracks
  • No previous experience needed
  • Max altitude 1490m
  • Countries visited: Austria

What's included

  • 7 nights half board at Hotel Fischerwirt
  • 5 days of guided winter walking
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local taxes (see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for private group 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.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Achenkirch.

    The trip starts at our hotel in Achenkirch.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Karwendal mountains along the Gerntal valley

    We catch the bus South around the lake to Pertisau.  The walk takes place in the Karwendal mountains along the Gerntal valley between the mountains of Seeburgspitze and Feilkopf.  Stopping for coffee at the Gernalm before walking up to Feilalm for lunch overlooking the Achensee lake and heading back to Pertisau.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Journey around the Unnutz mountains.

    The walk starts after a bus journey north and east around the Unnutz mountains to the pretty village of Steinberg.  Great views of the Guffert mountain along the way back through forest tracks  to Achenkirch, stopping for lunch at a family run authentic Italian restaurant.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk a scenic wildlife trail that overlooks Barenkopf

    Starting from Pertisau we catch the Karwendal cable car up to 1500m and take the circular scenic wildlife trail overlooking the lake and Barenkopf.  Lunch is taken at the Alpengasthaus Karwendal before descending down the mountain sharing the routes with tobogganers to the Rodulhutte for hot drinks and Strudel on the way back to Pertisau.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free Day

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Summit to the Gramaialm

    Today we walk up the Fulzthurnal valley stopping off at the lovely 200 year old Faltzhurn hutte for a hot drink before heading up for the Gramaialm between the Sonnjoch and Dristenkopf mountains to the head of the valley.  Lunch is taken at the Germaialm before heading back to Pertisau, perhaps for cake.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walking the Achensee lake

    The walk starts around the eastern side of the Achensee lake taking in the views before stopping for coffee at Maurach, then heading up the Rofan to the Buchauer Alm for lunch. The descent down a toboggan track takes in the views of the lakes before a circular walk to finish around the pretty village of Eben.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Achenkirch

    Our trip finishes after breakfast in 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

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included.

The hotel serves continental breakfasts with plenty of choice. The dinners are usually made of 4 courses, with a choice of 2 or 3 different mains. The cuisine is very much Tyrolean with dishes such as knoedle or spaetzle on offer during the week. Lunches are usually taken in huts or cafes. 

Weather

Achenkirch is situated at 930m and at this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -5ºC, though they can fall as low as -15ºC with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Is this trip for you?

Winter Walking is offered at Grade 3 - Moderate, no previous experience required, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Winter walking is ideal for those who want an active week in magnificent scenery, but are not tempted by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The emphasis is on relatively gentle walking at a relaxed pace, with plenty of time to admire the scenery. We walk mostly on paths and forest tracks, many of which are cleared or rolled after new snowfall. While there may be some walking in unprepared snow, winter walking weeks do not use snowshoes.
Each day the leader will carefully assess the situation and choose the route according to current conditions and those forecast, with the over-riding priority being group safety. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or trip notes) if they believe the risk to be too high.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for private group 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.

Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt - 3 star

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 walking tracks and cross-country ski tracks. 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 and there is a ski room with boot driers. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome and nice treats such as free daily use of the sauna between 16-22 hrs, a complimentary coffee and cake during the week and a weekly torchlight walk with mulled wine! Single rooms are available upon request. There are also some double for sole use, please contact us for prices and availability.

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for private group 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.

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  • Reviewed February 2020

    Brilliant Trip

    This is the fourth consecutive year my wife and I have done this trip, initially in Trins, then Seefeld and now Achenkirch. Despite some inclement weather for the Alps this was probably the best trip of all. Great group who gelled together, nice hotel and great food. As usual all the mountain huttes were a real treat. A really nice mix of walks and the treat of a toboggan ride after great coffee at the hutte at the top of the run.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After using the Karwendel lift the views of Achensee and the mountains from the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The third year Paul McDermott has been the group leader. Terrific leader, nothing is too much trouble and always a smile. Joins in the evening cards which was great fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good waterproofs as we walked for a day in torrential rain.
  • Reviewed February 2020

    Highly recommended

    I can't recommend this trip enough. Having twice done its predecessor in Seefeld and also its sister summer trip, I had high expectations and wasn't disappointed. The scenery is spectacular, the hotel comfortable, the food excellent - we worked our way through a long list of Austrian and Tyrolean specialities each evening. Cosy Gasthauses and sunny terraces provided perfect surroundings for lunching on soup and strudel, a cable car gave stunning views over the lake and the more adventurous of us (not me!) took the chance to try toboganning down from one afternoon cake stop. Plenty of options for the free day - visiting Innsbruck was popular with our group though I went for the snow-shoeing over the pass in a blizzard option, fabulous but exhausting. And card games full of laughter and banter after dinner rounded off each day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing at the top of the pass, as a novice snowshoer on the free day, realising I'd made it up there on sheer willpower and the encouragement of my companions when half an hour before I'd wanted to just lie down in the snow and stay there..... A group who kept on laughing despite the weather......Watching a fabulous lady fight her way up a hill despite being exhausted and toboggan down in triumph.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a conversation about good leaders and great leaders and that the great ones go the extra mile, make you think you can do things , work tirelessly to see everyone has a great time. Oh, and let a couple of novices tag along on their one free day when they head off on snow shoes...…. This one is definitely in the 'great' category.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're dithering about whether it's for you, book it and have a go. And take a kettle if you like an early cup of coffee, Austrian hotels don't have them in the rooms.

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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