Winter Walking in the Austrian Tyrol Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Austria
Programmes:
Winter
Trip Code:
CAC
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

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

Trip Highlights

  • Explore an extensive network of trails
  • Sample traditional Tyrolean cuisine
  • Discover Achensee and its beautiful surroundings

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.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

Land Only 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
    Total ascent (m):
    460
    Total descent (m):
    460
  • 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
    Total ascent (m):
    378
    Total descent (m):
    260
  • 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
    Total ascent (m):
    250
    Total descent (m):
    620
  • 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
    Total ascent (m):
    290
    Total descent (m):
    290
  • 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
    Total ascent (m):
    470
    Total descent (m):
    470
  • Day 8

    End Achenkirch

    Our trip finishes after breakfast in Achenkirch.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £115.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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. 

Transportation

During the week we may use local buses as part of the itinerary. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of Easyjet or British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information or see below.

Train from London
We can book your train travel to this trip. Starting at London St Pancras, you'll change trains in Paris and spend the day travelling to Zurich, spending the night there. The next day, you'll travel on to Innsbruck, passing through the beautiful Arlberg Pass, and make your way to Innsbruck airport to meet the join the group transfer to the hotel.

Read more about travelling by train with Exodus here, or call our Sales Consultants for more information. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Achenkirch 

Your trip normally starts at our hotel in Achenkirch in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Achenkirch
Location end:
Achenkirch

What to Take

Essential Equipment

3 or 3-4 season waterproof walking boots with semi-rigid soles, and good ankle support.

Snow and ice shoe grips (e.g. Yaktrax)

A small rucksack to carry the items you will need during the day (water bottle, extra clothing...)

Walking poles are highly recommended (some are available at the hotel)

Outdoor/winter clothing as follows:

Good quality waterproof jacket

Waterproof trousers and gaiters

Warm fleece

Warm hat and gloves

Occasionally we experience unseasonably warm days, where t-shirts, lightweight trousers and light fleeces are all that's required.

Optional Equipment

Large capacity water bottle and/or thermos flask

Sunglasses and high factor sun cream and lip protection

Sit-mat (or small square of karrimat) for resting in the snow

Trainers/comfortable shoes for the evenings

Swimming costume for the wellness centre

Reading List

Maps

The recommended map for the Achensee area is the Mayr Achensee XL 1:25,000 Wander, Rad and Mountainbikekarte. This is a summer map, but covers all the area around the Achensee.

Practical Information

Passport

Austria

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Austria

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Ticks are known to be present in this region and can carry Lyme disease, Tick-Borne Encephalitis and other diseases. Please take care to protect yourself. You can read more about ticks here.

Vaccination

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Austria's Timezone:
Europe/Vienna CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Austria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Austria's Currency

The national currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM facilities are available in Achenkirch, however they are about 15 minutes walk away from the hotel.

Most shops accept credit cards however cash is usually preferred (including at the hotel)

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For meals not included we suggest around €8-12 per lunch. Of course, as you are free to choose where to eat, you can choose to spend as much as you like.

Local taxes: many Austrian cities have introduced a tourist tax for non-residents. The local administration is in charge of the tax, which will be collected by the accommodation provider at check-in or check-out. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and number of days of stay. It is usually between €0.50 and €3 per person per night. For this trip, please allow around €20, depending on the season, for the week.

You may wish to allow for some additional expenses on your free day as there are many optional activities available in Achenkirch; cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing. Equipment hire and passes are available locally. Your leader can provide further information. 

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution between €15 and €20 per client.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.