View of Achensee, Austria

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Austria
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TDF
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

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 on this trip around Austria's lakes and mountains, two grades are offered each day (moderate and challenging) with one leader escorting each grade. 

At a Glance

  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus 1 UK leader per grade
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m

 

Trip Highlights

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

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.

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:
6
Max group size:
20

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Achenkirch
End City:
Achenkirch

Land Only Itinerary

  • 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 - Achenkirch to Moosenalm circuit (1530m)

    Walking from the hotel, we pass through the village then start on a gently climbing forest road before a steeper path up through beautiful woods to reach the Moosenalm, a high pasture with wonderful views. We then contour round to the Christlum ski area looking down to Achenkirch & the lake before descending down and back to our hotel.

    13km, 600m ascent and descent. Max altitude 1530m

    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 Barenkopf (1991m)

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car to start our walk to Zwolferkops before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m). We descend on a different path via the Barenbaldalm where we stop for coffee & cake before descending by cable car to Pertisau and taking the ferry back to Achenkirch. 

    9km, 600m ascent and descent. Max altitude 1991m

    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.

    8Km: 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
  • Day 6

    Level 3 - Walk over the Pasillsattel pass (1680m).

    We take the bus to Pertisau and walk up the Gerntal valley before taking a steep footpath up to the Pasillsattel, with amazing views behind us. We cross behind the impressive peaks of Seebergspitze and Seekarspitze, stopping for refreshments at a rustic alm before our descent back to Achenkirch.

    15km, 820m ascent and descent, max altitude 1680m.

    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.

    18Km; 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 take the delightful Enzianweg path, stopping at the Dalfazalm for coffee & cake, before climbing steadily to a col at Steineres Tor (1978m).

    A long descent through a wild valley, via the Köglalm and down through the woods finishing right outside the hotel.

    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

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. 

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 £155.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 dinners included

Transportation

Airport transfers are carried out by private bus. Local transport is used on most days to reach the start of the walks; as the "Achensee Holiday Card" is included, we may use a mix of buses, ferries, cable cars or even steam train! Please note that during the peak times of the summer season, transports can get quite busy and this could potentially slightly delay our journeys to/from the walks.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

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 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.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Achenkirch

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Achenkirch in the morning 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.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

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.

From Munich, you will need to take a combination of trains and buses to reach Achenkirch. From Innsbruck airport, the journey can be done by bus only (this usually involves 2 changes).

If you would like us to organise a private transfer, please ask your sales consultant for a quote. Please ensure that you provide us with all relevant information at least 2 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.

Please note there are two terminals at Munich airport. If you are not on the group flights but taking the group transfer, please check where you are arriving and where the group will be so you can meet your leader.

Location start:
Achenkirch
Location end:
Achenkirch

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sturdy and comfortable walking boots (with good ankle support)
Windproof jacket and warm layers
Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
Water bottle (minimum 1 litre)
Warm hat and gloves
Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
Daypack (large enough to carry spare clothing, water and lunch)
Reusable bag to pack your lunch each day (drysack or simple fabric bag)

Optional Equipment

You may want to bring walking poles.

View of Achensee, Austria

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.

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

Austria

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

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

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.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

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

The post office and bank for currency exchange, with a cash machine, are located in the administrative centre of Achenkirch, which is about 3.5 Km from the hotel. There are regular buses that can take you there (walking will take approximately 30 minutes each way).

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

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For meals not included, we suggest a budget 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.

There is the option to make up a basic picnic lunch, comprising filled rolls and fruits, from the breakfast buffet for a modest charge of 20 euro per week, collected by the leader and given to the hotel. This may need to be supplemented by materials from the village shop. 

Achenkirch has two supermarkets for food and general items and the closest is about 1km away and is open daily, except Sundays. It takes about 10 minutes to walk. Please note that even non-prescription drugs, like Paracetamol, are not available in supermarkets in Austria and it is better to bring these with you from home.

There is a pharmacy located at a doctor’s surgery about 1.5 Km from the hotel. This has limited opening hours.
There is, however, a wider range of shopping and other facilities in both Maurach and Pertisau, which are usually visited during the week.

Optional Excursions

This holiday includes the Achensee Holiday Card, which provides unlimited use of local buses, mountain lifts, ships on the lake and a steam train – as well as a number of entry benefits.

There are a number of interesting places to visit by public transport in the Inn Valley including: Innsbruck (the capital of the Tyrol); Kufstein (with its fine castle) and Hall (with its mint tower and salt mines).

Tipping

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

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we will spend the week in a family run Hotel Fischerwirt in the Tyrolean village of Achenkirch, that employs local staff and uses local produce wherever possible. This ensures that our visit directly benefits the local community. The hotel is a member of the "Tiroler Wirtshaus" which is an association that ensures that its members retain authentic Tyrolean cuisine in their own organisations with occasional local influences. Our airport transfers are services from a family owned transportation company based in Maurach.

As a walking holiday, we actively encourage clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local craft and produce to discover what life is really like in the Austrian Tyrol. Our support to the local community can demonstrate how responsible tourism can still make a difference in a ‘developed’ area of Western Europe. Additionally, walking trips like this have very little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as it is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

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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.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth 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.

How to Book

1. Check availability

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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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.