Trans Tyrol trek: Garmisch to Innsbruck

€880 per person

The self-guided hiking route in Bavaria and Tyrol in Austria and Germany offers some of the most spectacular views in the Alps. You will find yourself surrounded by countless towering peaks and massifs on one stage of the hike and immense alpine valleys on the next. You will navigate through the Karwendel National Park all the way to the Northern Karwendel Chain and finish with a cable car ride down to the valley of Innsbruck all in one tour.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Level: 4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    4 nights in 3***- hotels and country hotels (en-suite rooms), 3 nights alpine cabins in dormitories with shared WC/shower (1x Schachenhaus & 2x Halleranger Alm), breakfast included; Luggage transfer (except for the overnight at Schachenhaus); Downhill cable car fare Kreuzeck; Transfer Karwendeltal; Downhill Nordkettenbahn fare from Hafelekar to Innsbruck; Detailedroadbook in English, incl. maps (1 set per room); GPS tracks access through navigation app; Service hotline
  • What is not included
    Bus fare to the starting point in Garmisch; Other meals & drinks; Entrance charges to the gorges and museums; Personal expenses; Visitors' taxes (payable locally).
  • Best period
    mid-June, July, August, mid-September
Day 1: Arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen/surroundings
Day 2: Round trip high altitude walk in Höllentalklamm, The Hell Valley Gorge (12km, 5hrs, +1,090m/-180m)
You start your independent hiking tour in Höllentalklamm by walking to the foot of the Zugspitze through the alpine pasture Höllentalangeralm. You will be walking the high altitude path above the Hupfleitenjoch gorge and pass the Kreuzeck alpine pasture. Your overnight will be in Garmisch (Germany) which you will reach by cable car.
Day 3: From Garmisch to Schachenhaus (12km, 4,30hrs, +1,170m/-30m)
After breakfast, you start your independent walking route by crossing a gorge to the foot of the impressive Wetterstein. You will begin a steep ascent to the Schachen castle, a worthy prize for your efforts. Don’t let the rather unpresentable look on the outside fool you, the interior is simply glamorous. The overnight will be in Schachenhaus (Germany).
Day 4: From Schachenhaus to Scharnitz/surroundings (20km, 7,30hrs, +900 m/-1,800 m)
Today’s self-guided walk is challenging, yet it reflects the essence of alpine hiking which makes it especially worthwhile. You will climb a pass to the border cabin and descend into Leutasch valley. You will witness a great variety of breathtaking sights - rocky landscapes, valleys and mountain passes. You have the option to cut the walk short by public transport. The overnight is in Scharnitz (Austria).
Day 5: From Scharnitz/surroundings to Halleranger Alm (5km, 2,30-5hrs +550m/-0m)
An early transfer takes you deep into the Karwendel valley where the starting point of this section of the walking route will be. You will ascend to the Halleranger alpine pasture and from there continue to Überschalljoch. You will spend the next two overnights in Halleranger Alm (Austria).
Day 6: Rest day or a tour around the peaks of the Karwendel massif (5km, 2-3hrs, +500m/-500m)
Today you can choose to have a rest from hiking at the alpine cabin or you can challenge yourself by conquering some peaks from the Karwendel massif. Whatever you choose, you will spend the day enjoying the iconic alpine landscape.
Day 7: From Halleranger Alm to Innsbruck, ‘Karwendel Crossing’ (13km, 6 hrs, +1000m/-500m)
The last self-guided hiking day follows a picturesque high-altitude path across several ridges to the well-known Northern Karwendel Chain. A couple of sections require surefootedness and stamina. You catch the cable car from the summit station of Hafelekar and descend to Innsbruck (Austria).
Day 8: Departure or extension


880 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (14-23/06; 26/08-22/09)
960 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (24/06-25/08)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement (not possible in the huts): 290 Euro;
Solo traveler supplement: 365 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
The trek is available for Friday & Sunday arrivals only between the mid-June and mid-September. To get to the starting point take train to Garmisch Partenkirchen from where you will have a few walking minutes or a short bus ride to the starting hotel. Return from Innsbruck to Garmisch by train, duration appr. 1.30 hrs. Demanding trekking tour with walking stages from 4,30 to 7 hours. Partly in high alpine territory therefore experience, sure footedness and a good head for heights is required. Some shortcuts are available.
4 nights in 3*** hotels (and country hotels), 3 nights in alpine cabins (dormitories; showers/WC are shared on the floor; 1x Schachenhaus & 2x Halleranger Alm), Luggage transfer (except for the night between Day 3 and Day 4);

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