Garmisch to Innsbruck Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £569 per person
The mountains of Bavaria and the Tyrol are home of some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps. Gorges and deeply cut valleys lead up to alpine pastures and intimidating summits of Wetterstein and Karwendel massif.
During this trekking tour you can expect stunning views, surrounded by ragged peaks. There is an almost unbelievable number of summits, high altitude paths and rustic alpine cabins. You cross National Park Karwendel up to the Northern Chain, where you finally glide down into the valley to Innsbruck by cable car.
Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast.
Difficulty: Challenging. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.
Walking Tour Highlights
• Walk through the mountains of Bavaria and the Tyrol
• Some of the most beautiful Alpine pastures
• Magnificent mountain views
• King Ludwig’s catle Schloss Schachen
• A challenging tour with numerous summits, high altitude paths and cabins
• Cross the National Park Karwendel and descend to Innsbruck via cable car
• A demanding tour suitable for those looking for a cross-country route
Walking Route Features
Demanding trekking tour with walking stages from 5 to 7 hours. Partly in high alpine territory therefore experience, sure footedness and a good head for heights are required. Some shortcuts are available.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st Day: Individual journey to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
2nd Day: Roundtrip high altitude path Höllentalklamm (Hell valley gorge)
Walk deep into Höllentalklamm to alpine pasture Höllentalangeralm at the foot of Zugspitze. Take the high altitude path above the gorge to Hupfleitenjoch and cross alpine pastures to Kreuzeck. Overnight stay in Garmisch, take the cable car down.
Details: approx. 5 hours | 12 km | Up 1090 m / Down 180 m.
3rd Day: From Garmisch to Schachenhaus, ‘Wetterstein massif’
The day starts with a walk through a gorge on the foot of Wetterstein. A hiking trail leads steeply uphill onto Königsweg to Schachen castle, once built by King Louis II. Rather unpresumptuous on the outside the inside is very glamorous. Overnight stay in comfortable Schachenhaus.
Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 12 km | Up 1170 m / Down 30 m.
4th Day: From Schachenhaus to Scharnitz, ‘Sunrise’
The climb up to the pass and walk to the border cabin has everything that makes mountain hiking so attractive. Afterwards down into Leutasch valley and on to Scharnitz. In the beginning you cross rocky landscape, then through a little valley and in the end of the day another pass awaits. Possibility of shortcut by bus.
Details: approx. 7,5 hours | 20 km | Up 900 m / Down 1800 m.
5th Day: From Scharnitz to Halleranger Alm, ‘Isar spring’
Transfer deep into Karwendel valley. Comfortable start with walk up to Halleranger alpine pasture which takes about 2 hrs. Take it easy or hike up to Überschalljoch. The next two nights are spent on Halleranger Alm.
Details: approx. 2,5 to 5 hours | 5 km | Up 550 m / Down 0 m.
6th Day: Day off or summit tour Karwendel massif
Today you have a choice: enjoy a relaxing day of rest at the alpine cabin or take a couple of interesting summit tours into the stunning Karwendel massif. According to your mood you can choose between one of our hiking suggestions or relax.
Details: approx. 2 to 3 hours | 5 km | Up 500 m / Down 500 m.
7th Day: From Halleranger Alm to Innsbruck, ‘Karwendel Crossing’
A marvellous high altitude path crosses several ridges (passes) to well known Northern Chain. One short but steep climb requires surefootedness and stamina. Afterwards you head on to the summit station of Hafelekar and glide majestically downhill to Innsbruck.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 13 km | Up 1000 m / Down 500 m.
8th Day: Individual departure or extra days
Demanding trekking tour with walking stages from 5 to 7 hours. Partly in high alpine territory therefore experience, sure footedness and a good head for heights is required. Some shortcuts are available.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Garmisch to Innsbruck tour stays 4× 3***- hotels and country hotels, 3x alpine cabins (Schachebnhaus & Halleranger Alm) carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- 7 overnight stays (cabins: dormitory)
– Luggage transfer (except overnight at Schachenhaus)
– Welcome meeting
– Downhill cable car fare Kreuzeck
– Transfer Karwendeltal
– Downhill Nordkettenbahn fare from Hafelekar to Innsbruck
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel and tour documents
– GPS-data is available
Demanding trekking tour with walking stages from 5 to 7 hours. Partly in high alpine territory therefore experience, surefootedness and a good head for heights is required. Some shortcuts are available.
We recommend flying to Munich and arriving by train to the starting point in Garmisch Partenkirchen. The region is covered by the DB ‘Bayern’ Ticket and is valid from the airport and all local public transport in Bavaria. For more information, please visit Deutsche Bahn.
By train to Garmisch Partenkirchen and a few walking minutes or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.
Parking: Limited free parking at the starting hotel, no reservation possible. Near the hotel sufficient free parking or public park garage for approx. EUR 20 per week. No reservation possible.
Return from Innsbruck to Garmisch by train, duration approx 1.5 hrs.
Trans-Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck, 8 days, 7 nights
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Holiday Price: From £569
Single Supplement: £99
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