Trans Tyrol - Garmisch to Innsbruck

Trans Tyrol - Garmisch to Innsbruck

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wetterstein & Karwendel ranges
  • Explore Schachen Castle
  • Stay in charming mountain hotels and cabins brimming with warm hospitality
  • Enjoy some of the best hiking in the alps including through impressive gorges and along balcony paths

Trip Summary

The border between Austria and Germany is home to two exceptional mountain regions - the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrol, an area extending from Austria through to northern Italy. Isolated for long periods, this region is home to the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountain ranges, with their pristine alpine landscapes and a well maintained network of walking trails. The hike from Garmisch in Bavaria to Innsbruck in Austria is demanding at times and requires a good level of experience in alpine terrain. Impressive gorges and balcony trails, Schachen Castle, the Olympic towns of Garmisch and Innsbruck and the Karwendel Massif National Park are a few of the highlights of this walking holiday. Staying in a combination of atmospheric mountain cabins and country hotels, this trip offers a perfect balance of comfort and alpine hiking.



Anyone undertaking a challenging trip should be aware of the physical and mental demands involved. This trip is designed for experienced walkers who are seeking a challenge. No previous climbing experience is required to undertake this trip. An above average level of fitness is required as days can involve up to 7.5 hours of strenuous exercise in rugged terrain. You need to be sure footed and have a head for heights as there are some steep drops close to the paths. Weather conditions may be harsh at times (even in summer), and you will need to be comfortable walking in such conditions. We suggest up to one hour of strenuous exercise 3-4 times a week. The best exercise for trekking is long bushwalks/hill walks involving relatively steep ascents and descents.


On arrival in Garmisch make your way to the joining hotel. At the hotel you will be provided with your cable car tickets and route book (one of each per room). The rest of the day is free to explore the town. Overnight in hotel in Garmisch.

Meals:  D

The walk begins with an interesting ascent through the impressive Höllental (or Hell Valley) gorge. The route takes you through a series of canyons and tunnels hewn from the rockface and follows the thundering river below. Out of the canyon you reach the mountain cabin Höllentalanger hütte which has an impressive location surrounded by stunning alpine scenery including a view to the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze (2962m). Here you can take a rest before the final ascent to the Kreuzberg following a high trail above the gorge. Descend to Garmisch by cable car. Overnight in hotel. Route: 10.9km/6.7mi, 950m/3117ft ascent (descent by cable car)

Meals:  B,D

The day begins with a walk through another gorge to the foot of Wetterstein Massif. There is a steep climb to reach the “Kings Path” to Castle Schachen, King Ludwig II’s mountain cabin. The last stage to the mountain cabin where you stay tonight offers hikers incredible mountain views and is an absolute delight. *Note – on this day there is no luggage transfer available. You will need to carry your overnight requirements in your day pack. The rest of your luggage will be transferred to Scharnitz. Route: 9.5km/5.9mi, 1500m/4921ft ascent

Meals:  B

To view sunrise in these mountains is spectacular and we recommend you rise early to witness it! The route today begins with a traverse across rocky terrain with some ups and downs before a sustained descent into Leutasch valley. The way becomes more relaxed as you continue through to Scharnitz. It would be impossible to tire of the beautiful surroundings during the walk. At the end of the day a wild and idyllic gorge awaits you. Overnight hotel. Route: 17.9km/11.1mi, 910m/2986ft ascent, 1820m/5971ft descent

Meals:  B

The day begins with a vehicle transfer deep into Karwendel valley. The relaxed walk takes you to Halleranger alpine pasture which you will reach after about 2 hours. The day is designed for you to relax and soak up the scenery. Option to take a walk up to Sunntiger Spitze. Overnight comfortable mountain cabin. The walking times and ascent will be greater if you choose not to take the vehicle transfer at the start of the day. *Note – on this day there is no luggage transfer available. You will need to carry your overnight requirements in your day pack. Route(s): 5.6km or 19km/3.5mi or 11.8mi, 550m/1804ft or 850m/2789ft ascent

Meals:  B

A marvellous balcony path brings you across several ridges (passes) to the famous Nordkette of Innsbruck. A short but steep ascent requires sure-footedness and stamina. After that the walk becomes easier to the summit station of Hafelekar cable car, and your ride down to Innsbruck. Route: 12.2km/7.6mi, 1150m/3773ft ascent, 720m/2362ft descent

Meals:  B,D

Arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties.
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3-4 star mountain hotels & 2 nights in mountain cabins or huts (rooms with up to 12 people in bunks - but usually 2-4)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (except to the mountain huts on days 3 & 5)
  • Transfer in Karwendel Valley
  • Cable car Garmisch Partenkirchen
  • Route book per room
  • 7 day service hotline

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the hotel at the start and end of the trip
  • Entrance fees into gorges (reduced fees available with local card)
  • Dinners in mountain cabins/huts
  • Lunch daily
  • Drinks
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip. For a supplement you can join a guided departure
  • Hut sleeping pack
  • Luggage transfers to and from mountain huts
  • Cable car Nordkette Innsbruck (Euro 16 to 18)
  • Items of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, phone calls etc
  • Bus transfer to Garmisch

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We've done several self-guided walks and this one was probably the best. Apart from the spectacular, jaw dropping scenery....the maps and directions were very straight-forward and each place we stayed was comfortable. We would highly recommend this route to anyone up for a challenge.

J. Walton, Knockhold, UK, 15 Oct 2018

Very well organised. The briefing and guide notes were excellent and the route was great. The English in the guide book was "quaint", but would be very happy to edit and improve it.

N. Riedl, VIC. Australia


Duration:7 Days
Countries:Germany and Austria
Starting Point:Garmisch Partenkirchen
Finishing Point:Innsbruck
Grade:challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:TGI
Prices From:GBP£855 Per Person
Single Supplement - Hotels Only:GBP£100  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge - Hotels Only:GBP£220  Click for more information
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