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The Area

This area of Southern Germany and Western Austria, commonly referred to as the Tirol invites the trekker to enjoy low-level walks with alpine meadows, wonderful mountain views often with snow at the top, panoramic views across green lush valleys and delightful lakes. You will be circumnavigating Zugspitze, a mountain of just under 3000m shared between Austria and Germany. It is Germany’s highest mountain (but not Austria’s) and has two cable cars (one from each country) giving easy access to the peak. You will visit famous ski resorts and old German towns.

The Walking

It is easy to moderate walking along well-established trails. There is one vertiginous section, apart from a cable car, which is along the side of a gorge on a well protected walkway. This can be avoided by taking a short taxi ride. The paths are quite well marked but with our walk booklet that we have prepared, written by a native English speaker, you will not get lost. We provide a good walking map of the area. You will have two days walking in Germany and three days in Austria, with both countries being in the Schengen Agreement you will hardly notice the border.

Luggage Transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can then travel with day rucksacks.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate, with one long ascent. There is a small section which requires a good head for heights but this can be avoided by taxi. Total for standard trek ignoring variations:- Ascent 3545m, Descent 2890m, 44 miles.


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Zugspitze

The hotels are mostly small family run hotels all 3*.  All rooms have private bathroom, mostly with showers. You will be assured of dinner with local specialities and buffet continental breakfasts.

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Day 1 You will arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen by train from Munich (journey time 1 hour 30 minutes from the city centre) and either walk to your hotel across the station square or take a town bus (5 minutes). Garmisch is the gateway to the Zugspitze. Overnight Garmisch.

Day 2 After a short bus journey (free when you show your hotel guest card) you commence your trek to hike through the dramatic Partnachklamm Gorge (3 Euros entrance) before ascending through the woods to reach the wonderful panoramic views from the mountain hut at Eckbauer 1237 metres for refreshments. The route then zigzags into forest and alpine meadows along a contour ridge with spectacular views down to the before you arrive at your lunch spot, at the Elman Alm mountain hut at 1203 metres. The last stretch is a leisurely downhill meander along a well-signed trail to reach the ornate village of Klais, where you can spend some time wandering around this pretty village with gaily painted houses before catching a regular train service (2.20 Euros) to your accommodation for the night in Mittenwald. Ascent 980m Descent 750m Distance 11 miles 5 hours

Day 3 Today you cross into Austria. You walk from the hotel following a minor tarmac road to reach the impressive Geisterklamm Gorge in about 30 minutes. Here you have the option before entering the gorge of walking down to see the waterfall (2 Euros) 200 metres below and the narrowest point of the gorge at just 23 metres. You walk high above the gorge on metal pathways for 30 minutes (possibly vertiginous, to avoid, take a short taxi ride from the hotel to the end of the gorge). You then meander down the Leutasch valley following the mountain stream through woods with stunning mountain views all around to arrive in Weidach. Overnight Weidach. Ascent 1070m Descent 945m Distance 10 miles 4 hours

Day 4 This is a rest day or a walking day as you choose; you can take the bus to Seefeld, one of the famous Austrian ski resorts and one of the 12 leading classic mountain resorts in the world. Or we have a walk documented if you prefer. Overnight Weidac.h Ascent 375m Descent 295m Distance 5 ½ miles 3 hours

Day 5 The highlight of today’s walk is the wonderful 500 metre cable car descent from Ehrwald Alm to Ehrwald but first you have a little work to do! After a short transfer to the Gaistal National Park where you start your gentle ascent to a couple of mountain huts within 15 minutes of each other, ideal for the morning coffee stop. The first, at Gaistalalm has tremendous views of the Hohen Munde mountain range. Pause for refreshments and enjoy the total serenity and gentle tinkling of cow bells. After continuing through the valley to Tillfussalm and the second mountain hut, you commence an ascent to the Ehrwald Alm cable car station at 1502 metres enjoying the craggy peaks on either side as you saunter uphill. After a short 10 minute ride in the cable car (Euros 10.50) down to the village of Ehrwald, an easy stroll along the mountain stream brings you to your picturesque hotel in the middle of the bustling Alpine town. Overnight Ehrwald. Ascent 575m Descent 350m Distance 10 miles 4 hours (inc cable car) Plus cable car 428m

Day 6 Today you return to Germany. The walk starts from your hotel with a slight ascent to the cable car station at the foot of the peak. If you wish you can finish walking here and ascend by cable car to the peak and then take the cable car down to Eibsee, walking from one country to another at nearly 3000m. If you wish to walk follow the mountainside around to your morning refreshments stop at the Hochthorle Hutte and into alpine meadows to reach the cable car station at Eibsee with options to continue to the peak by mountain train and glacial cable car, walk around the beautiful lake in an additional 90 minutes with refreshments at lakeside café, or continue down to Garmisch in 35 minutes by mountain train. Either way you are sure to enjoy the panoramic alpine scenery as you reflect on your final day’s walking. Overnight Garmisch. Ascent 545m Descent 550m Distance 7 ½ miles 4 hours

Day 7 Return by train to Munich and onto the airport, if leaving later in the day Garmisch is well worth exploring or take a trip to the top of Zugspitze. Or take a night in Munich to make it a 7 night holiday.

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This walk is available from the middle of June to the middle of September.  You can start on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. As you are between 500m to 1300m on most days the temperature will be between 15 – 20C. Rainy days are highest in June and decline slightly as the summer progresses.



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The nearest airport is Munich.  It has scheduled and low cost flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Jersey. There are connecting services from many other UK airports. The airport has an integral railway station which to use to travel to the City, from here there are regular direct trains to Garmisch.  (1 ½ hours), we include these rail tickets in the holiday price. You can also fly to Innsbruck which has a direct train link to Garmisch (1 ½ hours).  There are low cost flights to London and charter flights to Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester. You need to take a bus from the airport to main station.

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Zugspitze Trek

Included:

  • 6 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • All car transfers as listed in the itinerary

  • Rail tickets between Munich airport and Garmisch (Zugspitze)

  • Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Bus tickets during the holiday as listed in the itinerary

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • Choose to go 6 Nights with bed and breakfast rather than with half board for a reduction of £95

  • Cost of cable cars (payable locally)

  • 'With flights' includes typical flight price* between a London airport to Munich. Flights from many local airports can also be arranged (exact prices for your dates are available on request)

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Not Included:

  • Rail tickets as listed in the itinerary (payable locally at a small sum)

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

All prices are valid for 2017/18


Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 6 nights half board in a shared twin/double standard room. 


Dates

With Flights

Own International Flights

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night**

01 Jun – 20 Jun

12 Sep -15 Oct

809

669

POA

21

21 June – 10 July

15 Aug – 11 Sep

849

709

POA

21

11 Jul– 14 Aug

889

729

POA

21

Room supplements:  None available   POA = Prices upon application

*   Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast. Reduction to go B&B deduct £100
** If at least two travelling. Please call to discuss availability and transfer supplements for one person travelling alone.


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