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The Area

This area of Southern Germany and Northern Austria, commonly referred to as Upper Bavaria invites the trekker to enjoy walks with alpine meadows, wonderful mountain views often with snow at the top, panoramic views across green lush valleys and delightful lakes. You are walking around the towering peaks of Hochkönig massif of which the Mount Hochkönig itself at 2941m stands majestically above all of the others. You start in Germany, walk into Austria on the first walking day and back into Germany on the last. No need for passport checks when crossing borders as both countries are members of the Schengen Agreement (Borderless Europe). You will stay in a hamlet, alpine village, high alpine pass and in a small town in Austria, the first and last night are in Germany right by the beautiful blue-green waters of Lake Königssee.

The Walking

The walking is on well marked paths with some rural roads for small sections.  The highlights of the week are the exquisite lake at Konigssee, the world renowned Seisenbergklamm Gorge and the final day’s energetic but rewarding trek to the Jenner mountain cable car station before the glorious 25-minute ride back to Konigssee.

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 Challenging day. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 4545m, Descent 3165m, 50 miles.


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Hochkoenig

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 Königssee by bus from Berchtesgaden having travelled there from Salzburg (bus) or Munich (train). It is a short walk to your hotel. It is worth taking a stroll around the Lake or maybe take a boat trip if you arrive early enough. Overnight Königssee.

Day 2 You will be driven the short distance to Ramsau. First, you head off into the woods towards Hintersee where you are rewarded with a wonderful meander around a lake before ascending gently to the Austrian border where there is a café for lunch or take a picnic. Although you are crossing from Germany into Austria you will not need your passport. The final stretch is the gentle saunter downhill towards the magnificent Seisenbergklamm Gorge. In 1831 a wooden pathway through the 600 metre gorge was constructed. This enables you to tour this imposing monument along well-maintained pathways, it is truly awesome. You will need to pay on exit 4 Euros each. Overnight Weissbach. Ascent 710m Descent 545m Distance 13 miles 5 hours

Day 3 A shorter walk today mainly along forest trails. A 25 minute taxi ride will get you to the start point. Initially you ascend through forests and alpine meadows to the sound of cow bells to a height of 1824 metres with wonderful views down across the lush green valleys. After enjoying the serenity and wild flowers at the pass you start your descent to Dienten stopping off en-route at a small friendly family run café at Lettenalm for lunch. The final stretch of descent to the picturesque village of Dienten is again through meadows and down grass trails. The entrance to the alpine village of Dienten is made special by the 16th century St Nikolaus church which has a wonderful gilded high altar and sculptures worth viewing. Overnight Dienten Ascent 835m Descent 755m Distance 7 ¼ miles 4 hours

Day 4 From the village you set off uphill through the fir tree forest to the mountain café at Erichhutte and a chance to sample the warm cake and buttermilk drink, a delicacy of the area. Then follow the contours of the mountain side around Mount Hochkönig enjoying spectacular views of the majestic peaks, views across the valley where you can pick out the winter ski slopes and cascading waterfalls reaching lunch at one of four closely grouped huts ‘Vier Hutten’. The last stretch is a gentle meander through alpine pastures affording spectacular views in every direction until you arrive at Arthurhaus nestling into the mountainside. Overnight Mühlbach. Ascent 710m Descent 255m Distance 9 ½ miles 5 hours

Day 5 You have two nights at Mühlbach so have a choice. Perhaps a chance to put your feet up in the sun with a sauna and massage. There’s the chance to try your hand at archery in the woods just outside the hotel. Maybe catch a bus from outside the hotel to Mühlbach town centre to enjoy lunch at the alpine village or even a stroll to keep you trim! We have a 2 hour circular walk written up as it offers a marvelous opportunity to gently climb to a welcoming cafe at Mitterfeldalm for coffee and cake before descending down a grassy trail tracing a babbling stream to hopefully spot marmots in the wild. There are other walks available at the hotel. Ascent 215m Descent 200m Distance 3 miles 2 hours.

Day 6 Today is nearly all downhill descending some 1000 metres through forests and meadows along small streams and farmhouses. From the hotel at 1500 metres you head down towards Stegalm following alpine meadows and forest trails. You soon glimpse the Tennengebirge mountain range ahead with its majestic peaks and continue around the contours of the hillside reaching Werfen some 4 hours later, before transferring by a short train ride (included) to Golling.  You may consider a trip to the world’s largest accessible ice caves at Eisriesenwelt. Allow 3 to 4 hours for this excursion. Alternatively you may visit the formidable medieval fortress for bird flight demonstrations. Werfen was made famous in the WW 2 action film ’Where Eagles Dare’ and also makes a cameo appearance in ‘The Sound of Music’. Overnight Golling Ascent 105m Descent 1070m Distance 8 ¼ miles 4 ½ hours 

Day 7  From Golling at 485 metres you walk along a minor tarmac track towards the mountain for about 35 minutes. The next stretch through the forest follows a well-marked trail before you start your steep ascent to the mountain hut at Unterjochalm. After pausing to catch your breath, strike uphill again through the forest to reach the welcome sight of your lunch stop on the Austrian/German border at the mountain hut at Carl v Stein 1736 metres. Start to relax and reflect on the wonderful week’s walking as the final part of the trek to the cable car station at Jennerberg climbs only a further 100 metres as it winds its way around the contours of the mountainside. Finally you arrive at Jennerberg for refreshments & wonderful panoramic views, then 25 minutes by cable car back to Konigssee (included). Overnight Königssee. Ascent 1970m Descent 320m Distance 7 ½ miles 5 ½ hours

Day 8 Return by bus and train to Munich or Salzburg and on to the airport, if leaving later in the day Königssee is well worth exploring on a boat rip or just wander by the side of the lake.  Or you can spend time in Salzburg or Munich.

 

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This walk is available from the middle of June to the middle of September.  You can start on 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 Salzburg which has scheduled services from London or charter flights from other UK cities. You take a bus to the city and then a bus to Konigssee with a change in Berchtesgaden, total journey time 1¾ hours. Also possible is Munich.  It has scheduled and low cost flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, Edinburgh and Jersey. There are connecting services from many other UK airports. The airport has an integral railway station which is used to travel to the City, from here there are direct trains to Berchtesgaden.  (1 ½ hours), then a bus 13 minutes to Konigssee.

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Hochkönig Trek

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • All car transfers as listed in your itinerary

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

  • Bus and cable cars 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 7 Nights with bed and breakfast rather than with half board for a reduction of £90

  • Transfer available from Salzburg airport at a supplement

  • Trains can be arranged from Munich airport to Salzburg

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

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

All prices are valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Dates

7 nights half board

With Flights*

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night**

11 Jun – 16 Jun

05 Sep – 25 Sep

790

665

POA

16

17 Jun – 03 Jul

22 Aug – 04 Sep

824

689

POA

16

 04 Jul – 21 Aug

850

695

POA

16

Room supplements: None available   POA = Prices upon application

** If at least two travelling. Please call to discuss availability and transfer supplements for one person travelling alone. 


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