AUSTRIAN TYROL self-guided

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8 days 8 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Cosy
Level ** Level **
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Hohe Tauren National Park, the Austrian giants!

The Hohe Tauern, Austria’s first National Park, the largest protected area in Central Europe, is characterized by ancient forests, lush alpine pastures and steep, high-altitude landscapes. Each trek is a true Alpine safari where you can come across ibex, chamois, golden eagles, wild vultures or the amazing bearded vulture. From Matrei-in-Osttirol, in the heart of the Park, the route passes as close as possible to the glaciers and several peaks at more than 3000m, including the Grossvenediger and the Grossglockner which dominates Austria at 3798 m. It is on the Eagle Trail, a major trail that crosses Tyrol.

You will like

  • Hohe Tauern Natural Park, one of the largest protected areas in the Alps
  • a country with very lively traditions
  • the comfort of the Austrian accommodations and the friendliness of the guests
  • accessible hikes and more alpine variants
  • the beautiful Grossglockner road, UNESCO-listed
  • the comfort of a self-guided stay
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Dates & prices

8-day tour/ 6-day hike in comfort version (2/3-person bedroom) : 845€/person

Classic version in dormitory: 745€/ person

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THE PRICE

Includes:

  • Organization and registration fees; 
  • Accommodations and taxes; 
  • Half board formula except the last day in Zam el See (B&B);
  • The descriptive roadbook of the circuit and the corresponding maps (1 file for 5 people, additional roadbook between 10 and 30€).

Does not include:

  • Travel insurance ;
  • Picnics and snacks ;
  • Last night dinner at Zam el See ; 
  • Road transfers and cable transport provided for in the data sheet, (12€ taxi on day 1, 13€ cable car on day 4) ;
  • Tolls on paid roads (route de Lucknerhaus : variable rate, about 15€, route du Grossglockner about 35€/ vehicle) ;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, visits, etc.) ;
  • the return journey from your home to the meeting point and dispersion.

L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

VIRGEN IN OSTTIROL
Starting point at the village of Virgen in Osttirol. Checking at the hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2

VIRGENTALL VALLEY 
Hiking in the Virgentall valley. Climb to the Johannishutte hut, at the foot of the Grossvenediger by taxi (20€ per person A/R) allows from the first day to discover the Turmljoch pass at 2772m high, at the foot of the large glaciers descending from the Gossvenediger. Another hike is possible, without transfer, to the Berger-see hut, with a panoramic view on the southern slope of the Grossvenediger (3657m) nearby. Overnight in hotel, in the village of Virgen.
5h00 walk / Elevation : +/- 650m for the Turml pass
6h30 walk / Elevation : +/- 880m to the Berger-see hut

Day 3

TAUERN FELBERG LAKES
After a quick transfer, departure for a hike in front of the Grossvenediger massif, on the North side, along 3 lakes of different colors! Crossing to the Poltener hut and descent on Tauer. Installation for 2 nights in a cozy gite.
15mn drive/ 15km

Day 4

SCHLATENKEES GLACIER
Hike in the Venediger valley, along the spectacular ice gap of the Schlatenkees, which flows from the top of the Grossvenediger (3657m). Go back to the gite for the night, in this beautiful Tyrolean valley.
6h00 walk/ Elevation : +/- 700m

Day 5

KALS AM GROSSGLOCKNER - BLAUSPITZE
Drive to Kals Am Grossglockner. Ascent by gondola (€12/ person), then on foot to the ridges of the Blauspitze (2575m), with a breathtaking view over the Grossglockner (3770m). Going down to Kals and transfer to the Lucknerhaus valley (toll road, the climb can also be done by local bus). Installation for 2 nights (1h15 walk), with luggage.
15mn drive/ 15km
4h30 walk/ Elevation : +400m -1050m

Day 6

LUCKNERHAUS LOOP
Climb to the Glorerhutte hut, then to Salm hutte, overlooking the Grossglockner massif.  Descent into the typical Luckner valley, a genuine Tyrolean postcard. Return to the refuge for the night. Another route is possible, going up in the Luckner valley to the Studhutte refuge, base camp for the ascent of the Grossglockner summit.
6h30 walk/ Elevation : +/-1100m for Salmhutte
5h00 walk/ Elevation : +/-880m for Studhutte

Day 7

FRANTZ JOSEPH 2450m
Going towards the famous Grossglockner Road, listed as a historic monument. Stop under the Pasterze glacier, one of the most visited sites in Austria. Departure for a hike at the foot of the glacier, to the historic Frantz Joseph Haus hotel. Going back to the cars, crossing the pass and going down to the charming village of Zell am See. Overnight in hotel, in the center of the village or on the heights. Free dinner in town.
2h30 drive/ 110km (1h20 in the morning and 1h after the hike)
3h00 walk/ Elevation : +450m/ -130m

Day 8

ZELL AM SEE

End of stay at the hotel, after breakfast.

The trip

LEVEL ** to ***

Elevation : +/- 700 m on average per day.
Walking time: 4 to 6 hours on average per day.
Itinerary: mountain path. Some more steep passages that are secured. More alpine variants are optional.

ACCOMODATION

Classic option: 5 nights in dormitory from 4 to 9 people, 2 nights in hotel in bedroom.
Comfort option: 7 nights in bedroom, based on 2/3 people.
Single room in option, depending on availability.

MEALS

Breakfasts and dinners are served in the accommodation, except the last night, free dinner in the city. For lunch, picnics are not taken and can be booked the day before in the accommodation.

CARTOGRAPHY

Map 1/25000 Granatspitzgruppe No 39
Map 1/25000 Glocknergruppe n°40
Map 1/25000 Schobergruppe No 41
Sonnblick #42 Card 1/25000

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure of the hike at the village of Virgen, at 7km from Matrei in Osttirol, at about 3-hour drive from Innsbrück.

BY TRAIN:
8.30-hour journey with the train.
Train from Paris >> Innsbruck
Departure 6.54am from Paris Gare de l'Est >> arrival at 3:18pm in Innsbruck
Car rental in Innsbruck, to ask at registration (from 260 euros per week for a sedan).
Return: 10.40am Innsbruck >> 6.05pm Paris
Schedules must be checked on the SNCF website.

BY PLANE
Lufthansa offers flights from Paris CDG >> Innsbruck with stopover in Frankfurt.

BY CAR
Paris - Matrei in Osttirol, 1040km and 10-hour ride to Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Munich and Kitzbuhel.

End of stay at Zell am See.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER STAY

Consult the websites of the Matrei-in-Osttirol or Innsbruck Tourist Office.

TO CONTACT US

+33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag up stairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.

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