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Trans Tyrol Trail

Trans Tyrol Trail

  • Impressive Apline hiking, through deep gorges and along high balcony paths

  • Marvel at the scenery of the Wetterstein and Karwendel mountain ranges

  • Visit Innsbruck, Hell Valley and Schachen Castle

  • Overnight in charming, hospitable mountain cabins and hotels

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Outstanding fully-qualified guides

  • Most meals included

  • Carefully selected family-run hotels and authentic mountain refuges

Trans Tyrol Trail: Dates and Prices



6 nights

5 days' trekking

Group size 4-10

Partial luggage delivery


Join: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

End: Innsbruck


Nearest Airport: Innsbruck


4 nights in hotels

2 nights in huts/refuges





Extremely Tough

Trans Tyrol Trail: Overview

The Trans Tyrol Trail, known locally as the Tirolerweg, is a majestic crossing of Germany and Austria. It’s accompanied by fresh mountain air, alpine flora and fauna and the impressive peaks of the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrol.


This route links the Olympic town of Garmisch (Bavaria, Germany) with Innsbruck (Austria). It joins well-defined and maintained mountain trekking routes through the Alpine valleys of the Karwendel and Wetterstein ranges, with overnight stops in comfortable hotels and charming cabins. A cable-car ride dropping back down into the Innsbrucker valley completes the adventure.


What to expect

The trekking is relatively strenuous, but the Trans Tyrol Trail does generally follow good quality trails all the way round. This trip is suitable for regular hikers with previous experience of Alpine trekking and who have a good level of general fitness as there are some sustained and or steep ascents and descents. Your luggage is transferred for you each day (apart from the occasions where vehicles can't reach the mountain huts) so you only need to carry a day pack.

Trans Tyrol Trail: Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The trip begins at our joining hotel in Garmisch, where group members will arrive throughout the day. Your guide will join you there in the evening for a briefing about the trip. They’ll also be happy to answer any questions. 


Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Day 2 - Trek from Hell Valley to Höllentalanger hütte and Kreuzberg

Our adventure begins with a fascinating ascent through the impressive Höllental (or Hell Valley) gorge. We’ll follow a series of tunnels and canyons, hewn from the rockface, with the roaring river down below. Exiting the canyon, we’ll reach the mountain-perched Höllentalanger hütte. It overlooks Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze (2962m) and is surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. It’s the perfect spot for a rest before our final ascent to the Kreuzberg, taking a high mountain trail. Descending back down to Garmisch by cable car, we’ll overnight in a hotel.


Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Ascent/ descent: 950m (3117 ft) / 30m (100 ft), main descent by cable car

Walking: approx 5 hours

Distance: 11km / 7 miles

Luggage access: yes


Day 3 - Trek from Garmisch to Schachenhaus Mountain Cabin

Today’s gorge walk takes us to the foot of the Wetterstein Massif, before our steep climb up to the King's Path to reach Castle Schachen. This was King Ludwig II’s mountain cabin and we can visit it en route. We then head on to our own mountain cabin destination for the evening, which offers expansive mountain views. Luggage delivery is not available today so we’ll carry our overnight and Day 5 essentials, reuniting with our main luggage at tomorrow’s hotel in Leutasch.


Accommodation: mountain cabin, dinner included

Distance: 9.5km / 6 miles

Ascent/ descent: 1500m (590 ft) / 180m (100 ft), main descent by cable car

Approx walking time: 4.5 hours

Luggage access: no


Day 4 - Sunrise at Schachenhaus, trek to Scharnitz

Our mountain cabin had such a spectacular setting that we thoroughly recommend an early start today to witness sunrise. Our trek today then begins with an undulating rocky traverse before a long descent into Austria’s Leutasch valley. We’ll overnight in a hotel here in Leutasch. Our path then eases as we follow the valley floor to overnight in Scharnitz.


Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Distance: 18km / 11 miles

Ascent/ descent: 910m (2984 ft) / 1700m (5577 ft)

Approx walking time: 6-7 hours

Luggage access: yes

Day 5 - Trek from Karwendel valley to Hallerangeralm cabin

Today we’ll jump in a transfer vehicle to get deep in to the Karwendel valley. We’ll then stroll to the Halleranger alpine pastures which should take around two hours. Soak up the scenery, listen to the birdsong and breathe in the pristine mountain air. There’s an optional walk up to Sunntiger Spitze then we’ll overnight in the comfortable Halleranger mountain cabin. If preferred we can skip the vehicle transfer to walk the whole day, with increased ascent and walking times as per below. Luggage delivery is not available today so we’ll carry our overnight and Day 8 essentials, reuniting with our main luggage at tomorrow’s hotel in Innsbruck.


Accommodation: mountain cabin, dinner included

Distance: 5.6km / 3.5 miles (or 19km / 11.8 miles)

Ascent/ descent: 550m (1804 ft) or 850m (2789 ft)

Approx walking time: 2.5 hours (or 5 hours)

Luggage access: no

Day 6 - Trek the Nordkette, cable car to Innsbruck

Today is our final walking day and some trekking treats are ahead. A superb balcony path will take us across several ridges to Innsbruck’s famous Nordkette - part of Austria's largest nature park, the Karwendel Nature Park. Prepare for a short but steep ascent requiring confidence and stamina. Things ease up again as we head up to the summit station of the Hafelekar cable car. Our Trans Tirol Trail trek draws to an end as we ride the cable car down to Innsbruck. Celebratory meal in our Innsbruck hotel.


Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Distance: 12.2km / 7.6 miles

Ascent/ descent: 1150m (3773 ft) / 720m (2362 ft)

Approx walking time: 6 hours

Luggage access: yes

Day 7 - Departure day from Innsbruck 

Your Cloud 9 adventure ends after breakfast today.


  • Accommodation on twin-share or dorm basis

  • All breakfasts and evening meals

  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Lunches 

  • Travel insurance

  • Airport transfers (we can add for you)

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

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