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Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

Tour details

Average rating:   5,  3 reviews
Austria, Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
7 days & 6 nights
Moderate to Strenuous
June - September


Day 1: Garmisch
Day 2: Höllentalklamm
Day 3: Schachen
Day 4: Scharnitz
Day 5: Halleranger
Day 6: Innsbruck
Day 7: Departure

Overview for Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

Hiking at its best in the stunning mountains of Bavaria and Tyrol – from Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany across two mountain ranges of exceptional Alpine beauty and wilderness to the Austrian town of Innsbruck. Wetterstein and Karwendel massifs form the border between Bavaria and Tyrol and being a border region, the mountains were isolated for quite a long time and you will find an unspoilt countryside with a well maintained and signposted network of hiking trails.

You will walk through impressive gorges and balcony trails; the hike is demanding at times and requires a good level of experience in alpine terrain, although no climbing skills are required.

Itinerary for Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

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Day 1: Arrival Garmisch Partenkirchen

Welcome to Garmisch!

Day 2: Garmisch – Balcony path into Höllentalklamm (Hell Valley Gorge) – Garmisch

A non-demanding hike to the impressive Höllental gorge. Walk up into the gorge and to the beautifully located mountain cabin Höllentalangerhütte offering spectacular views to the highest peak in Germany, Zugspitze. Take a rest for the final walk up to Mount Kreuzeck following a high trail above the gorge. Return to Garmisch by cable car.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 5-6 hours ↑950m ↓0m (return by cable car)
  • Overnight in Garmisch Partenkirchen, dinner included (Atlas Grand Hotel, Garmischerhof or similar)

Day 3: Garmisch –  Wetterstein Massif – Schachenalm Hut

In the beginning of the day you walk through another gorge to the foot of Wetterstein Massif. Make a steep ascent until you reach the “Kings Path” to Schachen Castle. The last stage to the mountain cabin offers spectacular views to the surrounding mountains.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 4 hours ↑250m ↓350m
  • Accommodation in a mountain cabin, rooms accommodate 2-4 persons (Schachenhaus or similar)
  • No luggage transfer included on this day, your main luggage will be transported directly to Scharnitz!

Day 4: Schachenalm Hut – Scharnitz

In the morning you will walk upwards to a mountain pass where you will reach the Meilerhütte (hut) next to the German-Austrian border. Then walk downwards through an impressive rocky landscape to the green Leutasch Valley. Then ascend through a gorge and walk to Scharnitz at the edge of the national park of Karwendel.

  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 8-9 hours ↑900m ↓1,800m (bus transfer possible to shorten the route)
  • Accommodation in Scharnitz (Geiger, Risserhof or similar)

Day 5: Scharnitz – Karwendel Valley – Hallerangeralm Hut

Walk into Karwendel valley (or an optional car transfer to the valley, included). Then a moderate hike will bring you to Halleranger alpine pasture. Enjoy the day, relax or walk up to Mount Sunntiger Spitze.

  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 6-7 hours ↑850m (6 km, 3-4 hours ↑550m if using the car transfer)
  • Accommodation in a comfortable mountain cabin with en-suite facilities (Halleranger Alm or similar)
  • No luggage transfer included on this day, your main luggage will be transported directly to Innsbruck!

Day 6: Hallerangeralm Hut – Karwendel – Innsbruck

A marvellous balcony path brings you across several ridges and passes to the famous Nordkette of Innsbruck. A short but steep ascent requires sure-footedness and stamina. After that you can walk light hearted – but better not light headed – to the summit station of Hafelekar cable car and you will be carried downhill to Innsbruck (Nordkette ticket not included).

Day 7: Departure or Onward Travel

Hotels for Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

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Four overnights are in superior 3* hotels and country inns. Two overnights are in mountain cabins, one of them basic and the other more comfortable. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is included on Days 1 and 2 in Garmisch and on Day 6 in Innsbruck. Dinner when not included is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or restaurants in the village near your hotel.

Travel for Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Innsbruck.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Garmisch is 1.5 hours from Innsbruck Airport and 2.5 hours from Munich Airport by train. Visit the OBB website for up-to-date timetables and fares or check the Rome2Rio links below.

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Check public transfer options from Munich

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by train are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and take less time than car transfers.

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfers on Days 2, 4 and 6 are included. On Days 3 and 5 your main luggage will be transferred directly to the Day 4 and Day 6 accommodations respectively.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

  • Language: German. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
  • Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
  • Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages you visit.
  • Up-to-date travel advice on Austria is available here and on Germany here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

This holiday is appropriate for very experienced mountain walkers and requires a sound level of fitness, Total walking is 76 km, on average 15 km (6-7 hours) per walking day. Overall elevation gain is 4,100 m, average elevation gain per walking day is 800 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available to start every day from mid June until mid September.


The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the June-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps (electronic copy + one printed copy per party)
  • GPS tracks
  • 3 nights in superior 3-star hotels with breakfast and dinner included (dinner is included on Days 1 and 2 in Garmisch and Day 6 in Innsbruck)
  • 1 night in a 3-star hotel or country inn with breakfast included
  • 2 nights in mountain cabins with breakfast included
  • Cable car Garmisch Partenkirchen
  • Optional transfer into Karwendel Valley on Day 5
  • Luggage transfers (note: on Days 3 and 5 your main luggage will be directly transferred to the Day 4 and Day 6 accommodations respectively)
  • 24/7 assistance by phone


  • Single room supplement: available in hotels (4 nights), not in the mountain cabins (2 nights)
  • This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers

(please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options and supplements for your desired dates)


  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Luggage transfers on days 3 and 5 (private transfers to mountain cabins not possible, your main luggage will be directly transferred to the next accommodation)
  • Lunches on all days and dinners on Days 3, 4 and 5
  • Entrance fees into gorges (reduced fees available with local card)
  • Mountain cabin sleeping pack
  • Cable car Nordkette Innsbruck (Euro 20+ pp)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme


  • One extra night in Innsbruck after the holiday

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Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck
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by Robin R on Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

Waking up at Hallengurhaus to clear skies and fresh snow - It was beautiful. Be prepared for all kinds of weather.

by Jack A on Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

I did enjoy the trip. The best hiking was probably that on the last day towards Innsbruck. But I also enjoyed climbing the Sonnentiger, and a day I spent climbing the Zugspitze from Garmisch. It may be worth spending more time in Garmisch-Partenkirchen; there is quite a lot you can do from there. I think it would be a good expressly to flag the possibility of climbing the Zugspitze through the Rintal Valley in 1 day (it took me about 8 hours, and then I got the cable car down; some estimates say 10 hours so you do need to check the time of the last cable car to ensure there is time). Your customer service was very good. It was a last minute booking, during high season and Yana worked quickly to put everything together.

by Gilad H on Across Tyrol: Garmisch to Innsbruck

The trip  was well organized in terms of accommodation, transfers, walking routes, tour book etc. We did not use a smartphone app and the tour book photos were usually updated and sufficient.  The walking was not easy (at least for me, for my young son it was easier) but was exactly what I hoped for.