Leave first thing in the morning and get going. Share the path with others, or just enjoy it by yourself. Not having reached your destination in the evening, your journey starting afresh in the morning. This is what long-distance hiking feels like, a continual journey to find yourself, rather than a mere destination. Either around the Glockner or from the ‘eternal ice’ to the sea, you decide what long-distance route is for you.
43 stages, 750 km total route, from the eternal ice of the Großglockner to the Adriatic Sea – these are the fundamental numbers for the Alpe Adria Trail. There is no doubt about the fact that this long-distance hiking trail is a very special attraction for long-distance hiking fans. The Alpe Adria Trail is a joint project with Austria, Slovenia and Italy and it takes in some of the loveliest landscapes between the mountains and the sea. Those of you who like to take time to discover the slowness of long-distance hiking, will find perfect conditions on the Alpe Adria Trail.
- Three countries – Austria, Slovenia, Italy
- 43 stages, ca. 750 km total route length
- Stages cover a maximum of 20 km a day
- Up to 6 hours walking time per day
- Extensive signposting and tour information
- Information, details and booking in the AAT booking centre
- Hike without luggage – luggage transport by shuttle
The Glockner circuit can be tackled in “just” 7 stages, which makes the Großglockner comparable with the Kailash, Mt. Everest and Mont Blanc – a fantastic hike takes you right round it. The Glockner circuit stages are outside any glaciated zones and there are no climbing sections. This means that the Glockner circuit is not aimed at Alpinists, rather at hikers who enjoy being active in a natural area and who are looking for one of the loveliest circuit hiking routes in the East Alps.
- 7 day stages covering up to 8 hours walking time
- Best time of year: mid- June until mid-September
- Day stages with ascents of up to 1700m
- No glacier crossings – no climbing sections
- Nonetheless surefootedness and endurance are required
- Starting point: Glocknerhaus (2121m)
- Recommended for children aged 12 and over who have experience in the mountains
Almost 80 years ago Viennese climbers set up the basis for a really special long-distance hiking gem. The superb Viennese Altitude Trail hiking route proceeds through the Schober group right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. On the route you will come across a traditional scenery which you don’t get to see very often in our latitude. In 5 stages there are altitude differences of up to 750m to tackle and a total of 7 alpine lodges to spend the night in.
- 5 day stages with up to 6 hours walking time
- Best time of year: mid-June – mid-September
- Day stages with ascents of up to 750 m
- A challenging altitude hike – not for beginners
- Starting point: Winklerner Alm (1850 m)
- Recommended for children aged 14 and over who have experience in the mountains
The Tauern Altitude Trail is a rarely mentioned, yet scenically breath-taking altitude hike from Hagener Hütte to the Großer Hafner. The altitude extends from around 2500m altitude up to the scaling of a three-thousand metre mountain as the crowning finale. The starting point, Hagener Hütte, is accessible either on foot in around 4 or 5 hours from the Mölltaler Glacier, or more easily via the 1750m Jamnigalm in Tauerntal near Mallnitz. On the route you can expect challenging stages throughout that require good technique and plenty of endurance.
- Starting point: Hagener Hütte in Mallnitz
- July to September is the best time for the tour
- 4-day tour
- A scenically overwhelming altitude hike
- Technique required – definitely difficult and challenging
The Kreuzeck group is the most southerly of the Hohe Tauern mountains and is literally “in the shadows” of its famous neighbour. For that reason, many of the tours in the Kreuzeck group, like the Kreuzeck Altitude Trail, are genuine insider tips. The summits are just below the 3000m mark, which gives the area greater attention. There are however lots of little mountain lakes and isolated corries which make the Kreuzeck group inspiring and which are especially alluring. Anyone who heads out on the Kreuzeck altitude trail, a 6-day tour, will get to enjoy a fantastic natural adventure away from the much-tackled and well-trodden mountain tracks.
- Starting point: mountain station for the Kreuzeck cable car at around 1196 m
- Best time of year: mid-June – mid-September
- Walking time: 5 day stages of up to 8 hours
- Altitude difference: up to 1000 m ascent
- Not difficult in terms of Alpine challenges, although the stages are long
- Suitable for children aged 12 and over