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4
moderate to challenging

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Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3 star hotels and inns
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£780GBP

Overview

Trip Code: WIA

Trip highlights


  • Trekking through stunning alpine scenery of the Salzkammergut region of Austria
  • Experiencing the exhilaration of trekking across alpine pastures
  • Viewing flora and fauna including ibex, chamois and marmot
  • Enjoying the warm family run hotels

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Salzkammergut alpine region of Austria encompasses 76 crystal clear lakes, the Dachstein Glacier, lush summer meadows and impressive rock faces up to 3000 vertical metres high. During this inspiring walk around the lakes, there is ample time to appreciate the natural beauty of the region and the alpine villages of wooden chalets decorated with colourful window boxes while at night you will enjoy the warm hospitality of your hosts. Staying in pensions and small hotels, you can relax and enjoy the satisfying cuisine typical of the region. There will be opportunities to sight fauna including ibex, chamois and marmot along with numerous butterfly species which are endemic to this alpine environment.

Countries:

Austria

Starting Point:

Bad Ischl

Finishing Point:

Bad Ischl


Itinerary

On arrival in Bad Ischl make your way to the hotel, where you will receive all your hiking information, detailed maps and accommodation vouchers. Bad Ischl is quite a large town, combining noble tradition with modern day living. You may wish to take the time to explore this wonderful spa town with its many day hikes or visit the Emperor’s Villa.

Meals:  Nil

From Bad Ischl you will walk to Kalvarienberg church and on the 'Elisabeth Forest trail', named for Empress Elisabeth of Austria's (Sisi's) former riding paths. The trail leads via Russbach, Schwarzensee, Eisenau and Burgau at Lake Attersee. Continue along the lake shore to Weissenbach and your hotel. Note: At times 3km of the morning's trail must be by bus as the trail can be affected if there is heavy rain or storms. In this instance a bus ticket is included. Walking: 24km/14.9.mi, ascent/descent 584m/1916ft The walk can be shortened by taking a bus from Bad Ischl to Russbach or Pfandl to Russbach (walk 12km less).

Meals:  B

This morning you take the hiking bus to the Burggrabenklamm (included) to start your walk. A spectacular trail leads through the narrow gorge to the flanks of Mt Schafberg, before continuing between Attersee and Mondsee. You will pass the Scharfling Pass before descending to St Gilgen, where you walk along the lake towards Abersee. Overnight in Abersee. If you wish to spend extra time wandering through the village of St Gilgen you can take the bus from St Gilgen to Attersee. Walking: 23km/14.5mi or 16.6km/10.3mi, ascent 700m/2296ft, descent 650m/2132ft

Meals:  B

A change of pace this morning as your day begins with a boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee, the most famous lake of the Salzkammergut region. Take some time to explore this charming lakeside St Wolfgang - you can visit the church or take the cogwheel train to the summit of Schafberg (1760m) for magnificent panoramic views of the region*. It's an easy walk to Berau and along the Bürgl Panoramic Walk to Strobl. Named after a family of merchants, Strobl was a centre for pilgrims and carters in the 17th century. Overnight in or near Strobl. *Please note the cogwheel train is open from late April to late October (subject to change) and may also be closed due to inclement weather. Walking: 7.5km/4.6mi, ascent 164m/538ft, descent 141m/463mi)

Meals:  B

From the Postalm trail and along the forest track to the Bärenpfad path, today you follow the Strobler Weissenbach river to Kammersbach hut, and from Chorinsky Klause (lock) along the Goiserer Weissenbach river to Bad Goisern. The cultural and historical monument Chorinsky Klause was built between 1809-1819 to allow logged timber to be moved downstream for milling. Overnight in Bad Goisern. Walking: 21km/13.4mi, ascent 895m/2936ft, descent 977m/3205ft Note: if you would like to avoid today's steep descent, you can take a bus to Bad Ischl and walk an alternate route to Bad Goisern (10km/6mi).

Meals:  B

Today you will walk to Hallstatt along the eastern lake shore hiking trail 'Ostuferwanderweg', enjoying outstanding views across to Hallstatt and up to the Dachstein Glacier. With only 950 inhabitants, the charming lakeside village of Hallstatt is wonderful to stroll around. The style of buildings range from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque. The picturesque village features on many promotions for Austria, in all seasons. Overnight in Hallstatt. Walking: 19km/12mi, ascent 127m/416ft, descent 102m/334ft You can choose to shorten the walk (by approx 8km/5mi) by taking the ferry from Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt town.

Meals:  B

Today’s walk takes you to the lovely town of Bad Aussee. From Hallstatt you take the path along the lake to Obertraun then enter the romantic Koppen valley. Along the way you'll see the Koppenbruller Cave (open May-September), a huge spring within the Dachstein Mountains, before arriving in Bad Aussee. Surrounded by a lake, mountains, and woods, Bad Aussee is an old market town in the “green heart” of the Salzkammergut. Walking: 17km/12.4mi, ascent 414m/1358ft, descent 277m/909ft You can shorten the route by taking a ferry to the other side of the lake (Hallstatt stop) (10mins, approx EUR3), then walk to Bad Aussee, or shorten the walk further by taking the train between Hallstatt Stop and Bad Aussee (25mins, approx EUR7).

Meals:  B

In 2022 the hiking and cycling trail between the Blaa-Alm and the Rettenbachalm is closed due to the risk of falling rocks and it doesn’t look like the trail will reopen this summer. The alternative route for 2022 is as follows:- From Bad Aussee you walk past the Alpengarten (lovely Alpine garden well worth seeing) and the historic salt mountain of Aussee through a gorgeous mountain pasture area to Bad Goisern. Train or bus back to Bad Ischl (fare payable locally) Walking 19km/12 mi, ascent 500m/1640ft, descent 660m/2165ft

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and inns (4* in Bad Ischl) on a twin share basis - upgrade option to 4 star hotels, supplement applies (note: itinerary & inclusions are slightly different)
  • Information pack including route notes & hiking map per room booked, GPS Tracks available on request
  • Luggage transfer (maximum two pieces per person of max 25kg per piece)
  • Emergency hotline (7 days, 9am to 7pm)
  • Hiking bus to Burggrabenklamm on the standard trip
  • Ferry trip on Wolfgangsee: from Abersee to St Wolfgang on the standard trip, from Strobl to St Wolfgang on the upgrade option
  • 4* upgrade option additional inclusions:
  • - Ferry on Lake Hallstattersee (Hallstatt market to Hallstatt train station)
  • - Train ticket Hallstatt to Bad Aussee

  • Travel to and from Bad Ischl
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and cable cars
  • Storage of luggage
  • Transfers – optional trips on bus/ferry/train to shorten hikes
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Local taxes are extra and payable locally - allow 1-3 Euros per person per night

Suitability

moderate to challenging

4

MODERATE to CHALLENGING – GRADE 4 This is a self guided walk with a maximum of 8 hours of walking per day in stages of 10 to 31km. While the paths are well defined and the gradient is not too difficult, the terrain is undulating. The route is reasonably well marked except as noted in the directions provided – the map should be used in conjunction with the directions provided. To join this trip you should be an experienced hiker and be competent in map reading. We have an alternative program in the area which does not require prior walking experience – ask our staff for details. A good level of fitness is also required, although most stages may be shortened through the use of public transport. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure. At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun and extreme winds.


Departure dates

Daily from 22 Apr to 18 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 1 Jul to 1 Sep - supplement applies.
Note:
Austrian twin beds are usually two mattresses side by side on one large base. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed. Not all attractions in the area are open after September.
DN3
The option to upgrade hotels to 4 star follows a slightly different itinerary with walks of 2-5hrs daily. See trip notes for details.

Total Priceper person from

£780GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • 4 star upgrade hotel supplementGBP£120
  • Single SupplementGBP£150
*Prices listed are per person

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