The Berliner Hohenweg
- Hut to hut trekking in Austria`s Zillertal Alps
- A fantastic Alpine trek on the border between Italy and Austria
- Option to climb Schonbichler Horn (3134m) & Hoher Riffler (3281m)
- The sparkling lake of Schlegeisstausee
- Stunningly situated mountain hut accommodation
East of the Stubai Alps and the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy, the tranquil Zillertal Alps lying within the province of Tyrol, have a peaceful ambience far removed from some of the more popular Alpine walking areas. Only a handful of trails access these 3000 metre plus peaks from Austria and the Berliner Hohenweg is the only well-known route on the north side of the main ridge. This excellent trek makes a loop to the south of the winter ski resort of Mayrhofen, keeping generally to the north of the highest Zillertal peaks. We trek in 3 days to the stunningly located Berliner Hut beneath the Grosser Moseler (3480m.) and from there make the challenging crossing of the the Schönbichler Scarte Pass at 3081m. Beyond the sparkling lake of Schlegeisstausee, we climb to the Olperer and the Friesenberghaus Hut and we complete the circuit with a traverse high above the Zemmgrund Valley and a final descent to the pretty alpine patures at Pitzen Alm. With options of climbing the wlkers' peaks of Schonbichler Horn (3134m) and Hoher Riffler (3281m) for spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks, this outstanding route offers a great taste of Austrian Alpine trekking.
Is this holiday for you?
This walking holiday is a high level circuit of the Austrian Zillertal staying in mountain huts and involves walking on an established waymarked trail over variety of terrain including forest paths, alpine meadows and over rocky passes. The trails used for the most part offer very good underfoot conditions but there are several sections where we will cross boulders and others where we may encounter lying winter snow. A few places along the route involve some easy scrambling with some exposure including a 5 metre ladder section. Exposed parts of this route are well protected with cables but a good head for heights is a requirement. We average around 6 to 8 hours walking each day with typically 750 to 1200 metres of ascent and / or descent each day. Accommodation is in comfortable mountain huts with basic facilities.