The Berliner Hohenweg
Austria, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £1,095 (land only) - from €1,315 (land only) - from $1,795 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous in Munich Airport. KE Land Only services begin with a single, timed group transfer to the group hotel in Hippach-Schwendberg in the Zillertal. We meet with our guide and have a briefing on the week ahead. Dinner and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: After making a visit to a local cheese making dairy farm, we have a short transfer to Mayrhofen where set off on our first hike up to the Kasseler hut at 2177m. where we stay overnight. Walking time: approximately 3 hours. Ascent: 750m.
Day 3: We pass the Loffelkar (2200m) where we may encounter snow patches, and cross the boulders of the Elfenklamm. We climb to the Lapenscharte (2701) for superb views across the valley to the Roswand Spitze and ahead to tomorrow's route. We descend to the Greizer hut (2227m), where we spend the night. 6 - 7 hours. +700m./-650m.
Day 4: We start the day with a descent of around 300 metres to a bridge across the Floitense. Then up 1000 metres on steep ground including short sections protected by fixed rope and a 5 metre ladder to the summit of Morchnerscharte (2872m) where we enjoy a panorama of mountains on the frontier between Austria and Italy. We now descend steeply to the Berliner Hut (2042m.). 6 to 8 hours walking.
Day 5: We ascend on a zig zag trail which climbs steeply, protected by cables, to the Schonbichler Scarte Pass at 3081 metres. From the col we can make a short (10 minute) scramble to the summit of the Schonbichler Horns (3134m) for views of the Groeser Moseler, Hochfeiler, Olperer and Grosser Loffler. Returning to the col we descend using more cables to the Furtschaglhaus. 7 - 8 hours. +1200m./-940m.
Day 6: Another descent to start the day then hike up to the Schlegeisstausee (lake) and then easily along the lake shore for 3 kms, before climbing through lush forest to the Olperer Hut. We now make a traverse high above the Zamsergrund valley on a good trail and negotiate a final steep descent to reach our overnight stop at the Friesenberghaus (2477m). 7 to 8 hours walking.
Day 7: This can be taken as a rest day, relaxing in the environs of the highest hut in the Zillertal. Alternatively it is possible to make a 3 to 4 hour excursion to the summit of the Hoher Riffler (3281m). We stay a second night at the Friesenberghaus.
Day 8: The final section of the Berliner Hohenweg traverses at roughly the 2000 metre contour, below the ridges of the Realspitze and the Grindleberg Spitze, passing the Kassel Alm (2006m) to reach Pitzen Alm (1874m). From here, our trail leads down to the village of Ginzling (985m) where we meet our transport for the transfer to Hippach-Schwendberg and the group hotel.
Day 9: After breakfast at the hotel we have a group transfer to Munich Airport where KE Land Only services end.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.