The E5 Trans-Alp

Austria & Germany & Italy, Trek & Walk, 10 days - from $2,180 (land only)

Trek & Walk
Germany to Italy across the Alps - The E5 Trans-Alp trekGermany to Italy across the Alps - The E5 Trans-Alp trek

We reach the parts that other travel companies don't reach

We are passionate about adventure travel and when we see something as good as the E5, we just have to do it even if no-one else does!

  • Trek from Germany, through Austria and into Italy
  • The very best of this famous long-distance hike
  • Views from Rettenbach Ferner
  • Visit the `Iceman` Museum in Bozen
  • Pleasant and comfortable accommodation

This holiday focuses on the highest and most spectacular section of the E5 long distance hike. After a first night in Mittelberg, our trek begins in the picturesque Bavarian ski resort of Oberstdorf and continues for a week, crossing the mighty mountains of the Tyrol to the medieval town of Meran in Italy. With an atmospheric mix of mountain refuge and charming guesthouse accommodation, we experience the best of this route, as we stay high on some nights and descend to pretty villages on others. Hiking through flower-spangled meadows and beside Alpine lakes, we ascend via rocky ridges and high passes to a number of viewpoint summits, such as Seekopf  (2412m) and Rettenbach Ferner (2820m). This part of the E5 is renowned for its spectacular scenery and for the abundance of its Alpine wildlife, including marmots and ibex. This is a classic and age-old trans-alp route, trodden around 5000 years ago by the famous ‘Iceman', Otzi.

Is this holiday for you?

This trek is a high level traverse from Germany through Austria to Italy staying in a mix of comfortable guesthouses and 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 patches of winter snow. A few places along the route involve some easy scrambling with some exposure. Exposed parts of this route are well protected with cables but a good head for heights is a requirement. We average around 5 to 7 hours walking each day with typically 800 to 1500 metres of ascent and / or descent each day.

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