The Berliner Hohenweg

Hut to hut trekking on the Berliner Hohenweg




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Holiday Overview


  • A fantastic Alpine trek on the border between Italy and Austria
  • Option to climb the Schonbichler Horn (3134m)
  • 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 3081 metres. 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 walkers' peak of the Schonbichler Horn (3134m) 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • A single transfer is provided from Munich Airport to the group hotel in Hippach-Schwendberg.
  • Local farm visit, then short transfer to Mayrhofen and walk to the Kasseler Hut (2177m).
  • Walk via the Loffelkar to the viewpoint of Lapenscharte (2701m). Descend to the Greizer Hut (2227m).
  • Long and steep ascent to the summit of Morchnerscharte (2872m). Descend to the Berliner Hut (2042m).
  • Climb to the Schonbichler Horn (3134m) then descend to the Furtschaglhaus.
  • Descend, then walk via the Zamsergrund Valley to overnight at the Friesenberghaus (2477m).
  • Traverse via the Kassel Alm (2006m) and Pitzen Alm to Ginzling. Transfer to Hippach-Schwendberg.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Munich Airport is provided.
Sat 25 Jun - Sat 02 Jul Code AZT /01/16/ Adult$1,460 Status Available Book now
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Munich Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details. Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Munich. These include Easyjet who have flights from London & Edinburgh. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • A single transfer is provided from Munich Airport to the group hotel in Hippach-Schwendberg.

    A single transfer is provided from Munich Airport to the group hotel in Hippach-Schwendberg. We meet our guide and have a briefing about the week ahead.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals d

  • Local farm visit, then short transfer to Mayrhofen and walk to the Kasseler Hut (2177m).

    We make a leisurely start to the itinerary, with a visit to a local cheese-making dairy farm, which has an associated museum. Then, we take a short transfer to the start of our hike in the Stillupgrund Valley above Mayrhofen. Starting out close to the Grune Wand Hut, we follow a zig-zagging track up to our first overnight stopping place at the Kasseler Hut (2177m) which is situated beneath the arching headwall of the valley.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 750m

    • Meals bd

    • Time 3 hours

  • Walk via the Loffelkar to the viewpoint of Lapenscharte (2701m). Descend to the Greizer Hut (2227m).

    Today, we cross from the high valley of the Stillupgrund into its western neighbour, the Floitengrund. We pass the Loffelkar (2200m) where we may encounter snow patches and cross the boulders of the Elfenklamm. We climb up to the ridge between the two valleys, with our high point at the Lapenscharte (2701m), from which rocky vantage we have superb views across the valley to the Roswand Spitze and to the nearby Schwarzenstein (3369m). As we begin our descent to the Greizer Hut (2227m), where we spend the night, we can also see the path that we will take tomorrow.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 700m

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Long and steep ascent to the summit of Morchnerscharte (2872m). Descend to the Berliner Hut (2042m).

    We start the day with a descent of almost 400 metres to a bridge across the Floitense, the stream issuing from the diminishing Floitenkees Glacier. Then, we have an unrelenting 1000 metre ascent across steep ground including short sections protected by fixed rope and even a 5 metre ladder. We finally reach the pass of Morchnerscharte (2872m) where we have glimpses of the mountains on the frontier between Austria and Italy. Dropping down from the pass, we reach the high tarn of the Schwarzee and continue more easily to the historic and imposing Berliner Hut (2042m) at the head of the Zemmgrund.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1050m

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1220m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Climb to the Schonbichler Horn (3134m) then descend to the Furtschaglhaus.

    Our route skirts around the headwall of the Zemmgrund, crossing a number of streams, negotiating rough glacial debris and climbing on a zig zag trail which climbs steeply, protected by cables at times, to the Schonbichler Scharte 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 Grosser Moseler, Hochfeiler, Olperer and Grosser Loffler. Returning to the col we make the long descent to the Furtschaglhaus (2293m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 940m

    • Time 7 hours

  • Descend, then walk via the Zamsergrund Valley to overnight at the Friesenberghaus (2477m).

    Another long day that starts out with a descent to the southern end of the Shlegeis reservoir and then an easy stroll along the lake shore for 3 kilometres. We then climb almost 600 metres up to the Olperer Hut (2388m), with most of the walk through lush forest. There are great views back to the lake and across the high valley of the Zamsergrund. We now make a rising traverse high above the valley on a good trail and negotiate a final steep descent to reach our overnight stop at the Friesenberghaus (2477m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 900m

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 720m

    • Time 7 hours

  • Traverse via the Kassel Alm (2006m) and Pitzen Alm to Ginzling. Transfer to Hippach-Schwendberg.

    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). There is more vegetation on this section of the route than we have been used to and the chances of spotting chamois and marmots are good. 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 guesthouse.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Ascent 250m

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1650m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Munich Airport is provided.

    After breakfast at the guesthouse we have a group transfer to Munich Airport where KE Land Only package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An English-speaking qualified mountain guide
  • Single timed group transfers between Munich Airport and the beginning and end of the trip
  • 2 nights guesthouse and 6 nights mountain hut accommodation
  • All meals except lunches
  • All land transport and transfers required by the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Entrance fees and costs involved in any optional activities

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single escorted group transfer on public transport is provided from Munich Airport to the group hotel in Hippach-Schwendberg on Day 1. The group will rendezvous in Munich Airport at a prearranged time (usually late morning) for this transfer. A single escorted group transfer is provided back to the airport on Day 8. This will leave the hotel breakfast and takes approximately 2 hrs.

After breakfast at our overnight accommodation, we try to get a reasonably early start. We carry a packed lunch (which you can purchase each day at our overnight accommodation) and will stop off for a picnic at an appropriate point during the day's walk. We will generally walk for around six to seven hours each day and aim to reach our overnight stop by four or five pm, in time for a wash or shower before dinner. The pace of the trekking will allow us time to stop to admire the views and to take photographs.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

We spend 2 nights in a guesthouse in Hippach-Schwendberg close to the town of Mayrhofen. We also have 6 nights in mountain huts. Huts in the Zillertal provide simple accommodation in non-segregated dormitory rooms. All the huts have a dining room, toilets and washing facilities. Some also have drying rooms and showers.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

As you might expect, the food available in restaurants, hotels and even in the mountain huts in Austria is excellent. Continental breakfasts and full 3-course evening meals are included everyday. Lunches and/or hill snacks can be purchased in Mayrhofen on the first day of trekking and from the huts on subsequent days.

All meals except lunches are included, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

The package price includes all accommodation, guiding and all meals except lunches. You should make an allowance for lunches or hill food snacks plus drinks, including bottled water. Note: bottled water, if bought in the huts, is very expensive. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. €200 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses including your lunches. The currency in Austria is the euro and there are cash point facilities in Munich Airport and in Mayrhofen.

The group will be led by an English-speaking local mountain guide. There will also be a support vehicle and driver at the beginning and end of the holiday.

Group members will carry all of their personal equipment during the trek and it is very important to keep the overall weight of your equipment to a minimum. Since you will not be required to carry either a sleeping bag or a camping mattress, it should be possible to keep the weight of your pack to between 8 and 10 kg. Whilst in the mountains you will leave your trek bag and travel clothes at the guesthouse in Hippach-Schwendberg.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your pack to a minimum. During this holiday you will carry all of the things you need during the trek. It is possible to leave travel clothes in your luggage at the guesthouse.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots*
  • Shoes or slippers for use in the huts
  • Gaiters (long or short)
  • Socks – technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)
  • Underwear
  • Trekking Trousers/Pants (not cotton)
  • Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one long sleeved)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood)
  • Waterproof overtrousers (rainpants)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eye wear – sunglasses
  • Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens
  • Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)**
  • Rucksack 40 to 50 litres
  • Headtorch
  • Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
  • Lip salve – with sunscreen
  • Small Wash kit and Pack Towel
  • Water bottle x 1 litre
  • Dry bag to keep essentials dry
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Extra warm layer – (prima loft or lightweight down)
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt or casual shirts x 2
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duck tape)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel Clothes
  • Small Padlock (for trek bag)


* Walking Boots:Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and sufficiently robust to protect feet and ankles on a variety of terrain including boulders and loose scree. You may also encounter snow patches and boots should be waterproof.

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  • **Sleeping bags are NOT required as bedding is provided at mountain huts. However, you must bring a sheet sleeping bag.
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    Know before you go

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. The best exercise for a trip like this is regular hiking but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

    You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. No special vaccinations are required for this trip. UK residents should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. Remember, this might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. You can obtain an EHIC from the Department of Health by phone, online, or at the post office.

    The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 10°C / 50°F to 25°C/ 77°F. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places, falling close to freezing point at night. The weather is usually stable during July and August, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out. You should be prepared for all eventualities!

    Trekking in the Zillertal Alps. Allan Hartley. A Cicerone Guide.

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