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

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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.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

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Traveller Rating

 

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On arrival in Bad Ischl make your way to the hotel. Later in the afternoon you will have a welcome meeting 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 takes you 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: 22.5km/14mi or 16.6km/10.3mi, ascent 930m/3051ft, descent 870m/2854ft

Meals:  B

A change of pace this morning as your begins with a boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee, the most famous lake of the Salzkammergut region. Take some time to explore this charming lakeside village - 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 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, descent 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 9km/5.6mi) by taking a ferry from Hallstatt train station (on the opposite side of the lake to the town) to the actual town of Hallstatt.

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 from 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

A spectacular day of mountain vistas and woodlands will be enjoyed on the trail from Bad Aussee back to Bad Ischl. You walk along the Promenade before arriving at Altaussee, where you ascend to the Blaa Alm mountain pasture through the Rettenbach valley back to Bad Ischl. The trip concludes on arrival in Bad Ischl, where your luggage will be waiting for you. If you have time we recommend staying an extra night at the end of the trip in Bad Ischl - please ask for our rates. Walking: 25km/15.5mi, ascent 517m/1697ft, descent 703m/2306ft

Meals:  B

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On arrival in Bad Ischl make your way to the hotel. Later in the afternoon you will have a welcome meeting 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

Start your walk from Bad Ischl along the Ischl River following the "Dammweg" trail all the way to Russbach. From here you ascend to the mountain lake, Schwarzensee which you walk around before descending to Schwarzenbach on Lake Wolfgangsee. This evening's accommodation is on the lake shore in the town of Strobl. Named after a family of merchants, Strobl was a centre for pilgrims and carters in the 17th century. Walking: 23.5km/14.6mi, ascent 730m/2395ft, descent 652m/2139ft Note: you can shorten the walk by taking a bus to Russbach, in which case the walking will be 12.5km/7.7mi, ascent 511m/1677ft, descent 507m/1663ft

Meals:  B

There are two options for today. The shorter option offers a change of pace as you begin with a boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee, the most famous lake of the Salzkammergut region. From St Wolfgang you can explore this charming lake-side village. Visit the church and 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/ Weissenbach. Walking: 7.5km/4.6mi, ascent 164m/538ft, descent 141m/462ft Or for a challenging day rewarded by spectacular views, follow the hiking path between Sparber and Bleckwand Mountains up to the Postalm alpine pasture, the largest mountain plateau in Austria. There is a surprising variety of flora and fauna to be discovered in the area. Take a break in an original alpine hut and sample some alpine produce from the farmers. Return via the same route or descend to the Weissenbach Valley before reaching your accommodation in Strobl/Weissenbach. Walking: 22km/13.7mi, ascent 840m/2756ft, descent 970m/3182ft

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 timbers to be washed 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's walk from Bad Goisern to Hallstatt is along the historical 'Brine Trail', on the western shore of Lake Hallstattersee, with fantastic panoramic views of Hallstatt, the lake and the Dachstein Alps. The trail follows the world’s oldest pipeline, which was established in 1607. Its construction used 13,000 wooden pipes. 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: 13km/8mi, ascent 419m/1376ft, descent 397m/1302ft Note: If the Brine trail is still closed in 2020 you will hike along the eastern shore of Lake Hallstattersee to Hallstatt, enjoying outstanding views across to Hallstatt and up to the Dachstein Glacier. Walking: 19km/12mi, ascent 127m/416ft, descent 102m/334ft

Meals:  B

There are a number of options today. You can visit the salt mines above Hallstatt, with underground caves and interactive exhibit. There is also the option to visit Dachstein Adventure World - to reach it you take a cable car to 2000m to a panoramic viewing platform called “5 Fingers” and descend to visit the Ice and Mammoth Caves. Another option is to walk through the Echerntal valley with its impressive waterfalls (Walking approx. 2hrs, 6km/3.7mi, ascent/descent 258m/846ft) Overnight Hallstatt.

Meals:  B

This morning you take a ferry to Hallstatt stop, then the train to the old market town of Bad Aussee. From Bad Aussee you walk along the Promenade before arriving at Altaussee, where you ascend to the Blaa Alm mountain pasture through the Rettenbach valley back to Bad Ischl. Overnight Bad Ischl. Walking: 25km/15.5mi, ascent 517m/1696ft, descent 703m/2306ft To shorten today's walk you can take the bus to Altaussee, with the remaining distance: 14.5km/9mi, ascent 238m/781ft, descent 618m/2027ft

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast in Bad Ischl.

Meals:  B


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 on a twin share basis - upgrade option to 4 star hotels, supplement applies (note: itinerary & inclusions are slightly different)
  • Welcome briefing & welcome drink
  • 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)
  • Ferry trip on Wolfgangsee: from Abersee to St Wolfgang on the standard trip, from Strobl to St Wolfgang on the upgrade option
  • Hiking bus to Burggrabenklamm on the standard trip
  • Upgrade option's 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

Grading

moderate to challenging  

MODERATE to CHALLENGING – GRADE 4 This is a self guided walk with a maximum of 9 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.

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Total Priceper person from

$920USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$230
  • Single Supplement - 4 star hotelsUSD$390
  • 4 star upgrade hotel supplementUSD$410
*Prices listed are per person

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