Guided Hiking Chiemgauer Alps - Austria
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
The Chiemgauer Alps occupy the border region between Salzburg, Tyrol and Bavaria. An area of soft mountains, spacious alpine pastures and well known holiday resorts. The views onto intimidating high mountain peaks and across the lovely foothills of the Alps also contribute to this varied walking week. See pretty places on your way as e.g. idyllic Lake Koenigssee, picturesque mountain town Reit im Winkl and finally Lake Chiemsee, the so called “Bavarian Sea”.
The guided group tours ( min 4 - max 12 persons) start on every Saturday from Jun 14 till Aug 31.
- Enjoy walking through National Park Berchtesgaden
- When it's warm, take a dip into a natural swimming pool in the Vorderkaser gorge
- Visit holiday resort Reit im Winkl
- Take a nice picture of the idyllic mountain lake, Lake Taubensee
The indicated routes are approximate on Google Maps.
Day 1 Individual journey to Schoenau/Koenigssee
Day 2 Schoenau/Koenigssee - Weißbach, National Park Berchtesgaden
Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours. Relaxed walking tour past Lake Hintersee penetrating deep into National Park Berchtesgaden. Impressive scenery along the way. To the right you see the summits of Reiter Alpe and to the left mighty Hochkalterer. Cross alpine pastures and pass the border at Hirschbichl, then down through white water gorge Seisenbergklamm into Saalach valley.
Day 3 Weißbach - Lofer, Gorges and Pilgrim paths
Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours. Follow the Saalachtal valley to Lamprechts cave (longest passage cave of Europe) and continue to Vorderkaser gorge where you find a natural swimming pool. St. Martin with pilgrim church „Maria Kirchtal“ is the objective of today. Walk up to the church in an idyllic branch valley on the walls of Loferer Steinberge.
Day 4 Lofer - Reit im Winkl, Loferer Alm
Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours. Take the cable car up to Loferer Alm, where a high altitude path to Steinplatte massif starts. Walk across alpine pastures and a lovely mountain forest to Loferer Steinplatte. The idyllic alpine pasture Winklmoos Alm is ideal stop for a Bavarian 'Brotzeit'. Well sustained you take the coach to Reit im Winkl.
Day 5 Rest day in Reit im Winkl
Enjoy a tranquil day in well known holiday resort Reit im Winkl. Tip for a walking tour: A classic mountain tour starts in Reit im Winkl up to Fellhorn. The name hints to the fact that the wide summit is free of wood and covered by a “field” of meadows and alpine roses.
Day 6 Reit im Winkl - Unterwössen/Marquartstein, ‘Alpine pastures’
Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours. The „Eye of Lake Chiemsee“ is the poetic name of Lake Taubensee. This is easily understood when you see this idyllic mountain lake, nestling in a little basin of Rauhe Nadel on 1,138 m. A fantastic walk from alpine pasture to alpine pasture and downhill into the valley Achental awaits you.
Day 7 Marquartstein - Aschau/Chiemsee, Kampenwand
Walking time: approx. 5 hours. Short uphill fare, afterwards you walk threw the forests up to the alpine pastures on Hochplatte and then to Kampenwand with views over the Lake Chiemsee. Continue on a trail from cabin to cabin beneath Kampenwand, which has a beautiful 12-meter high iron cross at the top. You will take the comfortable cable car down to Aschau, where you take a short train ride to ‘Prien’, located at lake Chiemsee.
Day 8 Aschau/Chiemsee
Individual journey home or extra days.
- 7 nights in pretty, 3*** country hotels (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Half board: min 3-course menu
- Luggage transfer
- Transfer on 1st day
- Uphill cable car fare Lofer
- Uphill cable car fare Hochplattenbahn
- Downhill cable car fare Kampenwand
- Carefully elaborated route
- Experienced walking guide
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Fares for public transport, train fare from Aschau to Prien, approx. EUR € 2,50 per person.
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations (please use booking remarks field)
- Airport or train station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Single supplement surcharge $Cad 150.-
Daily walking tours between 4 to 6 hours with some short but steep climbs. Easier alternatives to the high altitude paths are given. You walk on good walking paths and forest lanes. Sometimes surefootedness required.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airport is Vienna. From here, take the train to Salzburg (2.5 hrs) and continue by coach to Wolfgangsee (approx. 45 min).
Take the train to Berchtesgaden then by bus or taxi short ride to Schoenau/Koenigssee (appox. 15 min., according to starting hotel). Return from Aschau am Chiemsee to Koenigssee by train or coach, duration approx. 3 hrs. (2 changes).
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.