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Majestic hiking along the Eagle Walk — Great Walks

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Majestic hiking along the Eagle Walk — Great Walks

Hiking Collection by Tirol

21-46

days

3-6 h

/ day

212 mi

68,175 ft

65,550 ft

Incredible mountain panoramas, picturesque mountain lakes, cool waterfalls and more peaks than you can count – this is what you will find on the king of the Tyrolean long-distance hiking trails, the Eagle Way in North Tyrol. The trail gets its name from its shape as the route outline resembles an eagle gliding through the air. It takes you from east to west through the entire Tyrol region on its wings, showcasing idyllic alpine landscapes and dizzying mountains along the way.

Covering around 260 miles (420 kilometers), this long-distance trail is divided into two routes: North Tyrol and East Tyrol. In this Collection, we have prepared the 200 mile (320 kilometer) North Tyrolean long-distance hiking trail for you, along which you can enjoy the unique contrast between wild mountain scenery and urban life.

Six magnificent mountain ranges await you on the Eagle Way: the Kaiser Mountains, the Brandenberg Alps, the Karwendel Mountains, the Tuxer Alps, the Wetterstein Mountains and the Lechtal Alps. As some of the stages are quite demanding, you must be surefooted and have a head for heights to take on this adventure. Ideally, you are already an experienced alpinist. Come prepared, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking alpine panoramas and wonderful views with marmots and ibexes on the rocky slopes.

Almost every stage starts and ends at a cozy, panoramic mountain hut or village with several accommodation options. As some huts have limited space, we recommend you book well in advance.

If you enjoy collecting stamps and badges, the Eagle Way is the right place for you. Along the way, you will always find stamps at huts, mountain pastures and inns. Depending on how many stages you have walked through, you can pick up a bronze, silver or gold eagle pin as well as an Eagle Way certificate. You can order your Eagle Walk starter kit including the stamp booklet here: tirol.at/reisefuehrer/sport/wandern/adlerweg/adlerweg-starterpaket-mit-stempelblatt.

You can reach the starting point in St. Johann in Tirol easily by train. From the endpoint in St. Christoph am Arlberg a bus will take you to the nearest long-distance train station in St. Anton.

As there is often a lot of snow at higher altitudes until early summer, mid-June to the end of September is the best period for your adventure.

If you are limited on time or simply feel like hiking the shorter but equally exciting Great Walk of the Eagle Path through East Tyrol, you will find everything you need for your East Tyrolean adventure in this Collection: komoot.de/collection/899218

The Eagle Way is one of the six most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol, the so-called ‘Great Walks’. All routes promise you three things: escape from your everyday, beautiful alpine landscapes and real adventure. As well as the Eagle Way, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Berlin High Trail, Lechtal High Trail, the Stubai High Trail and the Inntal High Trail.


Hiking in the Zillertal Alps on the Berlin High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904825
Following eagle wings on the Eagle Way East Tyrol:
komoot.de/collection/899218
High altitude air on the Stubai High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904824
Between borders on the Karnisch High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904828
The Inntal High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904827
Hut-Hopping on the Lechtal High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904826

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78,125 ft

74,400 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von St. Johann in Tirol zur Gaudeamushütte – Adlerweg

    Difficult
    05:08
    8.15 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,950 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Eagle Walk takes you to dizzying heights and majestic views. Your way on the wings of the eagle starts at the traditional Gasthof Rummlerhof in St. Johann in Tirol, which you can easily reach by train. On your ascent into the mountains of the Wilder Kaiser you hike past two rushing

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    8.94 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,725 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage takes you over the narrow Klamml Felssteig even deeper into the Kaiser Mountains and to the highest mountain hut, the Gruttenhütte. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are absolutely necessary on this section. On the following long descent, which offers you the most beautiful views

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  • Intermediate
    04:35
    8.51 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,275 ft
    3,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage three of the Eagle Walk begins gently until you reach the managed Walleralm. Right next door is the Stöfflhütte with home-brewed beer and a delicious Kaiserschmarrn. A challenging climb takes you across blooming alpine meadows to the wooden summit cross on the Hochegg with a wonderful view of the

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    6.77 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,075 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage rewards your renewed ascent into the beautiful mountain world several times with unique views. From Langkampfen train station you start the ascent and follow the path that meanders up the mountainside. At the high-altitude Almgasthof Höhlenstein you can catch your breath on the sunny terrace

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  • Difficult
    06:56
    10.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,575 ft
    4,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your sure-footedness and a head for heights are required again today. After a short climb you will already reach the first summit of the day, the Ascherjöchl. From now on it will be challenging, because you turn onto a black marked, rope-insured path that takes you up to the promising Plessenberg with

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  • Difficult
    05:46
    10.5 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,175 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Crystal-clear, rushing streams are your constant companion on this stage. After you have left your quarters in Pinegg, you cross the cool Brandenberger and Steinberger Ache. A leisurely climb takes you halfway to the highest point of your stage, the Wimmerjoch. Here you can take a break on the green

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  • Difficult
    07:50
    11.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,625 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you dive deep into the Rofan Mountains. You hike for the first few kilometers over gentle meadow slopes on the long-distance hiking trail E4. Mighty rock formations and cliffs stretch up north. The clear forest path through the Schauertal now turns into a demanding climb that takes you to the Zireiner

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  • Difficult
    06:31
    12.0 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,425 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Spectacular views and several hearty inns and snack stations are waiting for you in this section. If you have stayed in the Erfurter Hütte, you start with a descent with the cable car directly to the Achensee. Otherwise you start your day's stage in the valley and hike on the shores of the crystal-clear

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    7.61 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your ninth stage on the Eagle Walk, rugged, impressive rock faces accompany you on both sides. Today it won't be as steep as in the previous sections. You gently climb over meadows and through mixed forest to the Hohljoch and pass the Binsalm and Engalm. Again and again the panorama of the alpine

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    5.47 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Even on the tenth stage you stay in the wonderful Karwendel Nature Park and follow an old cart path through the valley. Flowering alpine meadows make the Alpine panorama even more unique. The Ladiz Alpe, a high plateau of the Engalm, which you passed on the previous stage, appears as if from a picture

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  • Difficult
    08:15
    9.80 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,700 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you can expect many meters of altitude - both up and down. On the way up to the highest elevation in the Karwendel Mountains, the Birkkarspitze with 2,749 meters, you need good physical condition and a head for heights. Before you go up to the highest peak, you cross the scree field-rich hose car

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  • Difficult
    07:17
    11.5 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,000 ft
    6,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The city is calling, because today you are reaching the state capital of Tyrol - Innsbruck. After leaving the Hallerangerhaus, the Adlerweg at the foot of the Großer Lafatscher leads you along the Lafatscher Kars. From here a steep climb over numerous switchbacks begins. You can take a short break at

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    4.51 mi
    1.8 mph
    575 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With the 13th stage you run the "head" of the eagle. For a relaxed day tour, hop on the bus or tram to Igls and take the gondola lift to the Patscherkofel mountain station. If you are still fit, you can of course also hike to the valley station. Once you have reached the Patscherkofel, follow the wide

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    4.31 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,800 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can sleep in today because your day's stage is refreshingly short. With the Karwendelbahn or Mittenwaldbahn you leave Innsbruck's city bustle behind and start your return to the mountains at the Hochzirl train station. Only the first section is a bit steeper, but an impressive canyon opens up in

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  • Difficult
    07:42
    12.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,750 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After the relaxed day before, you get a little more thrill today. Your day begins with an ascent to the Eppzirler Scharte. Sure-footedness is an absolute requirement here. From here you have a particularly beautiful view of the large and small Solstein. You can reach the Eppzirler Alm with its small

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    14.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    More distance, but less altitude difference. Along the crystal-clear Leutascher Ache you reach the picturesque Gaisbach valley. On the Ganghofer Weg you can enjoy the unique mountain idyll. The choice of places to stop for refreshments is great today, because the Gaistalalm, Tillfusalm and the generous

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  • Difficult
    09:29
    13.7 mi
    1.4 mph
    6,450 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you can make up your mind again - leisurely hike up the Grubigsteinbahn cable car to the summit house at 2,050 meters or give it your all and master the route on foot. It's up to you. We have prepared the second variant to give you the right overview. Whatever you choose, dense mountain pines and

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  • Difficult
    07:29
    10.1 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage will again be a challenge for your muscles and surefootedness. After leaving the beautiful Lorea hut, the path climbs steeply. You cross the Loreascharte at 2,315 meters and can climb up to the Loreakopf via a side path. Then it goes just as steeply down into the Heimbachtal. Scree and old

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    7.68 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 19th stage is characterized by a few kilometers and a comparatively few meters in altitude. If you start from the ground, your daily walk to Hanauer Hütte will be even shorter. From the Anhalter Hütte you climb leisurely up on steel cables to the Steinjöchl with its wooden summit cross. From here

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    7.00 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,550 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rocks, stones, gravel and rubble characterize this stage. On the less traveled route, you climb up to the Eastern Dremelscharte. To make the ascent easier for you, steel ropes are available in the narrow gorge. Again and again you will discover the turquoise-blue mountain lakes in the gray of the stone

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    212 mi
  • Duration
    140:25 h
  • Elevation
    68,175 ft65,550 ft

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