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Hiking across the Alps on the E5

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Hiking across the Alps on the E5

Hiking Collection by komoot
6-13 days
3-6 h / day
58.7 mi
16,500 ft
21,800 ft

Six days, five huts, and two feet: On this adventure, you'll cross Europe's largest mountain range. And you'll do so — for the most part — on your own two feet. This classic hike along the long-distance hiking trail, the E5, takes you straight through the heart of the Alps. As you go, you'll hike past some of Europe's highest summits, in and out of valleys, and through some truly spectacular landscapes. Starting in Oberstdorf in Germany, the Tours in this Collection culminate in Meran in Italy's South Tyrol.

The best time to embark on this adventure is between July and September. At this time, the weather should be forgiving enough to ensure the hike will be an enjoyable one. And even though it'll be high season, you should still be able to find a room in which to rest your weary bones after a day on the trails. So — what's left? There's really no excuse not to go.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:26
    9.06 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,425 ft
    25 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    I went this tour 30 years ago. There was a bus from Oberstdorf to Spielmannsau. Until then you can also cycle because the slope is still very moderate. From the Spielmannsau the way then really nice. Marmots, silence, clear water are slowing down and are priceless. An absolute tip, this tour remains permanently in the head.

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    Intermediate
    03:10
    5.11 mi
    1.6 mph
    575 ft
    3,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From here you continue with the Postbus to Bach - or with the E5 shared taxi to the Berggasthaus Hermine (if you are in a hurry, you can drive a bit further directly to the material cable car of the Memminger Hütte).

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  • Difficult
    03:22
    4.25 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,100 ft
    50 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Luggage transport to the Memminger Hütte is possible via the material cable car.

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    Difficult
    06:48
    9.33 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,200 ft
    5,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the end of the day, the cable car takes us either to the Venetgipfelhütte or we get off at the middle station and spend the night in the Zamser Skihütte.

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    Intermediate
    04:36
    7.68 mi
    1.7 mph
    500 ft
    4,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Continue with the Postbus / shared taxi direction Mittelberg.

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    Difficult
    03:12
    3.33 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Luggage transport to the Brunswick hut is possible via the material cable car at the Gletscherstube.

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    Difficult
    01:44
    2.31 mi
    1.3 mph
    775 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    Difficult
    06:17
    11.2 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,075 ft
    3,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    Difficult
    04:31
    6.41 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,625 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From Vernagt you can take the bus to Merano in 1 ½ hours.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    58.7 mi
  • Duration
    39:07 h
  • Elevation
    16,500 ft21,800 ft
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Hiking across the Alps on the E5