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Heckmair Transalp – the original Alpine Crossing

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Heckmair Transalp – the original Alpine Crossing

Mountain Biking Collection by Holger S.

7-14

days

3-6 h

/ day

247 mi

43,700 ft

46,075 ft

In 1990, Andi Heckmair and his friends dared to take on the adventure of crossing the Alps by mountain bike for the first time. The following year, they presented their ride to the general public in numerous magazines and even on television. Their journey became a sensation that kick-started a boom that continues to this day – something Andi and his buddies would have never expected.

Andi Heckmair's original idea was to create an Alpine Crossing away from the well-known road passes. The result was an adventurous Alpine Crossing between Oberstdorf municipality and Lake Garda that is still a classic that inspires numerous mountain bikers year after year. With many pushing and hike-a-bike passages, it is not one of the flowiest trails, but you experience spectacular landscapes, technical downhills and real challenges tracing the tracks of those who realised a dream.

In the years that followed, numerous routes were based on this original Transalp. The notorious and controversial long hike-a-bike passages like the one at Passo di Campo and lengthy road sections were improved upon. With the exception of a few minor changes, this Collection follows the original route of Andi Heckmair and the Transalp pioneers – rough edges included. Over the past 30 years, some routes have changed and the legality has become somewhat more complex over time. Cycling is now prohibited on some sections of the original route, for example. I’ve left information in the comments where this is the case. I only made adjustments where there are now good alternatives to avoid roads.

Even though the infrastructure, equipment and information have advanced since Heckmair’s first Alpine Crossing, this Transalp is still an adventure for which you should prepare carefully. This is a physical and mental challenge. Ideally, you should already have experience riding multi-day Tours in alpine terrain. I don’t recommend the Heckmair Route as your first Transalp. The trails are technically and physically demanding and require a solid command of your mountain bike – plus a willingness to push your bike.

The Tour is designed as a self-supported adventure for you and your rucksack. To be on the safe side, you should book accommodation in advance. After particularly strenuous stages, it’s nice not to have to spend a long time looking for a suitable hostel. Summer is the best time to travel. The passes are usually snow-free between July and mid-September.

It’s easy to travel to Oberstdorf by train. If you are travelling by car, consider booking accommodation for the day you arrive and ask if there are parking facilities.

Information on the official parking facilities for long-stay parking can be found here: oberstdorf.de/anreise-verkehr/parken.html.

The return journey by train from Lake Garda to Oberstdorf is a little more complicated. From your destination at Lake Garda, first take the bus or a bike shuttle to the station in Rovereto. The Eurocity (EC Verona - Munich) runs to Munich central station via Innsbruck. However, you need to reserve a space for your bike. In summer, the spaces for bicycles are snapped up quickly. Alternatively, there are some connections with several changes. The numerous bus or taxi companies that specialise in return transfers for Transalp cyclists are the most comfortable way to return to your car in Oberstdorf or reach a convenient train station for your journey home.

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Heckmair Transalp – Die legendäre Alpenüberquerung von Oberstdorf zum Gardasee

244 mi

43,475 ft

45,900 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Oberstdorf zur Freiburger Hütte – Heckmair Transalp

    Difficult
    05:31
    31.5 mi
    5.7 mph
    6,075 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Thanks to Heckmair, Oberstdorf has established itself as the start of numerous transalp routes. This is not necessarily obvious if you have to carry your bike to the Schrofenpass on the first day. But Andi comes from Oberstdorf and so it made perfect sense for him. For all those who follow him in his

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    34.4 mi
    5.3 mph
    7,300 ft
    9,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From the Freiburger Hütte you start on the second day with a great descent into the Klostertal to Dalaas. On the other side of the valley, it goes straight back up towards Kristbergsattel, where you reach the Montafon. There are no trail highlights on the second downhill of the day down to Schruns, but

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    26.8 mi
    5.2 mph
    5,375 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The third stage is certainly one of the most beautiful on the Heckmair Transalp. From Klosters it is initially relatively steep uphill. If you have stayed at Schlappinsee, you will be happy about the few kilometers to warm up. On the mountain bike route 631 you ride with the morning sun on your face

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  • Difficult
    06:22
    36.3 mi
    5.7 mph
    5,725 ft
    7,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Mountain Festival. On the fourth day of your Heckmair Transalp you cross the main Alpine ridge and come from Switzerland through the Livigno customs area to Bormio in Italy.

    

    

    Today, too, there are numerous wonderful landscape highlights on the program. But there is no free gift. From S-chanf you first

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  • Difficult
    05:45
    39.7 mi
    6.9 mph
    5,525 ft
    7,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The fifth stage on the original Heckmair Transalp is very road-heavy. For this reason, I have adapted the route a little more to the current needs of mountain bikers than on the previous stages. However, the basic route has not changed - the first half of the day is uphill, the second half downhill.

    

    

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  • Difficult
    06:45
    39.1 mi
    5.8 mph
    6,925 ft
    7,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This stage is difficult to understand for many bikers on the trail of Heckmair, despite the cool adventure factor. The four-hour push / carry route over the Passo di Campo is tough. Only a few meters of the hiking trail to the pass are mobile. For most bikers, this also applies to the downhill to Lago

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    39.4 mi
    6.2 mph
    6,775 ft
    8,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    With the Tremalzopass and the legendary panorama descent via Pregasina to Lake Garda, the last day is a sensational end to a dream come true.

    

    

    From Pieve di Bono-Prezzo, after breakfast, you roll 15 kilometers following the course of the Chiese river to Storo. More than 1,500 meters of altitude are now

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    247 mi
  • Duration
    42:20 h
  • Elevation
    43,700 ft46,075 ft

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