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Alpine Crossing — 9 days across the Alps to Lienz

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Alpine Crossing — 9 days across the Alps to Lienz

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8-17

days

3-6 h

/ day

80.9 mi

23,700 ft

24,775 ft

No cell phone reception, no e-mails and no power for nine days. Far away from roads and cars, this hike leads you from the Steinernes Meer (the Rocky Lake) in Bavaria, into the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park and to places that can only be reached on foot. Between snowfields and grey peaks, you will experience the inhospitableness of the Eastern Alps’ highest peaks and be afforded the opportunity to find a new peace deep within yourself.

The popularity of the E5 route between Oberstdorf and Merano has produced the need for an alternative Alpine crossing. Quieter, with a varied landscape and covering nine exciting stages, this route might be the perfect one for you, winding 130 kilometres (80 miles) through the Alps from Königssee in Bavaria to Lienz in Tyrol. The grey karst landscape of the Rocky Lake, the green slopes of the Pinzgau grass-mountains and the glaciated peaks of the Hohe Tauern offer incredible Alpine panoramas along every stage of the hike. And although the route is relatively easy to follow, the trail has no official signposts and instead follows other paths in its various sections, such as the Wiener Höhenweg.

The hike doesn’t take you across any glaciers and keeps you on only well developed hiking trails. That being said, however, you should still only attempt this route if you’re in very good physical condition as each stage incorporates relatively long ascents and descents. Apart from a short bus ride on the fourth day, you will complete the whole route on foot, spending almost all of your time in the great outdoors. You will spend your nights in the numerous mountain huts along the way, which we recommend you book well in advance—especially during the busier summer months. As soon as you know you’re good to go, there’s nothing else to it: Just grab your pack, tie up your boots and go—and enjoy one the most beautiful hiking routes in the Alps.

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Alpencross Königssee - Lienz

86.1 mi

25,075 ft

24,850 ft

Last updated: December 6, 2021

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    Alpencross E01 – Von Berchtesgaden zum Kärlingerhaus

    Difficult
    06:24
    10.2 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,575 ft
    225 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Grandiose moments await you on your first stage. At the beginning it goes by boat from Schönau over the Königssee. It's worth starting early, then you do not have to share the lake with too many people.

    

    Your destination today is the Kärlingerhaus, which lies just under 1,000 meters above the lake. The

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    8.75 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,875 ft
    4,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage takes you over the spectacular plateau of the Stone Sea. After your start at the Kärlingerhaus it goes through a last piece of forest before you reach the tree line.

    

    In the rugged karst landscape of the Stone Sea you will hardly be able to discover vegetation. There are no trees or bushes

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    8.79 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,850 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    As befits a hearty alpine crossing, so on the third day, a brisk climb awaits you. After you have increased your supplies in Maria Alm, it goes up to the Pinzgauer grass mountains. The lush green slopes are populated by cows, goats and sheep, who spend their summers in the mountain air.

    

    After enjoying

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    9.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    0 ft
    4,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage of the day we have divided you into two sections, as between section 04A and 04B is a short ride on the bus. Without a bus ride today would be about 40 kilometers in front of you, which runs to a greater extent along a country road. Thanks to the bus ride you can expect only 23 kilometers

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    4.32 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the Ferleiten - Wildpark stop, you will cycle through the Käfertal towards the stage destination Trauneralm.

    

    High mountains rise on both sides of the green and sweeping valley and at the southern end you can already see the mountain ranges of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The ascent to the Trauneralm

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  • Difficult
    04:41
    5.40 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fifth day you go up to the Hohe Tauern National Park, which stretches across the provinces of Tyrol, Salzburg and Carinthia. The main ridge of the Hohe Tauern also includes the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain.

    

    From the Trauneralm it goes on a serpentine path steeply up to the Pfandlscharte

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  • Difficult
    04:53
    6.45 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,275 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your sixth stage, it's right in the middle of the Hohe Tauern and the wild and romantic mountain landscape. First, the trail follows the river Möll, which flows out of the Margaritzen reservoir and rushes down into the valley. You have a clear view of the green valley, which offers you a perfect alpine

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    9.69 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,000 ft
    5,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this day a real high altitude tour awaits you. About summits and passes you collect 900 meters in altitude and almost 1,600 meters in descent. Fortunately, right in the middle is the Elberfelder Hut, where you can regain your strength during a long rest.

    

    Starting from the Glorer hut, you first cross

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    3.54 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,800 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After the demanding stages, a real pleasure trip awaits you today. For a short walk you will hike from the Lienzer Hütte above the Debanttal to the Wangenitzsee and the hut of the same name.

    

    After the relaxed hike, you will have enough time to enjoy this unique panorama and to circle the lake. Then you

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  • Difficult
    07:33
    14.1 mi
    1.9 mph
    375 ft
    6,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your last stage awaits you again with fantastic panoramic views and a challenging descent. Plan enough rest for your knees, then you're on the safe side.

    

    Almost the entire trail leads downhill and you can clearly see how the landscape around you is changing. From the rough high mountain landscape again

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    80.9 mi
  • Duration
    52:16 h
  • Elevation
    23,700 ft24,775 ft

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