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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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 on beautiful hiking trails.
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 can relax at the hut and regain your strength.
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 green meadows and later the trail leads you through light forests. Lienz is famous for its many hours of sunshine and you can expect warm temperatures in summer.