Alpine bliss on the long-distance hiking trails in East Tyrol

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Osttirol

Nowhere else do you get so close to nature as on a multi-day hike through the Alps. It is a unique experience if you climb the peaks by yourself, explore the mountain world on narrow paths and enjoy the magnificent views full of happiness. Between the stages you stop at traditional mountain huts and meet like-minded people with whom you can exchange experiences at a hearty meal.

Framed in the north by the Venice Group and the Großglockner Group, in the east by the peaks of the Schober Group and in the south by the famous Carnic Ridge, East Tyrol is a real paradise for mountain hikers. On 15 long-distance hiking trails you can experience the unique landscape of the Lienz Dolomites, the Villgrater Mountains or the Lasörling Group. There is something for every mountain hiker: families stroll along the Virgentaler Sonnenseitenweg from mountain pasture to mountain pasture, ambitious hikers try their hand at the Großer Törlweg and passionate mountaineers sniff the summit air on the Lasörling Höhenweg.

Choose your favourite tour and experience a unique mountain adventure on the long-distance hiking trails of East Tyrol.

Information about long-distance hiking in Tyrol:
tyrol.com/things-to-do/sports/hiking/long-distance-trails

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    29:15
    47.2 mi
    1.6 mph
    16,250 ft
    13,625 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The impressive peaks of the Villgrater mountains, with their valleys, form a heart shape that you can easily recognize on a map. On the signposted Heart Ass Trail, you can explore the mountains and complete a five-day hike. You wander through mountain forests, over green meadows and up to the rocky summit ridge. It is mostly about good mountain trails and thus the tour is not only suitable for mountain professionals.Stage 1: From Außervillgraten through mountain forests to Reiterstube
    17 kilometers - 6 hours
    Stage 2: Ascent to Villgrater Joch and on to Volkzeiner Hütte
    13 kilometers - 6 hours
    Stage 3: Below rock walls to Unterstalleralm
    13 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 4: Over the Gail to the hamlet of limestone
    12.5 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 5: Border crossing over the Toblacher Pfannhorn to the Thurntaler
    23 kilometers - 7 hours

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  • Difficult
    16:29
    28.9 mi
    1.8 mph
    8,650 ft
    6,825 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the slopes of the Hohe Tauern, the Virgentaler Sonnenseitenweg takes you over picturesque alpine meadows and sparse mountain forests. Thanks to its excellent metallurgical infrastructure, good routes and manageable routes, the trail is equally suitable for gourmets, beginners and families alike. If a high mountain tour is simply too rough and adventurous for you, then you can get to know the friendly side of an alpine hiking trail in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park.The individual daily stages are classified as 'easy walks'.Stage 1: Through the Zedlacher Paradies from Matrei up to Zedlach
    11 kilometers - 4.5 hours
    Stage 2: To the Rabenstein castle ruins and on to the Nilljochhütte
    13 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 3: Through Timmeltal to Stabanthütte
    11.5 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 4: To the Umbal Falls and the stage destination Ströden
    11.5 kilometers - 3.5 hours

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  • Difficult
    70:03
    121 mi
    1.7 mph
    33,375 ft
    31,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The mountain pilgrimage route connects the most important places of pilgrimage in Carinthia, Tyrol and South Tyrol on its 200 kilometers long route. He leads both through the populated valleys with their villages and towns, but also on mountain trails through the Gailtal Alps, over the Villgrater mountains, on the crest of the Lasörlinggruppe and through lonely valleys of the Hohe Tauern. On the nine daily stages more than 20 kilometers of track and about 1,000 vertical meters in the ascent are on the plan every day. At every stage destination a religiously significant and historically interesting place awaits you. If you want to combine an alpine hiking trail with Tyrolean culture, then the Bergpilgerweg is just right for you.The individual daily stages are classified as 'moderately difficult hikes'.Stage 1: From Lavant to St. Korbinian
    19.7 kilometers - 6 hours
    Stage 2: From St. Korbinian to the pilgrimage church in Maria Luggau
    19.2 kilometers - 7 hours
    Stage 3: From Maria Luggau to St. Oswald
    25.3 kilometers - 7 hours
    Stage 4: From St. Oswald to the Archangel Michael Church in Innichen
    24.2 kilometers - 7 hours
    Stage 5: From Innichen to the church in the hamlet of limestone
    14.5 kilometers - 7 hours
    Stage 6: From limestone to the parish church in St. Jakob
    20.4 kilometers - 8 hours
    Stage 7: From St. Jacob to the pilgrimage church of Maria in the snow in Obermauern
    20.2 kilometers - 8 hours
    Stage 8: From Obermauern to St. Georg Church in Kals
    24.9 kilometers - 9 hours
    Stage 9: From Kals to Heiligenblut
    22.5 kilometers - 8 hours

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  • Difficult
    49:57
    71.9 mi
    1.4 mph
    22,875 ft
    21,200 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Adlerweg is Tyrol's most famous long-distance hiking trail. Its shape resembles the outstretched wings of an eagle and from the high mountains you look like the bird of prey down into the valleys. It gives it twice: The Adlerweg leads in 24 stages across Tyrol from Wilden Kaiser to Arlberg. Although the Adlerweg in Osttirol is shorter with nine daily stages, a unique mountain adventure awaits you on the mountain paths between the Venediger Group and the Grossglockner. On a distance of 93 kilometers, you will experience the diverse mountain landscapes of East Tyrol and mostly hike on mountain paths at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park.Stage 1: Over the Türmljoch to the Johannishütte
    13.5 kilometers - 7 hours
    Stage 2: Ascent to the Sajatscharte and on to the Eisseehütte
    9.5 kilometers - 4.5 hours
    Stage 3: From Timmeltal to Bonn-Matreier-Hütte
    7 kilometers - 3 hours
    Stage 4: Over the Galtboden to the Badener hut
    9.5 kilometers - 4 hours
    Stage 5: Via Löbbentörl to Matreier Tauernhaus
    13 kilometers - 5 hours
    From the Tauernhaus at the end of stage 5 you should take the bus to Matrei in Osttirol and continue your hike there.Stage 6: From the hamlet of Glanz up to the Sudetendeutsche Hütte
    11.5 kilometers - 6 hours
    Stage 7: Via the Gradötzscharte to the Kalser Tauernhaus
    11 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 8: Through the village valley and the Teischnitztal to the Stüdlhütte
    12.5 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 9: On the Johann-Stüdl-Hütte along the Glorer Hütte to the Lucknerhaus
    11 kilometers - 4.5 hours

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  • Difficult
    61:58
    97.5 mi
    1.6 mph
    28,575 ft
    30,100 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Karnische Höhenweg leads you once across the entire Karnische Kamm. The full trail is approximately 160 kilometers long and divided into 8 daily stages. About halfway along the Plöckenpass, it is divided into a western and an eastern section. While the eastern section leads across vast alpine meadows and easily climbed mountains, the western part is a real alpine adventure. From the ridge path far above the tree line you are guaranteed phenomenal long-distance views. The trail runs directly along the border between Italy and Austria, which was hotly contested during the First World War. Even today you can find old gun positions bunkers and barracks on the steep mountain slopes.Unless you plan another summit ascents, the Karnische Höhenweg takes you on good mountain hiking trails. Nevertheless, you should be sure-footed and free from giddiness, because some passages are a bit exposed.Stage 1: Ascent from Arnbach and ridge hike to Obstanserhütte
    18 kilometers - 7.5 hours
    Stage 2: Along the Stuckensee to the Porzehütte
    12 kilometers - 6 hours
    Stage 3: Via Hochspitz and Steinkarspitz to the Hochweißsteinhaus
    16 kilometers - 7.5 hours
    Stage 4: Through the Val Fleons and the Passo Giramondo to the Wolayerseehütte
    20 kilometers - 8 hours
    Stage 5: Via the Valentintörl to Zollnerseehütte
    24 kilometers - 9 hours
    Stage 6: Ascent to the Rudnigsattel and on to the Watschiger Alm at the Nassfeld
    23 kilometers - 8.5 hours
    Stage 7: Via the barn saddle to Dolinza Alm
    24 kilometers 8.5 hours
    Stage 8: Along Göriacher Berg and descent to Thörl
    20 kilometers - 8 hours

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  • Difficult
    24:17
    33.0 mi
    1.4 mph
    11,300 ft
    10,950 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Closer than on the Venediger Höhenweg you can not come to the glaciers of the Hohe Tauern without ice axes and crampons. The path leads far above the tree line through the untouched nature of the national park. You walk across barren mountain meadows, through rugged rocky landscapes and overnight in some of the highest mountain huts in Tyrol. The trail leads you almost exclusively through high alpine scenery and therefore you should already have gained experience in the Alps. Sure-footedness and a good condition are mandatory in any case, if you want to experience this unique high altitude tour.Stage 1: Arrival and ascent to the Essen-Rostocker-Hütte
    6 kilometers - 3 hours
    Stage 2: Over the Türmeljoch to the Johannishütte
    8 kilometers - 4.5 hours
    Stage 3: Under the Sajat peaks to the Eisseehütte
    10 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 4: Along rocky slopes to the Badener Hütte
    16 kilometers - 7 hours
    Stage 5: Via Löbbentörl and descent through Innergschlöß to the Tauernhaus
    14 kilometers - 5 hours

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  • Difficult
    16:49
    19.5 mi
    1.2 mph
    8,350 ft
    8,275 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The high alpine pilgrimage Prägraten is the highest Way of the Cross in the Alps. Here you combine mountaineering skills with the Christian roots of Tyrol. At 14 stations you will visit chapels, pilgrimage churches and nature of special creative beauty. The Way of the Cross is meant to teach people not only to think about themselves from now on, but to help others and to support the needy.You should only follow the pilgrimage path if you have extensive alpine knowledge and sufficient fitness, because it leads over rough trails and partly over trackless terrain. If you are sure-footed, free from giddiness and have adequate equipment, then you can go to the pilgrim's way.Stage 1: From Hinterbichl to the Hubertuskapelle and on to the Sajathütte
    12 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 2: Through high alpine terrain over the Zopetscharte to the Eisseehütte
    6 kilometers - 4 hours
    Stage 3: Summit climb to the White Peak and through rugged terrain down into the valley
    15 kilometers - 8 hours

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  • Difficult
    25:58
    38.7 mi
    1.5 mph
    12,850 ft
    11,600 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lasörling Höhenweg is a real dream hiking trail for experienced hikers. The Lasörlingkamm separates the Virgen valley in the north from the Defereggental in the south and stands out prominently in front of the ridge of the Hohe Tauern. The adventurous Lasörling Höhenweg takes you in 5 days in a big loop from Matrei in Osttirol to Hinterbichl. The tour runs over long distances through high alpine terrain and is for experienced hikers: condition, surefootedness and suitable equipment are mandatory on this hike. Fortunately there are descent possibilities from all huts into the valley, so you can shorten the tour or finish in time in bad weather.Stage 1: Ascent from Matrei in Osttirol to Wetterkreuzhütte
    20 kilometers - 8 hours
    Stage 2: Over the Merschenhöhe to the Lasörlinghütte
    11 kilometers - 4 hours
    Stage 3: Along the Bergersee to the Neue Reichenberger Hütte
    16 kilometers - 7.5 hours
    Stage 4: Through Daberbachtal to Clarahütte
    10 kilometers - 4 hours
    Stage 5: Along the Umbal Falls to Hinterbichl
    6 kilometers - 2.5 hours

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    12.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Nestled between the peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park lies the small community of Kals am Grossglockner. On this beautiful circular walk you walk with great views through one of the most original alpine landscapes in Austria. The tour is divided into seven short stages, which you can put together as you like for your own personal lap. You can expect only a few altitude differences here and on comfortable hiking trails it goes from lookout to vantage point, past theme boards, playgrounds and alpine huts.The individual sections are also easy to commit with the stroller and are classified as 'easy hike'.Stage 1: From the parking lot Dorfertal over the hamlet Taurer to Tembler
    4.5 kilometers - 1 hour
    Stage 2: From the Temblerhof to Lana
    1.5 kilometers - 30 minutes
    Stage 3: From Lana to Rotte Arnig
    3 kilometers - 1 hour
    Stage 4: From Arnig via Unterlesach to Oberlesach
    4 kilometers - 1 hour
    Stage 5: From Oberlesach to the suspension bridge Ködnitztal
    3 kilometers - 1 hour
    Stage 6: Over the suspension bridge to Burg
    3.5 kilometers - 1 hour
    Stage 7: From the castle to the rock chapel and back to Taurer
    2 kilometers - 30 minutes

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  • Difficult
    09:46
    13.9 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,975 ft
    4,925 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You only have two days, but you still want to experience the rugged mountains of the Hohe Tauern National Park? The Knappentreck can fulfill your wish. In two days you will be hiking from south to north over the Lasörling group, experiencing wide alpine meadows, rocky high mountains and untouched valleys. The trail starts in St. Jakob in Defereggental and you climb over the Trojeralm valley to the New Reichenberger hut. After a summit climb, on the second day you cycle through the wildly romantic Kleinbachtal down to Hinterbichl in the Virgental.Stage 1: Ascent through the Trojeralm Valley to the New Reichenberger Hütte
    13 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 2: Ascent to the Göslewand and descent through the Kleinbachtal to Hinterbichl
    10 kilometers - 4.5 hours

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  • Difficult
    14:39
    20.2 mi
    1.4 mph
    7,450 ft
    5,625 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Lasörling group between the Virgen and the Defereggental is one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Untouched nature, natural mountain trails and imposing mountains await you. The Lasörling trek leads you in three days through the picturesque mountains past lakes and streams, past alpine meadows and rustic mountain huts. He is not as demanding as the Lasörling Höhenweg and you can enjoy it as an occasional mountain hiker to the fullest.Stage 1: Over mountain meadows from St. Jakob to the New Reichenberger Hütte
    10 kilometers - 4.5 hours
    Stage 2: Through the Kleinbachboden and over the Prägarter Törl to Lasörlinghütte
    10 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 3: Ascent to the Zupalkogel and along the Zupalsee to the Wetterkreuzhütte
    12 kilometers - 5 hours

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  • Difficult
    20:04
    23.7 mi
    1.2 mph
    11,500 ft
    11,500 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Schober Group is a compact mountain range between the Lienz Dolomites and the Glockner Group, in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park. In four days on the Schobertreck, you will reach the rocky peaks of three three-thousanders: Petzeck, Hoher Perschitzkopf and Debantgrat Südgipfel are real pleasure tours for experienced mountaineers. In between, you spend the night in cozy mountain huts and enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape. Ideally, the hike is a round trip, so you can easily travel to and from the starting point by car.Stage 1: From the parking lot Siechenbrunn to the Petzeck and on to the Wangenitzseehütte
    12 kilometers - 6 hours
    Stage 2: Ascent to the Perschitzkopf and overnight at the Lienz hut
    9 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 3: On to Debantgrat and on to Hochschoberhütte
    10 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 4: From the Hochschober hut back to the starting point
    9 kilometers - 4 hours

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  • Difficult
    14:45
    19.3 mi
    1.3 mph
    9,275 ft
    9,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the big Törl-Weg you will cross the Lienz Dolomites from west to east in four days. It goes up to seven Törln, four peaks and three huts. Experienced mountaineers extend the tour by one day and tackle the unique panoramic climbing trail to the Great Sandhorn, all others enjoy the unique scenery directly from the hiking trail.Stage 1: Ascent from the Luggauer bridge to the Kerschbaumer Alm
    10.5 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 2: Via Kerschbaumer Törl to Kalsbader Hütte
    4 kilometers - 2 hours
    Stage 3: On the Dreitörweg over the Hochstadel to the Hochstadel shelter
    11.5 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 4: Over the Zaboratsteig back to the valley
    7 kilometers - 3 hours

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  • Difficult
    22:08
    35.2 mi
    1.6 mph
    10,625 ft
    11,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    If you are looking for four days in quiet and secluded nature, then you are on the Gailtaler Höhenweg perfect. The path is considered the gentle alternative to the Carnic High Trail and is not difficult on its entire route. You hike on the mountain trail over green mountain peaks and can always enjoy the unique view of the wild peaks of the Lienz Dolomites, the dramatic ridge of the Carnic Alps and the view down to the idyllic Lesachtal. The tour is not suitable as a classic hut hike, as there are hardly any huts or pastures along the way. Therefore, between the third and the fourth day you have to plan a descent into the valley to spend the night there.The individual daily stages are classified as 'moderately difficult hikes'.Stage 1: Via the Golzentipp to the ConnyAlm
    14 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 2: Over the Tamerlanhöhe to Taufbad
    19 kilometers - 7 to 8 hours
    Stage 3: Ascent to the Milnatzensattel and descent into the valley
    6 km + descent - 3 hours + descent
    From Milnatzensattel there is a descent to the valley to stay overnight.Stage 4: On the Mussen to the Gailbergsattel
    16 kilometers + climb - 6 hours + climb

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  • Difficult
    36:30
    59.7 mi
    1.6 mph
    17,100 ft
    17,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From August 2018 you can enjoy a newly developed long-distance hiking trail in East Tyrol. The 2-Valley-Trail takes you on a distance of about 91 kilometers in seven days from East Tyrol over the Staller Sattel to the Italian South Tyrol. You walk along the old paths of mountain farmers, churchgoers and smugglers from Hopfgarten in Defereggental to Rasen in Antholzertal. The cross-border hiking trail runs neither in the valley nor exclusively on high alpine trails. Most of the time you walk on a medium slope through larch forests and across alpine meadows. You will enjoy the view, pass small mountain villages and visit rustic mountain huts. Great alpine panoramas are guaranteed, as you pass the Lasörling group, the Villgrater mountains and the Riesenferner group.The individual daily stages are classified as 'moderately difficult hikes'.Stage 1: From Hopfgarten over the Glanzalm to Maschlerhof
    12.4 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 2: Via alpine meadows and through small villages to St. Veit
    7.4 kilometers - 2 hours
    Stage 3: Ascent to Speikbodenhütte and on to St. Jakob
    11.5 kilometers - 4 hours
    Stage 4: On the Alpenblumen Panoramaweg to Maria Hilf
    14.8 kilometers - 5.5 hours
    Stage 5: Via the Staller Sattel to Antholzer See
    15,9 kilometers - 5 hours
    Stage 6: On the Mittertaler Höhenweg to Antholz-Mittertal
    15 kilometers - 4.5 hours
    Stage 7: Along the biotope Rasner Mösen to Niederrasen
    13.3 kilometers - 2.5 hours

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    642 mi
  • Duration
    418:35 h
  • Elevation
    205,150 ft

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Alpine bliss on the long-distance hiking trails in East Tyrol
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