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Trekking in Austria's Zillertal Alps

The Zillertal Rucksack Route, South Tirol Tour, Peter Habeler and Olperer Runde

Guide to four hut-to-hut treks in the Austrian Tirol: the 9-day Zillertal Rucksack Route/Berliner Hohenweg, the Zillertal South Tirol Tour and the Peter Habeler Tour (both 7 days) and the Olperer Runde Tour (6 days). With optional excursions to climb neighbouring peaks, some of which call for mountaineering skills and glacier crossings.


The summer Alpine season starts when the huts open in mid-June and runs through to the end of September. Snow can linger on north-facing slopes well into July. Mid-July through to mid-September tends to be warmer and more settled.


Mayrhofen, the main centre and starting point for the Zillertal Rucksack Route, is easily accessible by train and bus from Jenbach, Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg.


All tracks and trails are waymarked and frequently signposted. A good level of fitness is advised, but unless you intend to venture onto the glaciers or undertake the optional excursions, no special equipment or climbing skills are required.

Must See

The snow-capped peaks of the Hochfeiler and Grosser Moeseler standing proud along the frontier ridge that forms the Austria-Italy border; spectacular Alpine scenery, including over 40 peaks above 3000m
22 May 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.30cm

A guidebook to four hut-to-hut treks in Austria’s Zillertal Alps: the 80km Zillertal Rucksack Route (also known as the Berliner Hohenweg), the 54km Peter Habeler Runde, the 45km Olperer Runde and the 61km Zillertal South Tirol Tour. Suitable for experienced trekkers with good fitness, the routes showcase the region’s stunning mountain scenery.

The Zillertal Rucksack Route is presented in 9 stages, the Peter Habeler Runde in 7, the Olperer Runde in 6 and the Zillertal South Tirol Tour in 7. Also included are optional ascents of neighbouring peaks, including the region’s highest, 3510m Hochfeiler, some of which may require specialist equipment, mountaineering skills and experience of glacier crossing.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping
  • GPX files available for download
  • Elevation profiles for each trek
  • Comprehensive hut directory
  • Detailed summary of each day’s challenges and any potential hazards

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Allan Hartley Cicerone author AHARTL

By Allan Hartley

Allan Hartley has maintained his close links with Austria, which he discovered by accident in the early seventies in respite from atrocious weather conditions on the higher mountains of the western Alps. He has climbed extensively throughout the Alps, in east Africa and in the greater ranges in Nepal and Pakistan.

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