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.
SeasonsThe 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.
CentresMayrhofen, the main centre and starting point for the Zillertal Rucksack Route, is easily accessible by train and bus from Jenbach, Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg.
DifficultyAll 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 SeeThe 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
Guide detailing four short Alpine hut-to-hut treks in the stunning Zillertal region of the Austrian Tirol. Included are the 9-day Zillertal Rucksack Route (also known as the Berliner Hohenweg), the 7-day Zillertal South Tirol Tour, the 7-day Peter Habeler Tour and the 6-day Olperer Runde Tour, as well as optional ascents of neighbouring peaks, including the region's highest, the 3510m Hochfeiler. Good fitness and experience of mountain walking is necessary, and some of the treks include long days, steep and uneven terrain and aided sections. The optional excursions may call for specialist equipment, mountaineering skills and experience of glacier crossing.
The routes are presented in day stages, each with notes on the particular highlights and challenges/hazards of the day's route. In addition to clear route description illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping and elevation profiles, the guide also includes a wealth of practical information on transport, mountain huts, recommended kit and safety. Since the welcoming huts of the Austrian Alpine Club are a particular highlight of the area, there is also a comprehensive hut directory listing all of the huts, with information on facilities, access and their fascinating history. Appendices contain useful contacts, a German-English glossary and further reading.
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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.View author profile
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