Discover the Alpine beauty of the North and South Tyrol
Hiking over the Kitzbüheler Alps into the Hohe Tauern National Park
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the lush Valle di Casies as you cross into Italy
Finish in style at the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, symbol of the Dolomites
Stay in 3*** hotels and inns in charming Alpine towns and villages
Self-guided hiking from Kitzbühel to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
On this week-long walking holiday, you will hike across the North Tyrol of Austria to Italy’s South Tyrol. Your destination is the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (‘Three Peaks’ or, in German, Drei Zinnen). These three towering summits are the iconic symbol of the Dolomites.
The starting point for this Alpine crossing is Kitzbühel, known as the city of chamois. This Austrian town has a long winter sports tradition and is famous worldwide for its annual Hahnenkamm ski race. It is equally pleasant in summer, with fresh mountain air, pastoral green meadows, and crystal-clear lakes. The hiking trail leads over the Kitzbüheler Alps into the Hohe Tauern National Park, with its glacially shaped valleys and extraordinary floral diversity. The surroundings grow ever more rugged and slopes become steeper as you approach the glaciated giants of the Hohe Tauern, with the peaks of the Dolomites coming ever closer. Via the Gsieser Törl you finally cross from Austria to Italy. Past lush alpine meadows and huts, you descend into the beautiful Gsiesertal valley (Valle di Casies in Italian). Your hike culminates at the famous ‘Three Peaks’, located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the mighty Dolomites.
|8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS||From €815 per person sharing*
*A high-season supplement of €60 will apply to start dates after 19/07.
||Seven overnight stays in 3*** hotels/inns in en suite rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.|
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any Saturday, subject to availability, between June 6th and September 11th.|
|DIFFICULTY / TERRAIN||This tour is rated as moderate overall. The hike runs along marked mountain and hiking trails. The tour is suitable for anyone with a good basic condition. Climbing skills are not necessary. Larger climbs are overcome by cable car and it is possible to shorten the stages by using public transport and/or taxi. The hiking trip is suitable for children over 14 years.|
|WALKING WITH A DOG||Dogs are allowed in the accommodations on request, often for a small fee. Extra costs have to be paid on spot. Austrian law requires that dogs have to be kept on leash and have to wear a muzzle in public transport.|
Day 1: Arrival in Kitzbühel
Kitzbühel is a chic Alpine resort town which became known worldwide through the annual Hahnenkamm ski race. The town developed in the 16th century as a silver and copper mining town and still has a charming medieval centre. Kitzbühel is also famous as the hometown of the former ski racer and singer Hansi Hinterseer!
Overnight stay in Kitzbühel.
Day 2: Kitzbühel to Jochberg
Distance: 13 km | Ascent: 600 m | Descent: 426 m | 5½ hrs approx.
Starting from Kitzbühel, your first hiking day is a very pleasant route under the Kitzbühel Südberge Mountains You will pass many small villages and traditional farmhouses with wonderful floral decorations. The charming rural character of Aurach in Tyrol, with its peaceful hamlets and chapels and marvellous location at the foot of the mountains make this a very special place. Your accommodation tonight is in the idyllic village of Jochberg, under the majestic Großvenediger mountain and with a fine Baroque parish church.
Overnight stay in Jochberg.
Day 3: Jochberg to Mittersill
Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 790 m | Descent: 800 m | 6½ hrs approx.
A short transfer by shuttle bus is included this morning to take you to the starting point for your hike. You will continue your ascent into the Kitzbühel Alps via lush alpine pastures and the Gauxjoch ski lift. You will pass the idyllic mountain hut Trattenbachalm and the Hartkaserhöhe mountain pass, while enjoying stunning panoramic views in the high mountains. Along the hilltop runs the border between the two provinces of Tyrol and Salzburg. If you want to avoid the descent from the Resterhöhe, you can use the Panoramabahn Kitzbühler Alpen II to shorten some altitude meters (not included in the price).
A local bus will take you to the nearby town of Mittersill, where you will stay for the night in the beautiful surroundings of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Overnight stay in Mittersill.
Day 4: Mittersill to Matrei in Osttirol
Distance: 13.5 km | Ascent: 1225 m | Descent: 1025 m | 6 hrs approx.
Alternative 1: Venedigerblick – 8 km | Ascent: 575 m | Descent: 575 m | 3 hrs approx.
Alternative 2: Innergschlöß – 8.5 km | Ascent: 225 m | Descent: 225 m | 3 hrs approx.
In the morning, a transfer will take you from Mittersill to Hintersee. You can take some time to enjoy the serene green mountain lake with its gushing waterfalls before embarking on this demanding hike. The serpentine path leads you steadily uphill through the Trudental Alpine valley, passing numerous mountain lakes. This historic mule track over the Tauern is not just any old Alpine crossing, it is was formerly a very important transalpine trade route. At the highest point is the St. Pöltener Hütte, where you can relax and recharge your batteries after the long climb. When you reach Mattreier Tauernhaus, you can get to Mattrei by public transport.
Alternatively, you can start from the Mattreier Tauernhaus and take a loop walk along the wild Gschlößbach River to Innergschlöss, or to the Venedigerblick for wonderful views of the glacier world of the Großvenediger.
Overnight stay in Matrei in Osttirol.
Day 5: Matrei to Gsiesertal-Valle di Casies
Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 775 m | Descent: 775 m | 6 hrs approx.
Today you will say goodbye to Austria as you cross the border into Northern Italy.
A short transfer takes you to Mariahilf for the start of today’s hike. You ascend gradually on shaded forest paths to the alpine pastures and the Gsieser Törl, an old smuggler’s route between Austria and Italy. Here you will enjoy sweeping panoramic views over the valley to the Pragser Dolomites. You will pass numerous mountain huts on your way to the tranquil Gsiesertal (Valle di Casies in Italian), with many opportunities to try delicious local specialities like dumplings, Kaiserschmarrn and apple strudel. Even though you are now in Italy, you will find that many locals speak either German or the ancient regional Ladin language.
Overnight stay in Gsiesertal-Valle di Casies.
Day 6: Gsiesertal-Valle di Casies to Toblach-Dobbiaco
Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 475 m | Descent: 450 m | 4 hrs approx.
The tour continues southwards, and the Dolomites are now only a stone’s throw away. From the Gsiesertal, you continue uphill to Frondeign-Franadega. The path then meanders down to Wahlen-Valle San Silvestro. The valley widens and offers views to the peaks of the Neunerkofel, Haunold, Dürrenstein, as well as the Höhlensteintal valley.
You will spend the next two nights in the town of Toblach-Dobbiaco, gateway to the Dolomites and the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Overnight stay in Toblach-Dobbiaco.
Day 7: Loop walk at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen)
Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 350 m | Descent: 350 m | 4 hrs approx.
Alternative: 12 km | Ascent: 1100 m | Descent: 215 m | 5½ hrs approx.
Your final hiking day is a fitting finale and perhaps the highlight of the whole tour. You begin by taking the local bus (ticket included) to the Auronzo hut. Along the south side of the Tre Cime you first walk towards the Lavaredohütte and then up towards the Paternsattel. Here, at 2,454m, you can enjoy magnificent views of the 500m high northern walls of the Tre Cime. Next, you will make your way on to the famous Drei Zinnen Hütte before the trail leads you on to the Lange Alm and back to your starting point at the Auronzo Hut, from where you can catch a public bus to Cortina (included).
Overnight stay in Toblach-Dobbiaco.
Day 8: Departure
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services with us.
Getting to Kitzbühel
Departure from Toblach-Dobbiaco
|There is a direct bus to Innsbruck airport (2 hrs 15 mins). For bus timetables please see Alto Adige Bus.
You can get to Munich airport by bus via Vipiteno (5 hrs approx.) or by train via Fortezza (5 hrs approx.).
You can also reach Venice Aiport by bus via Cortina (4 hrs approx.)
For travel options from any other destinations please see Rome2Rio.com.
|Return transfers can be arranged to Kitzbühel if you need to pick up your car. Please contact us for info.|