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High-Alpine Trails in East Tirol

The wild and romantic landscape of the Eastern Alps lends itself to the most exhilarating of Alpine hikes. Lace up your boots and shoulder your backpack. Which of these spectacular trails will tempt you on your hiking adventure?

The Venediger Trail

Venediger Höhenweg, Osttirol © Österreich Werbung / Martin Betz Venediger Höhenweg, Osttirol © Österreich Werbung / Martin Betz Facts

Duration 6 days

Stages 6-7

Length 35.2 (56,8km)

Elevation uphill 11,856 ft (3,614m)

Altitude 6,561 - 8,202 ft (2,000 - 2,500m)

Starting point Car park in Ströden

Finishing point Matreier Tauernhaus

Difficulty rating Medium (partially difficult)

With its seven stages, breath-taking views and huts, this is one of the most beautiful high-altitude trails in East Tirol. You can choose to conquer just one or all of the seven stages of this trail which leads through some spectacular scenery. Highlights include a stop-off at the Essener-Rostocker Hut, located at 7,217 feet (2,200 metres). This social meeting point has many hikers congregating and sharing their personal experiences of climbing the mountain. Don't miss the perfect oasis of calm in a world of no cable cars, ski slopes or mobile phone reception around the Grossvenediger, as it rises to a height of 12,027 feet (3,666 metres). Circumnavigate this mountain and come across the Eissee lake - a turqouise sparkling gem between the steep walls. You can enjoy the view of the Grossvenediger without having to venture out on long climbs if you choose to just take a section of the trail. One of the most beautiful sights of the fifth highest mountain in Austria with all its glaciers can be seen from the Johannis Hut, which is easy to reach at only 6,958 feet (2,121 metres). It will take 2 hours of walking time from the car park at Wiesenkreuz in Dorfertal and is easily accessible for the elderly and children. You can reach it directly by using the taxi service available at mountain huts. On the second stage of the trail you can experience the Türmljoch which appears like a garden made of many small stone towers, as every passing hiker places a stone on the top of one of the towers, adding their mark to this bizarre landscape.

The 7 stages of the Venediger Trail

The 7 stages on the South Venediger Trail
Lasörling Hohenweg © TVB Osttirol / Claudia Isep Lasörling Hohenweg © TVB Osttirol / Claudia Isep

The Lasörling High Trail

The Lasörling High Trail starts in Matrei, and ends in Prägraten am Großvenediger at Virgental Valley. A number of multi-day hikes allow you to experience the outstanding beauty of this spectacular landscape, and one of its highlights is the Hohe Tauern National Park and everything it has to offer. You can tackle a section at a time of this trail which offers up fantastic opportunities for experienced hikers with summits such as the Lasörling Peak, the Zunigalm 6,056 ft (1,846 m) above Matrei and the 9,107 ft (2,776 m) high "Great Zunig".  A number of huts along the way, such as the Lasörling Hut (starting point for climbing the 10,164 (3,098 m) high Lasörlings), the Lasnitzen Hut with its beautiful view of the Großvenediger, the New Reichenberger Hut at the picturesque Bödensee and the Clara Hut against the backdrop of the impressive Rötspitze overlooking the valley to the Pebell and Islitzeralm 4,963 ft (1,513 m).

 
View of Grossglockner - the highest mountain in Austria. © Österreich Werbung / Peter Podpera View of Grossglockner - the highest mountain in Austria. © Österreich Werbung / Peter Podpera

The Glocknertreck

You can have your luggage transported along the way on the Glocknertreck. Set off with a mountain guide and a maximum of 12 people with pack horses from the Lucknerhaus, at the end of the Kalser Glocknerstraße, for a two-day hike. The horses won't accompany you after the Salmhütte 8,654 ft (at 2,638 metres), one of the region's oldest shelters.

From there, you'll set off alone for a night camp on Austria's highest shelter, the "Adlersruhe", which sits at 11,322 (3,451 m) above sea level. You'll start the second day with a hearty breakfast so that you're all set up to take on the firn ice ridge. With the professional support of a mountain guide, you'll climb to the Kleinglockner's summit edge. A narrow firn bridge, which separates you from the summit, is a challenge for even the most courageous mountaineers, but you'll be rewarded with incredibly breath-taking and memorable views once reaching the top.
On the Eagle Walk Hiking Trail © Tirol Werbung / Hans Herbig On the Eagle Walk Hiking Trail © Tirol Werbung / Hans Herbig

The Eagle Walk

The Eagle Walk stretches from the east to the west and runs through all of Tirol. It's shaped like an eagle with its wings outstretched over the high-Alpine world. There are a total of 33 daily stages to conquer that run through East Tirol.

The routes lead from the foot of the Großvenediger mountains to Kals am Großglockner, and the first 4 mostly overlap with the Venediger Höhenweg. All along the Eagle Walk you'll have the chance to take in the most spectacular natural highlights such as Zireinersee Lake, The Schleier Waterfall and the Lechtal Alps.

Wonderful Walking in East Tirol

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