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The Stubai and Brandenberg Alps

from £1849
  • Product Code 19450
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking, Hutting And High Level, New Holidays, Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 8
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights


Holiday Highlights

  • Hike spectacular ridges and peaks over 2000m. 
  • Admire the panoramic views, the Stubai Glacier, dominating the landscape at its highest point of 3333m. 
  • Walk amidst the meadows and limestone mountains abundant with flora and fauna. 
  • Take a break in mountain huts with the glorious sweeping views of the surrounding 2000m and 3000m peaks. 
  • Explore another world of the high alps.
  • Relax in comfortable four-star hotels, ideally situated in typical alpine villages. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers 
      Half board en suite accommodation with coffee and cake 
      Two walks, two leaders, two grades on some dates 
      All local transport costs. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5/FL

  1. Day 1

    Fly from London Heathrow to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road (2 hours 40 minutes) to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulpmes for 7 nights.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

    The Autenalm Circuit. A lovely, gentle, very scenic, mid-level circuit using the Elfer cable car up to the start of the walk. We wander gently up to the Pinnistal Panoramaweg, around to the main valley and then take a narrower path gently downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we can have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path, we take the cable car to go down to Neustift, where we pick up the riverside path and walk back to Fulpmes. 9 miles (14.75km) ascent / descent 400m.

    The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing around the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to the middle station, and take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure enroute to the Starkenburger Hut. 8 miles (12km) ascent 250m / descent 980m.

    Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Elfer Hut. From here we pick up and walk along the Panoramaweg at around 2000m, until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance, before taking a gently climbing path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery. 7 miles (11.25km) ascent / descent 430m.

    A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently or take a day trip to Innsbruck. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.


  3. Day 8

    Today we say goodbye to Fulpmes and our 1 week companions and transfer from Achensee for our final week.

  4. Day 9 to 14

    Our programme can be flexible, but we normally include the following walks in our grade 5 week:

    The Achental
    This is a good introductory walk to the area, taking in both sides of the Achen valley and making a stop at the Zöhreralm, a mountain café with good views up and down the valley. 
    12.5km / 8.5 miles, 650m ascent & descent, 5 ½ hours

    The Rofanspitze (2259m)
    From Maurach at the southern end of the lake we take the Rofan cable car to the Erfurter mountain hut at 1834m. From here a walk through a magnificent open high-level valley, rising gradually to the peak of the Rofanspitze. The walk is undemanding but the views all the way along are sensational. The peak itself isn’t for those with no head for heights (and you can stop just before the summit) as there is a steep drop on one side; the views, however, are stunning – peaks, lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal. We return broadly the same way, but there are several paths which make the walk slightly different.
    7km / 4 miles, 450m ascent & descent, 4 hours


    Beside the Achensee
    We walk south from the hotel to pick up the path which runs most of the length of the western side of the lake. It’s mainly a good path, undulating a fair bit and with occasional steep drops down to the lake. Some of it is open, some through open woodland, and there is a great café at the Gaisalm half way along. The walk ends in Pertisau from where we catch the ships back to the northern end of the lake, then walk across the fields to the hotel.
    13km (8 miles), 400m ascent & descent, 5 hours

    Alms around the Zwölferkopf
    From Pertisau at the southern end of the lake we take the Karwendel cable car to the Zwölferkopf at 1480m. From here there are tremendous views north the entire length of the Achensee. A short distance away lies the hut at the Bärenbadalm, where we stop for a break. Our route continues to the west of the Bärenkopf peak to the hut at the Weißenbachalm which describes itself as one of the most beautiful alms in the Karwendel range. From here a broad track descends steadily through woodland and meadows to Maurach from where we catch the postbus back to the hotel.
    9km / 6 miles, 300m ascent / 800m descent, 4 -5 hours

    Hochiss (2299m) & Dalfazalm
    We return as on the Rofanspitze walk to the Erfurter Hut to start our walk to the highest peak in the Rofan range. We reach the Hochiss peak after a steady climb of about 2 hours. Amazing views await us – deep into the Bavarian Alps, the Karwendel range, the Wilder Kaiser and the ZIllertal Alps. Shortly after comes the peak of the Streichkopf (2243m) after which there is a 10m stretch through a steep rocky gully to descend with the assistance of a fixed rope. From here there is a delightful walk through high meadows to the café at the Dalfazalm with great views over the Achensee, then the path rises gradually back to the Erfurter Hut. Not a long walk, but one you want to savour.
    7km / 4 ½ miles, 620m ascent & descent, 4 ½ - 5  hours



  5. Day 15

    We bid farewell to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK. 

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Aktivhotel Donnerhof

We stay in the very comfortable, four-star family run Aktivhotel Donnerhof in Fulpmes. Elisabeth Villgrater and her team have made us very welcome here for many years. The hotel has a swimming pool partly inside and partly outside the hotel, table tennis and a lovely garden to relax in and is very close to a variety of small shops. Rooms are equipped with either a shower only or a bath and shower combined. The rooms have a TV, hairdryer and some of the rooms have a balcony. Wifi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

Buffet breakfasts are plentiful and excellent four course dinners (including a salad buffet and soup/ or a starter on alternate days) will be provided at the Aktivhotel Donnerhof. The hotel caters very well for special diets so please advise us at the time of booking of any dietary requirements. Lunches are not included; the hotel can provide packed lunches for €4.50 which can be ordered the previous evening. Alternatively you can buy picnic food in the local supermarket or buy food at the many mountain Alms / Huts, as you go. Coffee and cake and served on the terrace between 16:00-17:00.


Hotel Achentalerhof

We stay in the four star Hotel Achentalerhof in Achenkirch. The hotel is run by the Waldhart family and now being managed by their 3rd generation. The Achentalerhof is a very welcoming and comfortable hotel. Its location is perfect as some of the walks start and/or end at the hotel and a good public bus service travels up and down the valley. The hotels close proximity to the largest lake in Tyrol offers a cool down after a day of hiking.

The hotel as a 2000m2 garden park, a stylish vital area with an indoor pool and a south facing sun terrace with spectacular mountain views. Its Finnish sauna, steam bath, solarium, infrared cabin and spacious pine wood relaxation room are just another relaxing option after a day’s exploration. The sauna and steam need to be booked at least 30 minutes before you wish to use them. There is a games room with table tennis and table football. 

Rooms include bath or shower ensuite facilities, hairdryer, radio, telephone, flat screen TV and safe. Most rooms have balconies and twin rooms include Austrian style twin beds with one bedframe and two separate mattresses and bed packs. 
We dine at the hotel with a traditional buffet breakfast and typical Austrian 4 course dinner. We enjoy freshly grown vegetables and herbs from local organic farmers and from the hotel’s kitchen garden, where you can find various local herbs such as Oregano, Horse-radish and Melissa!  Lunches are not included but these can be taken as picnics or in local cafes.