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BACH IN THE LECHTAL

Discover a romantic white wilderness.

Austria knows how to do winter – fir trees heavy with snow, picture-postcard alpine villages, log fires and glühwein. The village of Bach, our base, combines undisturbed tranquillity with age-old customs. In the northern Tirol, between the Lechtal Alps to the south and the Allgäu Alps to the north, the village lies at just over 1,000m, with the surrounding peaks rising to well over 2,500m. The many side valleys allow us access to excellent snowshoeing routes.

One walk takes us through snow-covered meadows and spruce woods to the beautifully situated Wasealm Hut with views up the Grieß valley. On another day we head west to walk between the Kalbele and Körber Lakes – a walk described as “walking through hills covered in icing sugar”. The highlight of the week is a walk to the Bernardseck Hut, starting with a lift in a snow-grooming machine, for an included fondue lunch, then beyond towards the summit of the Muttekopf.

The hotel manager, an experienced snowshoe walking leader with an intimate knowledge of the area will normally lead most of our walks. We include all local transport for our snowshoeing programme.

The heady mix of clean air and beautiful mountains will, within a couple of days, cleanse both the body and mind. Back home you may experience ‘Mountain Withdrawal Symptoms’, guaranteed to draw you back time and time again.



WALKING GRADES


Grade 4 walks are normally full or half day walks which may involve cumulative ascent and/or descents of up to 600m. This holiday is from our Winter Spirit programme and will involve either a Winter Sport or Winter Walking.




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    22 Jan 2017
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    7
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    Grade 4/Snowshoeing
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    London (Heathrow), Birmingham, Manchester
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    29 Jan 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    22 Jan 2017 - 29 Jan 2017

    Day 1 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    We fly from London Heathrow to Munich. On arrival we transfer by road about 3 hours to Bach im Lechtal.

    Day 2 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    The Griessauer High Route. We take the free bus to Griessau to start this easy walk. On reaching a plague chapel we climb gently along the High Route, then descend to Grünau. After lunch we walk back through the snow-covered meadows to Bach.
    4 hours; 7km (4.5 miles); 250m ascent & descent


    Day 3 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    Wasenalm. A gentle climb through meadows followed by a somewhat steeper ascent to a mountain hut for lunch. In the afternoon we continue along the Mühlsteig back to the hotel
    5 hours; 7km (4.5 miles); 450m ascent & descent

    Day 4 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    Gibleralm Panorama Route. From Bach we walk to the Hofalm, then gradually upwards to the Gibleralm. From here it is a short walk to the Elbigenalm. We can return to the hotel via the meadows along the river Lech, or by using the free bus.
    5 hours; 6.8km (4.2 miles); 400m ascent / 500m descent.

    Day 5 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    Today is often taken as a free day. Whilst we have chosen Bach im Lechtal for the excellent moderate snowshoe walking on offer, other winter sports are available from Bach or in the general area.

    Winter walking – many of the summer hiking trails are prepared for winter walking. Whilst most of these are in the valleys, some go as high as mountain huts. There are 3 mountain huts around Bach, which are open in the winter and make good winter walking destinations.

    Cross country (‘XC’) skiing – There are 120km (80 miles) of prepared XC ‘Loipen’, one of which goes past the hotel. Many of the others can be accessed using the free bus in the valley between Steeg about 12km (8 miles) to the west and Forschach about 25km (16 miles) to the northeast.

    Downhill skiing - There is one chairlift in Bach, which gives access to a blue and a red downhill ski run (not included in the free bus pass). The nearest extensive downhill skiing is about 25km to the west in Warth which has 17 ski lifts. There is a free ski-bus to Warth which takes about 25 minutes. The road to Lech am Arlberg is closed in the winter.

    Please note that none of these activities will be included as a part of our holiday nor can we take any part in organising them. If you would like to take part in any of them you need to make sure you have adequate insurance and make your own arrangements locally.

    Day 6 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    Bernhardseck Hut & the Muttekopf. This walk should be the highlight of the week. We take a piste machine part way to the hut at 1812m, then continue at high level to the Muttekopf from where there is a tremendous mountain panorama. A cheese fondue lunch awaits us back in the hut, then after lunch there’s a long descent back to the valley.
    5 hours; 10km (6 ½ miles); 300m ascent / 1200m descent


    Day 7 - Hotel Grüner Baum, Bach im Lechtal
    Körbersee. We catch a bus to the Salober ski lift, then start our walk at nearly 1700. We walk from the Käbel lake to the Körberlake with the option to walk around the lake and explore the adjacent slopes. After lunch we climb to the ridge the descend back to the Käbel lake, then down by ski lift and back to the hotel by bus.
    4 hours, 8.5km (5.3 miles), 200m ascent & descent


    Day 8 -  
    We bid farwell to Bach and the mountains and return by coach to Munich Airport for the flight back to London Heathrow


  • Accommodation

    We stay in the very comfortable three-star family run Hotel Grüner Baum in the centre of the village. The hotel has its own sauna, which is free to guests.

    For an idea of the look and feel of the hotel, take a look at its website - currently only in German.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Half board en suite accommodation.
    • A large breakfast buffet and four course dinner with salad buffet in the hotel.
    • Services of a dedicated leader and a local snowshoeing guide.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • The ascent to the Muttekopf (2,100m), followed by a descent through woods and across snow-covered meadows.
    • Walking in pristine snow in the mountains.
    • Lunch stops in alpine huts, including fondue on one day (conditions permitting).
    • An evening (flaming) torchlight walk with glühwein.

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    Take a look at our other Winter Sports holidays.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c2hrs 30mins).
    • Flights Gatwick–Innsbruck (c2hrs), British Airways.
    • UK add on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.


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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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