Hiking in the Limestone Alps
3rd Jul 2022 – 10th Jul 2022
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Tour code: 19400
Last Modified: 2nd September 2021
See what's planned
If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on The Stubai & Achensee.
The area where this holiday is set surrounds the beautiful turquoise waters of the Achensee, the largest lake in the Tirol, at the centre of the Brandenberg Alps. All of our walks will have views of the beautiful lake. The area where we walk can be split roughly into three – Achenkirch where our hotel is to the north of the lake with generally easier mountains, the Rofan mountains with several accessible peaks to the east, and the Karwendel range to the south and west.
Achenkirch is a pretty alpine village with traditional buildings, window boxes and spectacular scenery. In winter, Achenkirch is ideal for winter sports whereas summer is perfect for hikes and rides across the lake on a sailing boat or traditional steamboat! It is an ideal all year round destination! The mountain rock is limestone throughout, so the flowers are wonderful. Marmots and chamois can pretty well be guaranteed and ibex are sometimes seen in the Karwendel. There are plenty of mountain cafes with beer and cake and terraces from where you can soak up the views!
This holiday is offered at Grade 6 and 8 with two leaders where you can choose the grade of walk you wish to participate in on a daily basis depending on the group ability and size. Please check individual holiday dates for more details.
What's not included?
This grade 5 flower holiday includes walking routes at the top of the grade with short sections of mild exposure so you do need a head for heights and must be sure-footed. Typically, such sections occur along a well-made path where for 10 to 20 metres there is a drop to one side. Expect full days with up to 6 hours of walking between 6-10 miles. We use local buses and cable cars to access our walks. It really is a walker’s paradise – from the top of the Rofan cable car lift alone there are 150km of marked paths. The Achensee is at a height of 900m; using the Rofan Lift which takes us to the Erfurter mountain hut at over 1800m, peaks well over 2000m become accessible. This departure date will appeal to gardeners, nature lovers and photographers alike. The walks will be a slower pace so you will have plenty of time to appreciate some of nature's finest wild blooms. Your enthusiastic leader will adjust the pace to suit the interests of the group, though may not be a flower expert. On our second walk we will be accompanied by a local flower and herb expert, Mischa. We will learn about the local flora and enjoy the beautiful views. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 2259m. Please see the itinerary section for more details.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Welcome to Achensee
We fly to Munich Airport and transfer by private coach to the pretty alpine village of Achenkirch.
Transfer Time = 2 hours
Day 2 to 7
Day 2 to 7
Breakfast & Dinner
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.
During our time in Achenkirch, we will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples.
Alms & Huts (Grade 6): Today we explore the summer pastures (‘Almen’) and mountain huts to the north west of the hotel. We start with a steep climb through alpine forest, past the small farm at the Bründlalm to the Jochalm hut, owned by our hotel. From here we continue to the idyllically situated Seewaldhütte, set amidst open woodland. We then traverse across the open hillside with sweeping views to the Kleinzemmalm.
We decend to meet a forest track which takes us back to the hotel, towards the end following the tranquil Unteraubach river. This track follows what is known as the Tirolean Stone-Oil Experience path. Stone oil has been ‘mined’ in the area since 1902 and has all sorts of health-giving properties.
The Feilkopf & Gerntal Meadows (Grade 6): The Feilkopf is the lowest peak in the area; from the summit there are excellent panoramic views over the southern end of the Achensee. We start by walking up the Gern valley from Pertisau, then follow a narrow path which enters open woodland as we ascend. The ascent to the grassy summit of the Feilkopf at 1562m is along an easy track.
We arrive at the idyllic Gütenbergalm meadow, the perfect place for lunch with a view. A steep zig-zag path takes us down the other side of the ridge through woods to the lush Gern valley. From here we follow paths through the flower filled meadows and alpine woodland of the Gern valley, passing farms at the Gernalm, Pletzachalm and Sennalm on the way, to Pertisau.
Vorderunnütz (Grade 8): The Unnütz ridge (2078m) soars above the village of Achenkirch! This walk goes to the southernmost and highest of the three peaks. We take the local bus round to Steinberg, then climb along woodland tracks to around 1500m. From here to the summit the terrain is rougher, but with excellent open panoramic views of the valleys and Achenkirch below.
From the summit we drop down the south ridge for refreshments at the Köglalm, from where there is a sharp descent back to the northern end of the Achensee.
Gschöllkopf & Hochiss (Grade 8): Returning to the top station of the Rofan cable car, we start with the straightforward ascent of the Gschöllkopf (2299m) from where there are excellent views down over the tranquil lake, back into the Rofan mountains and west into the Karwendel mountains. An ascent takes us to the Hochiss (2299m)... easy at first, the path becomes steep and eroded, but the dramatic views from the grassy peak makes it all worthwhile. You can see as far at the glaciers of the Ziller and Oetz valleys.
We scramble down the rake known locally as the ‘Rotes Klamml’, then it’s a straightforward descent through wild terrain to the hut at the Dalfazalm. We continue steadily down with panoramic views of the lake, over the Durraalm to Maurach.
Stanserjoch & Bärenkopf (Grade 6 and 8): Today we walk in the dramatic Karwendel Mountains. The Bärenkopf (1991m) is the mountain which dominates the southern end of the Achensee. The views back across the Achensee from various points on the walk are the most famous and picturesque ones in the area.
The grade 6 group walk starts and ends at the top cable car station above Pertisau. An easy path takes us to the mountain café at the Bärenbadalm. From here we ascend steeply, mostly through open woodland, with plenty of places to stop and admire the panoramic valley views, to a ridge at just under 1900m. From here there is some light scrambling before the easy final ascent to the summit. The sweeping views from the top, over the Achensee, the Karwendel mountains to the west and the Rofan range to the east are magnificent. We descend a beautiful broad grassy ridge with classic views to the north of the Achensee, with the option for lunch or an afternoon break at the Weißenbachalm mountain restaurant.
The grade 8 group ascend to top of the Karwendel by lift and climb steadily to the Weißenbach saddle, then more steeply to the Stanserjoch Ridge (2102m). The summit affords a great view back over the Achensee, deep into the Karwendel mountains, and up and down the rolling Inn Valley. Back down at the saddle we ascend the broad ridge towards the Bärenkopf (1991m), with the odd easy scramble on the way to the summit. The panoramic views along the entire length of the Achensee are memorising. A steep descent with mainly open views brings us to the Bärenbadalm for refreshments, before we descend back down to the valley.
The Rofanspitze & the Vorderes Sonnwendjoch (Grade 6 and 8): From Maurach at the southern end of the lake we take the Rofan cable car to the Erfurter mountain hut at 1834m. From here we follow a path through a magnificent open high level valley, rising gradually to the dramatic peak of the Rofanspitze (2259m). The walk is undemanding but the alpine 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 sweeping views are stunning, with craggy peaks, tranquil lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal.
The grade 6 group return the same way, but there are several paths which make the walk slightly different. It is worth at the end putting in the 1 ½ hour detour to the Gschöllkopf (2039m), a peak just overlooking the Erfurter Hut. From the summit there is a 360º view, and you can watch intrepid souls taking the Skyglider down to the hut.
The grade 8 group take a path towards the Sagzahn taking the rocky traverse around the peak, before walking the length of the magnificent grassy ridge to the Sonnwendjoch (2224m). A steep descent to the Schermsteinalm is followed by a steep ascent to the Krahnsattel, from where it is a short distance back to the Erfurter Hut.
Free Day: There will be a rest day offered during the week for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Austria, such as:
We say goodbye to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight home.
Walks & Excursions
Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks
On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.
For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.
The Achensee Card
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
The local Achensee Card is included in the cost of the holiday and provides free or discounted use of the local buses and cable cars in the area, which means you can travel at ease. It also provides discounted rates for local attractions such as museums and boat trips. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the gondolas for the start of the walks. You may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Austria
The currency in Austria is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
Your Travel Details
Return flights are between London and Munich. On dates where regional flights are offered please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport until all flights have arrived as the transfers may be combined.
Transfers between Munich and Achenkirch are by private coach and will take approximately 2 hours. During the week we'll travel by foot, bus, cable cars and chairlifts.
Please be aware that if you do arrange your own travel arrangements, other airports may more appropriate for you to fly in to. Innsbruck airport is a shorter transfer to the hotel. Although you will not be able to use our complimentary transfer, there are plenty of public buses, trains or taxis available for you to use instead, at your own cost.
If you intend joining and leaving the party in Austria, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
House Number 115 Tyrol 6215 Achenkirch Austria
+43 5246 5303
Achenkirch is a pretty alpine village with beautiful scenery and access to miles upon miles of hiking routes, perfect for our holiday! Achenkirch is small in terms of facilities. There is a supermarket approximately 15-20 minutes walk away and a few small sport shops. Pertisau and Maurach are villages just a short 15-20 minute bus ride away. Pertisau is set on the lakeside and is extremely picturesque. Here you can find an information centre and various shops and cafes. Maurach is larger with many large supermarkets, sports shops, banks, ATMs and cafes.
We stay in the four star Hotel Achentalerhof in Achenkirch. The hotel is run by the Waldhart family and now being managed by their third 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. The bus stop for buses up and down the valley stops right outside the hotel.
The hotel has 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 delightful option after a day’s exploration. The sauna and steam room 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. The hotel also has a large bar area for relaxation!
The hotel has a supply of walking gear such as poles, waterproofs and maps for the use of hotel guests. There is no guarantee, however, that they will have your size, so please make sure you take your own.
We stay in contemporary twin and single bedded rooms. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical 'Austrian type beds' which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Facilities include:
Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost. Breakfast is taken in the hotel restaurant, serving a selection of hot and cold dishes such as farmers bread, regional sausages and cheeses, fruit, home-made jams and various hot drinks.
We enjoy a typical Austrian five course dinner in the hotel restaurant. Typical dinners will include an appetiser, soup, salad buffet, main course and dessert. 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 mountain restaurants. The hotel is happy for you to make up sandwiches and take fruit from the breakfast buffet to make up your lunch at no charge. They also provide hot water for you to fill up flasks if you want a hot drink to take on the walk.
Footwear & Kit List
Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Austria
In Austria the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful.
Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK.
Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
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Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Austria
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Austria. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
EHIC & GHIC Cards
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
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We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.
Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.
Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.
Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.