Hiking in the Limestone Alps
27th Jun 2021 – 4th Jul 2021
- See website for other dates
Tour code: 19400
Last Modified: 22nd September 2020
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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 at some point 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!
Our 27th June departure will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flora. A local walking and flower expert will guide us during our walk on day 3 of the holiday. We'll learn about the plants and flowers, educating us ready for our week ahead.
Our departures on the 11th July, 21st August and 11th September are two grade, two leader tours where grade 6 and 8 walks can be enjoyed.
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.
We fly to Munich Airport and transfer by private coach to Achenkirch.
Transfer Time = 2 hours
Day 2 to 7
Day 2 to 7
Breakfast & Dinner
We enjoy a number of walks during our stay in Achenkirch. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walk examples below.
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 we walk through a magnificent open high-level valley, rising gradually to the peak of the Rofanspitze. The walk is undemanding but the panoramic views all the way along are sensational. The panorama from the grassy approach ridge and from the summit itself is out of this world – craggy peaks, tranquil 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 detours which make the walk slightly different. Either on this walk or the one to the Dalfazalm it is worth at the end putting in the 1 ½ hour detour to the Gschöllkopf, a peak just above the Erfurter Hut. From the summit there is a 360º view, and you can watch intrepid souls taking the Skyglider down to the hut.
Over the Kögeljoch. We take the local bus to Steinberg am Rofan, a village hemmed in by the mountains. Our path takes us initially through alpine woods, then into more open woodland before we reach the Schönjochalm. We reach our highest point at the collection of rustic huts at the Köglalm, from where there are glorious views of the turquoise lake below and the dramatic mountains rising from its western shore. From here we descend, steeply at times, to the northern end of the Achensee.
Above the Dalfazalm. The calming meadows above the Dalfazalm are rich in colourful flowers for much of the summer. Today we are accompanied by local flower and herb expert, Mischa, who knows the area like the back of her hand. From the top station of the Rofan cable car we follow a panoramic path to the Dalfazalm mountain meadow. Ascending from here along the Gentian Path we explore the open meadows in remote dramatic mountain scenery close to the rocky gateway in the mountains known as the Steinernes Tor. On the way back we call into the mountain café at the Dalfazalm which has its own farm.
The Feilkopf & Gerntal Meadows. 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 and finally alpine pasture higher up. The ascent to the grassy summit of the Feilkopf at 1562m is along an easy track. We then drop down to the idyllically located mountain café at the Feilalm before returning along a meandering forest track and then through the meadows and woodland of the Gern valley, passing farms at the Pletzachalm and Sennalm on the way, to Pertisau.
Around the Bärenkopf. The Bärenkopf is the dramatic mountain which dominates the southern end of the Achensee. The summit is beyond the grade, but there are views just as good, if not better, on the lower paths which we follow. Our walk starts and ends at the top cable car station of the Karwendellift above Pertisau. An easy path takes us to the mountain café at the Bärenbadalm. From here we ascend steeply, mostly through open alpine woodland, with plenty of places to stop and admire the panoramic views, to a ridge at just under 1900m. We descend this beautiful broad grassy ridge with classic views to the north of the Achensee, with the option for an afternoon break at the Weißenbachalm mountain restaurant.
On day 3, a local walking and flower expert will guide us during our walk. We'll learn about the plants and flowers during our day, educating us ready for our week ahead. During the week there will be a free day offered to allow you to further explore the area independently. You will be provided with a local Achensee Card where you will receive free transportation on local buses which means you can travel around the area at ease. 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. Maybe take a local bus to a gondola to reach a mountain cafe for lunch with a view. Maybe take a relaxing walk along the Achensee or treat yourself to a boat ride across the lake (approximately 20-35 euros per person).
We say goodbye to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight home.
Walks & Excursions
Local Transport Costs
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.
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.
Your Travel Details
Return flights are with British Airways between London Heathrow and Munich. Regional flights from Manchester to Munich and return are available on some dates with Lufthansa. Please be aware that the transfer vehicle on arrival and departure serves both flights so there may be a wait at the airport. We transfer by private coach to Achenkirch which takes approximately 2 hours.
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.
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 relaxing 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!
Rooms include bath or shower with en-suite facilities, hairdryer, radio, telephone, flat screen TV and safe. Most rooms have balconies and twin rooms include Austrian style twin beds with one bed frame and two separate mattresses and bed packs.
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 dine at the hotel with a large traditional buffet breakfast and typical Austrian five course dinner. Our dinners will consist of 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
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
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
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
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Find out more
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.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
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.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth 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:
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.
The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.