The perfect mountain holiday
26th Jun 2022 – 3rd Jul 2022
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Tour code: 19650
Last Modified: 1st December 2021
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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.
A week in the Stubai Valley has everything you could wish from a summer holiday in the Alps. The picturesque valley villages and surrounding hay meadows give way to woodland and high alpine pasture. Here cows roam, the views stretch far away down the valleys, and alpine huts dot the alms. We have a great selection of walks on offer opening up the magical world of the high Alps. Walking above Fulpmes, Neustift and Mieders, and at the southern end of the stubai valley, the Eisgratbahn top station (2,900m) gives us access to the Stubai Glacier, whose highest point is 3333m and is visible on many of our walks. We will never exhaust the almost endless selection of trails on offer. Cable cars to the Kreuzjoch above Fulpmes and the Dresdner Hut at the southern end of the valley open up the magical world of the high Alps.
Our base is Fulpmes, perfectly located in the Stubai Valley with just a 40 minute journey through the mountains from the beautiful city of Innsbruck which can easily be visited on a free day. Throughout the summer there is a Tirolean folk song and dance evening, plus brass band performances to enjoy.
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 is a grade 6 and 8 holiday where you can choose the grade of walk you wish to participate in on a daily basis depending on the group ability and size.
Our grade 6 programme includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with paths in some remote areas. The walks are on generally good paths and valley tracks. Some involve well used mountain and woodland paths, some of which are high and narrow in certain places. Some paths may be steep with rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent, and descent and are likely to be at the upper level of the grade. The maximum altitude reached on this grade is 3000m.
Our grade 8 programme is challenging with full days of walks up to 8 hours. Each day will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents, descents and sometimes scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights are essential as some walks involve steep mountain paths and ridges. Some of the paths may be exposed and there may be occasional streams to cross. Several of the walks may be at the lower end of the grade whereas some may be at the higher end grade 8. Distance will probably not exceed 12 miles but ascents and descents will normally be between 1000m and 1500m. The maximum altitude reached on this grade is 3000m.
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 Fulpmes
We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by private coach to the Alpenhotel Tirolerhof in Fulpmes.
Transfer Time = 3 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 the Stubai Valley, we will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples.
The Starkenburger Circuit (Grade 6): An incredibly picturesque high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding panoramic views of many dramatic glaciers and 3000m peaks. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut.
We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for a well deserved refreshment. A cable car takes us down the valley as for a pretty walk back to the hotel.
Stubaier Glacier and Wild Water Weg (Grade6): We take an impressive gondola up to 1500m to the glacier watershed between the Ötztal and Stubaital, with superb sweeping views over several spectacular glaciers. There's an optional visit to an ice cave, and the top platform of Stubia with coffee at the Jochdohle (3150m), Austria’s highest eating place!
We descend to the mid-station Dresden Hut terrace for early lunch with fantastic views, then to the valley to follow the ‘Wild Water Weg’, an impressive glacial riverside walk past the Grawa Waterfall, the widest waterfall of the Eastern Alps! The walk distance is variable due to distance walked along the valley – the whole wanderweg is up to 36km – we aim to walk to Doadleralm or Ranalt.
The Rotspitzel (Grade 8): A tough but rewarding walk from the rolling valley to the remote and wild Rotspitzel (2379m), which gives extradentary mountain views across the surrounding 3000m peaks. We will visit two remote and characterful alms en route. Expect steep tracks and mountain paths, an exhilarating day!
Wildeben (Grade 8): A memorable and enjoyable day, ideal for finishing the holiday! We take the cable car to Maria Waldrast to access the route up where we climb steadily to the col (Serlesjochl 2384m). A ladder allows us to climb to the steep stony summit path.
We return to the col, and continue with a steep descent over loose scree to reach Wildeben. Here we can stop for well deserved refreshments, perhaps a fresh mint tea! After a rest we descend to Fulpmes. Expect an enjoyable day with panoramic valley views, steep mountain paths, moderate to strong exposure and a ladder!
The Joint valley route (Grade 6 and 8): A pleasant walk on low level paths and tracks through flower filled meadows and alpine forest to reach the beautifully located Kartnallalm for lunch with a view. We continue downhill to the lush valley and follow the tranquil river to Neustift, from where we take the bus back to Fulpmes.
An excellent valley walk with dramatic mountains and glacier views. The grade 8 group will take a trail from Neustift to Fulpmes.
The Gloatsteig (Grade 6 and 8): This is a classic, mid-level Alpine traverse, starting in the pretty Schlicker valley at Froneben, reaching the Pfarrachalm for lunch with a view. We walk along some narrow paths, small scree areas and steep, constructed steps, with mild exposure. We'll experience super views across to the Kalkogel and over to Serles.
The grade 6 group start their day with a walk from the hotel before a descent via cable car to reach the start of the walk at Froneben.
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 bid farewell to Fulpmes and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.
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 Stubai Super 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 Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and provides free or discounted unlimited use of local transport, cable cars and other attractions such as day trips and swimming pools in the local valley. It includes 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.
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 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 Fulpmes are by private coach and will take approximately 3 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 expense.
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?
Clemens-Holzmeister Strabe 38 A-6166 Fulpmes Austria
0043 5225 62422
Fulpmes is a market town in Stubaital in the Tyrol of Austria, surrounded by green hills, rolling valleys and snow-capped mountains. It is an idyllic town with alpine buildings and houses, wooden architecture and pretty colourful flower filled window boxes. Fulpmes is a year round centre as its location is perfect for winter sports, hiking and mountain biking. Fulpmes is known for its century old tram line which connects the town to the regional capital of Innsbruck! Residents have an unusual dialect where the letter 'R' is rolled, sounding similar to American English, a very unique dialect for this region! There are many facilities in the town including restaurants, cafes, bakeries, shops, and mini supermarkets, perfect for an alpine holiday!
We stay in the four-star comfortable Alpenhotel Tirolerhof in Fulpmes. This charming and traditional alpine hotel is perfectly located close to ski lifts and local bus stops, and has spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding Stubai Alps. The Alpenhotel Tirolerhof has a complimentary mix of traditional and contemporary alpine beauty, decorated with colourful flowerboxes and rustic wooden furnishings. There is a restaurant and bar area, ideal for a well-deserved glass of wine after an extraordinary day spent in the Alps. The bar area features specially themed weeks during the year, such as a gin week! There is a wellness area with an indoor pool, sauna, fitness room with new Technogym equipment and massage treatments, perfect for relaxing after a days walk.
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. Rooms are stylish with wooden furnishing and include:
Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost. We enjoy buffet breakfasts each morning in the hotel with a selection of traditional and continental dishes such as farmers bread, regional sausages and cheeses, fruit, home-made jams and various hot drinks.
We enjoy plentiful and excellent four course dinners with a salad buffet starter in the hotels restaurant. The Alpenhotel Tirolerhof only uses sustainably, locally and regionally sourced and produced organic food to make its fresh traditional and international dishes. The hotel caters very well for special diets so please advise us at the time of booking of any dietary requirements. Coffee and cake are served on Sunday afternoons and there is a weekly all you can eat ice cream afternoon!
Lunches are not included in the holiday and can be purchased from local cafes or shops for a picnic.
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
The following maps cover our walking in the Stubaital and are easily available in the village.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
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.
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:
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 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.