Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

On this extraordinary family adventure through Germany, Austria and Italy, cross the mighty Alps on one of Europe's most ancient mountain trails. Hike along magnificent flower-filled valleys to the Anhalter hut and greet grazing cattle along the way. Witness hanging glacier tongues as you hike to the Braunschweiger hut, where snow and ice are present year-round. Trek to the highest point of the journey at 9,829 and spot ibex, marmots and chamois in the panoramic Otz Valley landscape. From Timmelsjoch, head down along old smuggler trails to Italy and wrap up with a visit to Bozen's 5500-year-old ice mummy. At the end of each challenging day, treat yourself with a swim in the outdoor pools, or join in song over a beverage at a high mountain hut!

  • Hike 30 miles of Europe's famous long-distance trail from the Bavarian Alps to Tyrol

  • Witness majestic glaciers, flower-filled meadows, and fuzzy marmots as you journey from hut to hut - the perfect introduction to the Alps

  • See Otzi the Iceman, an ancient mummy preserved in ice for over five millennia

  • Arrive: Munich, Germany
  • Depart: Munich, Germany
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Group Size: 4-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 13 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Munich & Transfer to Oy-Mittelberg

    Arrive at the Munich International Airport (MUC) in the morning or meet at the Best Western Hotel Atrium in Munich by 9am. Your adventure begins with a private bus transfer to the charming mountain village of Oy-Mittelberg. After checking into the hotel, we'll explore this idyllic place before meeting for a welcome dinner this evening.

  • Day02

    Hike from Oberstdorf to Kemptner Hut

    After a rich Bavarian breakfast, take a scenic hour-long bus ride to Oberstdorf, Germany's most southerly winter sport resort. From here, hike along a creek with old avalanche debris, and then steeply up through a wild canyon to above the tree line. Reach the traditional Kemptner mountain hut, perched at 6,049 feet, known for its excellent food. In the afternoon, the kids can have unplugged fun looking for marmots and ibex in this remote area. At a three-course dinner this evening, sit together with fellow hikers from all over Europe.

    • Accommodation: Kemptner Hut
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 2,820' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 50-minute private bus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Descend to the Lech Valley

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the mountain hut and start the day with a 45-minute uphill hike to the Madelejoch, the border between Germany and Austria. Take family pictures here and then hike downhill, crossing a high suspension bridge, refreshing at scenic creeks, and finally reaching the Tyrolian village of Holzgau. If it's a hot day, unwind with a swim in an outdoor pool this afternoon.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Neue Post
    • Activity: 3.5 hours/5 miles hiking with 490' elevation gain & 3,116' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike to Anhalter Hut & Ride the Gondola to Venet Hut

    This morning, set out through a picturesque valley dotted with alpine flowers up to the Anhalter mountain hut, passing grazing cows with their cowbells ringing, and horses along the way. Have a hearty lunch at the hut and continue up to the Steinjochle before descending to the road. Board the bus awaiting there for a drive to the village of Zams in the Inn valley and take the gondola to reach the next overnight destination: the Venet mountain hut at 7,217 feet, offering dazzling views over the Austrian Alps.

    • Accommodation: Venet Hut
    • Activity: 5 hours/6 miles hiking with 2,920' elevation gain & 1,640' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 45 minute private bus transfer & 15-minute gondola transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Hike from Inn Valley to the Village of Wenns

    Today follow the mountain ridge that crosses several summits to Mount Venet (8,202'). Hike above the tree line all day, with only moderate ascents, so you can fully enjoy the astounding alpine views all around. Have lunch at the Larcher Alm and continue the hike to the Pitztal Valley and the pretty village of Wenns. Enjoy some time in the afternoon to stroll around, do a little shopping, or unwind at the hotel spa.

    • Accommodation: Pitztaler Hof
    • Activity: 4.5 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,250' elevation gain & 5,085' loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Hike to the Otz Valley Glaciers

    Take a private bus to the end of the Pitztal valley, then follow the trail on a scenic hike along a waterfall and glacier tongues hanging on steep walls. Reach the Braunschweiger hut and take in majestic views of year-round snow and ice. After lunch, scramble to the ridge and the highest point (9,829') of the trip. Look out for the long-horned ibex, traverse some snow, descend to the ski area where scenes from the James Bond movie Spectre were shot, and then take a bus all the way down to Solden.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Neue Post Solden
    • Activity: 5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 3,600' elevation gain & 1,150' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private bus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Hike Historical Tyrol from Austria to Italy

    After a hearty breakfast, take a short private bus transfer to an elevation of 6,561 feet, then climb up to the Timmelsjoch at 8,530 feet. From this spectacular peak, descend along old smuggler trails down into Italy. Have lunch before the drive to Meran, where the trek ends.

    • Accommodation: Europa Splendid Hotel
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 985' elevation gain & 2,950' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Marvel at the Ice Mummy in Bozen & Return to Munich

    After breakfast, take the bus to Bozen to visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and marvel at Otzi the Iceman from only a few feet away. This stunning 5500-year-old mummy, miraculously preserved in ice, was discovered by two German hikers in 1991. From Bozen, head back to Munich, arriving in the late afternoon. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in one of the city's famous beer gardens.

    • Accommodation: Atrium Hotel
    • Activity: Museum tour
    • Transportation: 4-5 hour private bus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Depart from Munich

    After breakfast at the hotel this morning, take a transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been inspiring adventure seekers for 50 years. Our new family adventures make it easy to explore with the ones you love.

Reason #02

Our expert guides have years of experience leading family trips in these mountains and will look out for the safety of the group at all times.

Reason #03

This 40 mile hut-to-hut adventure is a demanding but rewarding introduction to hiking in the Alps for all ages.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Hiking through stunning alpine scenery, culture and history tours, gondola rides, and museum visits.

  • Lodging

    European-style hotels with swimming pools (where possible) in charming mountain towns, and traditional mountain huts - a true Alpine experience!

  • Climate

    Summertime in Austria can be quite warm, but the mountains have their own weather system. Be prepared for daytime temperatures in the 70's or 80's, but with the possibility of rain or even snow. Bring your layers!

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    You will be met by your guides or an MT Sobek representative at the Munich International Airport in the morning of Day-1. We'll make our way to downtown Munich to meet guests who arrived early.

  • What makes this a family adventure?

    This trip includes plenty of adventure, with the intention of bringing families together in the outdoors. Our family trip leaders have experience guiding families. We select accommodations that we hope kids will enjoy and offer meals that are healthy and appealing to younger folks.

  • Is it possible to skip a day of hikng?

    This trip is designed for people who intend to hike each day. If there is an exceptional case where someone needs a lift, we can arrange for a taxi transfer.

  • Do you provide hiking poles for this trip?

    We do not supply hiking poles. If you prefer to use hiking poles, we recommend that you bring your favorite pair from home, or plan to purchase poles on arrival in Munich.

  • Are there hairdryers at the mountain huts?

    Mountain huts do not typically provide hairdryers. We recommend that you bring a small, lightweight travel hairdryer with an electrical adapter, or else skip the shampoo and use a hairband during the day.

  • Do we need to bring our own sleeping bags for the mountain huts?

    You do not have to bring a sleeping bag. You will be sleeping in beds with blankets.

Dates & Pricing

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    Aug 07 - 15, 2019
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    Aug 05 - 13, 2020
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$5,395.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $700.00 Single Supplement
  • $-250.00 Child Discount (age 17 and under)

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • Age-appropriate welcome gifts for minors
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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  • "I have taken 12 trips with MT Sobek. Each has left a positive imprint on me-widening my view of the world and its peoples."

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