Hiking tour Garmisch – Innsbruck: Alpine crossing through the Wetterstein and Karwendel mountains

8 Days

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You have been dreaming of crossing the Alps for a long time?

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Although this tour brings you “only” over the Wetterstein and through the German-Austrian nature park of the Karwendel Mountains to the first main ridge of the Northern Alps over the Inn Valley. But still!

In eight days you will experience the Bavarian hospitality, the breathtaking wild beauty of the Northern Alps and the historical cultural area of Southern Bavaria in an inimitable intensity. Yes. You will feel the tour in your legs – and yes, it will pull you back to continue this tour one day all the way to Merano in South Tyrol. Welcome to the realm of the mountains!

The lush green mountains of Bavaria are among the most beautiful natural formations of the Alps. Gorges and deeply cut valleys lead up to the alpine pastures and peaks of the Wetterstein and Karwendel mountains. Impressive views await you on your trekking tour – always framed by a rugged, wildly romantic mountain backdrop. The choice of peaks, high-altitude trails and cozy mountain huts is almost inexhaustible.

You cross the Karwendel National Park up to the Nordkette. From there you float towards the end of the tour without any descent pains 😊 with the cable car into the valley to Innsbruck.

Tour character

Demanding trekking tour with tours from 4.5 to 7.5 hours. They partly hike in the high alpine area. Please bring surefootedness and hiking experience. You will notice – a good condition comes to you pass. You can find hints and tips on our Requirements page. Shortcuts by mountain railroad and public transport are partly possible.

Please note: The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.


You will stay overnight in typical regional, very good middle class hotels of the 3*** category. Two nights in a mountain hut in a shared room.


Daily breakfast buffet or extended hiker breakfast included.



Both Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck are easily accessible by train. Regional and long-distance traffic connects the two cities directly, mostly at hourly intervals. You are on the road for about 1.5 h. And – the return journey by train is a real experience. You did all of this on foot. Chapeau!

For information on schedules, visit www.bahn.de or www.oebb.at.

You will find your starting hotel a few minutes walk from the train station.

Car & Parking

Parking possible in unguarded public parking lot near the hotel. Limited hotel parking spaces are available, unfortunately pre-booking is not possible.

Country information

Please note our travel advice for Austria on the overview page Country Information.

Day by day

Arrival :
Day 1

Individual arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Travel – best by train – to the famous winter sports town of Garmisch-Patenkirchen in the land of the Zugspitze. Enjoy the air, the peace, the panorama of the mountains and the Bavarian hospitality on the first day of your trip.

Round hike Höllentalklamm :
Day 2

Circular high-altitude trail, “Höllentalklamm,” 12 or 18 km, 1,500 m ↑, 550 m ↓, approx. 7 h

Stretch your lazy bones and get familiar with the world of the mountains on this “introductory tour” on day 1. We have a great trail suggestion for you parad:

You climb deep into the wildly romantic Höllentalklamm gorge and up to the Höllentalangeralm mountain pasture at the foot of the Zugspitze. Along the high trail high above the gorge your tour leads to the Hupfleitenjoch and across alpine meadows to the Kreuzeck. For the overnight stay in Garmisch you go downhill by cable car.

Garmisch - Schachenhaus :
Day 3

Hike Garmisch – Schachenhaus – Wetterstein Mountains, 12 km, 1,300 m ↑, 200 m ↓, approx. 5 h

First it goes again through a gorge at the foot of the Wetterstein. A hiking trail leads you steeply up the Königsweg to Schachen Castle: Greeting and homage built by King Ludwig II. Rather plain from the outside, it houses the most magnificent rooms inside.

We spend the night in the cozy Schachenhaus.

Schachenhaus - Scharnitz :
Day 4

Hike Schachenhaus – Scharnitz, 12 km, 900 m ↑, 1,800 m ↓, approx. 5 h

The climb to the pass and the hike to the border hut offer everything that makes mountain hiking so wonderful. Afterwards, the route continues downhill into the Leutasch valley and on to Scharnitz.

First you cross a rocky landscape and later you hike through a small valley and at the end again a pass awaits you.

You can shorten the last part of the way in the valley by bus.

Scharnitz - Halleranger Alm :
Day 5

Hike Scharnitz – Halleranger Alm, 5 or 20 km, 800 m ↑, 50 m ↓, approx. 6 h

A transfer will take you to the Karwendel Valley. The Isar River rises here between steep rock faces.
If you wish, you can also walk up the valley. Then you will be on the road for a total of about 20 km.

Afterwards, a leisurely hike to the Halleranger Alm awaits you. Now make yourself a comfortable day or hike up to the Überschalljoch. You will spend the next two nights at the Halleranger Alm.

Summit hike Karwendel Mountains :
Day 6

Summit hike Karwendelgebirge Speckkarspitze, ~ 8 km, 800 m ↑, 50 m ↓, approx. 6 h

Today you are spoiled for choice: a relaxing day of rest at the hut or several, exciting summit hikes in the beautiful Karwendel mountains.

Depending on your mood, choose one of our hiking suggestions to the surrounding peaks such as. to the Speckkarspitze or to the Sunntiger Spitze or to the Überschalljoch – or simply let your soul dangle.

Halleranger Alm - Innsbruck :
Day 7

Karwendel traverse: Halleranger Alm – Innsbruck, ~ 14 km, 1,000 m ↑, 500 m ↓, approx. 6 h

A wonderful high-altitude trail leads you over several yokes and passes to the well-known Nordkette.

Some steep sections require surefootedness and endurance. Afterwards you will hike in the high altitude rush to the mountain station of the Hafelekar. From there, the mountain railroad will take you downhill to Innsbruck like an emperor.

Innsbruck and journey home :
Day 8

Stay a while longer – we will be happy to organize an extra night for you – or set off on your individual journey home. The railroad connects Innsbruck and Garmisch with the Rergio and long-distance traffic.

For information on schedules, visit www.bahn.de or www.oebb.at.


included in the travel pact

  • Overnight stays as mentioned, in the mountain huts overnight stay in shared room
  • rich hiker breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (except for overnight stay at Schachenhaus !)
  • 1 Kreuzeck cable car descent
  • 1 Transfer to the Karwendel Valley
  • 1 descent Nordkettenbahn: Hafelekar - Innsbruck
  • Best elaborated route guidance, detailed travel documents 1 x per room (DE, EN), navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

not included

  • Tourist tax, if due, not included in the tour price!
  • Directions, return and return transfer Innsbruck - Garmisch

Dates and prices

Departure 2024: every Friday and Sunday in the …
Season 1 14.06. – 23.06. and 26.08. – 22.09.
Season 1 24.06. – 25.08.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2
Double room with breakfast / pers 840 € 940 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.090 € 1.190 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Garmisch double room with breakfast 90 € 100 €
Extra night in Garmisch single room with breakfast 160 € 170 €
Extra night in Innsbruck double room with breakfast 90 € 90 €
Extra night in Innsbruck SR with breakfast 160 € 160 €
Please book “Extra night in starting point” for Garmisch and “Extra night” for Innsbruck.


Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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