High Routes at Mayrhofen

Zillertal Alps, Austria

Code: GWLTL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Comfort
  • High Mountains

Level

  • Challenger
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

Relish the challenge of exhilarating high level walks that venture to high summits and cols that are normally ‘off-limits’ on our Guided Walking holidays. Using cable-cars and then rough and steep paths, that may be exposed or have fixed ropes, we’ll aim for some of the area’s best summits. Most holidays have opportunities to bag some 3,000m (10,000ft) peaks; a memorable achievement that you’ll want to savour.

8 to 13 miles with up to 4,500ft of ascent.

Some of the commanding summits on our programme include the towering Ahorn Spitz directly above Mayrhofen; Torhelm; Rastkogel; and Hoher Riffler.

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal.
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms

 

Accommodation

Year after year the 4-star Hotel Waldheim has won accolades from our guests for its beautifully maintained accommodation, exceptionally helpful service and wonderful meals. Owners Helga Pfister and her family pride themselves on the quality of their hotel which is situated in a quiet location; overlooking meadows and a few minutes walk from the village centre. The hotel has been welcoming guests from HF Holidays for more than 25 years.

This accommodation is branded 'Character and Comfort' as the hotel is considered to offer a warm welcome at the small friendly family-run hotel which offers a more personal and friendly service.

Bedrooms

Hotel Waldheim has 20 immaculate bedrooms. 

Twin beds are, as is normal in Austria, arranged as a large frame with separate mattresses and bedding.

All bedrooms at Hotel Waldheim have en-suite bathrooms with shower or bath, cable television, clock-radio, telephone, safe and bath-robes and hair dryer.

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Facilities

Hotel Waldheim has a spacious lounge, a comfortable bar, a ski/boot room which has heated boot rods and an area for drying clothing.

In the basement you will find a wellness centre with sauna solarium, massages can also be booked at the hotel reception.

 

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Food

Our holidays at Hotel Waldheim are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

Hotel Waldheim offers a self-service buffet breakfast with hot and cold options.

Evening meal

Dinner is a four-course meal plus a self-service salad bar. Guests are asked to select their choices for their evening meal at breakfast. There is always a vegetarian option available. Special diets can be catered for if requested in advance of the holiday.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Afternoon tea

The hotel provides complimentary tea and home baked cakes in the afternoon.

Lunch (payable locally)

It is possible to buy picnic lunches from the hotel and these should be ordered the night before. Alternatively you can buy ingredients for a picnic lunch from the shops in the village. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a café or mountain hut; your leaders will advise.

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening. However you may like to join your leader for a stroll into town, enjoy a round of crazy golf, or visit the local skittle alley. Your leader will check for any local events going on nearby or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat to your fellow guests. 

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Itinerary

High Routes: 8 to 13 miles (13-21km) with some rough, exposed, scrambly passages, scree sections, steep descents and up to 4,500ft (1,350m) of ascent in a day.

Our High Routes holidays offer challenging high-level walks. We aim to reach high summits and ridges that are usually out of reach on our Guided Walking holidays, these may be exposed or have sections of fixed ropes or ladders. Whilst high levels of fitness and stamina are required, the rewards will be a bird’s eye mountain panorama and an immense sense of achievement.


Some of the possible walks include:

Ahornspitze

At 2,973m, the magnificent Ahornspitze dominates Mayrhofen. We take the Ahorn cable car and ascend the upper 1,100m to the summit, with superb views of our village and the Zillertal far below.


Rastkogel 

A short journey to Finkenberg, and a gondola lift to over 2,000m, takes us up into the mountains west of  Mayrhofen. We ascend to the summit of Rastkogel, which offers fine views across the Zillertal.


Friesenberg Scharte 

This superb walk is above the high Schlegeiss Dam and crosses over a pass at 2,910m between the   Zamsergrund and the Tux valleys.


Lapenschartre and Floitengrund   

Starting at the head of the Stillup Valley, this magnificent route takes us high into the mountains, across the Lapenscharte Pass and down into the adjacent valley.


Torhelm and Kolmhaus

Torhelm mountain lies close to the great cone of Brandberger Kolm. Our walk, taking in the summit of Torhelm, crosses wild mountain terrain between the Gerloss and the Ziller valleys.


Els Alm and Gamshütte

This walk ascends into the area dominated by the superb Grinbergspitze. After rising from the valley, our path traverses the northern flank of the main peak.


Frauenwand and the Weitental

Starting from the cable car base station at Hintertux, this route climbs a delightful path through woods to join a high ridge walk up to the Frauenwand, and a descent through a wild Alpine valley.


Please note that the itinerary outlined above is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leader will brief you every evening about the next day’s walks.

Free Day

On your free day you may wish to visit the historic city of Innsbruck or take the narrow gauge railway to the Achensee lake.

Local area

An introduction to the area

The popular Alpine resort of Mayrhofen is located in the Tyrol region of Austria and has a deserved reputation for its superb walking in the surrounding Zillertal Alps. From Mayrhofen itself, it is possible to travel by cable car high onto the slopes of the Penken or Ahorn for panoramic walks through the beautiful meadows. There are also enjoyable walks along the wooded valleys to the nearby villages of Brandberg and Finkenberg.

Mayrhofen is an attractive little town built on flat land where the four main valleys meet. Many of the buildings are built in traditional Tyrolean style. The village is lively, with a variety of shops and facilities all within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.

Local Highlights

Mayrhofen - Mayrhofen is an interesting small town in its own right and you may prefer a leisurely day visiting the shops that line the attractive main street and perhaps enjoying lunch in one of the pavement cafés. If you are feeling more active then a large outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts can be found within a short walk of the hotel. Mountain bikes can be hired in the town and there are numerous options for self-guided walks. Alternatively you could take a ride on the narrow gauge railway (sometimes steam hauled) to Jenbach.

Innsbruck - Easily reached by bus or train, Innsbruck, the historic capital of the Tyrol, offers an interesting day out whichever week or weeks you are visiting Mayrhofen. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, the Royal Gardens, the cathedral and various churches of particular interest. Guided coach tours are available, whilst the old town is an attractive area for strolling and sightseeing.

Achensee - A popular excursion is to take the narrow-gauge railway from Mayrhofen to Jenbach, and then the steam-operated rack and pinion railway to the Achensee. Dating from 1889, this is the oldest steam-operated cog railway in the world. The Achensee itself is a particularly attractive lake, and boat trips or easy walks are available.

Krimml Waterfalls - Reached by bus, Krimml is a picturesque town set against a backdrop of densely wooded mountains that climb to heights of 3,000 metres. The waterfalls, 380 metres high, are the highest in Europe, and are a spectacular sight as they cascade down the entrance of the Krimmler Valley.

Hintertux Glacier - A regular bus service up the valley to Hintertux gives access to a series of cable cars up to the glaciers which lie at an altitude of over 3,200 metres (10,500 feet). If you’re feeling adventurous then skiing is available here throughout the year.

Shops & facilities:

There is a good variety of shops, including several supermarkets, bakeries, a chemist and local crafts. There is a full programme of summer events in the town, including concerts, dances and folklore events organised by the Mayrhofen Tourist Office. Sports Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, mini golf, tennis courts, ten-pin bowling, cycle hire and riding stables.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Munich airport.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.

The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Hotel Waldheim.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

 

‘Without flight’ holidays the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Munich airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £35.00.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

 

 

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

Reviews

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25 Jul 2015, 1:45 p.m.

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Overall good, but I had one or two issues with pre-holiday administration.

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I have completed this, but it refers to the wrong holiday. I went on the High Routes holiday at Mayrhofen, not the regular Guided Walking holiday. The two holidays took place in the same week.
23 Jul 2015, 9:32 a.m.

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Problem when booking holiday, error in invoice - but quickly sorted out.

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Can't fault the holiday at Mayrhofen. Hotel, walks, food, atmosphere - all 5 star.
5 Aug 2014, 12:30 a.m.

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excellent service, very helpful and understanding HF staff during booking.

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excellent choice of walk trails
excellent explanation of walks each evening.

excellent guides (*Staff names removed by Feefo*), friendly, approachable. very helpful to guests who's luggage's were lost.
escellent choice of hotel, superb hotel service, fantastic food.

Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £13 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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