Zillertal Alps High Routes Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade: 6

We’ve been welcoming guests to Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley for more than 30 years, so it’s an area that we know very well. The town has an excellent network of cable-cars and chairlifts which provide easy access to the surrounding mountains – the perfect start point from which to access high summits and passes. The challenge of walking across bare, rocky mountain terrain is amply rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. What goes up must come down – a chance to explore some of the area’s beautiful valleys. Walkers can enjoy a surprising array of Austrian cuisine in mountain huts even at the highest elevations.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy superb walks high in the wonderful Zillertal Alps
  • Stay at the utterly charming Hotel Waldheim, an excellent family-run hotel, which wins accolades from guests year after year
  • Marvel at glaciers and snow-capped mountains from the huge Schlegeis Dam
  • Discover remote Alpine valleys and high ridges
  • Visit the historic city of Innsbruck or take the narrow gauge cog railway to Achensee Lake on your free day
  • Use the network of cable-cars and chairlifts to provide easy access to high meadows and mountains
  • Stay for two weeks enjoying both walking itineraries or combine with Weidach on the Seefeld Plateau or Neustift in the Stubai Alps

What’s included

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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of the commanding summits on our programme include the towering Ahorn Spitz directly above Mayrhofen; Torhelm; Rastkogel; and Hoher Riffler. Our High routes holidays offer challenging high level walks. We aim to reach the 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 a high level of fitness and stamina are required, the rewards will be bird’s eye mountain panoramas and an immense sense of achievement. These High Routes holidays run alongside a regular Guided Walking week, and the walks are only available to those who have specifically booked a High routes holiday, however High Routers are free to choose one of the regular guided walks if you prefer something a little easier and group size allows.

Welcome to Hotel Waldheim in Mayrhofen. Unpack and settle in.

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

Total descent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

In summary: Starting in Mayrhofen we take a gondola to the summit of the Penkenjoch (2,095m), a superb broad summit. We then ascend Wanglespitze, going onto Grindlescharte then a minor scramble to the summit of Rastkogel (2,762m). From the summit we continue to Geiseljoch and finish in Lanersbach.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Rastkogel, an isolated peak with panoramic views and a refreshing drink on the way down.

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Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

Total descent:  4,500 feet (1,400m)

In summary: Our walk starts at Kuhle Rasr, crosses wild mountainous terrain and ascends to the summit of Torhelm (2,494m). The descent passes the Branberger Kolmhaus and continues down to Brandberg.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Torhelm with excellent views over the Gerloss and Ziller Valley.

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Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 3,600 feet (1,080m)>

Total descent: <3,600 feet (1,080m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Far reaching views to the valley below from the summit of Ahornspitze.

Frau wandert in den Bergen bei Sonnenaufgang im Zillertal.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel and take advantage of its wellness centre, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day include:

Mayrhofen: Enjoy a leisurely day visiting the shops with lunch in one of the pavement cafés. For a more active day there is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts just 5 minutes walk away from the hotel. Mountain bikes can also be hired if you would like to go cycling.

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers a variety of places to visit, which include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, cathedral and various churches.

Achensee: A popular excursion is to take the narrow-gauge railway to Jenbach and then the steam-operated rack and pinion railway to Achensee, an attractive lake with boat trips and easy walking options.

Innsbruck cityscape, Austria

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

Total descent: 3,300 feet (990m)

In summary: This superb walk is above the high Schlegeiss Dam and crosses over the Friesenberschartea pass at 2,910m between the Zamsergrund and the Tux valleys. The descent takes us to Sommerbergalm in the Hintertux area.

Highlight: Stunning and varied scenery and great mountain and glacier views. The route passes a great mountain hut.

Friesenberghaus Hutte Austria

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

Total descent: 4,400 feet (1,300m)

In summary: Starting at the head of the Stillup Valley, this magnificent route takes us high into the mountains, across the Lapenscharte Pass (2,700m) and down into the adjacent Floltengrund valley.

Highlight: Cross a high ridge on this walk and there is a possibility of spotting Ibex.

Im Floitengrund bei Ginzling/Österreich

We hope to see you again soon.

Hotel Waldheim - Zillertal Alps

Year after year the 4-star Hotel Waldheim has won accolades from our guests for its beautifully maintained accommodation, helpful service and wonderful meals. Monika Emberger and her family pride themselves on the quality of their hotel where they have been welcoming HF Holidays for more than 30 years. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a spa area with sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin.  


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
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Bath-robes
  • Hair dryer
  • Fridge


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, steam bath and infrared cabin; massages can also be booked at the hotel reception. Within five minutes’ walk from the hotel there is a leisure centre, (free to guests) which has a large swimming pool and tennis courts etc. For a small charge a heated pool is available. The hotel is located in a quiet area with views of the mountains but just a few minutes’ walk from town which has lots of amenities.

Food & Drink

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


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

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.

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.


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

Your Evenings

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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Getting to Hotel Waldheim - Zillertal Alps

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More Information

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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High Routes & Hutting
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