Zillertal Alps High Routes Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade: 6
from £1,349pp with flights

Mayrhofen is our longest running European destination - we've welcomed guests here for more than 30 years. We’re proud to have a family-run resort that our guests have fond memories of, which can be rekindled again and again. The area is as Alpine as Austria gets and this guided walking holiday in the Zillertal Alps lets you experience the mountains in traditional style. You'll find out that while Mayrhofen is famous for winter, it also has everything you could hope for when it comes to summer walking: shapely peaks, good paths and a range of strolling routes at low level and higher paths to explore the slopes, pastures and peaks. There's even summer cable cars to enable a head start to the summits. The popular Alpine resort of Mayrhofen is located in the Tyrol region of Austria and has a well deserved reputation for superb walking in the surrounding Zillertal Alps. From Mayrhofen, it is possible to travel by cable car high onto the slopes of the Penken or Ahorn for panoramic walks through beautiful meadows. There are also enjoyable walks through wooded valleys to the nearby villages of Brandberg and Finkenberg. Mayrhofen sits at the junction of four major valleys close to the Italian border. The broad and flat Ziller Valley lies to the east and narrows to form a gorge coming to a head just beyond the Speicher Zillergrund reservoir. The Stillup Valley, the narrowest and least developed, lies to the south in the high mountains of the Zillertal. The Zemmgrund Valley contains the attractive village of Ginzling and the Schlegeis reservoir which sits beneath dramatic glaciers surrounded by some of the highest peaks in this part of the Alps. Finally, the broad Tux Valley is the most westerly ending at the mighty Hintertux Glacier and includes the villages of Finkenberg, Lanersbach and Hintertux. These attractive settlements are surrounded by woods and meadows in the valley.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy superb walks for all abilities 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
  • Uncover remote alpine valleys and high ridges
  • Climb to the stately Olpererhutte for a high traverse below the Tux Ridge
  • 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, Neustift in the Stubai Alps or Selva in the Italian Dolomites.

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • 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

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Welcome to Hotel Waldheim. 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 Finkenberg, we take a gondola lift over 2,000m into the mountains west of Mayrhofen. We ascend to the summit of Rastkogel at 2,762m, where you can enjoy sweeping vistas across the Zillertal.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Rastkogel, an isolated peak with panoramic views.

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

In summary: Our walk, taking in the summit of Torhelm, crosses wild mountain terrain between the Gerloss and the Ziller valleys.

Highlight:Reach the summit of Torhelm at 2,494m.

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 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.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may 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 are near the hotel and Mountain bikes can be hired.

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.

Local information website: For information on Mayrhofen please visit www.mayrhofen.at

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

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

Highlight: Stunning and varied scenery and great mountain huts.

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Cross a high ridge on this walk.

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. Owner Helga Pfister and her family pride themselves on the quality of their hotel, they have been welcoming HF Holidays guests for more than 30 years. The hotel offers free WIFI and a spa area with sauna and steam bath.   


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
  • bath-robes
  • hair dryer.


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.

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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What to Bring

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. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • 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.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room: £21 per night 
  • With flight holidays include flights from Heathrow. UK connections via BA shuttle available from select UK airports: £139
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Munich Airport: £50 single
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High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade:

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