Trip Details & Highlights
- Snowshoeing or winter walking through beautiful and serene valleys
- Feel the magic of winter in the Alps
- Living in the mountaineering village Schlechsing with a small wellness area
- Experience the winter wonder world of Austria and Germany far away from busy skiing slopes
- No previous knowledge is required for hiking with snowshoes, there will be an introduction on Day 1
- Hikes according to the snow situation with or without snowshoes
We experience wonderful winter days around Schleching, the Walchsee and Kaiserwendl on this Snowshoeing Adventure in Germany & Austria. The hikes take us through snow-covered valleys to sunny high plateaus, we experience the full diversity of the wintery region of Tyrol and Bavaria. We cross regularly the border between Germany and Austria to showcase both cultures and landscapes. Quaint huts invite us on both sides for a cosy stop during the hike or, of course, afterwards.
The Chiemgauer Alps are excellently suited for snowshoeing: gentle meadow slopes, romantic winter forests, dreamy clearings with gnarled, old trees, sleepy alpine huts and a bench to rest on the hut wall – a real paradise to relax.
We live in Schlechsing, a mountaineering village in Bavaria, very close to the Austrian border. Breakfast is prepared in-house and we will have dinner (Dinner included is optional) in various locations in the village to enjoy the fine Bavarian Cuisine.
The Mountaineering Villages is surrounded by a pretty Alpine landscape, mainly foothills comprising lush meadows, wooded sub-Alpine peaks and the typically rugged summits of the northern Kalkalpen (Limestone Alps).
- 7 nights in B&B on this Snowshoeing Adventure in Germany & Austria
- Mini SPA Area in B&B for use of guests
- Snowshoes & walking poles
- All Transfer from Wuhrstein Haus to walks and back (Self-drive is possible)
- Guided tour and support by trained mountain hiking guides (UIMLA approved)
- Transfer from the local train station (Übersee train station)
- Travel advise for flights, trains and busses from the UK if needed
What`s not included
- 07/03/2021 – 14/03/2021
- 14/03/2021 – 21/03/2021
- Hotel Double/twin: £669 pp
- Single Supplement. £100 pp
- Optional dinners (7x): £130 pp
AT A CLANCE
- Group size: 7 – 12
- 6 days of winter walking/snowshoeing
- Deposit: £200
- Start: Wuhrstein Haus
- Finish: Wuhstein Haus
- Extension possible
- Pick up from Salzburg Airport on request possible
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
- 7x nights B&B
- 7x breakfast
- Optional dinners (7x) possible
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Welcome to Bavaria in Schleching
You can arrive either by your own car or a group pick-up from Übersee train stations is possible (On request optional pick up from Salzburg Airport possible).
In the afternoon, check-in and first exploration of the surroundings of Schleching and the village himself.
In the evening we go together to the first dinner and get to know each other.
Walk details: depending on weather, mostly a stroll around the village and village center
Day 2 – Exploring the slopes around the Wirtsalm
Our first day takes us high onto the slopes between the forest and open hillside around the Breitenstein Hotel and Wirtsalm. Here we explore the best ways to move on snowshoes and go for the hunt for treks & signs of local wild animals.
A fantastic first day out to get used to the snowshoes and the winter wonderland.
Walk details: 8 km/ 5 miles | approx. 4 hours | ↗ 600 m/1970 ft | ↘ 600 m/1970 ft
Day 3 – Along Kaiserbachtal to the Griesner Alm
This morning we have our first-drive into Austria and after 20 minutes we arrive at the foot of the Kaiserbachtal. From here we snowshoe along the valley to the Griesner Alm for a lovely Austrian Lunch.
En route, we will have stunning views of the greatest mountains of the Kaiser mountains. After a delicious meal, you can either sledge down the valley or take a shuttle bus to our start point.
The rest of the day we will explore the village of Kössen on our way back to the Wuhrstein Haus.
Walk details: 7 km km/ 4.5 miles | approx. 3.5 hours | ↗ 320 m/1050 ft | ↘ 0 m/0 ft
Day 4 – Summit walk onto Wandberg (1454 m)
In the Kaiserwinkl, this lovely landscape north and east of the Kaiser Mountains, the Wandberg occupies a special position.
This massif, characterised by gentle slopes, represents an ideal alpine pasture area and so numerous alpine pastures are also distributed along the sunny meadow slopes. Wherever happy cows graze in summer, we find an ideal snowshoe area.
We hike from mountain pasture to mountain pasture, which are all in deep sleep, and enjoy the view of the Kaiser Mountains and the Kaiserwinkl.
Walk details: 10 km/ 6 miles | approx. 4.5 hours | ↗ 700 m/2300 ft | ↘ 700 m/2300 ft
Day 5 – Snowshoeing with a Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian Dessert)
It is suitable for sports-loving snowshoe hikers, nature lovers and all those who want to stop at the rustic Hutzenalm after this hike and enjoy a fantastic Kaiserschmarrn.
This snowshoe hike at Reit im Winkl is an absolute must in the Bavarian Alps for anyone who likes to go snowshoeing.
Walk details: 12 km/ 7.5 miles | approx. 4 – 5 hours | ↗ 500 m/1640 ft | ↘ 500 m/1640 ft
Day 6 – Snowshoe hike: Edernalm – Ottenalm – Riederalm – Walchsee
There are also 3 places to stop for a bite to eat: the Berggasthof Edernalm, the Ottenalm and the cosy Riederalm.
The tour offers not only physical delights but also beautiful views of the Walchsee, the tame Kaiser, the wild Kaiser and the Chiemgau Alps.
We finish this day at the Walchsee and you will have time to explore the shores for the lake and on our short journey back enjoy will stop for views and photos of the impressive Tiroler Achen.
Walk details: 9 km/ 5.5 miles | approx. 3 hours | ↗ 460 m/1510 ft | ↘ 460 m/1510 ft
Day 7 – An impressive panoramic hike to our last summit of the week
In clear weather, the hike along the mountain range to the Fellhorn is a tour of superlatives: a magnificent view combines with a uniquely beautiful route to a special experience.
Whether in the Bavarian Prealps or in the Hohe Tauern, in the Berchtesgaden Alps or in the Kaiser Mountains – on clear days, the distant view is immense.
In the morning we have a short journey to Reit im Winkl. We then take a 4×4 vehicle to get us up to the Hindenburghut, from here we will on our own stream tackle the ascent to the mighty Fellhorn with 1765 m.
A 4 km natural toboggan run leads from the Hindenburghütte to Reit im Winkler Tal. The toboggan run from the Hindenburghütte down to the Blindau district has a long tradition. Tobogganing championships used to take place here, as pictures and certificates show in the inn.
Walk details: 10 km/ 6 miles | approx. 4 hours | ↗ 650 m/2130 ft | ↘ 650 m/2130 ft
Day 8 – We wave our goodbyes to Tirol and Bavaria
Today it is time to say goodbye to Schleching, Bavaria and Tirol. The Snowshoeing Adventure in Germany & Austria comes to an end. We wish our farewells until another time. Individual departure or group transfer to the train station in Übersee. (On request optional transfer to Salzburg Airport)
Walk details: no walking planned