Hiking at lake Achensee
Lake Achensee is surrounded by two mountain ranges, whose appearances are unique in themselves. The Rofan and Karwendel mountains boast 500 kilometres of marked and well maintained hiking trails, providing the best conditions to enjoy an unforgettable hiking holiday.
Breathtaking natural landscape
The Rofan mountains to the east of Achensee are craggy and soft at the same time. On the high plateau, gentle paths climb over lush meadows to the peaks, whose rock faces fall away precipitously on the other side. The Karwendel mountains which lie to the west provide a special habitat for the wildlife and have the highest population of golden eagles in the Alps. Nature Park Karwendel is the largest nature reserve in the Northern Alps and a Tirolean Nature Park. The flora and fauna in this sensitive environment are conservation protected, which means genuine adventures in the natural surroundings are guaranteed.
The region provides its guests with 500 kilometres of well maintained and signposted hiking trails. The offer ranges from easy, flat trails, such as into the Karwendel valleys from Pertisau, to leisurely ‘family tours’, to challenging routes including ‘conquering the peaks’. The Rofan cable car and Karwendel cable car can be used to cover the first climbs and are perfect ‘ascent aids’, making it possible for you to enjoy an easy-going mountain adventure, without great exertion.
‘Quality hiking is on offer at Lake Achensee. The region has for many years been awarded with the Tirolean Seal of Quality for the high standard of the hiking paths.’
Tours in the Karwendel mountains provide special summit adventures, such as the 2457 metre Sonnjoch, from which you get a breathtaking panoramic view across the region, and the Montscheinspitze at 2106 metres, which requires a great deal of surefootedness to climb. There are countless opportunities to enjoy leisurely, less demanding Alpine hikes which are on no account inferior, thanks to the panoramic views. Some of these alpine lodges are serviced and genuine Tirolean hospitality awaits you, accompanied by traditional tasty home-cooked food.
A combined lake hike and boat trip along with the idyllic route on Achensee’s car-free west bank to the ‘Gaisalm’ is a wonderful, ‘more leisurely’ addition to the hiking offers.
- Weekly hiking programme
The Achensee region offers a free weekly hiking programme to all guests. Explore the Karwendel and Rofan mountains with local guides.
More information about the tours and the meeting points is available here.
In addition to the weekly programme the region organizes sunrise tours to the Astenau Alpe with a mountain breakfast from June to October. The Nature Park Karwendel offers ranger-guided golden eagle nature watch tours from June to August. While the highlight of the sunrise tours is hiking in the early morning hours, the golden eagle nature watch tours provide impressive views of the raptors in the wild.
The route of the legendary Karwendelmarsch is 52 kilometres in length and proceeds from Scharnitz to Pertisau through the entire Karwendel mountains. Since its comeback in 2009 the event has been committed to the conservation of the natural surroundings which earned it the “Tirol Touristica” award in 2011.
More details on the Karwendelmarsch are available at www.karwendelmarsch.info
- The Tirolean Eagle Walk
The Tirolean Eagle Walk proceeds through the entire state covering some 320 kilometres. In 24 day stages hikers get to traverse Tirol and learn about the region. One of the loveliest tours heads around Achensee. More information on the regional stages of the eagle walk can be seen here.
- Climbing at Achensee
The steep cliff faces of the Rofan and Karwendel mountains have gained fame among climbers. Even legends like Hermann Buhl have set up well-known routes here. With the ‘Achensee 5 Peak Via Ferrata’ a route has been created to make this vertical climbing experience also accessible to beginners.
Learn more at www.climbers-paradise.com/achensee