Germany
Country
7 days
Duration
Easy
Difficulty
Breakfast
Board
Yes
Luggage transfer
Comfort
Accomodation
Yes
Dog friendly
Self-guided
Tour type

Embark on the “Around Zugspitze” hiking tour, a captivating journey through the Alpine landscapes around Germany’s highest peak. This self-guided adventure from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the tranquil Leutasch Valley and back promises an exhilarating and deeply connective experience with nature.

Tour Highlights:

  • Thrilling Gorge Crossings: Traverse awe-inspiring gorges on wooden footbridges suspended over roaring rivers, offering adrenaline-filled moments and unique perspectives of nature’s raw power.
  • Idyllic Alpine Pastures and Cultural Immersion: Wander through picturesque alpine meadows, enjoy traditional Bavarian “Brotzeit” in rustic huts, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region.
  • Scenic Villages and Tranquil Valleys: Explore serene villages nestled in the Leutasch Valley against the majestic Wetterstein massif, a perfect blend of natural beauty and tranquil relaxation.

As you circle the base of Zugspitze, each day reveals a new aspect of the Alpine landscape. The journey leads through dramatic gorges and across alpine pastures dotted with traditional huts. These spots offer not only a rest but also a taste of local flavors and a glimpse into regional culture. Please note this tour includes three transfers by bus or cable car.

The Leutasch Valley, with its rolling meadows and flower-laden landscapes, provides a contrasting view of the towering Wetterstein massif. “Around Zugspitze” is more than a hike; it’s a journey through diverse ecosystems, an exploration of clear streams, rustic cabins, and panoramic views that embody Alpine paradise.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply an outdoor enthusiast, this tour promises an unforgettable experience in one of Europe’s most breathtaking regions.

Start Flexible
Time of departure Flexible
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
6 overnight stays incl. breakfast
Daily luggage transfers
Carefully elaborated route description
Travel documents (1x per room)
1 Downhill fare cable car Ehrwald

1 Fare Zugspitzbahn lake Eibsee – Garmisch

App for Navigation and GPS-data available
Service hotline

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Flight
Travel insurance

 

 

Additional information

MonthAugust, July, June, May
1

Day 1: Arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2

Day 2: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Mittenwald/Klais, Partnachklamm

Wild and idyllic the day starts with a walk through Partnach gorge, where the waters of Wetterstein massif meet. Continue via soft hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald.
Tour Data:
Distance: Approx. 16 km
H+: 640
H-: 430
Time: Approx. 5 hours.
3

Day 3: Mittenwald/Klais – Leutasch, Leutasch valley

Precise stone masonry cut the route through the gorge into steep rock walls. Bold wooden footbridges cross up to 40 m above the water. Enjoy the contrasting walk along Leutascher Ache into the valley. Past hamlets and flower meadows with the backdrop of Wetterstein massif you walk into the widening Leutasch valley.
Hotel:
Tour Data:
Distance: Approx. 14 km
H+: 220
H-: 30
Time: Approx. 4 hours.
4

Day 4: Day off or lake walking tour

You have the choice: either to relax or to take a walk to the lakes in and around Seefeld. Or you opt for an excursion on one of the Seefelder summits, either walking or taking the cable car. Return to Leutasch by coach.
Tour Data:
Distance: Approx. 9 km
H+: 300
H-: 220
Time: Approx. 3 hours.
5

Day 5: Leutasch – Ehrwald, Naturparadies Gaistal

Short bus ride into Gaistal valley. The summer in Gaistal is enjoyed by Haflinger horses, brown and grey cattle as well as the Scottish Galloways. Walk on Ganghofer path right into picturesque scenery and up to Ehrwalder alpine pasture. Here Bavarian author Ludwig Ganghofer sought retreat. Take the cable car down into the valley and continue to Ehrwald.
Hotel:
Tour Data:
Distance: Approx. 17 km
H+: 440
H-: 290
Time: Approx. 5 hours.
6

Day 6: Ehrwald – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Eibsee

Step by step you walk up to the foothills of Zugspitze and famous Eibsee scenic view. The tour ends on the banks of lovely lake Eibsee with full view of the magnificent Zugspitz-Garmisch panorama. Take the Zugspitz train back to Garmisch.
Tour Data:
Distance: Approx. 12 km
H+: 540
H-: 510
Time: Approx. 4.5 hours.
7

Day 7: Departure or extension

Equipment and clothing to bring for Alpine hikes and runs
We’ve compiled a list of essential items you’ll need to take on your adventure in the Great Outdoors. While each trip has its own minimum requirements, we have split the list into “need-to-have” and “nice-to-haves”.

Need to have:

Lightweight, waterproof shell
Sunscreen with a high factor
Smartphone with a relevant trip app and a WhatsApp and code number for your local representative
Survival blanket
Thin hat, cap, and thin gloves (merino or similar)
Daypack for hiking (tours with luggage transport)
Duffel bag or similar (trips with luggage transport) — DO NOT pack in suitcases.
30 L rucksack on trips up to six days (without luggage transport)
40 L rucksack on trips of more than six days (without luggage transport)
Quick-drying inner layer
Shorts (quick drying)
Technical t-shirt (quick drying)
Fleece sweater for cool evenings
A pair of comfortable jogging bottoms or similar for the cabins
Good mountain shoes — trail running shoes or hiking boots
Light towel
Water bottle (1.5 L)
A pair of thick socks or light slippers (you can often borrow a pair in the cabins)
Sunglasses
A few energy bars, fruits or similar snacks for the trip
Sheet liner — can also be purchased on-site (only if you are staying in a dormitory)
Small first aid kit
Comped or similar
Sleeping bag (on selected tours)

Nice to have:

Walking poles
Power bank
Chocolate
Sandals for the cabins
Plastic bags to keep things dry

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • By train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.
  • Munich airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible. Plenty of parking options free of charge near the hotel.

Other important information:

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended.

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