Austrian hidden treasure: day hiking in the eastern Karwendel Alps (#2319)

Date and Time

Sunday, July 16, 2023 - Sunday, July 23, 2023


Austrian Alps,


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Based in the quaint village of Maurach on the shores of Lake Achensee, we spend seven glorious days exploring a region dominated by the imposing Karwendel and the Rofan mountain ranges. It's an idyllic setting for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts alike. This trip is the second part of a two week exploration of the Karwendel Alps. These mountains lie along Germany's southern border with Austria. Their limestone composition translates in bizarrely shaped peaks, nearly vertical north faces, and many fine hiking routes. In the late 1400's it belonged to the Holy Roman Emperor Kaiser Maximillian for use as a private hunting preserve. In 1928 it became the first nature preserve in middle Europe as well as Austria's largest to this day. Approximately 400 square miles in size, 50% of which is forested, it welcomes ~one million visitors per year. The Karwendel Naturpark has abundant natural resources including ~90 climbable peaks, 340 natural springs, 1300 types of plants, ~100 varieties of birds, and several hundred varieties of butterflies. Trip highlights: -Six great days of hiking in the eastern Karwendel alps based in the lakeside town of Maurach, Austria. -One overnight at a high mountain hut. -Guided visit to the medieval town of Hall in Tirol and its historic salt mining exhibition. -Comfortable hotel accommodations, most meals, and all transportation internal to the trip.

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Adult: $2,175 member / $2,275 non-member

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Hiking 5 Vigorous


Adults (18+)


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Steve Cohen has been an active AMC adventure travel leader since 2012. He has led 19 hiking/ trekking-oriented Adventure Travel trips to such destinations the Haute Route (from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland), the Alta Via II through the Italian Dolomites, the tour of the Jungfrau region (Switzerland), Patagonia, the high mountains huts of Austria, etc. He lived in Europe for four years and is fluent in both French and German. Steve is chair of Adventure Travel.


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Dee Dice is an Adventure Travel Associate Leader who recently has led both paddling and hiking trips in Western Mass and Maine. She has been an AMC paddling and hiking leader since 2018 with both Western MA and Worcester Chapters. Her enthusiasm for being in nature has led her to traveling extensively in Nepal, New Zealand, South America and Europe.