Experience Austria from the top
Below is a quick overview of the brand new Osttirol 360° – Skyline Walking Trail which is located in East Tyrol in Austria.
For good reason the Osttirol 360° – Skyline Trail is anticipated to become one of the most loved ‘roundtrip’ walking trips the Austrian Alps have to offer. It is one of the longest and most beautiful high mountain paths in the Eastern Alps.
Over 360km, the tour divides into 9 sections, 34 stages and has 45 accommodation facilities with an altitude difference of almost 26.000m. The trek leads for two-thirds of the way through some of Austria’s most renowned National Parks. Describing the view and beauty of this extraordinary East Austrian Alps mountain trek is impossible. This is one of the things in life you just have to experience for yourself – “a need to come and see” for every alpine mountain lover.
The peculiarity about this mountain trail, besides its fascinating landscape, is the fact that you can walk 360km without even once needing to descend into a valley. Throughout the entire hike, you will remain at an average altitude between 2.300m – 2.400m.
This long distance hiking trail comes in two variables:
The easier option is suitable for the experienced walker. This trail stays well below 3.000m altitude and is generally ice-free all the way through.
The slightly harder option is for high mountain hikers with previous mountaineering experience. This trail gives you the option to include the Großglockner and the Großvenediger.
For both skill levels, you will need sure-footedness, excellent stamina, endurance, fitness and good health. You will also need some knowledge of meteorology and risk assessment; above all, you will need to know your own limits. Always let someone know what your next destination is and when you are supposed to be there. Always keep in mind, the weather in the Alps can change rapidly. Plan accordingly to keep safe.
If you are still not sure or don’t have much previous mountaineering experience, it is highly advisable to hire a mountain guide. They will not only know the area well, they will have knowledge of the treks, the weather and everything else to make a mountain experience nothing less but amazing.
Duration for the whole circular trail can take between 2-3 weeks of non-stop walking for the experienced mountaineer.
It is almost needless to say, careful planning will ensure that you stay on track (literally speaking) and the entire hiking holiday will be nothing less than enjoyable. Whether you are hiking alone or as part of a group, you can expect beautiful and protected National Parks with pristine alpine landscapes which are sunny, uncrowded and footpaths which are well signposted.
The Osttirol 360° – Skyline Walking Trail is divided into 9 sections, meaning it is possible to do a section at a time. Each section, depending on your skills and stamina, will take between 2-3 days.
Throughout this incredible 360km high mountain hike, you will find a network of no less than 45 alpine refuges and overnight accommodation options which will cater for your needs. Here you will be guaranteed a warmly welcome and experience great Austrian hospitality, a hearty meal and a comfortable bed to wake up all refreshed for the next part of your trip.
The mountain refuges and huts are separated by distances which can be generally reached with walks of between 2 – 9 hours. None of these accommodation options are accessible by car or ski lift and therefore can only be reached by foot.
Along these treks, you also have the possibility to climb 20 summits, the highest of them being the Grossglockner at a height of 3.798m and the Großvenediger at a height of 3.662m. Climbing routes are available for different skill levels: easy, moderate and difficult. Refuges at lower altitudes are generally well equiped. Those at a high altitude, however can be quite dangerous during or after heavy rain, storms or possible snow.
It cannot be stated enough, careful, stage by stage planning will make the difference between a successful and enjoyable hike and a cumbersome one. If you need a few more hours’ rest before you are ready to walk on, take them. Never push beyond your limits, skills or knowledge.
There is more information on the The Osttirol 360° – Skyline Walking Trail website (currently only in German) where you can find out more about each section, see detailed maps and check out the accommodation options available to you.
AdventureAustria is based in the Dolomite town of Lienz, in the heart of the The Osttirol 360° – Skyline Walking Trail. From Lienz it is possible to easily access all trail sections, whether you are doing the whole trail or just a section at a time.
If you are interested in this incredible walk and would like help or advice in planning your trip please get in touch with us today!