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Alpe-Adria-Trail

From the Glacier to the Sea - Hiking in the Garden of Eden

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Inspiration

Overview

The world's most prestigious travel magazine, the National Geographic Traveler, describes the Alpe-Adria Trail just like this: Imagine a trail trip from the glacier to the sea. Along a trail that leads through unforgettable landscapes with rich culture, authentic local cuisine and inspiring encounters in the three countries Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Starting at the foot of the ice-crowned immensity of the Grossglockner and ending in the tranquil fishing port of Muggia on the Adriatic coast. This is the Alpe-Adria Trail. What a journey!

To such an ode to this uniquely diverse long-distance trail just the main awards are left to mention: National Geographic Traveler's "Top Ten - Best New Trails 2014 & 2016"; National Geographic Germany "Top 7 Trails Worldwide"; National Geographic USA "Best Secret Tip 2018" and hiking magazine "Best Austrian hiking Trail 2018".

Attention: Here you can book your individual hiking trip on the stages 01 (Großglockner) to 21 (Karawanken) in Carinthia. For further stages please contact directly the Alpe-Adria-Trail booking center Slovenia or Italy.

Highlights

  • Hohe Tauern National Park: Grossglockner and Pasterze glacier
  • Mölltal valley: Groppensteinschlucht gorge and the ancient cult site of Danielsberg
  • Artists’ town of Gmünd with museums, galleries and events
  • Garnet Gate on the Sentiero dell´Amore in the Millstätter Alpe mountains
  • The alpine landscape of the UNESCO Nockberge Biosphere Reserve
  • Refreshing breaks on the shores of Carinthia’s turquoise-blue swimming lakes

Highlights

  • Hohe Tauern National Park: Grossglockner and Pasterze glacier
  • Mölltal valley: Groppensteinschlucht gorge and the ancient cult site of Danielsberg
  • Artists’ town of Gmünd with museums, galleries and events
  • Garnet Gate on the Sentiero dell´Amore in the Millstätter Alpe mountains
  • The alpine landscape of the UNESCO Nockberge Biosphere Reserve
  • Refreshing breaks on the shores of Carinthia’s turquoise-blue swimming lakes

Your advantages

  • Official Alpe-Adria-Trail information and booking center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services, local cuisine etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online-Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 to 20:00

Your advantages

  • Official Alpe-Adria-Trail information and booking center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services, local cuisine etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online-Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 to 20:00
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail
The starting point of the Alpe-Adria Trail

Information

Best time to travel

The best travelling season for a hiking journey on the Carinthian AAT spans from the end of May to the beginning of October.

Spring (March, April, May): Certain high-altitude stages of the trail are not accessible before the end of May due to snow cover. The rest of the trail, however, offers a particularly appealing journey through the awakening natural world. 



Summer (June, July, August): Refreshingly cool air at higher altitudes, while the heat in the valley can be alleviated by a revitalising dip into the waters of Carinthia’s swimming lakes.

Autumn (September, October, November): Crystal-clear air, vibrantly coloured forests and pleasantly cool temperatures. Hiking in autumn is a best-kept secret on the Alpe-Adria-Trail. However, premature winter weather (and even snowfall at higher altitudes) can interfere with your plans. By the end of October, the hiking season on the Carinthian Alpe-Adria-Trail is officially over.

Winter (December, January, February): The Trail sections in Carinthia are not accessible during the winter months.

Requirements

On the Alpe-Adria-Trail you travel as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 2.400m. For the Alpe-Adria-Trail you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to react in case of bad weather.
You will be well looked after and supported by our organisation on the Alpe-Adria-Trail. Nevertheless you are on your way as an independent hiker (unless you optionally book a mountain guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organisation you are on your personal responsibility on the Alpe-Adria-Trail.

Technical requirements: Moderate
From a technical point of view, the Alpe-Adria-Trail in Carinthia shows moderate difficulties: The stages in Carinthia follow moderately difficult mountain trails with red dot (classification Austrian Alpine Club).
That means:

  • Difficult parts of the path are mostly narrow and often steep.
  • There may be short passages secured by ropes.
  • Due to weather conditions or short-term extreme weather events, hiking trails may be in a poorer condition (e.g. slippery) or less visible due to fog.
In order to be able to manage this as a mountain hiker without problems you need to be:
  • surefooted
  • free from giddiness

Conditional requirements: More demanding (on some stages demanding)
The Alpe-Adria-Trail is a bit more demanding in terms of condition (on some stages it is demanding):
  • Ascent performance depending on the stage up to 1.600 meters of height difference
  • Descents depending on the stage up to 1.600 meters of height difference
  • Path length up to 23 km depending on the stage

Even if all three maximum values never come together at one stage, this means a pure hiking time between 5 and 8 hours.
The calculation of walking times is based on the Outdooractive formula (Outdooractive is one of the world's largest suppliers of tour documents and market leader in the German-speaking world). This includes brisk walking times, which correspond approximately to the average speed of a well-trained mountain hiker.

Attention: All data are pure walking times, i.e. breaks have to be added.
Appropriate conditional preparation is strongly recommended. Our tip: As you are on a multi-day tour here, you should have already hiked a day tour with similar fitness requirements. You can also plan a rest day in between, on which you can regenerate yourself.

Further Information:
  • The Alpe-Adria-Trail is suitable for children from 12 years of age with very good physical condition.
  • Long-distance hiking and trekking routes are little or not suitable for people with disabilities due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
It is often difficult to personally assess whether a trail is suitable for you. If you are unsure about this or if you want to know which stages are best for you, just contact us. We will gladly advise you. However, this does not release you from the responsibility of your own self-assessment.

Equipment

For the Alpe-Adria-Trail you need alpine hiking equipment.


  • The equipment list you can find under this link lists the minimum equipment needed for this trip.
  • Of course you can or should add the items that you personally need for the trip or with which you have had good experience (e.g. medication, special sun protection, larger water bottle, etc.)

Further preliminary information about the equipment on the Alpe-Adria-Trail:
  • Trekking poles are highly recommended because of the frequent long descents.
  • You will hike through different climatic zones with strong seasonal influences. This should be considered when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothes), but will increase its total weight.
  • It is important to make sure that you have enough food and sufficiently large drinking bottles, as there are not on every stage rest stops and drinking wells.

Tip: With our luggage service you can easily keep your daypack light while your heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. We recommend the purchase of luggage protection insurance - for more information, please contact us.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.

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Service

Category

Your accommodation options along the Trail are divided into three categories (regional rating):

Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse or mountain lodge
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2-star or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4-star hotel, often with spa area

This Trail covers an appealing variety of overnight destinations – from larger resorts with numerous options in different categories to remote locations with a more limited choice.

Dormitories: usually comprising 3–6 beds
Mattress room: several mattresses in a row, furnished with pillows, sheets and duvets
Shared shower facility: our partner establishments on Stages 3, 9, 12, 14, 15 and 19 offer one shower on each floor

Children from 6 to 14 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults pay full price)
The extra costs for a dog range between € 5,00 and € 20,00 (without food; per night) and will be paid directly on site in the accommodation.


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

Our AAT partner establishments offer three types of catering:

Breakfast: generous buffet, or hearty breakfast served at your table
 
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses) 

Regional half-board: Half-board, with a regional specialty for dinner (i.e. Glockner lamb, Alpine salmon or Nockalm beef)

Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Regional half board
Mobility Service

For the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:

Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How?
It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance.
Exception: No luggage service on stage 03 in the Basic category and on stage 12 in the Basic category. The luggage will be transported to the next stage.

Return transport: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.

Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package.
Our Mobility partners reserve the right to transport your dog in the luggage compartment.

In addition, we can also book recommended shuttle services such as the train station shuttle. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

Walk like an Angel: Our experienced team at the Info & Booking Center offers a comprehensive range of services designed to support you in every aspect of your Trail journey.

All Angels’ Services are included in the package price, and encompass the following:

Trail Hotline: You are able to contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 8:00 to 20:00.
Comprehensive travel information: To help you prepare for your Trail journey, we will send you a folder of expertly compiled information in plenty of time prior to your trip.

Guide (optional): Our certified mountain guides (German speakers with good English skills) are highly trained experts with excellent knowledge of the area and terrain. This is complemented by their extensive knowledge of the natural world and different cultures of the Alpe-Adria region – making a trek with one of our guides a safe as well as entertaining way to experience the Alpe-Adria Trail. All ancillary costs (i.e. the guide’s overnight stays, food and travel costs) are included in the overall GUIDE package.

Arrival

To get to your departure point at the Alpe-Adria Trail, you have three travel options (not included in the price):

By car: parking is available at the beginning of each stage of the Trail. Details can be found in your booking documents. The majority of car parks are free of charge, and unmonitored (parking at your own risk). At the end of your trekking journey, your AAT return transfer takes you back to your car.

By train: depending on where you are travelling from, you can choose from the following IC/EC train stations: Mallnitz-Obervellach; Spittal-Millstätter See; Villach Hauptbahnhof. 


By plane: we recommend the following international airports: 
Klagenfurt, Salzburg; Ljubljana. 


A shuttle service (charged separately) is available to take you to the departure point of your Trail journey, and later take you back to the station or airport of your choice. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will be very happy to arrange this shuttle service at your request.

Partners along the trail

This is where AAT travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked based on specific criteria, and actively contribute to the development of the Alpe-Adria Trail.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

Here you will find the travel terms of your trail operator:

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