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.
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.
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).
For the Alpe-Adria-Trail you need alpine hiking equipment.
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.show Stages
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.show partners
Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.Show Travel Information
Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093