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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

In terms of technique, the Carinthian Alpe-Adria-Trail poses only a moderate challenge to sure-footed hikers with experience of walking in the mountains. Within Carinthia, the AAT adheres to trails marked with the ‘red dot’ rating of the Austrian Alpine Association. Occasionally, short sections of these trails may be secured with aids such as a wire rope, though most of the challenging sections of the AAT are characterised by narrow pathways and steep ascents.

In terms of endurance, on the other hand, the AAT is rather more demanding. The route undulates with continuously alternating altitudes, so you may find yourself ascending (and descending) altitude differences of up to 1600 m on certain stages of the Trail. Some form of endurance training before your trekking journey is therefore highly recommended.

The Alpe-Adria Trail is suitable for children from the age of 12 with good stamina.

Here you can find more information about the requirements.

Equipment

Standard hiking equipment is sufficient for the Alpe-Adria-Trail. Click here for more equipment details.

Please note that because of the many extensive descents along the AAT, trekking poles are an absolute necessity. You should also bear in mind that the AAT progresses through different climate zones with very distinctive seasons. This must be taken into account when choosing your equipment, and will affect the overall weight of your luggage.
Hot tip: keep you day-backpack nice and light by taking advantage of our transport service, which delivers your heavy bag (up to 20 kg) to your next accommodation. For peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.

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. In case of Self drive tours (overland) the drive times are based on our empirical values.

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Map

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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)
Dogs incur a surcharge of around € 5 to € 20 (not including food), payable directly to your accommodation provider.


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 an especially carefree AAT experience, consider our comprehensive transport service:

Luggage service: hiking with a light-weight day backpack, while your main luggage (max. 20 kg) is transported from one accommodation to the next. We recommend luggage insurance for peace of mind.

Exceptions: please note that the luggage transport service is not available for ‘Basic’ category accommodation on Stage 03 and Stage 12. In these cases, the luggage will be transported to your subsequent accommodation.

Return transfer: collective passenger transport from your AAT destination back to your departure point

Shuttle service: all shuttle transfers that are essential for the completion of your AAT journey are included in the mobility package. Additional shuttle services (for example in the event of bad weather, illness etc) can simply be requested at the Trail Info & Booking Center, though these will be charged separately.

In general, our long-distance hiking and trekking routes are not geared towards persons with limited mobility. However, if you would like to discuss your options based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, simply contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.


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

We arrange your tour operator
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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