Hiking is the most popular pastime for Tirolean summer guests. Running, however, is enjoying increasing popularity. An overview of new and extended routes and the legendary run around Tirol’s largest lake.
On shank’s pony through Tirol: new developments for (long-distance) hikers
The Isel Trail in East Tirol is a unique hiking experience alongside the longest free-flowing glacier river in the Alps. The 90 km long trail leads from Lienz to the glacier portal in the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park and will be inaugurated as a 5-day hiking trail in summer 2019. The Lech Trail in Außerfern served as model and inspiration for the project.
“Grenzgänger“ (Boarder Crosser) is a multi-day tour in the heart of the Allgäu Alps. A key
feature is the constant crossing of the Austrian and German border between the Tannheimer Valley, Hintersteiner Valley and Lechtal. The six stages are challenging. The tour leads often over extensive scree fields, exposed ridges and steep rock faces. Over 80 kilometres and a good 6,000 metres in elevation difference are covered in total over six days.
After four years of planning and opening in 2018, the “Alpenjuwelen“ (Alpine Gem) long-distance hiking trail is now entering its first full season. The trail appeals to long-distance hikers and leads from Garmisch-Partenkirchen through Tirol and on to South Tirol. Starting at the Zugspitze, the 8-day journey takes you through idyllic alpine valleys and the rugged mountain world of the Main Alpine RIdge to Bolzano.
Continuous marking was applied for the Gschnitztaler Hut Tour and some sections completely renovated. The 5 to 6 day hut-to-hut tour ranks as challenging. Furthermore, Gschnitztal will be added to the official list of mountaineering villages in May 2019, an initiative for sustainable development in the entire Alpine region.
The Ötztal Urweg makes it possible to go long-distance hiking in Ötztal for the first time. The twelve stages of the long-distance hiking trail run from village to village close to the valley. Long-distance hikers have the opportunity to book a long-distance hiking package including overnight accommodation at the stage destination, as well as luggage transport to the respective accommodation.
Comprehensive information on hiking in Tirol can be found here.
Running info: Trail runs and running events in Tirol in 2019
Stubai Ultratrail - new routes and an additional distance
There is also trail running news from the Stubaital. On 29 June 2019, the Stubai Ultratrail will start in Innsbruck and end in Neustift. Following an update, the trail has become longer, harder and more beautiful than ever before. The programme has also been extended with the addition of a fourth distance, the STUBAI 19K, which is 18.6 kilometres long and features an ascent of 1,998 metres.
Austria's longest trail run comes to Pillerseetal
The "KAT100" trail run with a length of 100 miles (166 kilometres) and an altitude of 9,600 metres will celebrate its premiere in Fieberbrunn from 8th to 10th August 2019. This makes the "Kitz Alps Trails" the longest and most thrilling trail running event in Austria. The organisers expect around 400 participants for the premiere.
20 years of the "Achenseelauf"
On 7 and 8 September 2019, Austria's most beautiful panorama race will enter its 20th season. 1,500 running enthusiasts will tackle the 23.2 kilometres around Tirol's largest lake during the Achenseelauf. The brilliant mass start event attracts countless spectators every year and pushes athletes to their limits.