The crossing of the Alps leads you in one week from Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, to the south side of the Alps up to Merano. The guided Alpine crossing is a rewarding adventure for mountain hikers who really want to relax and get absorbed in the peace of the mountains. Away from the overcrowded trails, we follow paths through remote valleys, spend the night in beautifully situated cabins and get to know our Alps from a completely different perspective.
We begin our mountain tour on the highest peak in Germany and then trek in 7 days to the southern Alps metropolis Merano. We will gladly send you the detailed information about this tour, including all important information about the daily stages, the huts and the requirements.
We often use medium-heavy (red) mountain hiking trails on this Transalp. Absolute surefootedness and good condition for daily stages of up to 6-7 hours and up to 1200 vertical meters in the ascent await the participant. Therefore, every participant should already have experience in hiking. This tour is truly a perfect but more challenging alternative to the overcrowded E5 long distance trail.
In this crossing of the Alps every participant has to carry all his equipment for the 7 days in his backpack. Luggage transport during the tour is not included here.
If you would like something more comfortable, you can book our Alpine crossing with luggage transport or the slightly easier crossing of the Alps for beginners and families.
Attention: Registration deadline for the respective date is due to the necessary huts / hotel reservations always 4 weeks before the start of the tour.
Day 1: Meeting point at the parking lot of the Kreuzeckbahn. Ascent by train to the Zugspitze and ascent of the summit. Descent via Sonnalpin, Knorrhütte and Hochfeldernalm for lunch. Via the Seebensee we ascend to the Coburger hut and spend the night there. ascent total: 450hm / descent total 1400hm / walking time 5 -6 hrs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the Coburger hut. Ascent to the Grünstein notch, descent and transfer through the Inn Valley to Lüsens, dinner and overnight at the Alpengasthof Lüsens: ascent total: 500hm / descent total 1450hm / walking time 5.5 -6.5 hrs.
Day 3: Breakfast in Lüsens, ascent to the Schafgrübler, dinner and overnight at the Franz Senn hut.
ascent total: 1200hm / descent total 700hm / walking time 6 -7 hrs.
Day 4: Breakfast at the Franz Senn hut, hike over the Stubai mountain trail and break at the new Regensburger hut, descent into the valley or, depending on conditions, via the ridgeway Ring-Milderaunalm-Krößbach. Overnight in a cozy guesthouse in Ranalt. ascent total: 700hm / descent total 1400hm / walking time 6 -7 hrs.
Day 5: Breakfast in the guesthouse Ranalt. Ascent with the mountain railway to the Schaufeljoch, hike across the glacier to the Hildesheimer Hütte, via the Gamsplatzl and Triebenkarsee to the Siegerland Hut, dinner and overnight stay. ascent total: 150hm / descent Total 550hm / Walking Time 4 -5 hrs.
Day 6: Breakfast at the Siegerland Hut, ascent via the Windachscharte to the Grosser Timmler, descent via the Schwarzsee and Karlscharte to the old mine at the Schneeberg, descent to the Timmelsjochstr./Scheebergbrücke, taxi transfer to Meran, dinner and overnight at the hotel. ascent total: 350hm / descent total 450hm / walking time 5 -6 hrs.
Day 7: Breakfast in Meran, drive home to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Farewell and end of the wonderful tour.Information about the tour:
- Duration: 7 days
- Meeting point: 8:30 am at the parking lot Kreuzeckbahn in Garmisch
- Minimum number of participants: 6 participants
- Extra cost:
- Cable cars: -
- overnight stay / meals: -
- train rides: -
- Other entries: -
- Included services:
- Guided tour by state-certified mountain leader
- 4 x overnight stay HB in the dormitory or shared rooms
- 2 x hotel accommodation HB in double and shared rooms
- 2 x cable car ride
- 3 x taxi transfer incl. return transport
- Requirements for the participants:
- Fitness: Fitness for daily trips of approx. 6-8 hours
- skills: sure-footed, some experience in mountain hiking
- Recommended equipment:
- ankle-high mountaineering boots
- weatherproof clothing
- Country: Germany / Austria / Italy
When booking at the Garmisch Alpine School, the following services are included in the travel price:
- 7 days guided tour by a certified mountain guide 4 x hut accommodation including half board in a shared room (or possibly also in the warehouse)
- 2 x overnight stay incl. Half board in a double room (possibly also shared rooms)
- 1x cable car ride on the Zugspitze
- 1x cable car ride with the Stubai Gletscherbahn
- 2 x taxi transfer
- Return transport from Meran to Garmisch
What additional costs arise during the tour?
We have put together a package for you with this alpine crossing, which already includes almost all costs. In fact, you're only charged for the things you buy yourself. Examples of this would be:
- Drinks in the evening at the hut
- shower brands
- Small snacks as a daily meal during the hike (cereal bars, etc.)
What costs are incurred if I have to cancel the booking?
If the tour is canceled by the participant, the following cancellation fees will apply in accordance with our terms and conditions:
- 44 to 21 days before the start of the event 30% of the event price.
- 20 to 15 days before the start of the event 50% of the event price.
- from the 14th day before the start of the event 80% of the event price.
- from 48 hours before the event 100% of the event price.
If the tour is canceled by the organizer, a distinction must be made between two different situations:
1. Cancellation, as the minimum number of participants has not been reached
A cancellation of the tour due to too few registrations by the organizer is possible up to 4 weeks before the start of the tour. We ask for your understanding that the organizer can not pay for any booked train tickets or independently booked hotels (for example in Garmisch).
2. Cancellation, as the weather conditions do not allow safe execution of the tour
The weather conditions are largely responsible for whether the crossing of the Alps can take place safely or not. Unfortunately the weather forecast is reliable only 3-4 days before the tour, so the organizer can cancel the tour until three days before the start due to weather conditions
In case of cancellation of the tour by the organizer, the guest has the free choice between the choice of a replacement date or refund of the full travel price.
What insurance is recommended for this trip?
Each participant should in any case ensure that a foreign health insurance is available. Our partner DEVK offers the following insurance:
Take out international health insurance
Since something can happen at any time, which prevents participation in the crossing of the Alps in the short term, we recommend that every participant take out travel cancellation insurance. These can be completed here:
Complete travel cancellation insurance
What requirements do I have to bring with me to participate in this Alpine crossing?
For the requirements for crossing the Alps from Garmisch to Meran, a distinction must be made between the condition and the technical requirements.
With regard to the condition, it is difficult for many hikers, who are mainly in shallow areas, to assess themselves. The main difficulty here is often the assessment of the combination of elevation meters and distance. While hiking in the lowlands only the distance is crucial, the altitude difference is the relevant component in mountain hiking, which determines the effort.
In order to learn to classify yourself, we recommend every participant a simple mountain hike with 1000-1200 vertical meters, a walking time of 5-6 hours and 6-8kg of luggage at a leisurely pace, but without taking big breaks (> 30min). If you manage this tour without major problems, you have the necessary condition to safely participate in the crossing of the Alps. If you need suggestions for tours, do not hesitate to contact us
With regard to the technical requirements, surefootedness and a certain degree of vertigo to participate in the Alpine crossing from Garmisch to Meran is necessary. What is meant by this in concrete terms? In particular, you can determine your surefootedness and also train yourself by selecting certain points during a normal hike while walking - not always the simplest - and then tackling them with your foot in a very targeted manner. This can be, for example, a root, a boulder, a big rock, or just a certain point on the ground. Choose the points quietly apart and go consciously very slowly - almost even in slow motion. If you manage to take the selected points very purposefully and slowly, then the necessary degree of surefootedness is given.
Regarding the head for heights, you should go to an exposed point or a narrow path (preferably with a safety device) and see if the height or the exposure is of any importance to you. If that is not difficult for you, nothing stands in the way of your participation in the crossing of the Alps.
During the crossing of the Alps, over long passages, moderate mountain hiking trails (red markings) are made. If you do not know this classification, you should not be guided by your gut feeling. Medium-difficulty mountain hiking trails are rarely comparable to demanding hikes in the lowlands or in the low mountain ranges. They can be quite challenging and require surefootedness. To clarify here once again the classification of mountain hiking trails from the DAV:
Valley trails (not in the DAV classification, yellow marked, T1): near the valley, wide, easy to walk paths without danger of falling. Mostly not maintained and signposted by the Alpine Club.
Simple mountain trails (blue, T2) are mostly narrow, can be steep and have no crash-prone passages
Medium-heavy mountain trails (red, T3) are predominantly narrow, often steep and may have dangerous passages. There may also be brief insured walking passages (e.g., wire rope).
Heavy mountain trails (black, T4 - T6) are narrow, often steep and crash-prone. There are frequently insured walking passages and / or simple climbing sites which require the use of the hands. Surefootedness and a head for heights are absolutely necessary.
Is this crossing of the Alps also suitable for families and how old should children be?
Of course, families can also take part in the crossing of the Alps from Garmisch to Meran. So you can already speak of a family friendly tour! A question that is always asked in this context is the necessary minimum age of children. How old does a child have to be to participate in this tour?
This can not be easily answered, as children of the same age can still have a very different level of development and motivation. Nevertheless, to give you a rough idea, we recommend a minimum age of 14 for participating in the tour. Furthermore, adolescents up to the age of 16 can only take part in the guided Alpine crossing from Garmisch to Merano accompanied by an adult. Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 need parental consent to participate in the tour.
Do I have to bring my own food on the way?
The answer is yes & no. There are not always huts on the way where you can stop for a snack. Every hiker should therefore carry a little food himself. A mix of fruit, bar, chocolate, bread, sausage and cheese is the best mix. Sufficient fluid is an enormously important aspect. For a day hike, you should plan at least with 2 liters. During cabin stays, there is almost always the option of replenishing the food supply.
What equipment do I need for the crossing of the Alps from Garmisch to Meran?
Every participant who has booked the Alpine crossing from Garmisch to Meran at the Garmisch Alpine School receives a detailed checklist of equipment after the booking, which provides information on what you should really take with you on this multi-day hike and what is superfluous.
In addition to sturdy shoes, normal hiking equipment, the corresponding utensils for the overnight stays and weatherproof outdoor clothing, each participant must also take a few grödels (snow chains). These can be borrowed from the Alpinschule Garmisch if required.
Can I take my dog ??with me on the crossing of the Alps?
Due to the overnight stay in mountain huts, it is unfortunately not possible to bring dogs with us on this tour.
Which shoes do I need for this tour?
For this multi-day mountain hike, hiking boots that go over the ankle are absolute duty. Furthermore, we recommend the selection of waterproof shoes with a functional membrane (for example, with Gore-Tex membrane), so that even rainy days can be easily overcome. The shoes should have a pronounced outsole and not yet completely expired. Also, make sure that your boots are not older than 6-7 years or have been redeemed before. From the age of 7 years, the soles of the mountain boots can come off without warning. This can not be seen in advance and can only prevent either by replacing the shoes or give them new soles.
Some shoe manufacturers give customers help in categorizing shoes. Here you should select shoes of the categories A / B, B or B / C. It is not necessary that the shoes are suitable for crampons.
What exactly awaits me at the mountain huts during the overnight stay?
It should be clear to each participant that a mountain lodge is not a hotel and does not necessarily offer the same amenities as are natural in the valley.
While staying at the Valley double room is the norm, staying overnight in the alpine mountain huts double room will be the exception. There are usually shared rooms available, but it may sometimes be that an overnight stay in the camp is necessary. As organizers, we do our utmost to bring out the best for you, but we also have no idea how full each accommodation will be on the appropriate days.
It behaves similarly to the sanitary facilities and showering facilities. All the mountain huts on the tour have clean washrooms and most also offer the option of taking a hot shower for a fee. But even this may not be possible due to lack of water and should not be taken for granted by the participants.
Are there any WLAN in the accommodations and do I always have a mobile phone network?
As we move in the mountains, a continuous network availability is clearly not given. Also, access to the Internet via Wi-Fi is not available in all accommodations. But that's exactly what an alpine crossing is all about. We have time to focus on the really important things in life - ourselves!
What happens if I fall ill on the mountain hike or injure myself or break off for personal reasons?
Should someone fall ill during the crossing of the Alps or injure themselves during the tour, the foreign health insurance covers the costs for an initial care on the spot, as well as the repatriation of the sick. Please note the exact modalities of your insurance. In any case, we as organizer will support you here in the organization. However, we ask for your understanding that a cost assumption for treatment or return transport from our side is definitely excluded.
If a participant breaks off the tour for private reasons, the return journey to Garmisch is to be organized and the costs are to be borne by yourself. A partial refund of the travel price is excluded.
During the tour, the guide declares that my personal ability or condition for the tour is not enough to continue the tour. What happens now?
We inform each participant in detail about the requirements for this alpine crossing before the tour. Furthermore, each participant has the opportunity to book a paid preparation hike at the Alpine School Garmisch, where he / she can determine for himself whether he is suitable for the tour or not.
If someone decides to participate, we assume that everyone is aware of the requirements and, secondly, we assume that everyone also meets the requirements.
It is therefore just fair to the other participants in a group tour that participants who clearly remain behind the requirements of the tour and thus hinder the entire group must be excluded from continuing the crossing of the Alps. A refund of the costs is also excluded here.
At this point we would like to emphasize once again that the walking speed in the group is very moderate and that consideration for a "bad day shape" is taken.
Can I participate in the crossing of the Alps if I have any illnesses or allergies?
All in all you can not answer this question. The hike goes through alpine terrain from which a quick rescue is often possible only by helicopter and only in stable weather.
For this reason, it is essential that you contact us before booking and ask if you can participate with the appropriate "handicap". After that we would like to ask you before the tour, to inform the guide about your limitation, so he knows about the circumstances.