Long-distance hiking in the snow: Welcome to the White Carpet!
When your shoes crunch softly over the snow with every step, your breath glistens white in the air, the trees bend gently under the weight of the snow and you can already smell the delicious food on the Alm from afar – then you experience a very special winter magic. All this and more can be found on a winter long distance hike in the snow: in four days the long distance hiking trails lead you through the snowy landscape. What you need for this adventure and what you will experience on the way, you will find out when you read on.
Winter magic at its best: Long-distance hiking in the snow
Being far away in the mountains for days on end, getting as close as possible to nature, focusing on the essentials, experiencing a true mountain adventure and, in all this, outgrowing yourself – that and so much more is what long-distance hiking is all about. Everyone who has ever hiked from hut to hut over several days in (almost) any weather knows that this is a particularly impressive experience. One that touches, leaves traces and makes you addicted to it. That’s why we invented the first winter long-distance hiking trail in Tyrol. On the 4-day winter long distance hike you walk through the beautiful snowy landscape from accommodation to accommodation and even up to the cabin Wettersteinhütte. By the way, you don’t need snowshoes, because the hiking trails are perfectly cleared. All you need is sufficient physical condition.
The highlight: A night on the mountain
54 kilometres and 1300 metres of altitude difference have to be mastered on the long winter hike. In four days, the stages take you to the most beautiful spots in the region and high up into the mountains. The first stage starts in Leutasch and leads to Weidach on 14 kilometres and 145 metres of altitude gain. If you still haven’t had enough at the end of this first day, you can extend the hike a little further and walk up to the Katzenkopf, from where you can enjoy amazing views over the area. The second stage is one of the most beautiful and scenic of all. Early in the morning you start from Weidach to the photogenic Lottensee to the Möserer See. In the tiny and idyllic village Mösern you can relax after 16 kilometres and 400 metres of altitude gain.
Stage 3 has a very special highlight in store: the night at the Wettersteinhütte at 1717 m. Here the friendly hosts Beate and Hans await you with delicious Kaiserschmarren and breathtaking views over the mountains. With 14 kilometres and 720 metres in altitude, this stage is probably the most challenging of all. The next morning, you leave the Wettersteinhütte behind and hike the last stage of 9.5 kilometres back to the Weidach district, where you can look back on the past four days – tired, happy and proud with many collected experiences and impressions.
Less is more: Luggage service
A very special advantage is the luggage transport. You can leave your heavy luggage in the morning and start your hike with light day luggage. When you arrive at your next accommodation, your baggages will already be waiting for you. Another advantage: snowshoes are not needed during the winter long distance hike, because the hiking trails are groomed daily. In addition, there are several cabins, restaurants and huts on all stages of the hike, which invite you to a refreshing and well-deserved stop.
The facts at one glance
Time: The multi-day winter hike can be booked at the beginning of each week from Monday to Thursday between 13 January 2020 and 12 March 2020.
Stages & Overnight stays: 4 stages and 3 overnight stays
Luggage transport: Special service is the luggage transport which is included. This way, you can enjoy the stages with lonely a light rucksack.
Special highlight: Overnight stay at the Wettersteinhütte
Costs: from 198,- € p.p. incl. breakfast & local tourist tax
You do not need snowshoes for the long winter hike. Spikes (snow chains for the shoes) are recommended, however, as they prevent you from slipping. The spikes can be attached to the shoes in one easy step and can easily be stowed away in your rucksack when you don’t need them. In our sports shops in Leutasch (Sport Norz and Sport Wedl) you can rent the spikes. Walking poles also make walking easier, especially with a backpack. A detailed packing list with everything you need can be found here.
Long-distance hiking with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the best alpinists and mountaineers in the world. She was the first woman ever to climb all 14 eight-thousanders without artificial oxygen. What makes such a woman want to go winter hiking? In mid-December 2019 she came to the Olympiaregion to try out the winter long distance hiking trail – and absolutely loved it:
“It’s just great to walk through the beautiful countryside around Seefeld and be completely one with yourself.”
This is what Gerlinde says after the second stage of the winter long-distance hiking trail. “Summer long distance hiking is becoming more and more popular and I’m sure that this will become even more so in winter. All you need are your own feet, spikes and poles and you’re ready to go”. Spikes – the world-class mountaineer certainly does not need those, but still carries them in her backpack, just to be safe in case. “Even though I love the extreme and like living with very little comfort on my expeditions, I like to do gentle tours just as much. Listening to my own thoughts in the silence of nature and being completely with myself is something very valuable for me”.
The Komperdell athlete Gerlinde also appreciates the many cabins and huts on the stages. “On all of the hikes you have great opportunities to take a break and reload your batteries!” A comfort which she does not have on her extreme expeditions. In conclusion Gerlinde says, who by the way also likes to use the cross-country trails in the Leutasch for her training and preparations:
“It is really nice that winter long distance hiking brings many people closest to nature in winter!”
You can find all information about the long-distance hiking trail, the times and booking here.
Fotos: Johannes Geyer, Tessa Mellinger