Plan your hiking holidays
In this article, we reveal everything hikers need to know: where to find the perfect accommodation, where to get the proper equipment, and where to book local mountain guides who share important tips and tricks.
Plan your individual outdoor adventures with our interactive tour planner. Filter by difficulty, elevation gain and activity to find hiking tours to suit all abilities.
Outdoor safety tips
Venturing into the outdoors is a great opportunity to escape the daily grind and connect with nature. To ensure that your mountain or hiking tour is a positive experience, we ask you to follow the rules, mind your manners and find out what to do in an emergency.
Top-quality hiking equipment
The sport shops in the Achensee region carry everything a hiker’s heart desires, offering high-quality hiking equipment to rent or buy. The knowledgeable staff will be happy to provide expert advice and help you find the perfect outdoor gear.
The Achensee holiday region offers accommodations to suit everyone: inns, pensions, holiday apartments, farm-stay holidays, and hotels from budget to 5-star. There are also five campsites for those who want to enjoy the benefits of staying outdoors in the beautiful nature surrounding Tirol’s largest lake.
Mountain & ski guides and mountain hiking guides
Many of our mountain & ski guides and mountain hiking guides hail from the Achensee region and know the area inside out. They take you to the most scenic spots and are happy to share their insider tips for the best mountain huts where you can refuel with Tirolean delicacies. Mountain & ski guides and mountain hiking guides are two different types of professionals:
Mountain & ski guides are proficient in all areas of mountaineering. In summer, they take you into high alpine terrain on “black” (difficult) trails and guide you over steep and trackless terrain. They also conduct rock climbing and glacier tours. In winter, the experts offer guided snowshoeing tours, ski touring, freeride and backcountry skiing, and ice climbing. In addition, they conduct a variety of skill courses. Mountain & ski guides have been trained according to international standards. Notice: However, they may only do this within the authorised scope/terrain according to the Bergsportführergesetz, 2. Abschnitt § 3 (Mountain Guides Act, 2nd section § 3).
Mountain hiking guides are certified to guide people on blue (easy) and red (moderately difficult) trails, on hut-to-hut tours plus nature and herb walks up to the treeline. Mountain hiking guides may also guide visitors on easy summit tours. They are authorized to guide these tours in trackless terrain that is at most moderately difficult. In winter, they also offer guided snowshoe walks on terrain which is obviously not prone to avalanches. Notice: However, they may only do this within the authorized scope/terrain according to the Bergsportführergesetz, 3. Abschnitt § 15 (Mountain Guides Act, 3rd section § 15).
Packing list for day hikes:
- Medium-size backpack ca. 25 litres
- Sturdy boots (ankle-high hiking boots)
- Weather appropriate clothing incl. extra shirt
- Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, cap)
- Drinking bottle, food and snacks
- Cash for stopovers at mountain huts or inns
- First aid kit, bivouac bag, head torch, mobile phone
- Small garbage bag
- Telescopic hiking poles
Packing list for multi-day hikes
- Follow this link to view an essential equipment recommendation including videos for multi-day hikes.
Looking to collect hiking badges from the Achensee region? Get the hiking pass Achensee and earn hiking badges in gold, silver, and bronze! How? Pick up your hiking pass at one of the region's information offices. Complete at least three of the required tours, collect the stamps at the finishing point, and purchase your hiking badge at one of our information offices.
SummitLynx is a mobile mountaineering and hiking app that allows users around the world to record mountain peaks and hiking routes via GPS and share successes on social networks. The functionalities of the app for "mountain lynxes" help mountaineers, hikers, and climbers to record their mountain achievements digitally. In addition, SummitLynx lets you collect the traditional and popular hiking pins from Lake Achensee on your smartphone.