Saalach Valley Circular Trail – short variant

The Saalach Valley Circular Trail is a shorter 3 day version of the original Saalach Valley hiking experience.  The route takes you from Saalfelden to Maishofen to Maria Alm and back to Saalfelden with three consecutive days of hiking tailored to meet your individual needs.

The hiking routes are designed in such a way that hikers can always choose between easier variants that anyone can tackle without a problem, to others that are more challenging with greater gains in elevation. 

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here

We can arrange airport transfers from Salzburg or Innsbruck

  • Day 1 - Saalfelden - Maishofen

    There are four alternative routes which you can choose from this morning taking you to the wonderful resort of Maishofen right in the heart of the ski area Saalbach Hinterglemm.

    There is a 17km, 16km, 13km or 9km hike to choose from today with a maximum walking time of 7 hours.

    Saalfelden is the biggest city in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg and is situated centrally in the Saalachtal Valley surrounded by several significant mountain ranges.  The Steinernes Meer in the North, the Hochkonig massif in the East and the Leoganger Steinberge in the West.  

  • Day 2 - Maishofen - Maria Alm

    There are three alternative routes to choose from today including a 9km, 10km or 13km hike to Maria Alm from Maishofen.

    One of Austria’s best-kept secrets, Maria Alm is part of the Hochkönig ski area, with around 125km of piste stretching up past Dienten to Mühlbach. For years, locals and those in the know have been taking advantage of this undiscovered gem.  The village is very pretty and proud of having the highest church spire in the Salzburgerland

  • Day 3 - Maria Alm - Saalfelden

    On the last day of this tour you will be taken on a 13km hike back to Saalfelden where you started.

    An approximate walking time of 5 hours.

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What we like

  • The boarderless hiking paradiese of Saalfelden has a network of 400 km, well-tended hiking paths 
  • A stress free and very relaxing tour as your luggage is taken care of each day and transported from hotel to hotel whilst you take in all the wonderful scenery and fresh air the Alps has to offer!

'Packless' hiking

You can choose among a variety of "packless" hiking weeks, roaming throughout the gorgeous villages of the Saalachtal. Each hiker chooses his or her day's route:

  • whether you prefer a leisurely valley walk
  • a climb up to the numerous pastures ("Alm")
  • or a summit ascent...

...there is an individually tailored hiking experience for everyone.


  • Independently hiked daily stages.
  • The Tourist Office will issue you with a list of your accommodations, tickets, hiking map and precise route descriptions on your first day of hiking or at your first accommodation.
  • Not recommended for children 12
  • Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel and will await you at each day's destination, when you arrive after an exciting hiking day. 

What's included

  • hiking map
  • route book (detailed description of the route)
  • depends on the route – ticket for a ride up with the chairlift Huggenberg, lift tickets for Saalbach Hinterglemm and ticket for the summer toboggan
  • hiking pin
  • hiking socks
  • name plates for the luggage
  • information brochures of each village


Your luggage will be transported daily from place to place but for each hike it is recommended that you bring a lightweight backpack with the following items included:

  • Waterproofs
  • Travel documents
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Plenty to drink and snacks


  • Hotels and inns may be booked with half board or breakfast, while guesthouses provide breakfast only.
  • All rooms offer shower/WC.

Level of difficulty

  • Moderate
  • Total kilometres to hike approximately 40km
  • Maximum altitude 2360m

Recommended season

  • May, June, July, August, September and October

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

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