Saalach Valley High Trail

To begin this tour, you will warm up with an easy valley hike along the banks of the Leoganger Ache to the foot of the imposing Leoganger Steinberge. From Leogang you will head out via the Schwarzleo Valley and the Spielbergtörl to Hinterglemm.

The trail to Saalbach will lead you across the Grasberge mountains, through the variety-packed mountain landscapes of the Limestone Alps, with your reward being those great summiting experiences and glorious views.

The fourth daily stage takes you along the Saalachtal High Trail, through Alpine meadows covered in colourful flowers, to Viehhofen and to conclude this week of hiking, you will be able to enjoy the romantic Rhododendron Path close to Viehhofen and an exhilarating ride down the Alpine Slide on the Biberg back to the valley and to Saalfelden. 

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here

We can arrange airport transfers from Salzburg or Innsbruck

  • Day 1 - Saalfelden - Leogang

    There are two options to choose from today which both cover the distance from Saalfelden to Leogang.

    The first option is a 16km hike taking approximately 6 hours.

    This hike will take you through the Dorfheim Valley to Lenzing, Wieserberg, Bernerwinkel, Mitterbrand, Sinningerberg, Ullach, Priesteregg and on to Leogang itself.

    The second option is a 19km hike taking approximately 8 hours.


  • Day 2 - Leogand - Saalbach Hinterglemm

    Again today you have two hiking options to choose from.  There is a shorter 12km hike taking approximately 6 hours or a more challenging 17km hike taking approximately 8 hours.

    Saalbach Hinterglemm offers more than 400km of hiking trails during the Summer months.  It is here that sporty hikers are rewarded with impressive summits during their demanding day excursions.  Pleasure hikers choose to get up the mountain with the mountain railways in order to explore the Salzburg mountain world in a comfortable and effortless way.


  • Day 3 - Saalbach Hinterglemm

    Today you can choose from an 18km round trip hike or a 12km hike.  

    The objective of today's hiking is to reach the Schattberg Mountain which has three peaks.  The goal is to reach the West Schattberg at 2096m and the East Schattberg at 2018m. 

    The West and East Schattberg are accessible on ski lifts from Hinterglemm and Saalbach that form part of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang ski region. Before the Schattberg express cableway was erected in 2003, the Schattberg Cable Car (Schattbergbahn), built in 1960, ran from Saalbach to the summit. This cable car was, after its upgrade in 1973, the largest of its type in Austria, capable of transporting 100 people per cabin, and having the strongest standing cable (63 mm) in the world.

    Around the mountain are several alm huts. The area is accessible on numerous hiking trails. 


  • Day 4 - Saalbach - Stiegernigg

    Today's walking time is approximately 6.5 hours and a 16km hike from Saalbach to Stiegernigg.  


  • Day 5 - Stiegernigg - Saalfelden

    On the last day of your hiking tour you will make the 16km hike back to Saalfelden where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the 400 metre long summer toboggan run directly at the mountain station of the Asitz cable car.  

    From 1800 metres up you will streak through the Pinzgau mountains with magnificent views of the Steineres Meer from Saalfelden and the Leogang Steinberge Mountains.  After the ride, the ski lift brings all the sledders back to the start!  An adventure not to be missed at the end of your week.


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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 week

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.

Luggage

  • 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. 

Whats 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

Equipment

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

Accommodation

  • Within this package you can choose between half board and breakfast only. If you take the half board option you will be accommodated in 3 star hotels or guest houses, if you take the breakfast only option you will be accommodated mostly in bed and breakfast inns. 
  • All rooms offer shower/WC

Duration

  • This lovely hiking tour is a 6 night, 5 day holiday
  • You will walk approximately 68km in total across 28 hours

Recommended season

  • May, June, July, August and September

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