I offer customized multi day hiking and trail running trips for single persons and small groups. My guiding service is focused on high quality, self powered, learning intense and adventure rich outdoor excursions away from mass tourism. The trips range from a beginner, to a high demanding level, where mental and physical fitness are a must. I also offer support and advice in training for long distance hiking and ultra trail running. I do coaching and gear specific clinics mainly in the field of lightweight and ultralight hiking and trail running.
HAPPY TRAILS stands for adventure and lived freedom in the outdoors.


The term equals to „Gute Reise“ or „Buen Camino“ and is commonly used in the english speaking hiking world.
I founded the company in 2018 based on clear ideas about working in the field of guiding & outdoor education since 2010. The idea grew stronger with gaining experience in various categories over the years, deepen my knowledge and establishing my profession by finishing the guiding education program in Austria.

About the guide

My name is Matthias Kodym, I am 36 years old and based in Innsbruck/Austria. I grew up with my family on the countryside of Lower Austria, playing in the woods behind our house, building forts and treehouses during the summer months and snowcaves in winter. Whenever I was free from school. My love for the outdoors grew stronger with my father and grandfather who took me on hikes and skiing trips from early on.

Hiking long distances became a passion from the very beginning. Even with every painful mistake a beginner could make, I knew from the beginning that this is the way I like to travel. Just a year after starting out, I hiked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail which opened a whole new world to me.  Beeing active in the outdoors combines my interest for endurance sports, my curiosity for the unknown, gives me an creative outlet in writing, video- & photography and matches perfectly with my aim to live a simple & fulfilled life to my standards. Besides hiking and trailrunning I am interested in photography, writing and other sports like climbing, ski-mountaineering, packrafting, cycling and skateboarding . I will help to efficiently plan the trip and get you out on your adventure! I am a certified Hiking & Trekking Guide and member of the Styrian Mountain Hiking Guide Association. I speak German and English.

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-2010 GR20 Corsica / GR121 Mallorca / Laugavegur Iceland
-2011 Pacific Crest Trail USA thru hike
-2013 Sarek & Padjelanta Sweden
-2014 Te Araroa South Island / Routeburn Track / Kepler Track / Rees Dart Track / North West Loop New Zealand
-2015 Wrangell St. Elias Packrafting Alaska USA
-2016 Süd-, Zentral- & Nordalpenweg Austria
-2018 Canary Islands Traverse  Spain
-2018 Trans Pyrenea (HRP/GR10/GR11)
-2018 Arizona Trail USA section hike
-2019 Cape Wrath Trail Scotland

-Finished over 10 Ultra Trail races from 50 Kilometers to 100 Miles

“Do you want to know, of which wood you are made of? – Then follow Matthias‘ example and hike. Hike far. Take some time, to discover yourself. „

Angelika / Austria

„Mit deiner Österreich Wanderung hast du mich übrigens inspiriert zuerst einmal meine Heimat zu durchwandern bevor ich auf den PCT gehe. Danke!“ 

Christian / Austria

„Beeindruckend wie Matthias zeigt, wie man sich mit leichtem Gepäck sicher und effizient in den Bergen bewegen kann“

Rainer / Germany

An „ultra-guide“ with a wonderful sense of humor!

Nedra / USA

„Thank you for keeping us all safe while enjoying the Dolomites“

Blythe + Fred / USA