Project Description

Day Hikes

A day hike is a great way to get away from the city and offer different approaches to the mountains and surrounding areas.
Shorter tours are a great way for observing nature, photography or just relax in a beautiful place. Longer Tours require a higher level of endurance and are a good way to get in shape for multi day ventures or endurance sports events like trail races and are therefore a perfect way to challenge yourself in every days life.
Just let me know what you are up to and I come up with suggestions!

Date: year round (with snowshoes in winter)

Booking: info@happytrails.at (about 7 days in advance)

Trip style: hiking (6-10 hours)

Length/elevation gain: from 10 – 30 km / 500 – 1500 m+

Group size: 1-10 people

Price: 120 € individual / 280 € group

What is included?
The guiding fee and rental gear if needed. (backpacks, hiking poles, etc..)

Backpacking Fundamentals Course

Dates:  Fr  22. May 2020 – So 24. May 2020
Fr 09. October – So 11. October 2020

No matter if you are planning to hike a long distance trail overseas, a traverse of the alps under your own power or if you just want to spend a couple of nights under the stars, here you learn the most important skills for your multi day adventure! This learning-intensive trip takes place in the Nationalpark Kalkalpen where we will spend two nights at different Biwakspots where we will pitch our tent or tarp to spend the night outside.
The area is one of Austria’s largest distinct forests – a sea of forest, which has not yet been dissected by public transportation routes and human habitation. Here, you will also find one of the longest intact stream systems of the Eastern Alps.

Objective: Learning how to plan and realise multi day or long distance hikes in mountain environments using modern gear and techniques.

Topics: Gear selection, training, mental skills & mindset, navigation (on-off trail), food & nourishment, shelter setups, stove operations, trail hygiene, wildlife precautions;

Region: Nationalpark Kalkalpen

Duration: 2 nights / 3 days hiking

Group size: 3 to 6 people

Level: Beginner to intermediate, you should be comfortable to hike 4-6 hours a day, covering about 17 km;

Accomodation: Tent at the Biwackplätze Steyrsteg and Weißwasser; Firepit, WC on site;

Price: 450 € per person

Booking: info@happytrails.at

Included:

Guiding fee & organization
Introduction to ultralight backpacking & gearlist
Demo Gear
Camping fee

Not included: transports (To and from the location, trains, taxis, buses, etc..), lodging, meals, drinks and snacks.

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Multi Day Hikes Austrian Alps

Description: This mountain range is the southern most part of the Hohe Tauern region, a bit more secluded with very sparse infrastructure and just a few smaller huts connected by a wonderful mountain trail. Almost all of it is above treeline and 360° views over glaciers to the north and the Dolomites to the south are given.

Date: individual dates possible

Booking: info@happytrails.at (about 30 days in advance)

Duration: 6 days (4-5 days hiking)

Length: 55 km / 3500 m + ascent

Accomodation: Mountain Huts (dormitory 2-8 beds room in traditional alpine huts)

Walking Time: 6-8 hours per day

Level: Moderate, rocky uneven mountain trails with steep and long ascents and descents. Crossing of  snowfields possible. Sure footing  good balance and a strong endurance are a must on this trek.

Group Size: 2-6 people

Price: 650 €

Included in the price is the guiding fee, organization, packing list;
Not included are transports (To and from the location, taxis, buses, etc..), lodging, meals, drinks and snacks. A night in a hut is typically between 40-50 € incl. dinner/breakfast.

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Start and end point can be reached per public transportation.

Description: The Inntaler Höhenweg is a 4-5 day alpine trek that runs high above the Inn-Valey reaching altitudes up to 2800 meters above sea level. Our hike starts at Patscherkofel and runs eastwards across the Tuxer alps to Kellerjoch above the town of Schwaz.
The high-altitude trail from Patscherkofel that continues eastwards to Glungezer provides beautiful views across the Inntal Valley to the Nordkette and the Karwendel mountains and as far as the Central Alps to the south.
The middle section of the route between Navis Jöchl and Grafennsjoch provides excellent views of the Zillertal valleys. Wonderful flora and fauna are constant companions on the route.

Dates: individual dates possible;

Booking: info@happytrails.at

Duration: 5 days

Length: 70 km / 4500 m + ascent

Accomodation: Mountain Huts (dormitory 2-8 bed rooms in traditional alpine huts)

Walking Time: 6 – 8 hours per day

Level: Difficult, rocky uneven mountain trails with steep and long ascents and descents. Crossing of  snowfields possible. Sure footing  good balance and a strong endurance are a must on this trek.

Group Size: 2-6 people

Price: 650 €

Included in the price is the guiding fee, organization, packing list;
Not included are transports (To and from the location, taxis, buses, etc..), lodging, meals, drinks and snacks. A night in a hut is typically between 40-50 € incl. dinner/breakfast.

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Start and end point can be reached per public transportation.

Multi Day Hikes Italian Alps

Description: Between the Austrian Alps and the Dolomites there is another beautiful, kind of lesser known mountain range. The Pfunderer Berge! This Highroute combines everything a multi day trip through the alps can offer. Stunning landscape from forests, lakes, meadows and high passes combined with local specialities and hospitalty. One of my personal top spots in the alps.

Dates: individual dates possible;

Booking: info@happytrails.at (about 30 days in advance)

Duration: 6 days (4-5 days hiking)

Length: 75 km / 5500 m + ascent

Accomodation: Mountain Huts / Bivy

Walking Time: 6 – 8 hours per day

Level: Difficult, rocky uneven mountain trails with steep and long ascents and descents. Crossing of  snowfields possible. Sure footing  good balance and a strong endurance are a must on this trek. There is one short but vertical down climb on a via feratta cable. You have to be free from fear of heights!

Group Size: 2-6 people

Price: 650 €

Included in the price is the guiding fee, organization, packing list;
Not included are transports (To and from the location, taxis, buses, etc..), lodging, meals, drinks and snacks. A night in a hut is typically between 40-50 € incl. dinner/breakfast.

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Start and end point can be reached per public transportation.

Long Distance Hikes Europe

Description:
This is a continuous hike thru the central Pyrenees, a best of so to speak!

Date: July to mid October

Booking: info@happytrails.at (about 6 weeks in advance)

Duration: 10 days (8 days of hiking)

Length: 120 km / 8500 m + ascent

Accomodation: Mountain Huts / Bivy

Walking Time: 6 – 8 hours per day

Level: Difficult, rocky uneven mountain trails with steep and long ascents and descents. Crossing of  snowfields possible. Sure footing  good balance and a strong endurance are a must on this trek.

Group Size: 2-4 people

Price: 1500 €

Included in the price is the guiding fee, organization, packing list;
Not included are transports (To and from the location, taxis, buses, etc..), lodging, meals, drinks and snacks. A night in a hut is typically between 40-50 € incl. dinner/breakfast.

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Start and end point can be reached per public transportation.

Description:
I offer a full guided thru hike of the Pyrenees, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Europe, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. The route starts at the beach and follows trail systems thru the Basque Country where we come across small villages and towns and later reach the high alpine zone of the Central Pyrenees with their high passes, scree fields, mountain lakes and forests. A journey of a lifetime!

Date: July to mid October

Booking: info@happytrails.at (about 6 months in advance)

Duration: 40 days

Length: 800 km / 45000 m + ascent

Accomodation: Mountain Huts / Bivy

Walking Time: 6 – 8 hours per day

Level: Difficult, rocky uneven mountain trails with steep and long ascents and descents. Crossing of  snowfields possible. Sure footing  good balance and a strong endurance are a must on this trek.

Group Size: 1-4 people

Price: 4000 €

Included in the price is the guiding fee, organization, packing list;
Not included are transports (To and from the location, taxis, buses, etc..), lodging, meals, drinks and snacks. A night in a hut is typically between 40-50 € incl. dinner/breakfast.

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Start and end point can be reached per public transportation.

Long Distance Hikes Overseas

Date: 7. September 2020 – 19. September 2020

Description:

Located in the western Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Yosemite Nationalpark established in 1890 is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, wildlife, lakes, meadows and glacier carved valleys. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.
Our hike starts at Tuoloumne Meadows above the world famous Yosemite Valley known for it´s granite domes and enourmous vertical walls. Once we leave the road to the north, we will not cross another road for the entire duration of the trip. There is no infrastructure in the backcountry, therefore we will carry all our gear and food for the hike on our backs, working together as a team navigating with maps and compass to find the best and most interesting routes through forests, canyons, passes, ridge lines and rivers. At the end of each day we will seek out for suitable and stunning places to make camp for the night.
This will be an ambitious and learning intense trip for fit intermediate backpackers who want to undertake an adventure they would not go on their own. Also beginner backpackers with very good fitness and will to learn new skills in suberb scenery are welcome!

„It doesn’t get much better. Granite spires, majestic glacier-carved valleys and countless alpine lakes“ Cam Honan

Booking: info@happytrails.at (not later than 10. March 2020)

Duration: 12 days (8 -10 days of hiking)

Length: 160 km / 98 mi; 9000 meters ascent / 29000 feet ascent; 35 % off-trail;

Accomodation: backcountry camping, 2 nights in hotels pre & post hike

Walking Time: 6 – 8 hours per day

Level: Difficult, rocky uneven mountain trails and off-trail sections (35%) with steep and long ascents and descents. Crossing of  snowfields and fording rivers possible. Sure footing, good balance and strong endurance are a must on this trek.

Group Size: 2-4 people

Price: 2450 € per. Person

Included in the price:
Guiding fee & organization
Packing list & gear recommendations
Pre trip group call
Rental car (SF-Tuolumne Meadows-SF)
Nutrition (breakfast & dinner)
Backcountry permit
Bear Canister rental (food storage)
Satelite SOS Locator Beacon

Not included: are transports (flights, airport taxis),esta fee, Insurance, personal gear, lodging (pre&post trip), drinks and snacks.
Depending from where and when you book your flight into San Franciso (SFO), add about 500-1000€ for a return flight and 50-150€ for a room. I am happy to help when it comes to bookings, visas and logistics.

Tentative itinerary:

Day 1 07.Sept. : Arrive in San Francisco (SFO), Meet and greet the group and guide at the hotel
Day 2: Arranging food & gear, drive to Tuolumne Meadows, hike out the same day
Day 3 – Day 11: hike
Day 11:  driving back to SF, Farewell Dinner
Day 12 19.Sept.: departure from SFO

Changes in the route are at the discretion of the guide. These changes might be caused due to weather conditions, conditions of trail,  lodging or fitness of the group.

Custom Hikes

Other Ideas? Let us talk about it!

Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Change Policy

Deposit & Payment:

The deposit (non refundable) for every trip should be paid in a period of 10 days after you receive a pdf invoice from me.
Deposit for Backpacking Fundamentals Course: 150 €
Multi day hikes in Europe: 300 €
Long distance hikes: 400 €

The prefered payment method is bank transfer via Iban (international).
I also accept paypal as long as there is no fee I have to pay. Make sure you select „Send money to family or friends“ or „Send a gift“.
You can find the payment details on the Contact page.

Cancelation & Refunds:

Cancellations made at least 30 days prior to trip’s starting date receive a full refund, less the deposit.
Cancellations made 14-29 days prior to the trip’s starting date will receive a 25% refund, less the deposit.
Cancellations made 0-13 days prior to trip’s starting date, or after the trip has begun, will not receive a refund but get a 35% credit for future trips or other services.
If you wish to change an allready booked trip to a different one, no fees will be charged. If the other trip is not available and you can not go on the booked one the cancellation policies will occur.

Refunds will be issued promptly via bank transfer or your prefered method.