Hiking the Alps in EuropeThe E5 from Oberstdorf, Germany to Merano, Italy with hotel accommodations and English language speaking guides.
The Alps are the largest mountain range in Europe. They cover parts of southeastern France and northern Italy, most of Switzerland, part of southern Germany, some of Austria and Slovakia. Many consider the towering Alpine peaks, covered with ice and snow, the most magnificent natural sight in Europe.
Most Alpine peaks range in height between 6,000 and 8,000 feet (1,829 - 2,438 m.) above sea level, but hundreds of peaks tower more than 10,000 feet (3,048 m.). Mont Blanc, in the Pennine Alps, is the highest mountain in all the Alps. It towers 15,782 feet (4,810 m.) higher than the sea. The second and third highest peaks, also in the Pennines, are Monte Rosa (15,203 feet; 4,634 m.) and the Matterhorn (14,692 feet, 4,478 m).
The Alps are considered the birthplace of "alpinism" or mountaineering. Summer visitors enjoy mountain climbing, swimming, boating and hiking. In winter, Alpine resorts offer skiing, skating, tobogganing and curling. There are many famous Alpine resorts here, including Chamonix (France), Zermatt, Saint Moritz, and Davos (Switzerland); Sankt Anton and Innsbruck (Austria); Garmisch-Partenkirchen (in Germany) and others.
In cooperation with an established and renowned German operator, who lives within sight of the Bavarian Alps, Timberwolf Tours offers a long distance hiking trip of the E5 with English language speaking guides. This famous trail through three different countries from Oberstdorf, Germany, to Merano, Italy is 68 miles (110 km) long with some 19700 ft (6000 m) of elevation gain. It is a demanding but rewarding experience full of awesome scenery, ancient culture and unique accommodations.
The highlights of this trip are the distinct unique valleys, mountains and cultural areas you get to experience first-hand in company of an experienced mountain guide. Beautiful huts located between 1.800 and 2.700 meters (5900 and 8850 ft) of altitude invite you for delicious lunches before heading down again to your unique hotels or guesthouses down in the valleys. Flowers, glaciers, rugged peaks and picturesque meadows accompany you through the German, Austrian and Italian Alps on one of Europe’s most ancient and beautiful trails.
In addition to the many scenic highlights, you have the opportunity to discover some exclusive cultural highlights as well. Prior to crossing the Alps you visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig and model for Cinderella’s castle at Disney World in Florida.
After the tour on the way back you have a chance to visit the museum in Bozen, the new resting place of the more than 5000 year old glacier mummy in its eternal -6 degree vitrine. The museum itself is second to none exhibition of the history of the Alps from different aspects.
The summer in the Alps is usually mixed with warm and dry periods and rain or thunderstorms which can be severe. Normally you hike in shorts and t-shirt. However, with the altitude it becomes colder. Snow can occur anytime above 6560 ft 2000 m). The temperature at 39840 ft (3000 m) varies between 53 and 23 degrees F (+12 to -5 C) in July and August. September can be colder. Wind, thunderstorms and driving rain can create hypothermia. Waterproof clothes, a hat and gloves are compulsory.