© Achensee Tourismus
© Achensee Tourismus

Four-Day Karwendel Loop

On this varied four-day ride you circle the breathtaking Karwendel Mountains in the heart of Tirol. The scenic route for expert bikers in an excellent physical shape comprises forest and gravel trails, flowy descents and awe-inspiring Alpine landscapes. One of the great classic routes and an absolute must for passionate mountainbike fans!

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Starting point


Finishing point


Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains


305.5 km


4 day(s)


  • Circular route
  • Handicap-accessible
  • Route with e-bike charging station

Difficulty rating



1,770m 540m

Elevation uphill 6,880m
Vertical metres downhill 6,770m

Fitness level


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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Trail description

Day 1: Kufstein - Achensee
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,800/1,280 metres, Distance: 71.5 kilometres, difficult

From the historic small town of Kufstein, pedal along the Thierseer Ache river and climb to Thiersee. Beautiful gravel roads will take you past Stallenalm hut to the Ackernalm hut (open in the summer months). A descent brings you to Erzherzog Johann Klause, from where well-maintained dirt roads gradually ascend to Guffert hut in the Rofan Mountains. Fuel up with food and drink before riding down to Maurach on the shores of Lake Achensee along long and broad gravel trails.


Day 2: Achensee - Scharnitz
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,730/1,700 metres, Distance: 69 kilometres, difficult

From Lake Achensee a broad road with a gentle gradient takes you to the end of the valley. At Gernalm the ascent to Plumsjoch col and Plumssattel saddle at an elevation of more than 1,600 metres begins. This is where you will find the hut of the same name, which is a great place to gather some strength after the uphill effort. From the hut, a descent along broad gravel roads will bring you to Eng. This is where the ride resumes its second climb, taking you past Schwarzlacken hut and along gravel trails up to Karwendelhaus lodge. From there it’s a long and beautiful downhill to the destination end of this day: Scharnitz.


Day 3: Scharnitz - Schwaz
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,400/1,800 metres, Distance: 77 kilometres, difficult

From Scharnitz, cycle along the Drahnbach river on broad gravel trails with a gentle grade toward Seefeld. Having passed the riverside pastures, a long downhill on gravel takes you to the Inntal Valley floor and to Zirl. From there, it’s easy riding along flat terrain to Kranebitten near Innsbruck, where the ascent past Höttinger Bild to the Umbrüggler Alm and Arzler Alm hus begins (both huts are open in the summer). A descent brings you to Arzl and via Rum, Thaur, Absam and St. Michael to Schwaz.


Day 4: Schwaz - Kufstein
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,950/1,980 metres, Distance: 88 kilometres, difficult

The last day’s ride begins with a climb to Jenbach and the shores of Lake Achensee. After a short, flat section the ride resumes the second climb of the day. A forest road winds up to Kögelalm hut, situated at an elevation of 1,430 metres. A long downhill on gravel trails takes you across Schönjochtal Valley to Steinberg am Rofan. From there, a gentle ascent past Hinterberg runs parallel to the Steinberger Ache river to Pinegg and continues to the Kaiserhaus lodge. Traversing the Riedenberger Wiesen meadows at a gentle gradient, the route meanders past Riedenberg to picture-postcard Thiersee Lake. Quiet back roads bring riders across Marblinger Höhe to the starting point in Kufstein.

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