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Alpine crossing on E5 – From Oberstdorf to Meran

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  • View from Seescharte, on the right the peak Silberspitze
    View from Seescharte, on the right the peak Silberspitze
    Photo: Julia Gebauer, Outdooractive Editors
m 4000 3000 2000 1000 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 km Vernagt-Stausee Wasserfall beim … Hütte Venetbahn Bergstation Similaunhütte Weißeskarsee Seescharte Larcher Alm Meran
Distance 173.9 km
36:00 h
8,255 m
8,943 m
3,042 m
302 m
The classic alpine crossing: 6-day tour on the route E5 from Oberstdorf to Meran through the beautiful alpine terrain.

For many hikers, an alpine crossing is a long-cherished dream. Not only the classic long-distance trail from Munich to Venice but also the route E5 leads from valley to valley and from peak to peak. Within 6 days, the crossing leads alongside the most famous and most popular section of the trail from Oberstdorf to Meran. In the first 4 days, we follow the "classic" E5, then we continue on an alternate route to Meran. We cross three countries within six days whereby the alpine world around us changes within hours. Altogether, we master 4950 m in altitude upwards and 6470 m descent and walk 106 km. There are lots of possibilites for sleeping over and getting food supplies along the way. The accommodations can be chosen between huts and hotels. According to your own convenience you decide for a more rustic or a more comfort place. There are many possibilities to get tasty meals at the huts. If you want to bring your own meals you will find a shop in the valleys every three or four

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Question from Florian Zenker  · February 20, 2022 · Community
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Answered by Wander Verliebt · February 20, 2022 · Community
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Question from Sjoerd Martens · July 01, 2021 · Community
Hi there, I see a big difference in the details. for example you mention 104km, bur the route indicates 174 km. Which details are correct?
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Answered by Christian Friedl · July 01, 2021 · Community
Hi Sjoerd, I do not understand your question. The air-line is about 105km, but it is not possible to walk this line. You have to walk around some summits, lakes, steep mountains and so one. With all these nessesary detours you have to do about 180km. The Tour is also splittet in several stages with and includes data with added distances or km that are still to do. I hope this is the answer you can work with. Chris
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When did you do this route? August 04, 2018
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