Austrian walking holiday

“A week of guided hiking in the peaceful Austrian Alps, combined with daily yoga, and based at a stylish mountain retreat.”

Highlights

Daily guided hikes | Huge range of other optional activities | Grossglockner | Hohe Tauern National Park | Daily yoga sessions | Yummy organic plant-based meals, locally sourced | Wood-fired hot tub |

Description of Austrian walking holiday

Hit the trail with a superb Austria hiking holiday based in a unique and beautifully designed mountain retreat, located high up in the Austrian Alps, on the edge of the Hohe Taurern National Park, beneath the Groίglockner, the tallest mountain in the country.

The focus on all holidays at this stylish retreat is being 'Relaxingly Active' and this hiking holiday is no exception. Expect healthy fresh air, a range of activities, and sumptuous, plant-based cuisine.

You will be situated at 1800m, an excellent position from which to explore the mountains of East Tirol with personalised routes, and daily hikes led by a local guide and expert on the area. In most cases you'll start your week with a handful of easier hikes, moving on to more challenging ascents later in the week. Guided are very knowledgeable about the area and will be able to point out various Alpine flora and fauna - you may well see the occasional ibex.

Other activities available include rafting, canyoning, rock climbing and even paragliding - all optional and at a supplement. In the afternoons, with the active part of your day over with, relax in the wood-fired hot tub, or with a yoga session in the inhouse studio that offers spectacular, panoramic views. In good weather, you may also practise yoga outside. And of course - these sessions are designed to be as inclusive as possible, so even if you're a total beginner you're more than welcome to join in.

In the evenings, three-course meals are created by an inhouse chef, with seasonal menus where the food is organic and sourced as locally as possible. Breakfasts, and freshly baked cakes, follow the same principles.

Mind - body - soul: expect them all to come home thoroughly relaxed.

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30 May 2020
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Responsible tourism

Austrian walking holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

We are passionate about sustainability therefore we have taken the following actions to reduce our carbon emissions:

- We source locally grown or produced food (with lower food miles)

- We cook only plant based food which is healthy for the mind, body and planet.

- We aim to reduce the transport emissions of our guests: encouraging rail, public transport, walking, cycling, electric cars; and design our activities to use our own bodies as much as possible!

- Using renewable energy - we have a bank of solar panels which provide us with hot water and we have a wood chip boiler for heating.

- Reducing energy use -our house is super insulated, we use only low energy bulbs, we reject single use plastic, use low energy appliances have a water capture system and gow our own plants!

- Our staff live and work at MoaAlm, this reduces transport emissions and international travel.

Environment

MoaAlm is situated at 1800m, it is 2km up the mountain from the settlement of Taurer, a fragile environment which it is our goal to protect.

We serve plant based, locally sourced organic food, and change our menu with the seasons to ensure we are creating as minimul impact on the environment as possible.

Recycling is also a major part of our waste disposal. We only send one bin bag of waste to landfill each season, and are aiming to reduce our plastic usage this year.

Our water is supplied directly from a mountain spring and our heating system is a brand new 'eco' pellet burning system. The P4 pellet system has won many international quality awards in EU and USA, the most prestigious of all are the Blue Angel and the Austrian Ecolabel. Even in winter our south facing position can also provide supplementary energy from our solar bank.

Natural materials have been used in the construction and renovation of MoaAlm where possible and we have been pleased to find a number of high quality, locally produced materials to use in the refurbishment. The local tradesmen we employ are highly skilled, particularly in mediums of wood, stone and locally-produced felt.

Community

Guests will eat out for lunch on occasion and one evening at locally-run recommended restaurants.

We offer a weekly yoga class and coffee morning for local residents.

We support local farmers in taking care of the forestry and the forest tracks around MoaAlm.

The area also has an excellent ski school and advanced mountain guiding network of instructors that guests may choose to take advantage of. All fresh food and drink will be sourced locally where possible.

We will be employ an international team of full time staff who will receive a generous package of accommodation, food, ski pass and salary. Opportunities will also be available through our staff incentive scheme to participate in training courses annually. This scheme is in place to encourage staff to make this a rewarding full time lifestyle choice that can be sustainable rather than just a seasonal short term option.

Local tradesmen have been involved in the renovation of MoaAlm and we have pleased to find a number of high quality, locally produced materials to use in the refurbishment. These tradesmen are highly skilled particularly in mediums of wood, stone and locally produced felt.

4 Reviews of Austrian walking holiday

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Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Absolutely stunning scenery on the incredible guided walks every day. Some of the walks were hard work but so, so rewarding.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you bring proper walking boots!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - all the food at MoaAlm was vegan, locally sourced and very delicious. Our walks were led by a brilliant local guide who always encouraged us to eat at the local mountain food huts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic active holiday with lots of rewarding exercise but plenty of wonderful downtime too.

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all good. The setting, the amazing views, the accommodation and the delicious food. I really enjoyed the yoga - a great start to the day. The walks were varied but all very good.
The people running Moa Alm are all lovely and very enthusiastic. Very helpful and flexible as well -especially when I changed my plans at the last minute

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Moa Alm is quite remote and the journey there from any of the airports can be quite long and convoluted by public transport

Do try the yoga even if you haven't done it before .

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Used local food in Moa Alm and also we had lunch at traditional mountain huts, when available

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole experience of being in such a beautiful place away from everything. We particularly enjoyed the hillwalking and climbing Figerhorn mountain
with the outstanding panorama on top including the Grosglockner. We had such a sense of achievement are getting to the summit. Our guides both
Barbara and Hubert made every effort to ensure that we had a most enjoyable and memorable holiday. Waking up to yoga every morning set me up for the
day so well. The food was also outstanding with local produce and also wild mushrooms form the forest in many of the dishes. There was so much attention
to detail and it all tasted so delicious inculding the Indonesian feast. Thankyou so much

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To go out and see as much as you can of this beautiful area while you are there. It is such a special place but it is only through exploring its many valleys,
mountains, forests and villages that you feel the essence of this place.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited the local restaurants which we went to daily while on our walks. Little hidden away places. We did everything in our local area with little use of
transport. Only using on our feet and lots of energy!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our holiday was so memorable and we have loads of beautiful photos to look back on for many years to come. There was such attention to detail in Moa Alm.
The whole experience was really personal we felt part of this place. We all ate together, walked together, laughed together and talked together. I highly
recommend it.

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The absolutely superb location in a remote and largely unspoilt part of the Austrian Alps. Lots of lovely hiking routes in the vicinity as well as enough quiet enjoyment of the magnificent mountain scenery to warrant the description "Mountain Retreat".

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


-Don't go if really good cooking doesn't do anything for you! Everything the chef puts on the table is delicious and deserves to be appreciated.
- Do get up a bit early in the morning to join the yoga classes. Barbara will tailor them to your needs and abilities. Ask her to keep the music low if you don't like it!
- Despite the remote location - some 40 minutes' drive from the nearest town, Lienz - you can leave the car at home. Lienz is easily accessible by train and the hosts at MoaAlm will collect guests from the station.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Neither yes nor no; can't judge after just one week on a first visit. However, my feeling is that paragliding is not a conservationist practice....

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


See above, + The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with stupendous views; the hosts are extremely flexible and attentive to guests as individuals; they themselves and the way days are structured help you to feel really comfortable in the group. In other words: TOPS! I even congratulate myself for finding and booking this holiday!!

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