MoaAlm is lucky enough to be located in the stunning Kals Valley at the heart of the Austrian Alps. Not only do we have incredible, panoramic views from our guest house, we also have hiking and walking trails that lead from our back door into Austria's oldest and largest National Park. The Hohe Tauern National Park is a vast mountainous region that you can escape the crowds and lose yourself within its natural beauty.
A hiking and yoga summer holiday at MoaAlm gives you a unique opportunity to explore the Austrian Alps on your own two feet. We work with a fantastic National Park guide to ensure our guests feel confident challenging themselves to reach the most beautiful places in the park. The guide is very knowledgable on the wildlife that can be found within the region.
The following is a selection of our favourite trails from our base at MoaAlm:
Located at the heart of the Kalser valley and nestled alongside the Kalserbach is a beautiful trail taking in the old ‘stockmühle’ (watermills) of Kals. The trail leads from the traditional village of Grossdorf where hikers can observe traditional farming methods and enjoy the bright flower box displays. Following the Kalserbach the trail is signposted with historical descriptions of the mills. At one point there were 56 flour mills in the small valley. Now only three remain, with Kera Muhl still baking fresh bread for village residents every Thursday. The trail is a perfect place to bring children who can splash in the water and to take shade on a hot sunny day.
The jewel in the crown of the Kals valley is the hidden Dorfer Tal. Only accessible in summer through a steep sided gorge this magical hidden valley is suitable for easy walking alongside the river, or for accessing more difficult trails higher in the mountains. 8km from the village of Taurer is the stunning Dorefer See. A crystal clear lake surrounded by steep sided mountains. If you are brave enough it is perfect for a dip on a hot sunny day, but most people satisfy themselves with dipping their toes in and taking in the views The valley itself used to be an old smuggling route for traders avoiding the tax man on the way from Tirol to Salzburg. Originally local people farmed pigs in the valley, but since the fifties cattle farming has taken over. The trail from MoaAlm into the valley is lined with redcurrant bushes-if you bring some back we will bake them in a delicious vegan cake for you!
Figerhorn is a short, but satisfying climb, suitable for people who want to reach their first Alpine summit (2743m). The summit can be achieved as part of a loop walk from the village of Burg. Following signs to the ‘Felsenkappelle’ walkers will first come to an unusual church built under a huge rock. The church is significant in the Kals valley as during the excavations, prehistoric bones and artefacts were found. From the cave church walkers cross a small river and ascend a forest track and eventually narrow ,steep, footpath which zig zags through the pine and larch forest. Emerging from the forest there is an excellent place to rest with breathtaking views before you enter the Alpine meadows that rise steeply towards the summit. Towards the summit ridge the path narrows with a steep drop to the left. At the cross you are rewarded with fantastic views of Grossglockner and up to sixty other 3000m peaks. The descent is steady and finishes at the excellent Lucknerhaus mountain restaurant where you can sample traditional Austrian food such as Kaiserschmarrn
Whether you are hiking in the Alps for the first time, or are an experienced walker, our holidays are a perfect mix of activity in the mountains and relaxing at our beautiful mountain retreat. Would you like more information about our hiking holidays or the Hohe Tauern National Park? Send us an email.