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The Tirol Mountain Bike Safari is a newly designed mountain bike route, which was set up across the Tirol region, utilising the existing mountain lifts and an expanded network of trails.

The route goes from Nauders to Kössen, with 15 stages to complete over a distance of 650km and 24,500 vertical metres, of which 12,000m can now be undertaken by a network of 18 mountain lifts.

 

Route planning

Comprehensive details of all the stages of the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari are detailed here. Information you need to know such as the distance of the route, the starting point,  level of difficulty are all explained here as well as details about the elevation uphill and downhill. You will also find handy tips, from where to stop for lunch to where to find the best singletrails.

 

Accommodation

Working out where to stay can take some research but it is well worth looking at the list of approved accommodation for cyclists here. Each property has been vetted and quality approved for cyclists, fitting criteria such as providing a store room for bikes, a washing facility for bikes and clothing, a bike repair kit as well as providing knowledge on the best mountain bike and cycling tours and weather updates.  There are several tour operators offering packages too, such as MTB-Fahrtwind (mtb-fahrtwind.de tel. +49 8032 8989) or OÖ Touristik (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +43 732 7277232)

 

Luggage transfer

A luggage shuttle service is available for Stages 1-8 of the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari, leaving you free to enjoy riding your bike while your luggage is taken care of. For more information visit bikeshuttle.at 

 

GPS

full GPS data for each of the routes is available for download here

 

Lift tickets

Purchase a Tirol Mountain Bike Safari Flexi-Pass. Several of the mountain lift companies joined forces to offer a more convenient lift pass option, which is great news for mountain bikers planning multi-day trips. The new Flexi-Pass starts from 18€ for two mountain ascents, whilst the comprehensive pass costs 153€ for the all 17 ascents. For technical reasons, the only exception is the Karwendel mountain lift in Pertisau, where mountain bikers will have to purchase a separate single trip on the cable car.

 

Facts about the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari

•    Total distance of 660 km
•    18 mountain lifts
•    15 stages
•    25,000 vertical meters uphill, of which, approximately 12,000 meters is accessed by mountain lifts and 13,000m by mountain bike
•    Highest point is at 2,385m above sea level

 

Read Pete Coombs first-hand account of his 3-day trip on the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari from Imst to Fulpmes in the Summer 2015 issue of Active Traveller Magazine.