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Zugspitz Guides

The mountain professionals

The Zugspitz Guides are local professionals from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and your experts on Germany’s highest peak – the 2,962-metre-high Zugspitze. They organise and facilitate unique adventures and unforgettable moments for you 365 days a year – while hiking, on the glacier, on the rock or on skis. 

Glacier and climate excursion

with mountain school VIVALPIN

A glacier expert from the VIVALPIN mountain school takes interested guests on a journey through the history of the earth. Participants will discover traces of ice from the Würm Ice Age (11,000 years ago) to the present day: moraines and permafrost, glacial lakes, fossils from a bygone era and much more.

On the approximately three-hour excursion, guests learn many interesting facts, hike over glacier ice and explore the traces of the glaciers.

Summit ascent Zugspitze

Programme & requirements
  • Duration: approx. 1 h
  • Start/end: variable
  • Price: on request
  • Minimum number of participants: 6

With 2,962 meters, Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. Climbing the main summit opens up completely new perspectives as Germany's most impressive panorama can be enjoyed from the highest point. An ascent is carefully planned and organized by experienced, state-certified mountain and ski guides. Every summit aspirant is continuously secured from the visitor platform to the summit and back. The ascent takes place after a detailed safety briefing. It is therefore possible to climb the main summit of the Zugspitze even under extreme snow and ice conditions.

The short ascent to Zugspitze summit requires normal physical fitness, surefootedness and a head for heights. Rental equipment is provided by the Zugspitz Guides.

Glacier trail

Programme & requirements
  • Duration: approx. 2–3 h
  • Start/end: variable
  • Price: on request
  • Minimum number of participants: 6

The Schneeferner is one of the last glaciers in Germany and is located directly behind the Sonnalpin restaurant on plateau Zugspitze. The glacier tour of the Zugspitz Guides is accompanied by a mountain guide and leads over the northern Schneeferner in about two to three hours. During the tour you will receive interesting information about the current status and the effects of climate change on the Zugspitze and you can feel the "eternal ice". You can look forward to an unforgettable experience with our professional mountain guides.

The short tour over the glacier requires normal physical fitness for a two to three hour hike. Furthermore, surefootedness and warm clothing are required. Rental equipment is provided by the Zugspitz Guides.