When you go on a hut-to-hut trek in the Alps, it's wise to be aware of a few things. Even if this isn't your first time, never underestimate the Alps. To ensure your hiking vacation is a safe and enjoyable experience, our trekking experts have the following tips for you.
1. Don't overdo it: Mountain hiking is the perfect outlet and escape from everyday life. But, don't overdo it. "Overestimation and underestimation are dangerous. Don't overestimate yourself and don't underestimate the trail," says Sierd, also a Kilimanjaro expert at Bookatrekking.com. "Always choose the slower option and take more time for your plans. Hiking under time pressure is not enjoyable, and a fast pace can be dangerous. Don't forget the word 'vacation' in hiking vacation."
2. Plan carefully: Good planning is half the battle! Hiking maps, literature, the internet, and expert advice are invaluable for planning trips and allow you to determine the length, altitude difference, difficulty, and conditions of your hike. When planning group hikes, the hike should always be planned for the weakest member of the group! The weather in the mountains can change incredibly quickly, and rain, wind, and cold all increase the risk factor. Therefore, always check the weather forecast in advance. Also, contact our trekking experts and get familiarized before you start.
3. Fully equipped: Equipment is everything. In the most extreme case, this makes the difference between life and death, and in almost all cases, the difference between enjoyment and suffering. Provisions, rain, cold, and sun protection should always be in the backpack, along with a first aid kit and a mobile phone (European emergency number: 112). However, lighter luggage makes hiking easier, so don't bring too much extra baggage. Your equipment should always be suitable for your planned hike.
4. Suitable shoes: Trail running shoes are fine when you're spending a weekend in the mountains, but on longer hikes, you'll want at least A/B hiking boots. That means high mountain boots that are also water-resistant. On the Alta Via 2, for example, a fairly technical trail, your ankles will need extra support, and you'll want to prevent sprains.
5. Stay on marked paths: The Dolomites have an endless number of marked hiking trails - these are well-controlled and maintained. It may be tempting, but it's not a good idea to cut the path or take alternative routes through unmarked terrain. If you do, you are likely to get lost. Steep slopes of packed old snow are often underestimated and can be dangerous. Doubtful? Better not do it.
6. Regular breaks: Again, you're on a hiking vacation. Take time for your hike and take regular breaks. Our advice: If you have little time, it's better to take the short arrangement than to rush the long arrangement.
7. Children are in charge: When you take the children on a hut-to-hut trek the motto at Bookatrekking.com is "children are in charge." Keep the children happy, and mom and dad will be happy. Listen to them carefully and don't exhaust them. Play a game along the way so they don't ask if they're there yet every five minutes. Of course, always choose the child-friendly option.
8. Respect nature: Leave no waste behind, avoid noise, stay on marked paths, leave animals alone, and respect protected areas.