When embarking on a hut tour in the Dolomites, there are a few things to keep in mind. Even if it's not your first time, never underestimate the Dolomites for your hiking holiday to be a safe and enjoyable experience, our trekking experts have the following tips for you.
1. Don't Overdo It: Mountain hiking is the perfect escape from everyday life, but don't overdo it. "Over and underestimations are dangerous. Don't overestimate yourself and don't underestimate the route," says Sierd, also a Kilimanjaro expert at Bookatrekking.com. "Choose the slower option and take more time for your plans. Hiking under time pressure is not pleasant, and a high pace can be dangerous. Don't forget the word 'holiday' in 'hiking holiday'."
2. Plan Carefully: Good planning is half the battle! Hiking maps, literature, the internet, and expert advice are invaluable for tour planning and allow you to determine the length, altitude difference, difficulty, and conditions of your tour. If you plan group hikes, always plan the tour for the weakest member of the group! Weather in the mountains can change incredibly fast, and rain, wind, and cold increase the risk factor. Therefore, always check the weather forecast in advance. Also, reach out to our trekking experts and get informed before you go.
3. Fully Equipped: Equipment is everything. In extreme cases, it makes the difference between life and death, and in all cases, it makes the difference between joy and suffering. Food, rain, cold and sun protection should always be in your backpack, as well as a first aid kit and a mobile phone (European emergency number: 112). However, lighter luggage makes walking easier, so don't bring too much additional luggage. Your equipment should always be suitable for your planned tour.
4. Suitable Shoes: Trail running shoes are good for weekends in the mountains, but for longer tours, you should have at least A/B-class hiking boots. This means high mountain boots that are also waterproof. On the Alta Via 2, for example, a fairly technical trail, your ankles need extra support, and you want to avoid sprains.
5. Stay on Marked Paths: In the Dolomites, there are endless marked hiking trails - these are well-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 have a good chance of getting lost. Steep slopes with packed old snow are also often underestimated and can be dangerous. In doubt? Then don't do it.
6. Regular Breaks: As mentioned, you're on a hiking holiday. Take time for your walk and rest regularly. Our advice: If you have little time, it's better to take the short arrangement than to speed up the long one.
7. Kids Rule: If you're going on a hut tour with the kids, the kids rule is the motto at Bookatrekking.com. The kids are happy, mom and dad are happy. Listen to them and don't exhaust them. Play a game on the way so they don't ask you every five minutes if you're there yet. Of course, always choose the child-friendly option.
8. Respect Nature: Don't leave any trash behind, avoid noise, stay on marked paths, leave the animals alone, and respect the protected areas.