Whether you want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, trek the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites or scale via ferratas in Italy, check out our selection of resources below.
Each mountain range around the world presents its own unique challenges and adventure character. At Alpenventures UNGUIDED, we firmly believe in taking advantage of that unique character in order to get the most out of your adventure. And that is exactly what we are here to help you do. Here are our recommendations for adventuring in the Alps:
Hut to Hut Hiking
There are over 800 serviced huts scattered around the Alps. By serviced, we mean with staffed kitchens and warm beds. Hut to hut hiking is the way to do a multi-day hut tour in the Alps. The result is a light backpack, new friends, delicious food and refreshing beverages at the end of a spectacular hiking day. We should also mention that backcountry camping is illegal throughout most of the Alps.
Thanks to a fantastic network of bicycle paths, bicycle touring in the Alps is a much more relaxed activity than it may be in other parts of the world. A popular activity among families and retirees, bicycle touring is also great for fit hikers in search of an adventure. This activity offers maximum flexbility in both price and difficulty level and is a great way to experience culture and nature in the Alps.
We refer to via ferratas as climbing for hikers or hiking for climbers. They are perfect for hikers in search extra adventure or climbers who want to move through the mountains without the burden of traditional climbing gear. Via ferratas are fixed climbing routes that are protected by a steel cable. They come in all difficulty levels and we estimate there are about 2,000 of them scattered throughout the Alps.
Here are a few ways the Alps may be different from other mountain ranges around the world:
Don’t judge a peak by its altitude. Although tree-line in the alps is lower than the city of Colorado Springs in the U.S., the alpine environment begins at 1,800 meters and should be respected as such.
Bring cash with you on your day tours. Trail descriptions and hiking guidebooks often include a description for coffee break possibilities right alongside the length and elevation gain of the tour.
Unless you are off-season, expect to be sharing the beauty of the alps with many other adventure lovers.
There many signs on the trails in the Alps. Hiking signs give time instead of distance to destinations, and cycling signs typically give distance.
Steep mountains mean steep trails and pretty, green mountains mean frequent rain and sometimes slippery trails