<<"If no, I will get the ski and hiking service rescue service per your suggestion.">>
You can do it online. they will mail a membership card to your home. It may not get there in time. Don't worry - once they have your money, you are covered.
Write down their number in case you don't have their membership card....1414
In Switzerland, that is a totally "no-hassle" service.
<<"Once again, really appreciate all help and advice you gave. It really help my friend and I in planning for our trip!">
You are more than welcome.
Do you like to hike from paper maps? Or, a Smartphone App?
I like paper - the batteries never run out, and you can write on them. Here are some comments on maps..
Switzerland has a nationwide well organized trail net work....die Wanderwege. Or, one (singular) "hiking trail" is 'der Wanderweg,."
or "ein Wanderweg."
Trail markings -
This is the site of the federal land office. They publish excellent maps and apps. Extremely well done.
Homepage - www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home.html
Online map - great detail
map.geo.admin.ch/?X=190000.00&Y=660000.0 0&zoom=1&lang=en&topic =ech&bgLayer=ch.swisst opo.swissimage
Products tab selected -
www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home/products.html
Hiking maps -
www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home/products/maps/le isure/hiking.html
die Wanderwege trails are marked in red. Public transport stops are marked.
Once you are in Luzern, stop at the (T.I.) tourist info office by track #1. Talk to them about what kind of maps they have available.
Generally, not a lot; but the city walking map is useful.
They will direct you to a bookstore for maps. The nearest I am aware of is to go out the backdoor of the T.I, across the street, and down the block 100 meters or so away from the station on the left. Name - Orell Füssli.
Ask for the map section.
To learn about the maps -
Pick up an orange colored 1:50,000 Wanderkarte (hiking map) for a region you will be hiking - such as the Cote Lavaux or Zermatt - and look carefully at what it gives you.
If it is not a hiking map, the red-marked Wanderwege will not be colored red. The cover will be green not orange.
If you really want detail; look at a 1:25,000. I like those in steep mountains. Fewer Waderkarten wege are available so far in the 1:25,000 scale.
The maps are not cheap. There are some areas where I think they are worth the prices. In a region with a lot of trails close to one another, and steep terrain, they can be helpful. Sometimes there will be two routes listed on a trail marker, both the the same destination, with dramatically different times to destination.
Which one is uphill, and which one is level, or vice versa.......?
In addition to the maps which fit on the national grid, there re some "composite" maps at different scales that show a region....such as the CoteLavaux, named "Lausanne" on the map. They save you from buyin 4 maps to cover on little piece of territory where the national grid brings 4 quadrangles to a juncture at a corner.
Maps for your whole trip would be more expensive than i would personally like to buy, but one for a single area might be worth a try.
Oh yes, forgot to say -
Topo maps for a locality are widely available at convenience stores (Aperto, Kiosk, Volg) and other stores in almost any town in Switzerland. More so in the mountains or areas popular for hiking.. If you decide you want one after your first day in ....e.g., Zermatt, you'll be able to find it. Maybe not a map for Geneva, but certainly for the Zermatt area.