I am looking for some information on treks involving a lot of the alpine blue and white trails. Do these require specialized equipment ? Must one have ropes ? What are some recommended routes for multiday trips in Berner Oberland area ?
Thanks for any info.
You'll find the hike categorization explained here: www.myswissalps.com/hi king/etiquette. Indeed the blue/white trails are alpine routes and may include sections of climbing and glaciers. You'll need equipment for that and often a guide.
Our site suggests lots of hikes of a day or less. You can combine some of these, or create your own route from a map like map.wanderland.ch/?lang=en&route=all&bgLa yer=pk&layers=Wanderla nd&resolution=20&E=263 7180&N=1163600, or buy a hiking holiday package (some are listed here: www.myswissalps.com/pl antrip/selfguided). The best route depends on the available time, budget, accommodation type, where you go next, etc.
Feel free to post more details here if you need further assistance!
If you are looking for blue and white marked trails, you are looking for technical climbing. Is that what you are seeking? Or else, if not, why are you seeking blue and white trails?
This adds some additional detail to Lucas' links:
A quote from that link:
<<"3.Technical alpine routes, marked by blue and white bars require special gear such as ropes, harnesses, carabiners and helmets, and comprise just 1% all of trails.">>
A map which shows hiking trails with color coding is SwissTopo. In this link I have turned on "Hiking Trails" in the menus:
map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&lang=en&bgLa yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swiss tlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false,true&X=16 6000.00&Y=656150.00&zo om=3
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