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Aug 25, 2010 - 4:51 AM
we are two friends wishing to spend a hiking week in swiss alps, next week in fact 30august-5sept. i know it may be a bit late to start the planning so that's why i write to this forum, to shortcut some research steps and get a good start. we'd like to be all the week in the mountains, so not just 1-day trip where we sleep at night in cosy town hotels. sleeping in huts sounds good, we just need a bed and some food. we'd like to avoid most tourist areas, hike 6-10 hours a day, take average-difficult trails, high altittude .. for some mountain lovers, you know. not climbing but real mountain hiking. we have proper outift but we dont know anything about swiss alps, so dont know where to start from, what region etc.
grateful for some advice.
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Aug 25, 2010 - 1:54 PM
Hi Catalin! I hope these tips will provide some information:
  • several regions are suitable for mountain hikes that aren't too crowded and touristy. Although the actual peak in high season will be over by the time you arrive, you will still encounter some tourists at the more popular routes. You may consider Graubünden in the south-east, which is large and generally less crowded in summer than Wallis and the Bernese Oberland. Moreover, it's absolutely stunning (but this goes for the other Swiss regions as well ;-));
  • the SAC website provides an overview of Swiss mountain huts. You can choose your region, and then pick some mountain huts in which you'd like to stay. Please note that reservation may be required;
  • purchase a detailed hiking map, that will allow you to make up your own routes and that will help you out while hiking. Even if you follow the well indicated Swiss mountain paths, there are lots of circumstances which require thorough orientation, so a hiking map is indispensable. Other tips can be found on the hiking page;
  • search for routes that appeal to you through the map on Wanderland Schweiz. National, regional and local routes are indicated by green lines. Clicking on a line will get you to detailed information on the route, including altitude profiles, length, difficulty, a description, and so on.

Good luck with planning your trip, and enjoy your stay in Switzerland!


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