Wednesday, 17 December 2014

An introduction to hiking in the Swiss Alps

Best Travel Guide for SwitzerlandWant to explore the wonderful natural and idyllic expanses of the Swiss Alps in Switzerland? Hiking in the Alps is in itself a connection with nature that allows the hiker to experience the beauty of a truly natural landscape. Being able to hike to remote areas offers a chance to see nature in its purest form. With hiking in the Alps the only considerations are how far you want to go with your holiday and adventuring. The pristine mountains are beckoning you. With individual hiking routes to suit aimed at your level of fitness, and with varying lengths and challenges, there are hikes to suit everybody. 


Hiking routes in the Bernese Oberland
Distances range from 2km (thirty minute hikes) to 15km (six hours)

Hiking routes in Wallis
Distances range from 0.5km (fifteen minutes) to 12km (four hours)

Hiking routes in Graub√ľnden
Distances from 4km (one hour) to 16km (six hours)

Always consider starting an easier hike first and gradually build up to a stronger and longer hike. This way you can gently introduce more complex and strenuous hiking as your stamina increases. The ideal time to hike is in the Swiss summer (June to August) as the weather ensures clearer visibility and a more comfortable hike.

Most hikers prefer to stay in accommodation within the heart of their proposed hiking areas. With many delightful resorts to choose from, set in stunning scenery with the Swiss Alps in the distance, a resort offers a central base to begin your hiking adventure. Choose a resort with good public service links and a market to buy produce for you and your family.

Many of the resorts are car-free so check before-hand that you will be able to use your car at your chosen resort. When considering public service look at how much a season ticket will cost for your duration. It can be expensive to pay for single journeys, while a season ticket will help you save money.
Two of the largest mountains in Switzerland are Jungfrau (4,158 m, 13,642 ft above sea-level) and the Finsteraarhorn (4,274 m, 14,022 ft above sea level). Both these mountains reside in the Bernese Oberland.
Temperature

Variations due to altitude can vary the temperature. Expect temperatures to range from 30 °C (86 °F) in the valleys, down to 0 °C (32 °F) on the mountain tops.

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It is therefore essential that you bring the correct clothing for the altitude and the monthly timing of your hike. The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss franc.

Hiking in the Swiss Alps brings so many pleasures. The smell of mountain air and pine forests is outstanding. Your body becomes one with nature as your hike through some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. Staying in comfortable resorts in the heart of the mountains will help you relax and unwind after successful hikes. With hikes to suit everybody you will be amazed at such a wonderful country and its nature.