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a VirtualTourist member from Kongsberg asked on Apr 4, 2016


Hiking in high altitude

Is it possible to spend some days hiking an sleeping in areas above 3000-3500meters? Simple walking up to 10km and no climbing. Only trekking. 4-5 days or a little more sleeping in huts. Can anyone help me with this? Can ofcourse also be France,Italy or Austria.

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answered on 4/4/16 by
claus andersen from Denmark

You can hike on the Tour de Mont Blanc, where you are hiking through high passes every day and have hut's along the way.
The trail goes through both France, Switzerland and Italy and it's a really nice hiking route.

answered on 4/4/16 by
a VT member from Geneva

You have the choice, there are hundreds of well-marked trails in and across the Swiss Alp in different categories. If you want to walk above 2500 m asl, then you better wait until the snow has disappeared in June. I very much like the trails from Binn (Wallis/Valais) to the Italian side. Very picturesque is also the trail from Reichenback I.K. to Mürren. In any case, wlking in the mountains needs a certain effort and good shoes. At night, stay in the cabanes (dormitories) of the Swiss Alpine Club, you will easily find information on the web.

answered on 4/4/16 by
a VT member from Monterrey

Hello Terje, it's been some years now since I've been in the Alps, but I spent almost my entire youth there with my parents, hiking in Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. Back then the accommodations were wonderful and I would assume they still are. These countries have a great infrastructure of mountain cabins where you can stay, My parents and I always used to stay "up there" for days at he time, trekking from one cabin to another. It might be a good idea though to take a membership of a mountaineering club before you go, since it might become costly if you don't. Supplies to these cabins have to carried up in some way or other which is reflected in the prices you have to pay, Membership of a club, such Club Alpin Suisse or Österreichischer Alpenverein, might alleviate hat problem.

answered on 4/5/16 by
a VT member from Boston

Here's a link that should help.

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answered on 4/5/16 by
a VT member from Germany

It's basically impossible to do multi-day hikes that are all the time above 3000 - 3500 m altitude. These are elevations that are mostly glacier/snow covered. Hiking/trekking trails do go up and down, into valleys, across passes and peaks, so elevation gain and loss is always involved.

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