Planning a tour in the mountains also means planning well, because multi-day hut tours must be planned differently than a short day trip. The best way to enjoy nature is with a clear head. Therefore, it is better to provide good equipment, orientation and means of transport beforehand and be prepared for all possible weather conditions.
Planning – before the tour
The hut tours start at the end of June, because there is usually a lot of snow beforehand or the huts are not open.
Luggage / backpack: ideally a 40 to 45 liter backpack and a maximum of eight to ten kilos total weight.
Luggage checklist for hut tours:
- Comfortable hiking shoes,
- hood and gloves
- warming fleece jacket,
- underwear and several pairs of socks,
- functional shirts,
- additional hiking pants as a reserve,
- hut sleeping bag,
- personal medication and first aid kit,
- sun protection and rain protection,
- smartphone / cell phone, power bar, and charger,
- some cash trash bags so that the waste can be taken away
- map / GPS device
Tour preparation: good maps, ideally on a scale of 1: 25,000 and best familiarize yourself with the topography in advance. On the map, but also online e.g. There are good ways to get an overview on Google Maps.
It is important to know in advance:
- Where are the long passages and are there any places to stop for a bite to eat?
- Check the routes regarding the altitude and kilometers to be overcome daily.
- Are there difficult passages or via ferrata?
- Check the fitness of participants and groups, because the weaker person determines the pace of the other participants and this has to be included in the walking time,
- is there the possibility to get shelter in bad weather or an emergency descent into the valley if necessary?
- Contact options in crisis situations?
on the way – during the hut tours
Before starting, you should definitely check the current weather conditions and the forecast for the coming days. Thanks to the reliable forecasts, you can prepare for any weather changes at an early stage. The current weather situation should also be checked during the trek. Early detection of approaching thunderstorms can save lives!
Orientation tips: Poor visibility can affect the entire walking plan. Therefore, in the event of fog / snowfall, simply start later or pause for a day and linger in the hut. The landmarks and route controls should be checked on an ongoing basis. This is the only way to be sure whether you are on schedule or should reschedule quickly.
Tempo: a calm, steady pace is the most energy-saving way to get around. Fatigue or exhaustion occurs relatively quickly with a movement similar to running. Beware of pressing shoes – pause quickly and take any precautions.
Tip regarding the supply: Depending on the length of the tour, take at least 1.5 liters of water with you. In addition to the snacks, nuts and energy bars are ideal for an optimal supply. Beginners should also take magnesium pills to help prevent sore muscles.