Hiking the Alps on your own is surely going to be an experience of a lifetime. Though there are hundreds of trails available, we show you what we believe are the best hikes in the Alps.
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Garmisch–Partenkirchen not only lies in the Bavarian Alps, but the city itself is located at the foot of Zugspitze, which is the highest peak in Germany. Garmisch–Partenkirchen is also known as “GaPa” and the network of trails spans to almost 186 miles. Explore nature at its best in these trails. Around 68 trails are specially groomed in winter. The main attractions of “GaPa” include the Partnach gorge and the King’s House (Konigshaus). On exploring the gorge, you can view rapids and waterfalls and horse drawn carriages. If you are looking for a guided torch-lit expedition, come to the area at night.
There are three different peaks near St. Moritz, Switzerland by the names of Corvatsch, Piz Nair and Diavolezza at a height of around 10,000 feet. There are many hiking trails which take one up to the peaks and also brings one down. The trails are around the peaks and one can see beautiful views across the Upper Engadine’s lake region. There is also an option where you can go hiking up the trail and come down in the cable car. Many adventure travelers make bookings for the nearest glacier, as this area is home to some amazing glaciers. Try the legendary Bernina Trek, where hiking can be done for days. Other long-distance trails include the Via Engiadina and the Swiss National Park.
Gstaad is where you can explore lavish Switzerland at its best. Surrounded by small villages, rustic mountain huts, hiking trails and beautiful majestic mountains, the place abounds in immense natural beauty. The Alpness Trail is the most interesting thing for adventure travelers in the area. It is a loop which covers nearly 100 miles of area and almost 40,000 feet of climbing. The route is through Boltigen, Zweisimmen, Lenk and Gstaad. Many people hike certain parts of the trail; while others prefer trekking and hiking the whole area. You will find abundant Alpine flora and fauna in the area, meadows with dense vegetation of flowers, marmots and ibexes. There are 13 themed and cultural trails all around Gstaad.
The ‘am see’ here means that it is by a lake. The lake looks up to the mountains towards Grossglockner, which is the tallest mountain in Austria. There are many treks to choose in the area and hikers are often confused regarding the same. Majority of the hiking and trekking trails are short in the area; while there are also many long-distance options which can be covered in the Alps.
You can go up the Schmittenhohe and begin the circle of Sisi-Rundweg. The other option is heading to Kitzsteinhorn and you can reach the glacier easily and finish at a high viewing platform in Hohe Tauern National Park, which is at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. It is recommended to carry a backpack to the area with the necessary things. Above there you can explore the trails – the Hochkammerweg path at the Kitzsteinhorn’s lower flanks. You will find many glacial lakes and the famous reservoirs of Kaprun.
It is also interesting to note that the most impressive hiking trail in Austria is in the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is the Glocknerrunde, which circles the Grossglockner. Snowfall is experienced in the area from mid-September to mid-June. One of the best high-alpine trails, hiking the same is a great experience for sure. During snow time, it is recommended to take proper caution. Hiking the whole trail needs approximately 7-10 days.
There are many other hiking trails in the Alps in the different countries through which this magnificent series of mountains pass. It is recommended to make a complete note of the trails before venturing out on the journey.
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