Basic Rules To Follow when Hiking in The Swiss Alps

One of the best European destinations to go hiking is the Swiss Alps. While not considered as an extreme sport, you cannot simply underestimate hiking in the mountains. Such kinds of trips require a great deal of preparation. If you are just a beginner, there are certain rules you need to follow to the letter. Bear these rules in mind for your own safety.

    • • Do not leave the marked route. There are signposts and marks on rocks, fences, etc. that help you to find your way;


    • • Do not enter fields or fences unless they are part of a marked trail. If they are, make sure to close the fences upon passing. In addition,

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    • recommends to pass cows quietly and maintain a distance of at least 20 meters. If you have dogs, keep them on a leash when passing cattle.


    • • Most trails are unpaved, rocky, full of trees, or steep. Focus on the trail. It can be tempting to admire the view but the road should be your focus.


    • • Do not pause on places with loose rocks on a slope. A stone avalanche may have happened and could happen again.


    • • Avoid pausing close to brooks. They can become lethal torrents of water because of heavy weather conditions elsewhere. Lethal torrents could occur much quickly in brooks.

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    • reveals that there are hydro-electric power plants in Switzerland which could lead to dramatic increase in water.


    • • Avoid throwing rocks down a slope. Small stones can also be risky if they land on lower situated hiking trails and may cause stone avalanches.


    • • Monitor the weather. Make room for adjustments in case the weather turns bad. Take the shortest route to the nearest village, if possible. Pocket sized barometers can come in handy but weather forecasts on mobile phones are more useful.


    • • Have the phone number of rescue services at hand and contact them for immediate medical assistance. Provide them with accurate information about your location. If your phone is not working, get help from the nearest valley or mountain hut. Take your time when going down to prevent more accidents. Leave someone with the victim if possible.


    • • Make sure that someone who did not hike with you knows the route you will take.


    • • Do not wave to helicopters unless needed. This is to prevent the rescue helicopter from making unnecessary landing. If you need help, wave with two arms.


    • • Names of small locations may have a different spelling on maps and signposts.


    • • Do not throw away trash. It is bad for the wildlife. Bring it with you and dispose of it in the next village or your accommodation.


    • Hikers greet each other. If you want to greet like the locals do, you would say “grüezi” (Swiss German), “bonjour” (French) or “buongiorno” (Italian), depending on the region you’re hiking in.

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