The French Alps are the perfect location for your activity-based summer vacation with numerous activities on offer including one of the most popular of all – Alpine walking holidays. Morzine boasts over 200km of walking routes and trails waiting to be explored. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing stroll or a challenging hike this summer we have put together a guide on how best to prepare for your Alpine walking holiday.
What Alpine Walking route should I choose?
- There are a number of considerations when choosing your Alpine walking route. Firstly, is your level of experience and the level of experience of your group. If you’re a beginner or have younger children with you then we would recommend easier trails which provide equally breath-taking views as the more difficult trails but will be easier and safer to complete. All routes are marked and mapped so you can plan your trail in advance based on your capabilities.
- If you’re planning on hiking a more advanced Alpine trail then it’s important to build up your walking distance and difficulty level at home before your holiday. Regular walking of increased difficulty and length will help build up your stamina and perseverance.
- It’s also important to decide if you’d like to hike with a guided tour. There will be information on guided Alpine Walking tours at the tourist office and in your Morzine accommodation. Tour guides are particularly helpful for beginners or larger groups as they will take you on your journey of choice while showing you the way, ensuring your safety and educating you on the Alps.
What do I need to bring?
- When walking in the Alps, always bring a map, water, food, hiking boots, suitable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and spare waterproof clothing. Many of the more relaxed Alpine trails include restaurants and bars along the way, but our more challenging and longer treks do not so it is important to be prepared for this.
- When bringing hiking boots be sure to have worn them in before your Alpine Walking holiday – it may sound so simple but the last thing anyone wants is painful blisters during a hiking holiday!
What safety precautions should I take?
- Don’t do it alone – bring a buddy! Unless you are an experienced Alpine walker and very familiar with the area you should always bring someone with you. If you’re travelling solo then be sure to consider a guide to offer assistance or take part in a group hiking tour where you can meet new people.
- Choose a route suitable to your fitness level. There are numerous routes from gentle strolls to difficult hikes. As previously advised, be sure to consider your fitness level and that of anyone who will be hiking with you when selecting which route to take.
- Inform someone of your whereabouts before setting off. If you’re an experienced hiker and hiking alone then let your accommodation reception know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Don’t take shortcuts. All Alpine walking routes are mapped and it’s important to follow these directions as trying to take shortcuts could cause you to become lost.
With these top tips on how to prepare for your Alpine walking holiday you’ll be ready for the holiday of a lifetime this summer!
Choose Aiglon Morzine for Your Alpine Walking Holiday
If you’re considering an Alpine Walking Holiday then look no further for accommodation then here with us at L’Aiglon de Morzine. Our close proximity to lifts and the town as well as our alpine walking package deal including personal guides, breakfast, lunch and the pleasure of staying at our outstanding accommodation will make your Alpine Walking Holiday your best holiday yet!