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Note: The Hin­tere­gasse, Bären­trek and Haute Route are not trails to be un­der­taken in­de­pen­dently by in­ex­pe­ri­enced hik­ers, and de­tailed ad­di­tional route in­for­ma­tion will need to be sourced be­fore set­ting out. The alpine cli­mate is in­cred­i­bly un­pre­dictable, and con­di­tions can change in in­stant. Hik­ing in Switzer­land’s moun­tains is usu­ally only pos­si­ble be­tween June and September, but even within that win­dow of op­por­tu­nity it’s ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to check cur­rent weather fore­casts and the state of your cho­sen track be­fore set­ting boot on the route – snow cover can quickly make the alpine passes de­scribed here com­pletely im­pass­able. Pre­pare for all even­tu­al­i­ties: al­ways carry ex­tra lay­ers – in­clud­ing wa­ter­proofs – in your back­pack, along with sun­screen, sun­glasses and some high-en­ergy snacks. On-the ground op­er­a­tors such as Eurotrek (www.eurotrek.ch) of­fer guided treks on the Bären­trek, and you can source self-guided pack­ages for the Haute from Alpine Hik­ers (www.alpine­hik­ers.com).

The Saas Val­ley in can­ton Valais boasts a 350km long net­work of hik­ing trails for ev­ery­one: easy strolls, high level routes last­ing sev­eral days, spe­cial themed trails for chil­dren and all sur­rounded by 4000m peaks. In the back­ground the Al­lalin (4027m). Pic: Switzer­land Tourism/Chris­tian Per­ret

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