Our hiking hostel is surrounded by fields in blossom, majestic peaks, breath-taking views and purest mountain air. This makes Valais, our area, a paradise for hiking adventures and more. Strengthened with a hearty breakfast or own provisions stowed away in your backpack, now's the time to set off on a mountain tour, theme path or hike alongside the irrigation channels for scenic adventure.
Our Family Hostel is aimed at young families with preschool children. In May and June offer you great family holidays with other families in our Relais.
Here in Valais at the turn of the season, the sunshine brings with it new and beautiful opportunities. As the snow melts, mountain passes begin to open and expansive new regions become accessible. By car, bike, or on foot you'll be able to explore the Alps and gain a perspective unimaginable. Get a closer look at the local flora and fauna. Reach higher peaks and deeper valleys. From hidden lakes to misty mountain passes, nature brings endless possibilities.
Here in Liddes we are comfortably seated between great rocky giants which harbor dozens of activities in every direction. Whether you are looking for a calm walk up the valley, a thrilling ride down steep slopes, or a peaceful picnic in the sun, we've got something for everyone.
10 points to check before going on a hike.
1. Start small and choose the right trail for your fitness level.
Select a hike a little shorter than the distance you can normally walk on a level or paved surface. To estimate the time required to hike the trail, figure a pace of roughly 4 Kilometers per hour. Next, review the elevation changes and add an hour to your estimated hiking time for every 400 meters of gain. After you've been out once or twice, you'll have a sense for what distance and elevation changes work well for you.
2. Once you have selected a trail .
Obtain a map of the area and review reports and data. There are some excellent online resources available. See if you will pass huts or other water sources. Find out if the trail is a loop, or if you'll have to backtrack or spot a second car.
3. Check the weather.
Leading up to your hike, and again a few hours before, check the weather. This will give you valuable information on how to dress and what to pack. If the weather is forecast to be awful, it will give you the chance to change plans instead of getting surprised on the trail.
4. Tell someone where you will be.
It's important that someone not on the hike knows the itinerary and what time to worry and call for help. Note I didn't say, "when you expect to be done." The "worry time" may be several hours later than your planned finish to allow for slow hiking, amazing views, or perhaps a sore ankle causing a delay.
Another option is to carry an emergency device such as the SPOT tracker, which allows you to summon emergency assistance by satellite. One caveat, devices like the SPOT are not an excuse to shirk responsibility for your own personal safety - they are a backup.
5. Pack the 8 essentials.
The 8 essentials have gradually shifted from a list of items to a list of systems. These are the systems you should pack to stay safe in the outdoors, including facing a potential overnight. Depending on the length and remoteness of your hike, expand or minimize each system. For example, on a short summer hike near services, a compact emergency blanket should be fine. However, a remote winter hike would require something more extensive. Here are the 8 essential systems:
Eight Essential Systems
- Navigation (map & compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
This list may look daunting, but once you tailor it to your hike, it won't be so bad. Many of these things are what you'd pack for a picnic.
6. Wear the right shoes and socks.
Painful feet can ruin a hike. Invest in quality hiking shoes and socks. This doesn't mean heavy leather boots, there are a lot of "light hikers" available that require little break-in compared to the old hiking boots. Also, don't skimp on socks and for goodness sake....no cotton! Wool or synthetic socks are the way to go. Also pack blister dressings just in case.
7. Dress for success.
Once your feet are taken care of, dressing right is key to comfort on your hike. Skip cotton anything, it gets damp and stays that way leaving you feeling clammy and causing chafing. Instead go for synthetics. To easily adjust for your temperature and the weather, wear layers that you can add or shed as needed. Lastly, pack an extra warm layer beyond what you think you'll need, preferably something that will block wind too.
8. Consider Hiking Poles.
It has been shown that using Hiking poles will reduce the accumulated stress on the feet, legs, knees and back by sharing the load more evenly across the whole body. This is especially true when carrying a heavy pack on your back.
9. Pace yourself.
When you first get on the trail, you may feel like powering forward like a hero. However, you'll be a zero by the end of the day if you don't pace yourself. Instead, pick a pace you can maintain all day. It might feel a little awkward at first, but after a few miles, especially uphill, you'll be glad you saved your energy.
10. Leave no trace.
The beautiful trails we love will only stay beautiful if we care for them. Take time to read the Leave No Trace Seven Principals and follow them. It's up to every outdoor enthusiast to take care of our natural spaces.
With so many trails to choose from, you may want to plan your adventures in advance. We provide useful information and easy access to dozens of trailheads.
Whether you are an expert downhill mountain biker seeking a thrill or just looking to glide through the peaceful forest, we've got the right trail for you all within a short distance.
Looking for something else? Valais is famous for the many different activities available, including action, adventure, art, relaxation and so much more!