Advice for safe walks in the mountains

Hiking on wide alpine pastures

Very well prepared for hikes in South Tyrol

Hiking is among the most popular and practised mountain activities in recent years. Besides the pleasure of discovering different natural landscapes, the body and the spirit also benefit. A moderate pace and a correct evaluation of oneself are the basis for a healthy and positive walking experience. However, it is also important to plan your hikes with awareness, asking yourself the following questions: how do I organize my tour? What should I put in my backpack? How should I behave if there is an emergency? The following is meant to be an aid for planning your hike in the Dolomites.

Planning a walk in the mountains

Topographic maps, people who know the places well, and descriptions of tested sites on the Internet are very useful for the correct planning of the route and provide information on the length, height, difficulty and current conditions. If several people participate in the hike, the tour must take into account the capabilities of the weakest member of the group. Also learn about the weather conditions and look at the sky – the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. Pay attention to the equipment, clothing and food, so as not to be caught unprepared by any adversities and unexpected events.

Preparing the backpack

Heavier things should be placed at the bottom or at the back of the backpack. The most used objects, such as the map or handkerchiefs, should be stowed in the external pocket.

Backpack for the walk – the check list

  • Map
  • Normal band-aids and band-aids for blisters
  • Wound dressing material

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    Hiking over wide alpine pastures

  • Telephone with charged battery
  • Pocket knife
  • Cash
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Pocket or headlamp
  • Extra t-shirt
  • Rain protection
  • Fleece sweater
  • If the weather is uncertain: umbrella and waterproof pants
  • Possible gloves and hat

Food and drink

During the walk, lunch must be healthy and energetic. Suitable lunch items include: sandwiches, fruit such as apples and bananas, müesli and/or energy bars, dried fruit. Even a cold pasta is excellent and has a special flavour on top of the mountains.

More advice for your hiking holiday

  • For the first day you should choose a light walk. Avoid too demanding and long outings.
  • At first walk slowly: save your energy, you will need it during the day.
  • Take regular breaks, eat food, and drink liquids to avoid a drop in sugar or dehydration.
  • Never underestimate any signs of your body, such as shortness of breath, arrhythmia or malaise and nausea. In the event of an emergency: the South Tyrol mountain rescue phone number is 112.


We obviously have other suggestions for your excursions at Hotel Leitlhof. We wish you a warm “Bergheil” (exclamation of those arriving at the top of the mountain) for your holidays in South Tyrol!

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