Author: Pekka

The Beginner’s Guide to Hiking the Alps

You may be an experienced outdoors person but you might have never been to the Alps. Maybe you’re a beginner to hiking altogether? Whatever the case may be, I wanted to write up this post and a whole bunch of others to help you understand why going to the Alps to hike is probably a really good idea. I’ll cover the basics here. The Alps are a part of the world that is in many ways unique and where you can enjoy yourself in so many ways in addition to the excellent hiking. It’s a culinary wonderland, some parts...

Read More

Schlegeisspeicher – A Zillertal Gem

If you’re in or near Mayrhofen in Zillertal, make sure you visit Schlegeisspeicher. We experienced an exceptionally beautiful day hike there. Schlegeisspeicher is a beautiful reservoir lake easily accessible from Mayrhofen in Zillertal, which was our base camp. We were there already back in 2009 but I suspect not much has changed and I look forward to going there again as a part of a longer hut-to-hut hike, There are lots of day hike options around Schlegeisspeicher and it’s also on the way of several long hikes, such as the Berlin High Trail. It’s a man-made reservoir, providing water...

Read More

Malga Ciapela to Passo di San Pellegrino

Day 5 of our Dolomites Alta Via 2 trek took us on the Marmolada in the morning and then to Passo di San Pellegrino. Malga Ciapela Malga Ciapela is a small resort right next to the highest mountain in the Dolomites, the mighty Marmolada. We didn’t find the resort very exciting but wanted to stay there for the night to be able to take the cable car from there to Punta Rocca, Marmolada – after all, if you’re there, this is in my opinion something you should do as long as the weather is decent. No point going if...

Read More

Passo Pordoi to Malga Ciapela, Marmolada Behind Clouds

Dolomites Alta Via 2 continues with Day 4: Passo Pordoi to Malga Ciapela. Fatigue sets in, Marmolada is completely clouded and it rains all day. Awesome day in hindsight! Our Day 3 of on the Sella Group was challenging and even dangerous because of the weather, probably making it one of the most memorable hiking days ever. The contrast was great since our Day 4 posed no challenges whatsoever and we knew we missed out on some of the greatest views ever – Marmolada for us stayed in the clouds. Passo Pordoi and Sella Ronda All that said, when...

Read More

Passo Gardena to Passo Pordoi – Whiteout!

Day 3 of our Dolomites Alta Via 2 trek took us over the impressive Sella Massif. It was an unexpected experience to get caught in a whiteout snow storm on our summer holiday in Italy and a good reminder of why you must prepare for any weather in the mountains. After spending the night at Passo Gardena, we scrambled up on to the Sella Massif and crossed it to get to Passo Pordoi on the other side. An interesting day to say the least and looking back, potentially dangerous. I guess we were hoping more for walking in the...

Read More

Save yourself a headache!

Planning to hike in the Alps? Sign up for Gohikealps Inspiration & Advice and get immediate access to our exclusive One Page Printable Gear Checklist - designed specifically for the Alps!

Guaranteed to save you a headache when it's time to pack!

Thank You for subscribing! Now download the Checklist and Gear Up!

Pin It on Pinterest