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Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

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My husband and I would like to do a overnight hike in the south west region of Switzerland (or even France). The trail head needs to be easily accessible by public transport/SBB

Ideally, we would hop off the train, spend about 20 minutes or so walking to the trail head, then start our journey. Although "wild" camping is forbidden, I've read that most people are able to pull it off as long as you are smart about where you camp (off the trail, not on someone's land, avoid fires,etc).

Any recommendations are appreciated, thank you!
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Re: Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

Check this out: http://wandernacht.ch/de/schweizer-wandernacht
Two years ago I hiked in Tessin ( it was full moon) and it was a nice experience.
It was a guided tour and i would definetely recommend it.
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Hello,
My husband and I would like to do a overnight hike in the south west region of Switzerland (or even France). The trail head needs to be easily accessible by public transport/SBB

Ideally, we would hop off the train, spend about 20 minutes or so walking to the trail head, then start our journey. Although "wild" camping is forbidden, I've read that most people are able to pull it off as long as you are smart about where you camp (off the trail, not on someone's land, avoid fires,etc).

Any recommendations are appreciated, thank you!
Have you done any hiking in Switzerland??

Your best bet is to join the mountain association (for which I can't be bothered to find you the link), this will give you access to communal huts for overnight stays in the middle of nowhere.

Wild camping in Switzerland is extremely dangerous and illegal for good reason. The national office for mountains release statistics indicating the number of deaths: in 2010 for example, 46 people died while wild camping - most of these attacked by either bears or the herds of wild boar that roam the mountains. This was up from 38 the year before.

The highest number of record was 73 in 1996 and for reference 2013 was 41 people. 2014 figures should be released by the end of June.
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The national office for mountains release statistics indicating the number of deaths: in 2010 for example, 46 people died while wild camping - most of these attacked by either bears or the herds of wild boar that roam the mountains. This was up from 38 the year before.

The highest number of record was 73 in 1996 and for reference 2013 was 41 people. 2014 figures should be released by the end of June.
OK! You got me and made me go look!

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/game-ove...-shot/35035130

http://www.thelocal.it/20150128/wild...sery-in-umbria

I used to regularly tent camp in the back country of US national parks where running off the bears was a normal expectation!
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Re: Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

The SAC puts out a very nice leaflet on the subject. The section on rampaging bears and boars seems to be missing though.

The SAC also maintains a large system of huts. They are mostly manned in the summer, (in April some are manned, some are not yet manned). When manned, staying there is a lot like staying in a hostel. In winter there is normally a "winter room" left open for people to use. I recommend them in general, but it is a different experience.
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Have you done any hiking in Switzerland??

Your best bet is to join the mountain association (for which I can't be bothered to find you the link), this will give you access to communal huts for overnight stays in the middle of nowhere.

Wild camping in Switzerland is extremely dangerous and illegal for good reason. The national office for mountains release statistics indicating the number of deaths: in 2010 for example, 46 people died while wild camping - most of these attacked by either bears or the herds of wild boar that roam the mountains. This was up from 38 the year before.

The highest number of record was 73 in 1996 and for reference 2013 was 41 people. 2014 figures should be released by the end of June.

We've got them in Geneva too, highly dangerous and very difficult to fend off, they even drive SUV, 4 x 4s and the very wild wolves will drive a Porsche or Ferrari! I'd never camp in the middle of Geneva!
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Re: Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

How far do you want to walk, and for how many nights? Huts are great, but it can be nice to camp away from the crowds. Just set up the tent in the evening and take it down in the morning, stay out of sight of the trail and of any huts/farms and it's usually fine. I've only been asked to leave once in 5 years. I think that the main issue about camping here is that it's not considered polite to take a 'central place' approach and leave camp up for several days.

For trip ideas, I've done several single night trips in the southwest area- parts of the tour de Mt. Blanc (e.g. from La Fouly to Courmeyeur, It) or tour de Grand Muveran are nice (the latter will be less crowded). Also, walking from the lac d'Emosson to Champery will take you over three scenic cols with the option of a hut stay or camping. I've been wanting to walk from Lenk to Crans-Montana, but have not gotten around to it yet. There are also some truly stunning walks out of Zinal (e.g. to Cabin d'Arpitetta, doable as a long-ish day, also), but for these, you'd probably want to stay in one of the huts, and for the ones I know, you hike out and back the same way. There are too many possibilities to list! Have fun!
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...tour de Grand Muveran...
I would highly recommend this one, although you need five days to do it in full.
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Re: Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

Stephen, from which month do you think this is do-able in your experience? I'd say no sooner than July- but would trust your vast experience.
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Stephen, from which month do you think this is do-able in your experience?
I did it in July 2009 (see http://isitmuchfurther.blogspot.ch/2...ans-day-1.html), and there was one place where we had to make a detour because of snow. So yes, probably not doable before July.
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Re: Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

Thanks for that- as I do worry that many people do not realise the high routes in the Alps can still have lots of snow in places in June, and as you say even early July. So probably late July to mid September is best.

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