Welcome to hut hiking with kids!
Welcome to ‘hut hiking with kids’, the site for enthusiastic mountain hikers who want to go on a serious multi-day hut hike with their kids, but are not so sure where to start. During the preparation of our own hut hikes, we soon discovered that it takes a lot of thinking and puzzling to find suitable hut hikes. This means hikes that are suitable for relatively inexperienced young mountain goats and hikes suitable for ourselves – the somewhat rusty old goats. When does it get too scary, too steep or too tiring? How do you arrange an overnight stay in a mountain hut, what does it cost and what do you take with you? We have compiled all our planning and hiking experiences on this site.
If you are in doubt if a hut hike is possible for your family, listen to this: if we can do this, you can do this! We are definitely not the most athletic or well-trained people in the world. On the contrary, we may well be the most unfit amateur mountaineers in the world. At least one of us suffers from vertigo, and the organizer of our trips dislikes sports in general. We just think that with the right frame of mind and a good deal of preparation you can handle a lot more than you think.
So here we are, handing you some information about multi-day hut hikes with kids, most of them high up in the Alps. Free of charge, but with an important disclaimer. We are just ordinary hikers, we are definitely no mountain guides. Always recheck all the information before you head into the mountains. Paths change, rocks and rain fall, mountains shift. Also keep in mind that even in the middle of summer there may be too much snow on the trail. And winter, when the snow is gone, certain trails may be impassable or under repair.
Be responsible for your own actions. Always ALWAYS get your preparations in order before you start hiking. Recreate the routes yourself, and check several websites. Don’t rely solely on paper maps, either.
Don’t just go on a whim. We’ve seen so many unprepared people high up in the mountains. No water, slippers or open sandals on their feet, no clue about the path they are on or the hiking times. Be prepared people! Always take food, water, cash, proper – waterproof – shoes and gear, and a telephone. And always check the hiking levels and weather forecast. You don’t mess around with the mountains!
The hikes that include a lot of pictures we have walked ourselves. The other hikes are plans that we have for future hikes. Those hikes have been done by people we know, so we know are doable with kids.