Haute Route Stage 7 Photo

Haute Route Stage 7: Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla

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Stage 7 is one of our favorite stages of the Walker’s Haute Route. This is a beautiful walk from start to finish. Today’s trail covers a wide variety of landscapes, from glacier-covered mountains, a lovely milky-blue lake, forested hills, and wide open grasslands. In terms of difficulty, today’s stage is relatively easy. You will have one long climb, but for …

Hornlihutte Hike Photo

Complete Guide to the Hörnlihütte Hike (Map, Trail Stats & Photos)

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The Hörnlihütte (Hörnli Hut) is a lodge built at the base of the Matterhorn. For thrill seeking rock-climbers, the Hörnlihütte marks the start of the ascent up to the peak of the Matterhorn. Even if you do not wish to stand on top of the Matterhorn, simply hiking to and from the Hörnlihütte makes for an unforgettable day hike.  The …

Haute Route Stage 6 Photo

Haute Route Stage 6: Cabane du Mont Fort to Cabane de Prafleuri

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On very tired legs we started Stage 6 of the Walker’s Haute Route. Today’s hike is a quintessential day on the Haute Route. In about 7 hours, you will cross several cols, hike past glacial lakes, and enjoy views of spectacular alpine scenery. In fact, Stage 6 is the most scenic day yet. This is another challenging day but we …

Riva del Garda Photo

Best Things to Do in Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

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Riva del Garda is a picturesque town located on the north end of Lake Garda. With colorful buildings, medieval towers, and narrow alleyways, this is a wonderful place to go for leisurely stroll. From Riva del Garda, you can also take your pick from short hiking trails that lead up into the mountains, visit medieval towns and archaeological sites, and …

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Haute Route Stage 5: Le Chable to Cabane du Mont Fort

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Hopefully you are feeling well rested, as Stage 5 of the Walker’s Haute Route includes one of the largest climbs of the entire route. Beginning in the valley in Le Chable, you will work your way up into the high alpine mountain ranges where you will spend the night. Be prepared for wild changes in scenery, as the views only …

Best Dolomites Hike

How to Hike to the Cadini di Misurina Viewpoint (Map, Photos & Helpful Tips)

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The hike to the Cadini di Misurina viewpoint is one of our favorite short hikes in the Dolomites. This is a gorgeous hike every step of the way, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, a unique view of the “backside” of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and of course, an awesome view of the Cadini di Misurina. We did this …

Haute Route Stage 4

Haute Route Stage 4: Champex-Lac to Le Chable

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After two long, strenuous climbs and steep descents offered by the last two stages of the Walker’s Haute Route, Stage 4 provides a much needed day of recovery. Although you will still end up hiking roughly 14 km (8 miles), Stage 4 is much less challenging and one of the easiest days of the entire Haute Route. Taking a break …

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Haute Route Stage 3: Trient to Fenêtre d’Arpette to Champex-Lac

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Stage 3 of the Walker’s Haute Route is the most challenging stage yet, but also one of the most rewarding. A massive, steep climb takes you up to the top of a mountain pass, Fenêtre d’Arpette, and along the way, you will have fantastic views of the Trient Glacier. It is a hard hike, and one of the toughest climbs …

Haute Route Stage 2 Photo

Haute Route Stage 2: Argentière to Col de Balme to Trient

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After an easy, somewhat unexciting walk from Chamonix to Argentière, the hike gets to be a lot more interesting on this stage. It also gets a lot more challenging. Stage 2 of the Walker’s Haute Route is the first time you really get to test out your legs and enjoy the alpine views for which this trek is famous for. …

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Haute Route Stage 1: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Argentière

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Stage 1 of the Walker’s Haute Route is the shortest, easiest day of the entire trek. It’s a mostly flat walk between Chamonix and Argentière and for most of this stage, you are either walking through town or through an evergreen forest. If you spent any time in Chamonix or Argentière prior to starting this trek, as we did, you’ll …

Rothorn View Zermatt Switzerland

How to Visit Sunnegga, Blauherd, and Rothorn (Best One Day Itinerary)

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Riding the series of lifts to Rothorn is one of the best things to do in Zermatt. Rothorn is one of the highest viewpoints in Zermatt, and from here you get a spectacular view of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains. On the journey to Rothorn, you will pass through two stations, Sunnegga and Blauherd, both offering more great views …

Rifugio Nuvolau Hike

How to Hike to Rifugio Averau and Rifugio Nuvolau

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For jaw-dropping views of the Dolomites, and drinks (or a meal) with a view, it’s hard to beat Rifugio Nuvolau. The only way to get here is by hiking, and along the way, you will pass by Rifugio Averau and the Cinque Torri. Rifugio Nuvalou sits on top Mount Nuvolau. At an elevation of 2,575 meters (8,500 feet), you have …

How to Hike Cinque Torri

How to Hike the Cinque Torri (Map, Photos & Best Viewpoints)

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The Cinque Torri is one of the most recognizable rock formations in the Dolomites. It is a popular hiking and rock climbing destination, but it is also an open-air war museum, with trenches and bunkers that remain from World War I. Hiking around the Cinque Torri is one of the easiest and most beautiful hikes that we did in the …

Lago Sorapis Hiking Guide

Ultimate Guide to Lago di Sorapis: Trail Routes, Helpful Tips, & Photos

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Lago di Sorapis (Lake Sorapis) is one of the most popular hikes in the Dolomites. Located just outside of Cortina d’Ampezzo, this aquamarine lake attracts hundreds of hikers every day during the summer months. The vast majority of people hike out-and-back to Lago di Sorapis on the main trail. What many people don’t know is that you can turn this …

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Ultimate US National Parks List for 2022 (+ Printable Checklist)

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The US national parks are one of this country’s best ideas…land set aside for the preservation of the natural world and the enjoyment of the people. Every few years, another park gets added and the US national parks list grows a little longer. Over the past 150 years, 63 national parks have been created in the United States. In this …

Jungfraujoch and Eiger Trail Itinerary

One Day in the Jungfrau Region: Jungfraujoch & the Eiger Trail

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Combining Jungfraujoch and the Eiger Trail is one of the best ways to spend one day in the Jungrau region of Switzerland. If you move fast, you can also add on the Panorama Trail, which runs between Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen. We did this same itinerary and it was our favorite day of our 3 week trip to Switzerland. That’s …

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Las Vegas to San Diego 10 Day Road Trip Itinerary

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If you are planning a road trip from Las Vegas to San Diego, there are several different ways to do it. Go on a national park road trip, visiting both Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park on the drive. Or, you can spend some time in the Mojave National Preserve, which is home to a surprisingly wide …

2 Days in Paris Itinerary

2 Days in Paris Itinerary: Best Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

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If you are planning your first visit to Paris, this Paris itinerary is perfect for you. With 2 days in Paris, you have just enough time to visit the highlights of this extraordinary city. Visit the Louvre, enjoy the views from the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, stroll along the Champs-Élysées, and explore the charming neighborhoods of Paris. In …

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10 Foods to Eat in Paris and Where to Get Them

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What should you eat while in Paris? Since French culture is deeply intertwined with food, the answer to this question is just as important as what you should see and do while visiting Paris. Dining on escargot and freshly baked bread, planning a picnic lunch in front of the Eiffel Tower, and dining at a sidewalk café are essential experiences …

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

One Perfect Day in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a gem of a state park. With desert landscapes, slot canyons and dirt roads to explore, and hidden oases, this is a great place to add to your itinerary, if you will be visiting southern California. In this guide, we cover how to spend one day in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Interesting Facts about Anza-Borrego …