Where:Border of Swiss/Italy near the Alps.
Best Season: Spring, when snowfall is not too heavy
Best Sights: Breathtaking views of peaks and valleys
Remember to bring: Lots of layers due to fluctuating temperatures, good hiking/snow boots, and good sunglasses.
Watch Out For: Dehydration and exhaustion, and snowblindness
Our Journey Path (as featured in Best Treks)
Zay Harding travels the St Bernard Pass that links Switzerland to Italy. Traverse his way up over 2000 metres to the St Bernard Hospice – a haven for stranded hikers and skiers since the 11th century.
– Traversing the 3 hour journey to the hospice
– Staying the night in the Hospice
– Enduring the physical strains and threat of avalanche along the way
– Meeting the famous St Bernard dogs
Ski touring is physically challenging and you should be in top condition to participate. It is especially straining on the arms and legs, where all the tension is focused. Always go with an experienced guide who follows all safety tips and has a good knowledge of avalanche precautions. Beware of blizzards and potential white-out situations when you are climbing.
Did You Know?
– The St Bernard Pass has been around since Roman times.
– The hospice gets over 20,000 visitors a year.
– St Bernards are no longer used for rescues, although Alsatians are now employed. The retired St Bernards live in the hospice during the summer, and are brought down the mountain for the winter months.
– Alsatians are trained to sniff out climbers trapped in thick snow.
– Avalanches usually occur in the afternoons and after fresh snowfall. In the afternoon the snow has melted and can become loose.
For information on planning your trip and hiring local guides:
Tel: 00 41 27 78 312 27
By Xanthe Apostolos