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Hiking trips for beginners

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As a beginner, there are a few things to consider when starting hiking. In addition to the right equipment Above all, personal fitness and also the mental attitude play an important role. In the following, we will give you some tips and hints on how you can optimally organize your entry into this wonderful outdoor hobby.

The right strategy for the first hike as a beginner

As with all physically demanding activities, it is also important to start slowly when hiking. The personal constitution is decisive: Those who do not do much sport should choose particularly easy entry routes. And if you have an illness, you should definitely consult your doctor before going on a hiking trip. Hiking is also a "matter of the mind" - and should never be perceived as a burden. If the thought of a hiking tour gives you a headache rather than anticipation, you should listen to this signal - and give yourself a little more time to start hiking.

Tips for equipment as a hiking beginner

Anyone who starts hiking and accordingly begins with easy stretches initially requires little special equipment. This includes:

- Well-fitting hiking boots with a coarse profile
- lightweight hiking backpack for day trips
- breathable trekking clothing (functional clothing)
- headgear
- Trekking socks (reducing the risk of blisters)
- blister plasters
- Rain trousers and jacket for emergencies

If you decide after the successful start to tackle more strenuous alpine tours, the following pieces of equipment are also required:

- walking sticks
- crampons
- warming functional underwear

The right terrain for beginners

As a beginner, you should plan a few kilometers for the first tours on hiking trips - hiking routes of 10-15 km in flat terrain or 6-10 km with easy climbs. Do not put yourself under time pressure when hiking: While experienced hikers have an average speed of around 5 kilometers per hour on flat terrain, this is for beginners average 3.5 km / h perfectly adequate, in mountainous terrain even only 2.5 km / h. Speaking of mountains: As a beginner, we recommend routes with a maximum of 200-300 meters of altitude per hour.

Types of hiking trips for beginners

Group hikes with a guide are particularly recommended as hikes for beginners. An experienced advisor is always involved. The group hikes should initially be set up as site hikes, because they do not necessarily have to cover stages of a certain length and so on less pressure weighs down on the individual participant. If your personal fitness is not sufficient, you can get out of the hike at any time and turn around - or simply treat yourself to a day's rest in accommodation while the others go hiking.

However, if you would like to start an individual trip as a beginner, we recommend consulting one of our experienced and specially trained employees first. We can optimally respond to your individual needs and give specific recommendations for your hiking trip as a beginner. Because of course individual trips have one great advantage: You don't have to worry about anyone other than yourself - and you can determine the route, speed and stopovers entirely according to your own wishes.

Tips on the best hiking regions for beginners

If you want to start hiking, you should look for regions for beginners that make it easy to get started - and offer particularly attractive landscapes. We have a few tips on how to do this.

Germany: hiking on the Neckarsteig

It is not for nothing that the Neckarsteig quality hiking trail is considered one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Germany. The varied route and the comparatively flat terrain make the route ideal as a hiking destination for beginners. Forests, rivers and meadows shape the course of the multi-stage hiking route. Lots of castles, picturesque towns and numerous refreshment stops await along the way. The stages from Neckargem√ľnd to Neckarsteinach, from Hirschhorn to Eberbach, from Neckargerach to Mosbach and from Gundelsheim to Bad Wimpfen are particularly suitable for beginners. These sections of the route have the fewest kilometers of altitude.

Spain: Beginner tours in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are also ideal for hiking as a beginner - whether Gran Canaria or La Gomera, Tenerife or La Palma. The terrain meets the needs of beginners on all Canary Islands, as does the rather short routes, which are mostly designed as circular hikes. And it goes without saying that there are spectacular landscapes to marvel at on the islands in the Atlantic: from volcanic landscapes to stretches of coastline. The following hiking routes are particularly suitable for beginners in trekking or hiking: a circular hike on Lake Chiro on Gran Canaria, the hike to the waterfall near El Guro on La Gomera, the hiking tour to the Marcos and Cordero springs on La Palma and coastal hikes on the picturesque East coast of Fuerteventura.

Scotland: beginners' hiking tours in the Highlands

In general, Scotland is an excellent destination for people who want to start hiking as a beginner, so to speak. Because many hiking trails in the region are breathtaking in terms of landscape and at the same time easy to walk. Stretches of the many long-distance hiking trails for which Scotland is famous are particularly suitable as hikes for beginners. These include, for example, the Great Glen Way, the Great Trossachs Path and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. And some stages of the most famous Scottish hiking route, the West Highland Way, are definitely suitable for beginners - as long as you don't undertake the ascent to Devils Staircase, the highest point of the long-distance hiking trail at 584 meters.

We are of course at your disposal at any time for detailed advice on hiking trips as a beginner. Just give us a call - or send us an e-mail, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your first hike.