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Practical advice

Smart hiking

Whether you’re on your own, with your family or with friends, here’s our advice on how to make the most of a day hike, a loop or an itinerant tour.

The right equipment

For the simple reason that while hiking is the best way to discover the mountains, it does require a bit of equipment. You don’t walk in the mountains the same way you do in town.

  • adapted shoes with ankle support
  • why not walking poles
  • rain gearfleece sweatersunglasses
  • hat or cap
  • topo-guide, map, compass, even GPS or simply your charged smartphone [+external battery]


    In the bag
    • a water bottle (rigid or in Camel bag form)
    • sun cream
    • grain bars, dried fruit, sandwiches
    • a garbage bag
    • at least 1.5 liters of water
    • a knife
    • a flashlight with batteries
    • a first-aid kit
    • paper and pencil
    • a camera (for souvenirs!
    If your tour lasts several days

    Think also of:

    • a tent, a mattress and a sleeping bag
    • socks and a change of clothes
    • a stove
    • a lighter or matches

    Preparing your itinerary

    When hiking, it’s essential to be able to find your way without difficulty, to know and understand the environment in which you’re evolving, to know the trail markings: Petite Randonnée PR (yellow), Grande Randonnée GR (red and white), or other specific markings… And because signposting isn’t always enough on its own: take along IGN maps, Topoguides, rando-fiches, or GPX tracks and dedicated applications.

    For informed advice: the maps, topos and rando-fiches you need! Come and see us at the Tourist Office, and depending on what you’re looking for, we’ll be able to recommend a particular hike and help you find the right equipment or accommodation.

    Staying safe

    Check the weather forecast before setting off. This is one of the most important tips for safe hiking.
    Don’t go off the marked trails
    Don’t neglect accumulated fatigue.

    In guided mode

    accompanied by a pro

    Would you prefer to talk to an enthusiastic mountain guide? A diary of nature outings and a directory of professionals are at your disposal to share and make your outing an unforgettable experience.