Our Hidden Gem of the Month is Trekking in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps, chosen by Lesley. It's a beautiful area which deserves to be more well-known. However, for the people that do know the area, the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps is a hidden gem.
Tour of the Silvretta, the Prattigauer Hohenweg and the Ratikon Hohenweg plus 12 day routes
This guide describes three treks, between 5 and 8 days, in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps starting near Klosters, and 12 half-day hut-to-hut routes. These contrasting ranges form a line on the borders of Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. The Tour of the Silvretta, the Prättigauer Höhenweg and the Rätikon Höhenweg.
- Central eastern Alps, on the borders of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria – nearest centres are Davos and Klosters in Switzerland to the south, and Schruns and Vandans to the north in Austria.
- Trains from Zurich
- Something for everyone – three treks outlined – The Tour of the Silvretta, the Prättigauer Höhenweg and the Rätikon Höhenweg, each between 5 and 8 days, and 12 half-day hut-to-hut routes
- All the walking is fairly straightforward if you have some alpine walking experience, although the Tour of the Silvretta is challenging in places, and all the routes include short exposed and aided sections.
- Summer hut-to-hut touring between mid June and mid September
What is so special about this book?
It outlines some interesting routes to explore in a relatively quiet corner of the Alps, but with spectacular mountains, and limestone peaks in the Ratikon. The book includes day routes and treks for a variety of skills and experience levels, with plenty of accommodation options in mountain huts. Best of all, it was researched and written by Kev Reynolds.
A one-line review:
Loads of route options through dramatic scenery as Kev Reynolds guides you through these less visited alps.