Hike & Yoga in Rätikon – the mountain hut edition
Are you ready for a lot of fun, laughing, hiking and some yoga? Join Larissa and Nicky on a hut tour in the Rätikon. The Rätikon is a small, but incredibly beautiful mountain area in Austria on the border with Switzerland and Lichtenstein. It is an ideal area for a multiday hut tour. Along the way, views of rugged mountain peaks, green valleys, narrow mountain paths, deep blue mountain lakes, pine forests, bizarre limestone formations. And there is a good chance that we will encounter chamois. The hike goes along the highest peak of the area, the Schesaplana (2964 m), which we will also be climbing. In addition to enough physical exertion and fresh mountain air, there will be enough time for yoga, relaxation, and comfort. Every evening a vegetarian dinner is ready for us in the mountain hut and we will be giving daily yoga sessions to keep those muscles flexible. Alpine farm, alpine cows, Kaiserschmarrn, apple strudel, what more could you want?
Day to day planning
On day 1 we meet at the Lunersee to make each others acquaintance, route explanation and final preparations.
For four days we hike through the mountain meadows, pine forests, past the cows, with a view of rugged rock formations. The route starts slowly and gradually we will build up the altimeters and physical effort. On day 3 we climb past limestone peaks into Switzerland and on day 4 we have a quieter day, because then we get ready for the big one: on day 4 we make an attempt to climb to the top of the Schleseplana! After this tough but beautiful day it’s time for a nice dinner.
On day 6 we can sleep in a bit, have our last breakfast and then it’s time to say goodbye to each other and return to civilization with the Lunerbahn
Why a mountain hut tour with yoga?
Our bodies are not used to walking in the mountains, including altimeters. How powerful is it to stretch and relax after a walking day! We already have some beautiful spots in mind for these sessions. In addition, conscious and controlled breathing will also help you when climbing the Schleseplana.
So a double win!
About your guide
Nicky – ‘Energetic, enthusiastic, a little bit crazy, a leader, empathetic, and a go-getter’ according to the people around her, those are the words that characterize Nicky, the founder of She feels alive in the mountains.
Nicky has enjoyed working as a gym teacher at primary, secondary and high school for years. During holidays, she was drawn to the mountains, so she decided to exchange the gym for the mountains. She says it herself: ‘In the mountains I feel most ‘alive’. In 2021 she took a radical decision, changing course and started guiding in the Balkan mountains, the Italian Dolomites and Morocco. She then left Nepal for 3 months to discover mountaineering under extreme conditions. After gaining this experience, she decided to do the education to become an Austrian mountain hiking guide.
In addition, Nicky first followed a yoga training course in the Netherlands and then in India. Her approach to yoga is that it doesn’t have to be floaty. The essence of yoga is central to her: moving on your breathing to have your mind become calmer and less influenced by external factors in return. By seeking out more of the connection with the body, subtleties can be discovered in movement and that is precisely what makes yoga a wonderful tool to live in the here and now, and most of all to enjoy it!
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