Even if you are a seasoned hiker used to doing long hikes in summer, hiking in the mountains during winter requires some preparation. Above everything else, successful winter hiking depends on planning. You must first make sure that the path is passable, especially if you are considering hiking to the mountain or valley proper.
Given that the sun rises late and sets early, you must also pay attention to the duration of the journey. In essence, if you don’t want to find yourself in pitch darkness, you should allow for a sufficient margin just in case there are delays. As a precaution, always remember to take along a pocket torch. As for the rest of the equipment, take along enough water to hydrate yourself and don’t forget to take along your GPS (or your map and compass) because it is easy to lose one’s bearings when the snow covers the landscape. This last tip must be followed strictly: don’t be too adventurous and don’t venture outside the marked paths if you are not accompanied by a mountain guide. This way, you will not risk getting lost and you will obtain interesting information about the landscape you are going through.