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Take the time to look carefully at the map and its contours or carry out a reconnaissance of the route.Take the opportunity to check out the orientation and try to choose shady trails in summer - the whole family can keep cool and it will be more pleasant when you take a break.
Start with a few short, easy walks, and if you see that your child is doing well and getting the hang of it, gradually increase the difficulty of the route. In general, avoid excessively high altitudes (it is not recommended to go above 2,000 m).
Here are a few markers about the elevation and the mileage of your excursion that you can of course adapt to your child's abilities:
0 - 18 months: no limits since it's the carrier who puts in 100% of the effort. But still think about limiting the duration of your excursions because children need to move and take breaks. Remember to limit altitude and exposure too (to both sun and cold).
18 months - 3 years: depending on how independent your child is, they might want to start doing part of the route themselves. But they will quickly become tired and will still need to take naps. Plan for fairly short routes (100-300 m of height difference) and a carrying method.
4 - 7 years: you can consider trips of 400-500 m in elevation / 6-7 km in distance, to be adapted to suit the age and level of independence of your child.