Alps

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French Alps

The Alps, main mountain range of Europe, extending from France to Slovenia, including Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein. Highest summit is Mont Blanc (4.810), on the frontier of France, Switzerland and Italy, home of the popular Tour du Mont Blanc.

The Alps are, contrary to what most people think, not the largest mountain range in Europe. The Carpathians actually are more extensive, but not as high.

Often, hikers from outside Europe ask where to go in the Alps, which trail is best. Obviously, this is something every individual has to decide upon herself. The range of hiking opportunities in the Alps is huge. Beautiful country walks are within reach of snow capped mountains where someone else is sweating on a rope to get over a glacier. There are plenty of long distance trails combining different areas, although most people stick to one area. Some like to stay in a hotel and make day walks. Others fancy a hut-tour.

Let's be clear on another point: the facilities in the Alps are among the best in the world. Some would argue they are over the top. Thousands of huts – and very good ones too – lots of ski lifts, well marked trails.

Okay, we from Traildino do have some advice. First, take into account the local culture of an area. Many Alpine regions have a long and rich history which is there to enjoy. The different countries sharing the Alps are all very different, and the regional differences are equally astonishing. This is really a part of the fun here: enjoying nature, enjoying people and hospitality. Second tip: famous is not best. You will probably think of flying to the Matterhorn or Mont Blanc or something equally famous. Needless to say: these area's are very busy and by no means the most impressive or beautiful. Pretty as they are, also the different national parks draw many visitors and hikers are packed in large huts when aiming at the high peaks. If that's what you want: fine. If you prefer a small hut where a local warden makes you the best dinner you've ever had and where you can have a chat with the other three guests while inhaling the sounds and fumes of the end of the day, than virtually every region in the Alps has its charms.

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Overview of the Alps

Trails in this region

Books

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United Kingdom
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in Austria
  • A comprehensive guide on walking in Austria by Kev Reynolds. 101 routes, day walks and multi-day treks are described, alongside classic hut-to-hut tours. In ten sections by district across the Eastern Alps of Austria, with full information on transport, accommodation, gear and safety issues, plus full details of 135 Austrian mountain huts. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 2
  • An essential guidebook for anyone planning to walk the Via Francigena pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. Part 2 describes 940km of the pilgrimage from the Great St Bernard Pass to Rome. Contains all the planning information you need for your journey, including details of facilities and accommodation along the route. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Via Ferratas of the French Alps
  • This guidebook covers 66 varied via ferratas in the French Alps. The routes are spread over six areas: Geneva and the Northern Alps, Chambéry, Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, Grenoble and Briançon, amid the Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Queyras ranges. Difficulty ranges from easy, protected routes through to exposed, technical challenges. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in the Ardennes
  • Walking in the Ardennes covers 32 day walks between 2 and 24km and one multi-stage route, the Sentier du Nord. The Ardennes region in southern Belgium overlaps into Luxembourg and France and features rolling hills, deep valleys, rivers and wide reaches of forest. Walks take in WW2 battlefields, medieval castles, towns and villages. Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Walking in the Ardennes - Belgium, Luxembourg and the Ardennes
  • This guidebook describes 32 varied day walks and one longer route in the Ardennes, an area which lies mostly in Belgium but extends into both Luxembourg and France, with easy access from the English Channel ports. It's an area of beech and oak-forested hills divided by deep, winding valleys with wide, shallow rivers. Medieval castles and... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Trekking in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps
  • 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. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in the Valais
  • Comprehensive guidebook to the Valais, Switzerland, describing 111 day walks and 10 multi-day tours. Some of Europe's most dramatic mountains are found here, including the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Dent Blanche and Grand Combin. From easy valley walks to harder treks across rugged passes - routes for all abilities. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking in the Valais - 120 Walks and Treks
  • The Pennine Alps in the Valais region of Switzerland contain more 4000m peaks than anywhere else in Western Europe and some of the greats: the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Dent Blanche and Grand Combin, all surrounded by idyllic valleys and hillsides dotted with chalets, hay barns and hardy little alpine flowers as well as pristine snowfields and... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • 100 Hut Walks in the Alps
  • This guidebook has route descriptions for 100 day walks to suit alpine walkers of all abilities, with suggestions for some hut-to-hut tours. These routes take you through breathtaking scenery in the Maritime Alps, Julian Alps, Gran Paradiso, the Turnitzer Alps, Bernese Oberland, the Kitzbuheler Alps and the Dolomites of South Tirol. Read more
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United Kingdom
2013
  • Walking in Slovenia: The Karavanke
  • This guidebook offers 23 walking routes across the 120km Karavanke mountain range, a natural border between Austria and Slovenia. The one and two-day routes cater for all abilities, from low-level walks to high summits. The approaches are mainly from the forested valleys of the Slovenian side, with bases in unspoilt towns and villages. Read more
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  • Slovenia - Walking in The Karavanke - Slovenia's Unspoilt Northern Borders
  • This guidebook offers 23 walking routes set across the magnificent 120km-long Karavanke mountain range, which forms a natural border between Austria and Slovenia. Commonly known as 'the way the Alps used to be', as it is yet to experience the extent of commercial development known by the Western Alps, it is one of the longest ranges in Western... Read more
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United Kingdom
2013
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • This book is a moving collection of 75 autobiographical short stories from prolific outdoors writer Kev Reynolds, an insight into a lifetime of mountain travel and adventure. These tales are spread across the Moroccan Atlas, Pyrenees, European Alps, Himalaya amongst other destinations, and will leave you by turns amused, reflective and inspired. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Swiss Alps
  • This, the latest volume in Cicerone's World Mountain Ranges series, is a unique planning resource for mountain activists in the Swiss Alps. Not a guidebook describing specific routes, rather it is a book that provides all the information needed for a variety of mountainous pursuits, be it walking, trekking, climbing or ski mountaineering.... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2012
  • The Swiss Alps
  • A comprehensive guidebook to every mountain area in the Swiss Alps. This handy resource includes information for walking, hiking, trekking, climbing and ski mountaineering. Access, accommodation and facilities in the valley bases and full information about Swiss mountain huts is included to help you make the most out of a trip there. Read more
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Maps

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United Kingdom
  • Julian Alps
  • Julian Alps at 1:50,000 on a GPS compatible, contoured hiking map from Sidarta with on the reverse details of 41 mountain huts, each annotated with main trails leading to it; also climbing areas, natural heritage sites, etc. The map covers the whole of the Triglav National Park, extending outside its boundary north to Kranjska Gora and the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Triglav - Kranjska Gora - Bohinj
  • Triglav - Kranjska Gora - Bohinj area of the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps at 1:25,000 on a double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible hiking map from Sidarta with details of 27 mountain huts, each annotated with main trails leading to it; also climbing areas, natural heritage sites, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Triglav National Park
  • Triglav National Park at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured GPS compatible walking and cycling maps covering the rest of Slovenia (including alternative coverage of the Julian Alps) at 1:75,000 from Kartografija in Ljubljana.This title is not shown on the accompanying series grid. It covers a slightly smaller area than sheet No.1 (Julian Alps... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Julian Alps
  • Julian Alps in a series of double-sided maps at 1:40,000 from Kartografija in Ljubljana, accompanied by a 71-page bilingual Slovenian/English colour booklet with 42 pages of descriptions of the region Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kamnik-Savinja Alps - Slovenian Carinthia
  • Kamnik-Savinja Alps - Slovenian Carinthia in a series of double-sided maps at 1:40,000 from Kartografija in Ljubljana, accompanied by bilingual guides with descriptions of hiking trails, cycling routes, places of interest, lists of mountain huts, etc.The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and graphics to provide a... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bled Pocket Map
  • Bled and its lake in the Julian Alps at 1:25,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible pocket map from Kartografija highlighting hiking and cycling trails, plus extensive notes about the area and its sights, lists of tourist accommodation, recommendations for restaurants and tavernas, etc.Kartografija Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Bohinj Pocket Map
  • Bohinj Lake and the surrounding area of the Julian Alps at 1:25,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible pocket map from Kartografija highlighting hiking and cycling trails, plus extensive notes about the area and its sights, lists of tourist accommodation, recommendations for restaurants and tavernas, etc.Kartografija Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kamnik and Savinja Alps
  • Kamnik and Savinja Alps at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured, GPS compatible recreational maps from Planinska zveza Slovenie - Slovenian Alpine Club, covering Slovenia Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Oostenrijk - Karinthië
  • Rustige dagwandelingen aan de zonnige zuidzijde van de Oostenrijkse Alpen, bovenlangs het rivierdal van de Drau. Maar u kunt ook een van de hogere toppen in de omgeving bedwingen, zoals de Hochtristen (2536m). U overnacht in een sfeervol Alpengasthof op de 1800 meter hoge Emberger Alm, met een onvergelijkbaar uitzicht, en kunt eventueel een... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Relaxed
  • Self-guided trek, including a rest day in Cortina, walking the full Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. A well-paced two-week tour along the iconic Italian ‘High Route 1’ through the best of the Dolomiti mountains, with a mid-walk rest day to recharge and explore the region’s ‘hiking capital’ - Cortina. Follow the full Alta Via 1 from... Read more
Te Voet
Belgium
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights
  • Self-guided short break, staying in both Cortina and the mountains, trekking 3 days on the Alta Via 1. Escape on a short break to the High Dolomites and enjoy three fantastic days of great trail walking at around 1500-2500m, surrounded by the very best alpine scenery that the region has to offer. Combine a stay in chic Cortina with nights in... Read more
Te Voet
Belgium
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse
  • Little known outside Slovenia, the Julian Alps are the unsung mountains of Europe. Giant limestone peaks dramatically twist their way from the lush, verdant meadows of the valleys below, creating a unique landscape that Slovenians are proud to call their own. This trip encompasses all the very best of this special mountain range, with an... Read more
Te Voet
Belgium
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Queyras
  • Wandelvakantie met bagagevervoer door een geïsoleerde en daardoor nog ongerept deel van de Franse Alpen. Zonnig klimaat, overnachting in sfeervolle en hooggelegen gites, onder meer in het hoogste bergdorp van de Alpen, St Véran (2050m), dat geheel uit eeuwenoude houten chalets en boerderijen is opgebouwd. Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Queyras
  • Bergwandelen in een ongerepte berggebied op de grens met Italië. Vanwege de (bijna) altijd schijnende zon, de heldere lucht en het fraaie boombeeld van de lariksen is het landschap van betoverende schoonheid. Vanwege de hooggelegen overnachtingsplekken zijn de stille topregionen van dit rijke natuurpark binnen ieders bereik. De bloemenrijkdom... Read more
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Te Voet
Belgium
  • Van Simplon naar Furka - ZWITSERLAND
  • 7-daagse trekking langs vergeten soldatenpaadjes en smokkelroutes door het hart van de Zwitserse Alpen: Simplon, Gotthard, en Furkapas langs authentieke bergdorpjes, betoverende gletsjermeren en een overweldigende pure natuur Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Lakes/Mountains of Slovenia
  • The Julian Alps are the most easterly extension of the great Alpine Range. The jagged limestone peaks hold some of Europe's best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below. During the week we will enjoy five varied walks, both inside the... Read more
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