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.

Map

Overview of the Alps

Trails in this region

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelgids Oostenrijk - Walking in Austria | Cicerone |
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van dit geweldige gebied. goed beschreven met veel praktische informatie om de route te kunnen lopen, inclusief redelijke kaarten. Bedenk wel - zie het overzicht- dat het voornamelijk routes zijn in het westen en zuiden van Oostenrijk. A comprehensive new guide on walking in Austria by Kev Reynolds with 102 routes... Read more
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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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids ref 530 - GR5 Parc national de la Vanoise - Franse Alpen | FFRP |
  • Uitstekende routegids met gedetailleerde kaarten en een routebeschrijving. Fout lopen wordt op deze manier wel erg moeilijk. Met symbolen is weergegeven welke voorzieningen (openbaar vervoer / winkels / overnachtingen) er zijn langs of bij de route. Een nadeel is dat de daadwerkelijke adressen dan weer niet genoemd worden. 15 jours en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids P042 Gorges, Lacs et Plateaux de Verdon a pied | FFRP |
  • Franstalige wandelgids met een beschrijving van een aantal dagtochten. Uitstekende beschrijvingen met duidelijk kaartmateriaal. Mislopen is nauwelijks mogelijk, maar ja .. de franse taal! Ook praktische informatie staat in deze gids. Alle gidsen bevatten een door ons toegevoegde uitgebreide frans - nederlandse wandelwoordenlijst. ´´Le Verdon... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Drome provencale, Diois - Baronnies - Tricastin | Chamina |
  • > Franstalig wandelgidsje voor de Drôme provençale (tot 30km) met beschrijving en gedetailleerd kaartmateriaal op schaal 1:25.000 van 20 dagwandelingen tussen de 2 en 8.45 uur. Bevat veel informatie over wat er te zien tijdens de wandeling, ook is duidelijk aangegeven wat het moeilijkheidsniveau is en de duur van de wandeling. Mislopen is... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Triglav Nationalpark, Ein Bergparadies in Slowenien | Styria |
  • Duitstalige wandelgids met beschrijvingen van wandelroutes en eenvoudige routekaartjes door het nationale park Triglav in de Julische Alpen van Slovenie. Der Tourenreigen von Wolfram Guhl führt uns quer durch das Gebiet des Nationalparks Triglav in den Julischen Alpen und an die slowenische Adria. Vom tiefsten Punkt, der Tolminka-Klamm mit... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Kleinwalsertal | Rother verlag | Gerald Schwabe
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met 50 dagtochten in dal en hoger gelegen delen van het gebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. Deze wandelgidsen uitgever staat hoog aangeschreven en is een begrip onder de wandelaars! > 136 Seiten mit 65 Farbabbildungen  > 32... Read more
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Maps

IGN
France
  • N°05 Ecrins
  • Des cartes du 1:35 000 au 1:60 000, sur fond IGN, enrichies d'informations touristiques et de randonnée, accompagnées parfois d'un guide de randonnées.Partez à la découverte de ces territoires où il fait bon séjourner ! Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelkaart 05 Ecrins Massif-Grandes Rousses-Cerces | Libris |
  • Gebaseerd op de topografische gegevens van IGN (de Franse topografische dienst) heeft deze kaartenserie een uitstekend kaartbeeld van delen van de bekende wandelgebieden van Frankrijk. Hoogtelijnen, gebruik van schaduw en kleur, de leesbaarheid: prima kaart! De GR en GRP routes staan ingetekend, maar ook de kleinere wandelpaden. Symbolen voor... Read more
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Stanfords
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
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Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Julische Alpen - Bohinj Triglav, Krn, Crna prst | Sidarta |
  • > Deze dubbelzijdige detailkaart (1:25.000) heeft ingetekende wandelroutes waarbij met verschillende kleuren de moeilijkheidsgraad wordt aangegeven, een aanduiding van de berghutten (met op de achterzijde meer informatie over deze hutten als openingstijden en capaciteit) en andere handige zaken voor wandelaars. Zelfs benzinepompen en busstops... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Julische Alpen - Bovec Trenta | Sidarta |
  • Bovec - Trenta - Kanin - Montaz - Jof di Montasio - Mangart - Jalovec - Razor - Krn > Deze dubbelzijdige detailkaart (1:25.000) heeft ingetekende wandelroutes waarbij met verschillende kleuren de moeilijkheidsgraad wordt aangegeven, een aanduiding van de berghutten (met op de achterzijde meer informatie over deze hutten als openingstijden en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Julische Alpen - Triglav - Kranjska Gora - Bohinj | Sidarta |
  • > Deze dubbelzijdige detailkaart (1:25.000) heeft ingetekende wandelroutes waarbij met verschillende kleuren de moeilijkheidsgraad wordt aangegeven, een aanduiding van de berghutten (met op de achterzijde meer informatie over deze hutten als openingstijden en capaciteit) en andere handige zaken voor wandelaars. Zelfs benzinepompen en busstops... Read more
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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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Stanfords
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
Stanfords
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
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Walking holidays

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
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
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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Sonthofen Allgäuer Alpen 8 dagen
  • Wandelen en langlaufen in de Allgäuer Alpen Actief bezig zijn in een prachtige omgeving, dat zijn de woorden voor deze reis. U reist af naar het zuidelijkste stadje van Duitsland: Sonthofen. Door de centrale ligging zijn de langlaufgebieden Oberstdorf en Kleinwalsertal gemakkelijk te bereiken en zeker de moeite waard door het uitgebreide... 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Grindelwald Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self-guided walking holiday in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Experience the rich, green alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this fantastic walking holiday through the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The mighty peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau surround you as you meander along forest tracks past mountain villages rich in local... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek
  • For those who like to enjoy the comfort of a bed every night we offer the Mont Blanc circuit as a fully accommodated walking holiday, with all nights spent in a variety of lodgings from family run 2 and 3-star hotels to basic inns or pensions. Again keeping to the ideal duration to complete the full route, we include 10 walking days and 3 rest... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • High Trail to the Matterhorn
  • A self guided walking holiday along high trails of the Swiss Alps. The Matterhorn is one of the highest mountain peaks in the Alps, its dramatic pyramid peak stands proudly at 4478m. Discover the beauty of this wondrous mountain as you walk along the haute route from Brig down to Zermatt on our self guided walking holiday. Follow the trail... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Walking in Albania
  • This fascinating, lesser-known Mediterranean country has a wild and rugged landscape where agricultural life has remained unchanged for decades and UNESCO World Heritage Sites reveal the diverse heritage of a hospitable nation. Our circular route is focussed mainly on the remote north of the country and encompasses the picturesque Theth and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Classic
  • Self-guided trek, walking 8 days on the Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. Our Classic Alta Via 1 tour covers the majority of this flag-ship trek over 8 walking days. Hike from beautiful Lake Braies through the east Italian Alps to finish just before Passo Duran, where the trail turns wilder and more remote. This version of the Alta Via... Read more
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