GR5

Description

  1. Length of trail 2,600 km, 1,616 miles
  2. Length in days 130 days
  3. Start of trail Bergen op Zoom (Nl)
  4. End of trail Nice (F)
  5. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  6. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

GR5, Réfuge la Balme, Mont Blanc

Northsea - Riviera, three months

The GR5 is one of the most popular long distance hikes in Europe. And with reasons: the trail connects the North Sea with the Mediterranean and crosses some of the best and most varied mountain ranges of the continent. If you want, you can continue the GR5 north into Great Brittain: the E2.

Along this trail, friendships were coined and hiking clubs were born... Not surprisingly, a lot of information can be found on the world wide web.

The trail starts in the Netherlands, Bergen op Zoom. Soon the path enters Flanders and its sandy grounds and typical villages. The GR5 again enters the Netherlands, the old and interesting city of Maastricht. Next is the Ardennes region of Belgium, the romantic and forested hills with its grey houses and farms. Third country is Luxembourg. The path follows the border with Germany, along the meandering river Moselle and its castles.

In France the GR5 explores the Vosges, then the Jura, sometimes crossing the border with Switzerland, and finally, after crossing the lake of Geneva by ferry, it follows the length of the Alps. Highlight here is the Mont Blanc. But also the Vanoise, Écrins, Queyras and Mercantour. The trail ends in Nice, good place for a refreshing bath and good meal before returning home.

Many hikers made a life experience of this hike, often returning year after year to tag another section on the record. Nowadays the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostela is probably more popular, highlighting the spiritual needs people probably have.

Opinions

Rate 7.5 | 2 votes | No 20. in France
  • Henk Nouws October 1999
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Hiked several parts in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
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Map

Hiking map Belgium GR5 N

Hiking map Belgium GR5 S

Map of GR5 North

Map of GR5 South

Hike Reports

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Books

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
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Alps | Cicerone |
  • All the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned is celebrated here, while the 20 treks described include well-known classics as well as newly-created multi-day routes. The eight talented writers and photographers brought together to produce this book are among the most experienced of Alpine trekkers. Between them they have... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2011
  • Trekking in the Alps
  • An inspirational guidebook to 20 classic treks in the Alps. As well as introducing new hiking areas in the Alps, classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt are included. Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying, and this book celebrates the rich and scenic diversity for which this great mountain range is renowned. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alps Trekking
  • An inspirational walking guide to 20 summer treks in the European Alps in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and Slovenia, by 8 Alpine trekking experts, including the classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and lesser-known routes like the Traverse of the Slovenian Alps. All the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned is... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
eBooks.de
Germany
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids The GR5 Trail | Cicerone |
  • Engelsetalige wandelgids van het beroemde GR 5 pad in de Franse Alpen. Dezse gids beschrijft de gehele route van de GR 5 van het meer van Geneve tot aan Nice en de Middellandse zee. Goede beschrijvingen en informatie; kaartmateriaal is vrij beperkt. The GR5, or ´Grande Traversée des Alpes´, is one of the most spectacular and civilised... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2013
  • The GR5 Trail
  • An essential guidebook for anyone walking the GR5 trail from Lake Geneva to Nice through the French Alps. The GR5 is one of the world's most spectacular long-distance trails, yet the well graded paths make it suitable for any moderately experienced hiker or trekker. The route can be walked in a month or split over a series of summer trips. Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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IGN
France
  • Traversées du Tarn - 810
  • Guide FFRandonnée Traversées du Tarn - 810 - GR Pays - GR 36, 7, 653, 46 - 712 km de sentiers GRPas moins de 4 GR, 5 GR de Pays, une voie romaine, deux voies vertes et de nombreux autres sentiers sont décrits dans ce topo-guide pour plus de 50 jours de randonnée. Autant de manières pour le randonneur de... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelgids ref 810 Traversées du Tarn | FFRP |
  • Franstalige wandelgids met een beschrijving van een aantal dagtochten / rondwandelingen. 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... Read more
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Maps

IGN
France
  • Traversées du Tarn - 810
  • Guide FFRandonnée Traversées du Tarn - 810 - GR Pays - GR 36, 7, 653, 46 - 712 km de sentiers GRPas moins de 4 GR, 5 GR de Pays, une voie romaine, deux voies vertes et de nombreux autres sentiers sont décrits dans ce topo-guide pour plus de 50 jours de randonnée. Autant de manières pour le randonneur de... Read more
IGN
France
  • La Traversée des Alpes - De la Maurienne à l'Ubaye - 531
  • Guide FFRandonnée La Traversée des Alpes - De la Maurienne à l'Ubaye - 531. GR 5, 56. 250 km de sentiers GR.9 jours de Modane à Larche par le GR® 5, autant pour le tour de l'Ubaye.Depuis Modane et la vallée de la Maurienne, l'itinéraire descend vers le mont Thabor et la ligne de partage des eaux... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • GR5: Du L
  • The first, 206-km long Alpine section of the GR5 from Lake Geneva, past Mont Blanc and across the Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme, to Landry north of the Vanoise Massif, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. 504, with colour maps from the IGN TOP25 series at 1:25,000. Also included is a tour of the Dents du Midi. Current edition of this title was published in... Read more
IGN
France
  • Le Mercantour - Vallée des Merveilles - 507
  • Guide FFRandonnée Le Mercantour - Vallée des Merveilles - 507. La Grande Traversée des Alpes. GR 5, 52, 52A. 443 km de sentiers GR.Nouvelle édition refonte. Elle comprend désormais des fonds IGN au 1 : 25 000 pour un repérage plus précis en montagne. Pas moins de 450 km de sentiers GR® vous... Read more
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Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luxembourg North
  • One of two topographic survey maps of Luxembourg at 1:50,000, with contours at 10-metres intervals and additional relief shading. An overprint highlights long-distance footpaths, including the GR5 (E-2), cycle routes, and various places of interest, including campsites. The map covers an area of approximately 53 x 43 km / 33 x 27 miles. Map... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luxembourg South
  • One of two topographic survey maps of Luxembourg at 1:50,000, with contours at 10-metres intervals and additional relief shading. An overprint highlights long-distance footpaths, including the GR5 (E-2), cycle routes, and various places of interest, including campsites. The map covers an area of approximately 53 x 43 km / 33 x 27 miles. Map... Read more
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Walking holidays

Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Summits/Ridges of the Queyras
  • Nestled deep in the heart of the Southern Alps are the jagged peaks and rolling hills of the Queyras, one of the oldest mountain ranges of the Alps and one of the last to be opened to the public, it offers both an undisturbed natural beauty and off the beaten track feel. This trek is not for beginners as it offers a challenging week of walking... Read more
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Forum

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  • Thomas B 2013-05-31 11:00:32
  • RUNNING the GR5
  • Hello everyone,

    My name is Thomas and i'm planning to run from Brussels to Nice.

    I'm new to traildino and was wondering if these trails were " runable".

    What do you say ?
    • Henk Nouws 2013-06-03 12:37:17
    • Well, it depends on you. The path is not hard covered most of the time. And in some places it will be too steep for running. Best is to compare the GR5 with any other hiking trail you know of that is used for running challenges. Some people manage to run everywhere in every terrain!!
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  • patacon 2012-11-29 01:15:39
  • the other way around
  • I want to hike the GR5 but I want to start in feburary. So I think it is smarter to walk the trail the other way around because of the temperatures. Does anybody knows if the trail is marked in both direction?
    Thanks for answers :)
    • Henk Nouws 2012-11-30 15:37:07
    • Yes, the path is marked in both directions.
      But if you start in Nice in February, you will soon run into problems because of the snow. Even when you start in May, you should be prepared for snow in the higher parts of the Alps.
      On the other side, starting south and walking north is generally a good idea if you like to make pictures, because you will have the sun in your back.
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