Alps

Description

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

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • The Julian Alps of Slovenia
  • Guidebook describing over 60 walks in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. The walks are organized around five bases - Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj. The routes in the Julian Alps range from easy valley walks and rougher forest trails to high-mountain protected routes and multi-day treks. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Tour of Monte Rosa
  • This guidebook to walking the Tour of Monte Rosa on the Italian-Swiss border takes the walker on a challenging trek in an 8-stage circuit starting at Zermatt. The high route hugs glaciers and has views of over ten 4000ers. The contrast between the Swiss and Italian Alps, their different cultures, food and languages, give this trek its originality. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • The Mountains of Montenegro
  • This guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 15 day walks and multi-day treks in the spectacular mountains of Montenegro. The routes range from single-day hikes to multi-day treks with the opportunity to link shorter days together to create longer itineraries. Most of the walks begin at 1000m and pass between 1600 and 2500m Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • The Tour of the Bernina
  • Guidebook describing a 9-stage (119km) route around the Piz Bernina massif in the Alps on the Swiss-Italian border near St Moritz, and the 8-stage (94km) Alta Via Valmalenco exploring the Valmalenco valley, in the shadow of Monte Disgrazia. The Tour of the Bernina is suitable for first-time trekkers but the Alta Via needs some experience. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mont Blanc Tour
  • The essential guidebook to the 105-mile Tour of Mont Blanc trek in the Alps. One of the best of the world's classic walks, which circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days through France, Switzerland and Italy. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Tour of Mont Blanc
  • An essential guidebook for anyone walking the Tour of Mont Blanc. The 170km circuit typically takes 11 days to walk around the Mont Blanc massif. The TMB is recognised as one of the world's classic treks. The book describes both anti-clockwise and clockwise directions, with variants and information about huts, refuges and facilities en route. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking in the Bernese Oberland
  • This walking guidebook to the Bernese Oberland contains descriptions for 113 day walks. The routes range from 2 to 24km and offer breathtaking scenery of the classic Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains, around Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Gsteig and Meiringen. There are routes suitable for all abilities from short flat walks to adventurous treks. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • The Rhine Cycle Route
  • A guidebook for the Rhine Cycle Route with stage-by-stage descriptions, from its source high in the Swiss Alps to its mouth at the Netherlands' North Sea coast. In two weeks and 27 stages, you will cycle through six countries including France and Germany, visiting cities, towns and villages and passing locations of great historical interest. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids 100 Hut Walks In The Alps | Cicerone | Kev Reynolds
  • 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. Extending... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Silvretta and Ratikon Alps | Cicerone | Kev Reynolds
  • 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. Straddling the borders... Read more
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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. 102 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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Maps

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
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
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
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
De Zwerver
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
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
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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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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Italië - Dolomieten
  • Het schitterende Parco Naturale Fanes-Sennes is één van de grootste natuurreservaten van Europa, waar u diersoorten als bergmarmotten, gemzen en de in Europa zeldzaam geworden steenbok kunt tegenkomen. Aan de rand van dit park verblijft u in een comfortabel hotel in het bergdorp Wengen/La valle in de Dolomieten. U maakt fraaie dagwandelingen... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Italië - Dolomieten
  • Het mooiste kalkmassief van de Alpen, waar groene grasplateaus contrasteren met imposante steilwanden van harde, witte dolomiet. Bijzondere rijkdom aan planten en dieren beschermd in het Fanes-Sennes Natuurpark. Wandelvakantie in de Dolomieten met bagagevervoer langs comfortabele en prachtig gelegen berghutten. Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Italië - Te voet over de Alpen, etappe 3
  • Zu Fuss über die Alpen. Der Traumpfad von München nach Venedig. Ludwig Grasslers klassieker beschrijft een aaneengesloten wandelroute dwars over de Alpen. SNP zet het transalpiene kroonjuweel in de etalage. In vier etappes van München naar Venetië. Een adembenemende oversteek. En meer dan dat. “Das ist Ausdruck eines Lebensgefühls”. Ruim... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Drôme
  • Daar waar Rhônevallei en Provencaalse Alpen elkaar ontmoeten, ontvouwt zich de Drome, een land rijk aan contrasten, waar de landschappen veranderen op de kadans van de seizoenen. Prachtige bestemming voor een wandelvakantie. Wandelen door  zacht wiegende lavendelvelden, eeuwenoude olijfboomgaarden, drômerige dorpjes en mediterrane eikenbossen.... 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
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