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

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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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
  • 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
  • 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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Netherlands
2014
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids - Wandelroute Tour du Mont Blanc - Grande Randonee ref 028 | 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. route, zie kaartje. ... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids 508 Tour de l´Oisans et des Ecrins | FFRP ref 508 |
  • 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 altijd genoemd worden. Alle gidsen bevatten een door ons toegevoegde uitgebreide frans nederlandse... Read more
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 D005 Les Hautes Alpes a pied -Ecrins - Queyras | 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. Les... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids la Drome a pied - Frankrijk | FFRP D026 |
  • 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. 50 korte... 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
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Maps

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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
IGN
France
2012
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gran Paradiso - Valle d'Aosta
  • Gran Paradiso - Valle d'Aosta area of the Italian Alps on a GPS compatible hiking and recreational map at 1:50,000 from Kompass on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Coverage includes Cogne, Valgrisenche, Val di Rh Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gran Paradiso - Valle d'Aosta
  • Gran Paradiso - Valle d'Aosta area of the Italian Alps on a GPS compatible hiking and recreational map at 1:50,000 from Kompass on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Coverage includes Cogne, Valgrisenche, Val di Rh Read more
Buch.de
Germany
IGN
France
2012
  • 86 - Gran Paradiso
  • Les cartes de randonnée KOMPASS contiennent des informations précieuses pour les randonneurs : Marquage. Itinéraires de randonnées recommandés. Informations touristiques importantes. Descriptif des cartes dans la langue du pays Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wis
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit Markierungen, empfehlenswerte Radrouten und wichtige touristische Informationen.Der topographische Inhalt wird bei aller Detailgenauigkeit leicht lesbar und anschaulich dargestellt.Ein übersichtlich gestaltetes Beiheft (italienisch) informiert über Orte... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelkaart 86 Gran Paradiso-Valle d´ Aosta | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar.  Nu op scheur- en watervast papier! Read more
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IGN
France
2010
  • 95 - Val Di Non - Nonstal
  • Les cartes de randonnée KOMPASS contiennent des informations précieuses pour les randonneurs : Marquage. Itinéraires de randonnées recommandés. Informations touristiques importantes. Descriptif des cartes dans la langue du pays Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valle di Non/Nonstal
  • Valle di Non (Nonstal) area of the Dolomites west of Bolzano on a GPS compatible hiking and recreational map at 1:50,000 from Kompass.KOMPASS HIKING MAPS OF ITALY:This title is part of an extensive series of walking maps from Kompass covering selected areas of Italy at mainly 1:50,000, with a GPS compatible, contoured topographic base,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 95 Valle di Non/Nonstal | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. KOMPASS Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valle di Non/Nonstal
  • Valle di Non (Nonstal) area of the Dolomites west of Bolzano on a GPS compatible hiking and recreational map at 1:50,000 from Kompass.KOMPASS HIKING MAPS OF ITALY:This title is part of an extensive series of walking maps from Kompass covering selected areas of Italy at mainly 1:50,000, with a GPS compatible, contoured topographic base,... Read more
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Germany
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Netherlands
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
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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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
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
  • Julian Alps East
  • Julian Alps: Eastern part in a series of contoured, GPS compatible walking and cycling maps from Kartografija in Ljubljana, covering the whole of Slovenia at 1:75,000. English language notes are on the reverse. The series also provides additional coverage of the Triglav National Park at 1:50,000. The maps have contours at 20m intervals,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Julian Alps East
  • Julian Alps: Eastern part in a series of contoured, GPS compatible walking and cycling maps from Kartografija in Ljubljana, covering the whole of Slovenia at 1:75,000. English language notes are on the reverse. The series also provides additional coverage of the Triglav National Park at 1:50,000. The maps have contours at 20m intervals,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Julian Alps West
  • Julian Alps: Western part in a series of contoured, GPS compatible walking and cycling maps from Kartografija in Ljubljana, covering the whole of Slovenia at 1:75,000. English language notes are on the reverse. The series also provides additional coverage of the Triglav National Park at 1:50,000. The maps have contours at 20m intervals,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Julian Alps West
  • Julian Alps: Western part in a series of contoured, GPS compatible walking and cycling maps from Kartografija in Ljubljana, covering the whole of Slovenia at 1:75,000. English language notes are on the reverse. The series also provides additional coverage of the Triglav National Park at 1:50,000. The maps have contours at 20m intervals,... 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
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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
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Walking holidays

Sawadee
Netherlands
  • SLOVENIA: JULIAN ALPS TRAVERSE
  • Little known outside Slovenia, the Julian Alps are the unsung mountains of Europe. A small but growing band of enthusiasts is learning about the wonders of trekking in this spectacular range. Our first and last nights are spent in the pretty lakeside town of Bled, but the trek begins at Bohinj, a stunning glacial lake in the heart of the... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • CLASSIC MONT BLANC
  • What better way to enjoy this spectacular part of the Alps than with a little added luxury? Based in a comfortable 4-star hotel in the heart of Chamonix town, the boutiques, cafes and restaurants are a short stroll from your door. Each day you will gain height into the surrounding mountains by train or cable car, saving the strain on your legs... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • MONT BLANC HIGHLIGHTS
  • The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is in reality a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe. To complete the whole circuit normally takes a fortnight, but for those with less time this one-week trip takes in the outstanding sections. New for 2013 we... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • WILD FLOWERS/WATERFALLS OF THE SWISS ALPS
  • The Bernese Oberland is the ideal picturesque setting for this trip, surrounded by the three rugged and towering peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch. Its scenic walks, glaciers, numerous stunning waterfalls and lush green valleys provide a spectacular backdrop for a relaxing week. All walks are set at a gentle pace leaving plenty of time to... 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 leisurely 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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Franse Alpen per eigen vervoer
  • Vercors, het voorland van de Alpen Het gras is elders altijd groener, zegt men wel eens. Dat geldt zeker voor het grootste regionale natuurpark van Frankrijk, de Vercors. Dit gebied, gelegen tussen Grenoble en Valence, tussen de Alpen en de Provence, bestaat uit brede valleien met uitgestrekte bossen van dennen en sparren, beuken en... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • High Trail to the Matterhorn
  • A self-guided walking holiday along high trails of the Swiss Alps. High Trail to the Matterhorn 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... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Lake Koenigssee to Lake Chiemsee Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A wonderful introduction to walking in the Eastern Alps. Walk through the Chiemgau Alps, an area of flower filled alpine pastures, crystal clear lakes, deep gorges and soft limestone mountains, nestled in the border region between Bavaria, Salzburg and Tirol. Great walking and charming traditional hotels in picture postcard villages make this a... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South Tyrol: Via Claudia Augusta Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Follow the Via Claudia Augusta, the first true road across the Alps. Follow the Via Claudia Augusta, the first true road across the Alps built by Emperor Claudius to connect the Adriatic sea port Altinum with the Danube, through Italy’s South Tyrol. Walk through verdant valleys ringed by snow capped summits. Traverse mountain passes between... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
  • The Haute Route is one of Europe's best known long distance ski-touring routes; running roughly parallel is a spectacular and demanding summer trek from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. The route covers approximately 100km and travels west to east, across seven alpine passes linking the valleys of Haute Savoie in France to the Swiss Valais.... Read more
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