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

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Books

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2021
  • Walking in Zermatt and Saas-Fee
  • Guidebook describing 50 varied walks in the Valais region in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The graded day walks based around the popular resort towns of Zermatt and Saas-Fee explore the Mattertal and Saastal valleys and the surrounding mountains. Ranging from 4 to 18km, the easily accessible routes make use of the area`s extensive network of... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Walking in Zermatt and Saas-Fee | Cicerone
  • Guidebook describing 50 varied walks in the Valais region in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The graded day walks based around the popular resort towns of Zermatt and Saas-Fee explore the Mattertal and Saastal valleys and the surrounding mountains. Ranging from 4 to 18km, the easily accessible routes make use of the area`s extensive network of... Read more
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2015
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2015
  • Wandelgids The Tour of the Bernina | Cicerone
  • 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
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  • Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury & Stowmarket OS Landranger Map 155 (paper)
  • Suffolk around Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Stowmarket, including part of the E2 European Long-distance path, on a paper version of map No. 155 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map,... Read more
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2021
  • Tour des Monts d`Aubrac GRP/GR60/GR6
  • Tour des Monts d`Aubrac, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 616, covering 259kms of hiking circuits in the Massif Central along the GR6, GR60 and GR65. Current edition of this title was published in May 2016.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides are the best... Read more
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2020
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2020
  • Nice - Walk & Eat
  • Pocket-sized, full-colour guide to Nice, ideal for an active short breakNice Sunflower Walk and Eat pocket guide is designed to add another dimension to your walking holiday in Nice. This pocket-sized full-colour guide is designed for walking in Nice with a gastronomical touch, using public transport. Besides Nice itself, the book describes... Read more
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2020
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  • Cheltenham, Cirencester & Stow-on-the-Wold OS Landranger Map 163 (paper)
  • Cheltenham and Cirencester area, including sections of the Thames Path, the Cotswold Way and the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 163 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical... Read more
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  • Oxford, Chipping Norton & Bicester OS Landranger Map 164 (paper)
  • Oxford area, including sections of the Thames Path and the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 164 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger title... Read more
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2019
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2019
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2019
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2009
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  • Pertuis - Lourmarin - PNR du Luberon IGN 3243OT
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Monti Sarentini
  • Monti Sarentini/Sarntaler Alpen area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords Read more
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  • Monti Sarentini / Sarntaler Alpen Tabacco 040
  • Monti Sarentini/Sarntaler Alpen area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords’ most popular coverage for this region, with excellent cartography and extensive overprint for hiking routes and other recreational activities, local bus stops, etc. Additional overprint in... Read more
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  • Belley / St-Genix-sur-Guiers / Sud Bugey
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Srie Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5 intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for ... Read more
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  • Belley - Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers - Sud Bugey IGN 3232ET
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Matrei - Defereggen - Virgental Hiking + Leisure Map 1:50 000
  • Matrei - Deferggen - Virgental area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles in this... Read more
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  • Matrei - Deferggen - Virgental F&B WK123
  • Matrei - Deferggen - Virgental area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles in this... Read more
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  • Champsaur - Vieux Chaillol - PN des Ecrins IGN WATERPROOF 3437OTR
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Haute Vallee du Var - Gorges de Daluis - PN du Mercantour IGN 3540ET
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Les Trois Vallees - Modane - PN de la Vanoise IGN 3534OT
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Barreme / Vallee de l'Asse / PNR du Verdon
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Barreme - Vallee de l`Asse - PNR du Verdon IGN 3441OT
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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2020
  • Tour et travers�es du Massif des Bauges GR96/GRP
  • Tours et Traversées du Massif des Bauges, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 902, covering 500kms of routes in the French Alps between Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and Albertville. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format,... Read more
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2020
  • Tours et Traversées du Massif des Bauges GR96
  • Tours et Traversées du Massif des Bauges, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 902, covering 500kms of routes in the French Alps between Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and Albertville. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format,... Read more
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2020
  • Wandelgids 902 Tours et traversée du Massif des Bauges GR96 | FFRP
  • Tours et Traversées du Massif des Bauges, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 902, covering 500kms of routes in the French Alps between Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and Albertville. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format,... Read more
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  • Lechtal Alps - Allgau Alps F&B WK351
  • Lechtaler - Allgäuer Alpen - Oberstdorf - Landeck area of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list of... Read more
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  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze F&B WK251
  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles... Read more
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  • Tennengebirge - Lammertal - Osterhorngruppe Hiking + Leisure Map 1:50 000
  • Tennengebirge - Lammertal - Osternhorngruppe area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list of currently available... Read more
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  • Tennengebirge - Lammertal - Osternhorngruppe F&B WK392
  • Tennengebirge - Lammertal - Osternhorngruppe area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list of currently available... Read more
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  • Cha�ne des Aravis / Massif des Bauges
  • Chaîne des Aravis - Massif des Bauges region of French Alps in a series of GPS compatible, contoured TOP 75 maps at 1:75,000 from the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking paths, cycling routes and sites for other recreational activities. The map includes five large panels showing the areas around la Grande Balmaz, Mont Colombier, la... Read more
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  • Chaine des Aravis - Massif des Bauges IGN 75032
  • Chaîne des Aravis - Massif des Bauges region of French Alps in a series of GPS compatible, contoured TOP 75 maps at 1:75,000 from the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking paths, cycling routes and sites for other recreational activities. The map includes five large panels showing the areas around la Grande Balmaz, Mont Colombier, la... Read more
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