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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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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2011
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2018
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Stubaier Alps | Cicerone
  • An essential guidebook for anyone trekking the scenic Stubai Alps, in the Austria Tyrol. Two multi-day hut to hut hikes are described. The Stubai Rucksack Route links eight huts without crossing glaciers or difficult passes, whereas the challenging Stubai Glacier Tour involves much glacier work. Both treks easily fit into a two week holiday. Read more
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  • 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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  • Aldershot, Guildford, Camberley & Haslemere OS Landranger Map 186 (paper)
  • Aldershot and Guildford area, including the northern part of the South Downs National Park and a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 186 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE... Read more
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2019
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2019
  • The Tour of the Ecrins National Park: GR54
  • The complete guidebook for the Tour of the Ecrins National Park (GR54) in the French Alps. The only guidebook with Real 1:25,000 Maps: proper mapping included for each stage. This makes navigation easy and saves you money: no need to buy additional maps. Also includes: -Unique Itinerary Planner: plan a bespoke itinerary to match your ability... Read more
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2018
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2018
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2018
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Briançonnais | Cicerone
  • Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. Read more
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2018
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  • Wandelgids The GR5 Trail Benelux and Lorraine | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking the northern section of the GR5 - 1000km starting in Hoek van Holland and passing through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Lorraine to Schirmeck in France. A long-distance route covering a variety of cultures and landscapes. The full GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean is one of the world's greatest trails. Read more
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  • Cheviot Hills - Jedburgh & Wooler OS Explorer Map OL16 (paper)
  • The Cheviot Hills on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL16, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage includes Jedburgh, Woolmer, part of the Northumberland National Park, the peaks of The Cheviot, Corby Pike, Cold Law, Scrathy Holes and Windy Gyle, Catcleugh Reservoir, sections of the Pennine Way... Read more
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  • Dachstein - Ausseerland - Filzmoos - Ramsau Hiking + Leisure Map 1:50 000
  • Dachstein - Ausseer Land - Filzmoos - Ramsau - Bad Ischl - Schladming 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... Read more
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  • Dachstein - Ausseerland - Filzmoos - Ramsau F&B WK281
  • Dachstein - Ausseer Land - Filzmoos - Ramsau - Bad Ischl - Schladming 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... 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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  • Tignes / Val d'Isere / Haute Maurienne
  • De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande wandelpaden, de grandes... Read more
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  • Tignes - Val-d`Isere - Haute Maurienne - PN de la Vanoise IGN 3633ET
  • 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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  • Crete West
  • Western Crete on a double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:100,000 from Harms Verlag, with highlighting for numerous places of interest and 20 recommended hiking trails, plus street plans of central Heraklion, Rethymnon and Chania and a plan of the archaeological site at Knossos. All place names are in both Greek and Latin alphabet.... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Kreta west | Harms IC Verlag
  • Western Crete on a double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:100,000 from Harms Verlag, with highlighting for numerous places of interest and 20 recommended hiking trails, plus street plans of central Heraklion, Rethymnon and Chania and a plan of the archaeological site at Knossos. All place names are in both Greek and Latin alphabet.... Read more
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2020
  • Trekking the Dolomites AV1
  • This is only guidebook exclusively for the AV1 and contains everything needed plan and walk Italy`s most popular long-distance route. The guidebook contains real maps - Tabacco 1:25,000 - the finest maps available for the Dolomites, thus making navigation easy with no need to carry additional maps.The AV1 is the premier route in the... Read more
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  • Trekking the Dolomites AV1
  • This is only guidebook exclusively for the AV1 and contains everything needed plan and walk Italy`s most popular long-distance route. The guidebook contains real maps - Tabacco 1:25,000 - the finest maps available for the Dolomites, thus making navigation easy with no need to carry additional maps.The AV1 is the premier route in the... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Trekking the Dolomites Av1 | Knife Edge Outdoor
  • This is only guidebook exclusively for the AV1 and contains everything needed plan and walk Italy`s most popular long-distance route. The guidebook contains real maps - Tabacco 1:25,000 - the finest maps available for the Dolomites, thus making navigation easy with no need to carry additional maps.The AV1 is the premier route in the... Read more
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  • Villgratental / Sillian / Pustertal / Tiroler Gailtal
  • This Tabacco topographic map at 1:25,000 (1cm = 250m) covers Villgratental, Sillian, Pustertal, Tiroler Gailtal. It is perfect for hiking, cycling or mountain biking. The series of more than 70 maps covers the Italian Alps of the North-East including the Dolomites. Read more
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