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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Books

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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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2019
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2019
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2019
  • Wandelgids Walking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji | Cicerone
  • English-language guidebook to the Japan Alps, featuring 27 walks and treks in the North, Central and South Alps, and the Mt Fuji area. Routes range from short, easy walks to long, tough treks and thrilling scrambles. Covers popular areas of Hakuba, Tateyama, Kamikochi, Kawaguchiko. With full information on travel, camping, mountain huts and more. Read more
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  • Meije - Pelvoux - PN des Ecrins IGN WATERPROOF 3436ETR
  • 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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2019
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2019
  • Slovenia Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Several new walks have been added in this 5th edition, which was checked on the ground a few months prior to publication. The maps have been redesigned with waypoints, and GPS tracks are now available for all the walks. The book is one of the first in our new wider format: no mapping is lost in the gutter. Read more
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  • North York Moors Western OS Explorer Active Map OL26 (waterproof)
  • The western part of the North York Moors National Park on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL26, waterproof version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage extends from Ampleforth in the south northwards to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, and from Ingleby Arncliffe to Danby, Castleton and Hutton-le-Hole, and includes... 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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2021
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2021
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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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2021
  • Tour de l`Oisans et des Ecrins - Parc National des Ecrins GR54/GR541
  • Tour de l`Oisans et des Ecrins, FFRP topoguide, Ref. No. 508, covering the 11 to 13 days long tour of the Ecrins massif along the GR54, including the local section of the GR5. Variants along GRs 54A, 54B, 54C, and 541 offer less demanding circuits of two to three days. Current edition of this title was published in April 2014.To see other... Read more
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  • La Vallée de l’Ubaye à pied
  • La Vallée de l’Ubaye à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P043, with 51 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the valley of the Ubaye River in the southern part of the French Alps around Barcelonnette, Jausiers and Larche. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 or 1:50,000,... Read more
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  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau Hiking + Leisure Map 1:50 000
  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau 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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  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau F&B WK121
  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau 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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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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  • Chamonix / Massif du Mont Blanc 2017
  • Geplastificeerde versie! 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... Read more
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  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Massif du Mont-Blanc IGN WATERPROOF 3630OTR
  • 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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  • La Clusaz / Grand-Bornand 2017
  • 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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  • La Clusaz - Grand Bornand IGN 3430ET
  • 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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  • Combe Laval - Foret de Lente - PNR du Vercors IGN 3136ET
  • 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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  • Samaria - Sougia 2016
  • Uitstekende topografische kaarten van een deel van Griekenland: zonder meer hele goede kaarten voor wandeltochten in een onbekend stuk Griekenland! Ze zijn gedrukt op scheurvast en watervast papier op een schaal van 1:25.000 met een UTM grid voor GPS gebruikers. Op de meeste kaarten is geven de hoogtelijnen een interval van 20m. aan. Met... Read more
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  • Samaria - Sougia - Paliochora Anavasi 11.13
  • Samaria – Sougia area of the White Mountains on Crete on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured hiking map at 1:25,000 from Anavasi, extending from the famous Gorge of Samaria westwards to Azogyres and Plemeniana, and north past Omalos and the peaks of Troili and Kaimeni Kafala.Topography is shown by contour lines at 20m... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 11.13 Samaria - Soughia - Kreta | Anavasi
  • Uitstekende topografische kaarten van een deel van Griekenland: zonder meer hele goede kaarten voor wandeltochten in een onbekend stuk Griekenland! Ze zijn gedrukt op scheurvast en watervast papier op een schaal van 1:25.000 met een UTM grid voor GPS gebruikers. Op de meeste kaarten is geven de hoogtelijnen een interval van 20m. aan. Met... Read more
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  • Vipiteno, Alpi Breonie 2017
  • Vipiteno/Sterzing - Alpi Breonie/Stubaier 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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  • Vipiteno / Sterzing - Alpi Breonie / Stubaier Alpen Tabacco 038
  • Vipiteno/Sterzing - Alpi Breonie/Stubaier 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... Read more
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  • Fischbach Alps - Roseggers Waldheimat - Mürzzuschalg F&B WK021
  • Fischbacher Alps - Roseggers Waldheimat – Mürzzuschalg area of eastern Austria 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... Read more
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  • Gap / Montagne de Ceuse 2019
  • 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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  • Gap - Montagne de Ceuse IGN 3338ET
  • 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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  • Orcieres-Merlette - Sirac - Mourre Froid - PN des Ecrins IGN WATERPROOF 3437ETR
  • 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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