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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  • 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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  • Canterbury, East Kent, Dover & Margate OS Landranger Map 179 (paper)
  • Eastern Kent with Canterbury, Dover and Margate, including sections of the North Downs Way and the E2 and E9 European Long-Distance Paths, on a paper version of map No. 179 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... Read more
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  • Dorking, Reigate, Crawley & Horsham OS Landranger Active Map 187 (waterproof)
  • Dorking and Reigate area, including a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 187 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... Read more
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  • Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick & Banbury OS Landranger Map 151 (paper)
  • The area between Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Banbury, including the northern part of the Cotswold Hills and part of the Cotswold Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 151 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist... Read more
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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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  • 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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  • Les Arcs - La Plagne - PN de la Vanoise IGN WATERPROOF 3532ETR
  • 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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  • 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
  • Walks and Treks in Croatia
  • Walks and Treks in Croatia: mountain trails and national parks, including Velebit, Dinara and PlitviceThis guide describes 20 walks and 7 short treks in beautiful Croatia. Around half the routes focus on the striking limestone ranges of Gorski kotar and Velebit, which form part of the Dinaric Alps, but there are also routes in Dalmatia and on... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Walks and treks in Croatia - Kroatië | Cicerone
  • This guide describes day walks and treks in all Croatia's main hiking areas and national parks on the mainland, from the forested hills around Zagreb, to the roof of Croatia on the Bosnian border, and the national parks of Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Risnjak, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes and more. Read more
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  • Prespa - Vitsi - Voras 2014
  • 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 1:50.000 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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  • Prespa - Vitsi - Voras Anavasi 6.2
  • Prespa - Vitsi – Voras area of northern Greece at 1:50,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible, contoured map from Anavasi, with recommendations for three hiking trails and notes on the E4 and E6 cross-European trails. The map is double-sided; coverage in the west starts from the Prespa Lake on the border with Albania and... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 6.2 Prespa - Vitsi - Voras | 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 1:50.000 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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  • 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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  • Tour et traversees du Massif des Bauges GR96/GRP 2020
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Massif de la Chartreuse South IGN 3334OT
  • Between 2014 and 2019, the IGN renewed its entire Serie Bleue collection.A new map for optimal readability, with better geometric precision and enriched tourist information.A new format twice as large: the format of the new Serie Bleue is equivalent to that of the Top 25 and the number of references will thus be divided by 2.For most maps, the... 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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  • Mont Viso - Saint-Veran - Aiguilles - PNR du Queyras IGN 3637OT
  • 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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  • Embrun / Les Orres / Lac de Serre-Poncon 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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  • Embrun les Orres - Lac de Serre-Poncon IGN 3438ET
  • 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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  • Oetztal 2018
  • Ötztal - Sölden - Mittelberg - Obergurgl - Pitztal - Kaunertal area of the Tyrol at 1:50,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 06 Outdoorkarte AT Ötztal | Kümmerly & Frey
  • Ötztal - Sölden - Mittelberg - Obergurgl - Pitztal - Kaunertal area of the Tyrol at 1:50,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Tour of Mont Blanc | Cicerone
  • The Tour of Mont Blanc is one of the world`s classic treks. This guidebook to hiking the 170km TMB contains in-depth route description and mapping for both the classic 11 day anti-clockwise circuit and an alternative 10 day clockwise circuit. This well-signed but demanding route, starting from Les Houches or Champex, is suitable for fit... Read more
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