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

Trails in this region

Books

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United Kingdom
2013
  • The Via Francigena in Pas-de-Calais GR145 12 stages 2012
  • Guide FFRandonnée La Via Francigena à travers le Pas-de-Calais - GR 145 - 245 Km de sentiers GR.Ancienne voie de pèlerinage, au même titre que les chemins de Saint-Jacques ou du Mont-Saint-Michel, ce topo-guide bilingue français/anglais (une grande première !) comprend les 245 premiers kilomètres français de l'itinéraire ancestral reliant... Read more
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2013
  • GR145: The Via Francigena in Pas-de-Calais FFRP Topo-guide No. 1451
  • The first stage in France of the Via Francigena, one of the great medieval pilgrim routes, in a bilingual English / French topoguide with colour extracts from IGN’s topographic survey at 1:50,000, accommodation recommendations, etc.The guide covers a 12 day - 235km long section from Calais to Rocquigny, including parts of WWI Western Front in... Read more
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2013
  • Wandelgids 1451 La Via Francigena à travers le Pas-de-Calais | FFRP
  • Guide FFRandonnée La Via Francigena à travers le Pas-de-Calais - GR 145 - 245 Km de sentiers GR.Ancienne voie de pèlerinage, au même titre que les chemins de Saint-Jacques ou du Mont-Saint-Michel, ce topo-guide bilingue français/anglais (une grande première !) comprend les 245 premiers kilomètres français de l'itinéraire ancestral reliant... Read more
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2018
  • Environs de Gap a pied 2018
  • Les Environs de Gap à pied, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. P051, one of the titles in an extensive series of light, A5-size, high quality paperback guides published by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre in association with local authorities, ramblers’ clubs, etc. The guides have *colour extracts from the French topographic survey at... Read more
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2018
  • Environs de Gap à pied 46PR
  • Les Environs de Gap à pied, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. P051, one of the titles in an extensive series of light, A5-size, high quality paperback guides published by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre in association with local authorities, ramblers’ clubs, etc. The guides have *colour extracts from the French topographic survey at... Read more
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2018
  • Wandelgids P051 Les Environs de Gap - Franse Alpen | FFRP
  • Les Environs de Gap à pied, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. P051, one of the titles in an extensive series of light, A5-size, high quality paperback guides published by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre in association with local authorities, ramblers’ clubs, etc. The guides have *colour extracts from the French topographic survey at... Read more
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  • Compostelle - Routes De Compostelle En France 2010
  • A la rencontre du patrimoine sur les voies de Tours et du PuyDu milieu des années 1980 à aujourd'hui, les pèlerins allant à Compostelle sont passés de quelques centaines à 180 000 par an ! Si la plupart d'entre eux s'y rendent à pied, on y compte des croyants, des athées, agnostiques,... Read more
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2019
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2019
  • Wandelgids Walking Lake Garda and Iseo | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to 20 day walks around the majestic Italian lakes of Garda and Iseo. The routes, which range from leisurely strolls to more strenuous routes up panoramic peaks, offer something to suit all walkers. Invaluable practical information about public transport, accommodation and walking kit is included, together with a handy Italian glossary. Read more
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  • North York Moors Western OS Explorer Map OL26 (paper)
  • The western part of the North York Moors National Park on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL26, paper 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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  • Les Trois Vallees - Modane - PN de la Vanoise IGN WATERPROOF 3534OTR
  • 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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  • Worcester, The Malverns, Evesham & Tewkesbury OS Landranger Map 150 (paper)
  • The area around Worcester, Great Malvern, Evesham and Tewkesbury, including the Malvern Hills and part of the Cotswold Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 150 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS:... Read more
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2019
  • Sentier vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle via Arles: Arles - Toulouse GR653
  • GR653: Chemins de St. Jacques from Arles to Toulouse, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. 6533 in a new edition published in July 2019, with colour reproductions of IGN’s topographic mapping at 1:50,000. The guide covers the 465-km long Via Arletanensis route of the Way of St James in France from Arles across Montpellier and Cartres to Toulouse.From... Read more
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  • Reading & Windsor - Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell OS Landranger Map 175 (paper)
  • Reading – Windsor area, including a section of the Thames Path / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 175 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... Read more
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  • Aiguille de Chambeyron - Cols de Larche et de Vars IGN 3538ET
  • 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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  • Briançonnais – Queyras IGN 75005
  • Briançonnais - Queyras PNR region 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 Col des Ayes, Lac de l’Ascension, Riche Gauthier, Pointe de la... Read more
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2009
  • Evritania Mountains 2014
  • Mountains of Evritania in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g.... Read more
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  • Lake Garda 2017
  • Lake Garda - Lake d'Idro - Monte Baldo - Verona area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from K Read more
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  • Lake Garda - Lake Idro - Monte Baldo - Verona K+F Outdoor Map 7
  • Lake Garda - Lake d`Idro - Monte Baldo - Verona area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from Kümmerly + Frey with both local and long-distance hiking and cycling trails, ski routes, sites for other outdoor pursuits, accommodation, bus stops, etc. An inset provides a small... Read more
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  • Allevard / Belledonne Nord 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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  • Allevard - Belledonne Nord IGN 3433OT
  • 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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  • Innsbruck - Brenner 2017
  • Innsbruck - Brenner - Stubaital – Gschnitztal area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 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 the K+F... Read more
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  • Innsbruck - Brenner - Stubaital - Gschnitztal K+F Outdoor Map 7
  • Innsbruck - Brenner - Stubaital – Gschnitztal area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 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 the K+F... 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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  • Dachstein 2018
  • Dachstein - Ausseerlnad - Bad Goisern - Hallstatt area of the Austrian Alps at 1:35,000 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 the... Read more
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  • Dachstein - Ausseerlnad - Bad Goisern - Hallstatt K+F Outdoor Map 15
  • Dachstein - Ausseerlnad - Bad Goisern - Hallstatt area of the Austrian Alps at 1:35,000 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 the... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • High Trails of the Julian Alps Self Guided Walking Trip
  • Explore the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the high trails staying in traditional mountain huts. Explore the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the high trails staying in traditional mountain huts. From the serene shores of glacial Lake Bled the route takes you from hut to hut high into the Triglav National Park and on... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Classic
  • Self-guided trek, walking 8 days on the Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. Our Classic Alta Via 1 tour covers the majority of this flag-ship trek over 8 walking days. Hike from beautiful Lake Braies through the east Italian Alps to finish just before Passo Duran, where the trail turns wilder and more remote. This version of the Alta Via... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 4: Fidenza to Aulla
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through the Apennine Mountains. This journey along the Via Francigena takes you through the Apennine Mountains, known as the “backbone of Italy” and from the region of Emilia Romagna into northern Tuscany. Originating in Fidenza, known for its duomo of pink stone, you cross the Cisa Pass and... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday in Switzerland's Engadine Valley. A moderate walking tour through the beautiful Engadine Valley, visiting Switzerland’s first and only National Park, St. Moritz and the pretty alpine village of Pontresina. The alpine valley of the Engadine offers the perfect introduction to easy walking in Switzerland. Explore... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights
  • Self-guided short break, staying in both Cortina and the mountains, trekking 3 days on the Alta Via 1. Escape on a short break to the High Dolomites and enjoy three fantastic days of great trail walking at around 1500-2500m, surrounded by the very best alpine scenery that the region has to offer. Combine a stay in chic Cortina with nights in... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 5: Aulla to San Miniato
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through northern and central Tuscany. Originating in the historical region of Lunigiana, an area of great gastronomy, lush green meadows and waterfalls, your walking tour along the Via Francigena takes you from Aulla at the foot of the Apennines, along the coast into northern Tuscany and the... Read more
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  • Full Italian Via Francigena Route: Bourg St Pierre-Rome
  • Self-guided walking tour completing the full Italian stage of the Via Francigena from Bourg St Pierre to Rome. Pilgrims have been undertaking to walk the full Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome since the 8th Century, and it is one of Europe's great pilgrimages. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will start at the... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 South
  • Self-guided walk in the Dolomites, following the quieter southern section of the Alta Via 1. The Alta Via 1 long distance trail winds its way through the heart of the Italian Dolomites. This tour covers around 90km of the wilder and quieter southern section of the AV1, spread over 6 days, walking approx. 15km daily. We follow good alpine paths;... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Huts Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided walk following the Classic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc, through France, Italy and Switzerland staying in mountain huts and hotels. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour du Mont Blanc. Although not for everyone,... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 6: San Miniato to San Quirico
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through central Tuscany. Explore the central belt of iconic Tuscan landscapes and a distinctive trio of medieval towns; Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. This stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the charming village of San Miniato to San Quirico situated on the northern edge of... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Ultimate Swiss Alps
  • A self-guided walking tour through the best of the Swiss Alps. Immerse yourself in the magnificent Alps on this two week Grand Tour of Switzerland. Experience traditional, tranquil villages as well as vibrant towns such as Grindelwald and Zermatt, all perfect bases for classic local walks. Make use of the world-renowned Swiss train system to... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • High Trail to the Matterhorn
  • A self guided walking holiday along high trails of the Swiss Alps. 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 holiday. Follow the trail... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek in Comfort Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc self guided through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable accommodation each night. It’s the perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer their trekking in comfort. The Tour du Mont Blanc is... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort (Extended)
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable accommodation each night. It’s the perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer their trekking in comfort. Your trek starts and finishes in Les... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 7: San Quirico-Montefiascone
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through Tuscany and Lazio. Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within... Read more
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  • Joost Callens² 2015-10-26 11:35:48
  • GR routes ook in Algarve Portugal ??
  • Okt 2015 waren we in Algarve We zagen nieuwe wegwijzers in Algarve en Alentejo met GR15 op. Maar geen enkel toerismebureau of gespecialiseerde boekhandel wist iets v gids hierover of detailkaartjes enz. Iemand ??
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