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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  • Lonely Planet Best Day Walks Japan
  • Lonely Planet`s Best Day Walks Japan is your passport to 60 easy escapes into nature. Stretch your legs away from the city by picking a walk that works for you, from just a couple of hours to a full day, from easy to hard. Climb Mt Fuji, walk the Tohoku coast, and enjoy the views in Kamikochi. Get to the heart of Japan and begin your journey... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tour du Mont Blanc
  • The most iconic long-distance, circular trail in the Alps with customised itinerary planning for walkers, trekkers, fastpackers and trail runners Read more
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  • 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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  • Autrans - Gorges de la Bourne - PNR du Vercors IGN 3235OT
  • 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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  • 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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  • Berchtesgaden 2019
  • Berchtesgaden - Bad Reichenhall - Königsee area of the German Alps at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or... Read more
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  • Berchtesgaden – Bad Reichenhall – Königsee K+F Outdoor Map 8
  • Berchtesgaden - Bad Reichenhall - Königsee area of the German Alps at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or... Read more
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  • Vallee de l'Esteron / Vallee du Loup 2018
  • 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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  • Vallee de l`Esteron - Vallee du Loup IGN 3642ET
  • 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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  • Pongau - Hochkönig - Saalfelden F&B WK103
  • Pongau - Hochkönig - Saalfelden 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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  • Tour du Mont-Blanc 2018
  • Goede, handzame, tweezijdig bedrukte kaart van de Tour du Mont Blanc Tour (TMB) met hoogte profielen en ingetekende route. 3 landen: Frankrijk, Italië en Zwitserland totale lengte 170 kilometer Inclusief 10.000 meter hoogteverschil Schaal 1: 50.000 (1 cm = 500 m) Een onmisbare hulp bij de voorbereiding van de route: de etappen, accommodaties,... Read more
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  • Tour du Mont-Blanc IGN 89025
  • Goede, handzame, tweezijdig bedrukte kaart van de Tour du Mont Blanc Tour (TMB) met hoogte profielen en ingetekende route. 3 landen: Frankrijk, Italië en Zwitserland totale lengte 170 kilometer Inclusief 10.000 meter hoogteverschil Schaal 1: 50.000 (1 cm = 500 m) Een onmisbare hulp bij de voorbereiding van de route: de etappen, accommodaties,... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Tour du Mont Blanc | IGN - Institut Géographique National
  • Goede, handzame, tweezijdig bedrukte kaart van de Tour du Mont Blanc Tour (TMB) met hoogte profielen en ingetekende route. 3 landen: Frankrijk, Italië en Zwitserland totale lengte 170 kilometer Inclusief 10.000 meter hoogteverschil Schaal 1: 50.000 (1 cm = 500 m) Een onmisbare hulp bij de voorbereiding van de route: de etappen, accommodaties,... Read more
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  • Lienz Dolomites - Lesachtal - Villgratner Berge F&B WK182
  • Lienz Dolomites - Lesachtal area of Carinthia 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 series please... 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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  • Kufstein - Kaisergebirge - Kitzbühel F&B WK301
  • Kufstein - Kaisergebirge - Kitzbühel - Wörgl - St Johann in Tirol 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... Read more
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  • Monti Sarentini 2019
  • 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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