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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  • Cheviot Hills - Jedburgh & Wooler OS Explorer Active Map OL16 (waterproof)
  • The Cheviot Hills on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL16, waterproof 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... 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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2021
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  • Thames Estuary, Rochester & Southend-on-Sea OS Landranger Map 178 (paper)
  • Thames Estuary with Rochester and Southend-on-Sea, including a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-Distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 178 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... Read more
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2018
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2018
  • Wandelgids Tour of the Jungfrau Region - Berner Oberland | Cicerone
  • The Tour of the Jungfrau Region is described as a clockwise circuit of 111km beginning at Schynige Platte and ending at Wilderswil. It is broken into 10 stages (with alternatives offered), through the Bernese Oberland under the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau. With spectacular mountain views, glaciers, lakes and ridges, it is a classic walk. Read more
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  • 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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  • Wandelgids Trekking the Karnischer Höhenweg | Cicerone
  • English-language guidebook to the Karnischer Höhenweg, a 206km waymarked hut-to-hut trek along the border between Italy and Austria. Also known as the Carnic Peace Trail, it runs west to east along the Ridge of the Carnic Alps, the site of the WW1 front line. With information on planning your trip, accommodation and the history of the area. Read more
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  • Ely, Wisbech & Downham Market OS Landranger Map 143 (paper)
  • Cambridgeshire around Ely, Wisbech and Downham Market, including part of the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 143 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... Read more
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2020
  • 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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  • Annot - Saint-Andre-les-Alpes - PNR du Verdon IGN 3541OT
  • 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 WATERPROOF 3438ETR
  • 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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  • Alpes du Sud 2018
  • Pyrénées Ouest map from the IGN at 1:200,000, with excellent presentation of the terrain through contours and vivid relief shading, plenty of names of topographic features, long-distance GR hiking routes, places of interest, etc. The map is designed to provide convenient coverage of the western and central part of the Pyrenees, extending across... Read more
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  • Southern Alps IGN Top200 203
  • Pyrénées Ouest map from the IGN at 1:200,000, with excellent presentation of the terrain through contours and vivid relief shading, plenty of names of topographic features, long-distance GR hiking routes, places of interest, etc. The map is designed to provide convenient coverage of the western and central part of the Pyrenees, extending across... Read more
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  • Nevache / Mont Thabor / Cols du Galibier et du Lautarat 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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  • Nevache - Mont Thabor - Cols du Galibier et du Lautaret IGN 3535OT
  • 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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  • 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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  • Grenoble - Chamrousse - Belledonne IGN 3335OT
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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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  • Nice / Menton / Cote d'Azur 2018
  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 3742OT 3742 OT Nice, Menton, Côte d'Azur; Monaco, L'Escarène; La Turbie | IGN 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... Read more
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  • Nice - Menton - Cote d`Azur IGN 3742OT
  • 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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  • 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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  • Crete West 2013
  • 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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  • 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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  • Belley / St-Genix-sur-Guiers / Sud Bugey 2018
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Srie 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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  • Belley - Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers - Sud Bugey IGN 3232ET
  • 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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