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 3436ET
  • 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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2018
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Briançonnais | Cicerone
  • Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. 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
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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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  • Cheltenham, Cirencester & Stow-on-the-Wold OS Landranger Map 163 (paper)
  • Cheltenham and Cirencester area, including sections of the Thames Path, the Cotswold Way and the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 163 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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  • Oxford, Chipping Norton & Bicester OS Landranger Map 164 (paper)
  • Oxford area, including sections of the Thames Path and the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 164 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 title... Read more
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  • Walking Lake Garda & Iseo
  • This guidebook describes 20 walks around Lakes Garda and Iseo in Northern Italy. The routes range from 4 to 13km in length and are graded 1 to 3. There is something for everyone, from easy leisurely strolls for first-time walkers to strenuous climbs up panoramic peaks.The clear maps, inspirational photographs and information about accommodation... Read more
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  • 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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  • Villgratental / Sillian / Pustertal / Tiroler Gailtal
  • This Tabacco topographic map at 1:25,000 (1cm = 250m) covers Villgratental, Sillian, Pustertal, Tiroler Gailtal. It is perfect for hiking, cycling or mountain biking. The series of more than 70 maps covers the Italian Alps of the North-East including the Dolomites. Read more
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  • Tignes / Val d'Isere / Haute Maurienne
  • 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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  • Tignes - Val-d`Isere - Haute Maurienne - PN de la Vanoise IGN 3633ET
  • 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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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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  • Dieulefit - Saint-Nazaire-le-Desert - Foret de Saou IGN 3138OT
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  • Haute Esteron / Prealpes de Grasse / PNR Verdon
  • 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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  • Haut-Esteron - Prealpes de Grasse - PNR du Verdon IGN 3542ET
  • 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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