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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2011
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2018
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Stubaier Alps | Cicerone
  • An essential guidebook for anyone trekking the scenic Stubai Alps, in the Austria Tyrol. Two multi-day hut to hut hikes are described. The Stubai Rucksack Route links eight huts without crossing glaciers or difficult passes, whereas the challenging Stubai Glacier Tour involves much glacier work. Both treks easily fit into a two week holiday. Read more
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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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2021
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  • Cambridge - Newmarket, Saffron Walden OS Landranger 154
  • Parts of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex with Cambridge, Newmarket and Saffron Walden, including part of the E2 European Long-distance path, on a paper version of map No. 154 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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2019
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2019
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2019
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Engadine - Engadin | Cicerone
  • A guidebook to 100 day walks in the Engadine, Val Bregaglia, neighbouring valleys and the Engadine National Park. Varying from gentle rambles to adventurous high-level routes for the experienced mountain walker. The routes range from 4 to 16km long, visiting forests and meadows, high mountain landscapes, lakes and passes. Read more
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2021
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2021
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2021
  • 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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2018
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2018
  • Walking in the Bavarian Alps
  • A comprehensive guidebook detailing walks in Germany`s Bavarian Alps. Lying along the German-Austrian border in a thin sliver of land roughly 300km long, this area contains some of the most spectacular walking and beautiful scenery that Germany has to offer. 70 graded walks explore mountain landscapes, wild mountain gorges and alpine meadows as... Read more
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2018
  • Wandelgids Beieren - Walking in the Bavarian Alps | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to mountain walks and treks in the Bavarian Alps, on the border of Germany and Austria, between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden. Accessible from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, these 70 routes range from half-day walks to 3-day hut-to-hut treks. Highlights include the Königssee and Breitach, Partnach and Höllental gorges. 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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  • Tignes / Val d'Isere / Haute Maurienne 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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  • 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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  • Haute Tinee 1 - Auron - PN du Mercantour IGN 3639OT
  • 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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  • Semmering - Rax - Schneeberg - Schneealpe F&B WK022
  • Semmering - Rax - Schneeberg – Schneealpe 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 available titles in... Read more
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  • Carpentras - Vaison-la-Romaine - Dentelles de Montmirail IGN 3040ET
  • 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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2020
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2020
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2020
  • 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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  • Cha ne des Aravis / Massif des Bauges 2022
  • Chaîne des Aravis - Massif des Bauges region of French Alps 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 la Grande Balmaz, Mont Colombier, la... Read more
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  • Chaine des Aravis - Massif des Bauges IGN 75032
  • Chaîne des Aravis - Massif des Bauges region of French Alps 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 la Grande Balmaz, Mont Colombier, la... Read more
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  • Luberon - Mont-Ventoux IGN 75034
  • TOP75 IGN maps (Tourism & Hiking) are ideal for discovering exceptional regions. Thanks to their ultra-precise mapping at a scale of 1:75,000, you can practice your favorite leisure activities: on foot by bike or by car. These maps include, in addition, 5 extracts of TOP25 at a scale of 1:25,000 for hiking in exceptional natural sites. Read more
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