Experience the famous Alps walking routes including the Tour du Mont Blanc, Walkers Haute Route, Tour du Monta Rosa, Vanoise National Park and the Gran Paradiso...
With the Alps forming a natural border between many European countries, a number of Alpine trekking routes and ‘walking tours’ give the opportunity to visit two or sometimes three countries at once, with their contrasting mountain refuges and mountain food. Based from tried and tested mountain huts and fortified with great hut food, a cross-border trek is enormous fun.
Within this hiker’s heaven, there are four classic alpine treks that are absolute standouts. These treks are defined by high alpine trails and passes that have been used for hundreds of years, and some for thousands of years.
The Tour du Mont Blanc
The Tour du Mont Blanc is the classic trek around the Mont Blanc massif. The centerpiece is western Europe’s highest peak—Mont Blanc—but that’s just the start. There are dozens of other dramatic peaks and spires in the Mont Blanc range to amaze you, along with the glaciers, streams, and valleys which flank its slopes. Your route takes you from France through Italy, Switzerland, and back to France.
Walkers Haute Route
The Haute Route is really a network of trails connecting Chamonix, at the base of Mont Blanc, with Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn. Each day is defined by ascending historic and challenging mountain passes. As you pass within view of the highest peaks in the Alps, you’re treated to daily glaciers, alpine lakes, fir forests, and mountain streams. Each night you descend into villages with comfortable accommodations.
The Gran Paradiso
The Traverse of the Gran Paradiso or Alta Via 2 is a remote and stunningly beautiful gem taking you 130 kilometers from Chardonney to Courmayeur in the Aosta valley. This 8 day guided Traverse of the Gran Paradiso walk takes you over high altitude cols and through seemingly pristine untouched rugged terrain resting in mountain huts and hotels. This long distance trek is must for the seasoned trekker who is looking for the next challenge.
The Vanoise National Park
France's first national park this area of the Western Alps is a largely unknown jewel and well worth the effort. The Tour of the Vanoise takes you into high and remote places trekking from hut to hut in un-spoilt, tranquil and stunningly beautiful surroundings. This 80 km tour is a real challenge, the terrain is not for the faint hearted, steep arêtes and exposed traverses makes the this tour a real adventure.