Quick Overview

An inspirational guidebook to 20 classic treks in the Alps. As well as introducing new hiking areas in the Alps, classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt are included. Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying, and this book celebrates the rich and scenic diversity for which this great mountain range is renowned.

Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying. The physical challenge is part of it, but so too is the sense of achievement as you get to the top of a lofty pass that may have taken several hours to reach. Then there are the views, the ever-changing panoramas and the distant horizon adorned with peaks and ridges that lures you on day after day.

Edited by Alpine specialist Kev Reynolds, and written by a team of eight experienced authors, writers and guides bringing these classic treks to life. This compilation of the best walking in the Alps looks at each trek in turn, discovering what makes them special, and how to choose your next trekking holiday.

Classic treks
  • Tour of Mont Blanc
  • Tour of the Matterhorn
  • Tour of Monte Rosa
  • Chamonix to Zermatt - Walker’s Haute Route
  • Tour of the Jungfrau Region
  • Tour of the Vanoise
  • Alta Via 1 & 2, Italian Dolomites
  • Longer trans-Alpine treks
  • GR5 Trail: Through the French Alps (Lake Geneva to Nice)
  • E5 Across the Eastern Alps
  • Grande Traversata delle Alpi: GTA, Italian Alps
  • Traverse of the Julian Alps, Slovenia
  • For the Alpine adventurer
  • The Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland
  • Tour of the Oisans
  • Tour of the Queyras
  • Tour of Mont Ruan
  • The Stubai High-level Route, Austria
  • The Zillertal High-level Route, Austria
  • Gran Paradiso Alta Via 2
  • Tour of the Ratikon, Swiss and Austrian Alps
  • Seasons
  • summer-only - from late June until the end of September
  • Centres
  • Chamonix, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Sargans, Brand, Briançon, Modane, Bourg d’Oisans, Neustift, Mayrhofen, Ormea, Bressanone, Lago di Braies, Kranjska Gora, La Thuile, Emosson
  • Difficulty
  • a wide range of difficulty and/or commitment, from mildly demanding to strenuous; on some treks glaciers are crossed which require the use of ice axe and rope
  • Must See
  • All the great Alpine regions and their peaks: Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, the Jungfrau, the Oisans, the Vanoise, the Queyras, Mont Ruan, the Stubai, the Zillertal, the Eastern Alps, Gran Paradiso, the Italian Alps, the Dolomites, the Rätikon and the Slovenian Alps
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