Trekking in the Alps
A book to 20 classic trekking routes in the Alps. Exploring the best trekking areas, outline descriptions and photographs illustrate the classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt, as well a number of trekking routes in Slovenia, the Italian Dolomites, the French Alps, Austrian Alps and Swiss Alps. Ideal for inspiration.
Seasonssummer-only - from late June until the end of September
CentresChamonix, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Sargans, Brand, Briançon, Modane, Bourg d'Oisans, Neustift, Mayrhofen, Ormea, Bressanone, Lago di Braies, Kranjska Gora, La Thuile, Emosson
Difficultya 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 SeeAll 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
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.
Longer trans-Alpine treks
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
About this book
Advice for trekkers
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Words of greeting
Trek 1 Grande Traversata delle Alpi: GTA – Gillian Price
Trek 2 Tour of the Queyras – Alan Castle
Trek 3 Tour of the Oisans – Kev Reynolds
Trek 4 Tour of the Vanoise – Kev Reynolds
Trek 5 Gran Paradiso Alta Via 2 – Gillian Price
Trek 6 Tour of Mont Blanc – Kev Reynolds
Trek 7 GR5: Through the French Alps – Paddy Dillon
Trek 8 Tour of Mont Ruan – Hilary Sharp
Trek 9 The Walker’s Haute Route – Kev Reynolds
Trek 10 Alpine Pass Route – Kev Reynolds
Trek 11 Tour of the Jungfrau Region – Kev Reynolds
Trek 12 Tour of the Matterhorn – Hilary Sharp
Trek 13 Tour of Monte Rosa – Hilary Sharp
Trek 14 Tour of the Rätikon – Kev Reynolds
Trek 15 Across the Eastern Alps: E5 – Gillian Price
Trek 16 Stubai High-Level Route – Allan Hartley
Trek 17 Zillertal High-Level Route – Allan Hartley
Trek 18 Dolomites Alta Via 1 – Gillian Price
Trek 19 Dolomites Alta Via 2 – Gillian Price
Trek 20 Julian Alps Traverse – Roy Clark & Justi Carey
Appendix A Useful contacts
Appendix B Glossary for trekkers
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The hut on Krn is closed - it doesn't say how long for, but it sounds like it might be for the season.
It says it is possible to spend the night on tables or benches in the lobby - there's room for about 8 people. There are therefore three possibilities - sleep in the lobby as it says, bivi out near the hut (bearing in mind in both of these options that there won't be any food up there) or drop down into the Bohinj valley from Dom na Komna and pick the route up again at Vogel . There is a cable car from the valley up to the Ski Hotel on Vogel.
It is also possible to walk directly from Dom na Komna to Vogel - there is a waymarked path but we haven't done it so can't advise - we suggest people ask at the hut.
So helpful in deciding where to head next
I have Walking in the Alps & Trekking in the Alps. I'm a bit of Cicerone Guidebook Junkie, but I find them so helpful in deciding where to head next.
LuAnne, by email
Yes, I know it's a cliché to say that this book inspired me to book my next holiday, but it did – well, almost. It certainly made me determine to do one or more of the treks described within at some point in the near future, which will involve booking a holiday eventually...
Some might say that a mere 20 treks for a range as well trodden as the Alps is rather parsimonious, but what contributing editor Kev Reynolds has done is select the crème de la crème of trekking options, invited a coterie of top outdoor writers to describe them (along with his esteemed self), dropped in a fine selection of images and gathered it all together in a highly attractive package that will surely inspire anyone who calls themselves a real walker.
Extremely readable route guides with a jovial story telling tone are coupled with quality photographs of each region that will inspire you to tackle your next classic route. A great starter pack to the Alps when deciding which trail to head to next and for how long.
The eight writers contributing to this selection have written many other guidebooks and are experienced and enthusiastic about their chosen treks.
170 stunning colour photographs
Trekking in the Alps celebrates the rich scenic diversity for which this area is renowned. Whether you have a week to spare…or a whole summer free to wander, this book describes some of the very best treks in Europe’s premier mountain range. It certainly fulfils its aim ‘to be an introduction to some of the most exciting and rewarding of multi-day treks’.
Strider, August 2011
‘This book should have the sub-heading ‘the book of dreams’: I could plan about 15 of my next holidays from it, and then a gap year.
The book dedicates at least 10 pages to each route, including photos, maps, graphs showing the altitudes you’ll be at on the trek, and details of each day or stage of the trek. Everyone should have it on their coffee table or by the bed for planning or dreaming about their next adventure.’
Adventure Travel Magazine, September/October 2011
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Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.View Guidebooks by Alan Castle
Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery which has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.View Articles and Books by Justi Carey
Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.
Allan Hartley has maintained his close links with Austria, which he discovered by accident in the early seventies in respite from atrocious weather conditions on the higher mountains of the western Alps. He has climbed extensively throughout the Alps, in east Africa and in the greater ranges in Nepal and Pakistan.View Articles and Books by Allan Hartley
Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price
A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.
Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.
Hilary Sharp is British, a qualified Accompagnatrice en Montagne (International Mountain Leader), and is based permanently in France. After 23 years living in the Alps she now lives in northern Provence, within easy driving distance of the southern French Alps. She runs her own trekking business, Trekking in the Alps and Provence, guiding walks in winter, spring and summer (firstname.lastname@example.org; www.trekkinginthealps.com; www.trekkinginprovence.com). Her love of walking and climbing has taken her to many parts of Europe and further afield. Hilary occasionally contributes to British walking magazines and is author of Trekking and Climbing in the Western Alps (New Holland, 2002).View Articles and Books by Hilary Sharp
Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery that has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.View Articles and Books by Roy Clark