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The Grande Traverse of the French Alps

trip overview

Location France
Activity Trekking
Price Adult from USD $ 4,395
Departures July
Duration 21 days
Lodging Hotel, Cabin, Hut, Yurt
Ability Level Difficult
Minimum Age 16
Group Size Min 5   Max 12
Interest Couples, Solo Travelers

Trekking in France


The Grande Randonnee 5 is a spectacular long distance hiking route that runs the length of Europe,

Much like a European version of the Appalachian Trail, the Grande Randonnee 5 is an spectacular hiking route. It runs the length of Europe beginning on the North Sea and ending on the shores of the Mediterranean. The section of the GR 5, which begins at the base of the Mont Blanc Massif and traverses the French Alps south to the Mediterranean, is referred to as the Grande Traversee des Alpes (GTA). Trek this diverse route on foot hiking to a new destination each night.

As we ticking off our landmark villages of Chamonix, Pralognan, Briancon, Ceillac, St. Etienne, St. Martin Vesubie, Sospel, and finally Menton, we will be treated to variety as only European long-distance footpaths can offer. Twenty-one days filled with high mountain passes, lush alpine meadows, forest paths, quiet villages, historic cities, rustic refuges, comfortable hotels, local wines, sumptuous cheeses, and most certainly the satisfaction of arriving on foot. This route is traveling off-the-beaten path at its best and promises an immensely rewarding and memorable journey.

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About Distant Journeys

Distant Journeys

Since 1988 Distant Journeys has been leading adventure travel trips for all levels of alpine hikers and walkers. They offer easy hotel-based trips, more demanding hut-to-hut trips and self-guided trips. All offer excellent ways to explore some beautiful areas by walking, hiking and trekking. T…

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"We look forward to similar trips with Distant Journeys and would recommend you to anyone looking for a wonderful, active and culturally rich vacation in the French Alps."
Matt, Deidre and Emma Nauman, Oregon

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