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Your options for walking in the Alps

Added 13 Jan 2014
Your options for walking in the Alps

We've been running walks and treks in the Alps for over 30 years and it remains a firm favourite with both seasoned trekkers and those who are new to walking holidays. Our trips range from gentle walks in Austria and Chamonix to the most famous long trek in Europe – the Tour du Mont Blanc. Whether you are looking for the peace and quiet of hidden valleys, the bustle of an Alpine town or a big challenging walk, we will have something to suit you.

Mont Blanc, Chamonix and the TMB
alps mont blancWalking under the towering peaks of Chamonix is a neck-aching experience. Much of the Mont Blanc massif is over 4000m high and from the valley bottom at 1000m it is a whopping 3810m to the summit of Mont Blanc: that's more than the difference between Everest Base Camp and the summit of the highest mountain on earth! The mountains are permanently covered in snow and the glaciers tumble down the mountain sides into rushing rivers.

If you like gentle walking in jaw-dropping surroundings our Highlights of Mont Blanc ticks a lot of boxes. Most walks are four-five hours long, we don’t do much uphill (or we take a cable car if we want to get higher) and take plenty of time for picnic lunches. We stay at a three star hotel with an indoor and outdoor pool and a garden looking at Mont Blanc.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest treks in the world and is on the tick-list of many Explore trekkers who will have also been to Everest Base Camp, up Kilimanjaro and along the Inca Trail. The TMB does a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc massif, covering 165km and crossing five high passes in nine days. The route travels along forested valley floors, alongside glacier-fed rivers and up through flower-filled meadows. The views on every day of the trek are incredible and you trek through France, Italy and Switzerland. The trek is challenging walking with a number of ascents over 1000m, though we have a built-in rest day mid-way through the trek. We stay in family-run hotels throughout and most nights you have a twin room with a private bathroom. Most dinners and picnics are included.

If you prefer to do the TMB in a more traditional - and cheaper - way you will prefer Tour Mont Blanc on a Shoestring. It follows the same route, but we stay in Alpine dormitories for five of the 10 nights we're on the trek.

Alpbach: the prettiest village in Austria
alps alpbachGentle walking, picture-postcard views and delightful people make walking in Austria one of the jewels in the Alps. Alpbach has been called one of Austria’s prettiest villages, and rightly so; with traditional Alpine chalets, flower-filled window-boxes, quaint churches and quintessential Alpine views. Our trip is one week long and stays with Franz and his family in his traditional Alpine chalet. The walks are easy (three-five hours) visiting meadows, lakes and hidden mountain huts. The dinners, varied walks and Franz’s unique insight into village life and the mountains have proved to be a highlight for those who have travelled on this tour.

Western Europe - Beyond the Alps
Italian Dolomites

alps dolomitesFlying into Venice we drive for two and a half hours into the heart of the Dolomites for this one-week holiday. Our base is a three-star hotel with indoor pool and a garden from where we take moderate grade walks each day. The mountain views are unique with sheer limestone cliffs – some well over 1000m – and lush green valleys. The walks are five-six hours long, some with climbs, others gentler. We visit a beautiful mountain lake, walk along the Austrian-Italian border, climb the wonderfully named mountain Strudelkopf and head the Tre Cime – undoubtedly the Dolomites most famous mountain view.