This guidebook has route descriptions for 100 day walks to suit alpine walkers of all abilities, with suggestions for some hut-to-hut tours. These routes take you through breathtaking scenery in the Maritime Alps, Julian Alps, Gran Paradiso, the Turnitzer Alps, Bernese Oberland, the Kitzbuheler Alps and the Dolomites of South Tirol.
Extending in huge arc of more than 1000km (620 miles) from the Mediterranean coast near Nice to the low, wooded foothills outside Vienna, the Alps display the full gamut of mountain landscape features. All of the routes in this guide have been specially selected to show the amazing diversity of this wonderful mountain chain.
There are walks to suit every taste: gentle and undemanding, long and tough, and everything in between. Most of the routes avoid climbing of a technical nature except the odd scramble aided by a fixed rope. Glacier crossings where crevasses lurk for the unwary have also been avoided in the main, although just a small handful of walks stray onto ice in order to reach a distant hut.
Located in some of the most breathtaking locations in the Alps, mountain huts provide welcome facilities and a focus for all the walks in this guide – whether you choose to stay overnight or simply to have lunch or a drink on the terrace. They come in all shapes and sizes, from simple unstaffed shelters to bustling mountain inns with hot showers and restaurant service.
100 routes to suit alpine walkers of all abilities, with suggestions for some hut-to-hut tours
background information on walking in the Alps and staying in mountain huts
covers France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Slovenia
Most huts are staffed from July to the end of September (see guide for details).
Chamonix, Briançon, Zermatt, Grindelwald, St Moritz, Aosta, Cortina, Innsbruck, Kitzbühel, Trenta and Kranjska Gora.
From undemanding to long, tough walks, the routes suit alpine walkers of all abilities. Basic navigation skills are required. Some routes feature scrambling and easy glacier walking.
The overall hut experience is the main highlight. This includes hot showers at the end of the route, sunset views from the hut, lunch on the terrace and the companionship of other walkers.