/ Alpine multi day walks
You could do half the GR5. Lac Léman to... well as far as you get, I suppose. Or set a finish - somewhere around Briançon.
the GR5 is tremendous start near nice and walk N or as Jon says start at lac geneve and head S. I bivvied it many years ago about that time of year. you can generally buy food every 4 days or so. don't bother carrying ice and crampons we posted them back after 3 weeks of dead weight.
I know it`s not Alps but it`s even better: GR20 in Corse
We did the GR5 from the N. to Briancon in a bit over 2 weeks and really enjoyed it. I have heard good things about the Tour des Ercrins too. Tour de Mt. Blanc was WAY too crowded, but that was in August.
sounds like a nice walk.....i saw this post on the route from a guy who pushed an off-road wheel barrow the whole way!
Some excellent ones in Italy:
- Alta Via of the Aosta Valley http://www.lovevda.it/turismo/proposte/sport/escursionismo/alta_via_1_e.asp
Very well signposted and documented, beautiful, great food and wine...
- Sentiero Roma http://www.paesidivaltellina.it/sentieroroma/index.htm
very demanding, very alpine, takes you across the south side of the Badile range in 5 stages, can be combined with the following:
- Alta via of the Malenco Valley http://www.sondrioevalmalenco.it/03_escursioni/01_altavia.html very dramatic takes you round the foot of Piz Bernina in 8 stages.
And there are some multi-stage walks in the Dolomites:
And then there is of course the GTA: http://books.google.it/books/about/Through_the_Italian_Alps.html?id=mtQNSdQxIagC&redir_esc=y
In my alpine experience, Italian refuges are more comfortable and human, and have far better food than their French or Swiss equivalents (I've never been to Austria). Did the Alta Via of the Valle d'Aosta No. 2, which runs through the Gran Paradiso national park 3 years ago. Great experience, hard work though, as you cross from valley to valley each day. Did part of the Alta Via of Valmalenco about 10 years ago. The Marinelli hut is a stunning location.
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