/ Alpine trek - Е5, GR5 or The Walkers Haute Route Which one?
We did last year TMB: http://www.chaldakov.com/far.htm
Now we want to take another route in the Alps...?
1. I am looking for trip around 15 -20 days.
2. Trip possible to make only with tent.
3. I choose between:
3.1. Е5 (Lake Constance to Verona)
3.2. GR5 (Les Houches to Modane)
3.3. The Walkers Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)
One experienced what would you recommend?
Did Modane to Les Houches last summer down GR5/GR55 and had an awesome time. Don't miss the GR55 section through the Vanoise, it was the highlight. No bothers wild camping for most of the way but it's forbidden in the Vanoise apart from next to a couple of the huts. Took us 6 days with full camping gear so you could likely do more in 15-20 days if you wanted to.
Along who huts can be stretched tent? Where to find information to plan my route?
We worked from this book:
We did have a map as well, though you could get away without it.
We camped at Refuge de la Leisse, I forget which of the others allow camping - it's only a couple of the high ones.
E5 or GR5 or The Walkers Haute Route - Which one is more suitable for tents trek?
Does anyone know a site with GPS Trek (gpx) for The E5 Trans-Alp?
If you are doing the north end of the GR5, start from Lake Geneva - starting at the Chamonix valley misses out some attractive country.
Hi, sorry to hijack this thread! I'm doing the Lake Geneva-Cham section in July....was it doable in approach shoes?
Thanks to this site but I have not found a similar route - The E5 Trans-Alp.
I did a different section, but it was very comfortable in approach shoes - I'd be surprised if LG-Cham were any different.
I did this section of the GR5 a number of years ago now and you should have no trouble doing the route in approach shoes. I can't remember anywhere that you would have difficulties, most of the way it is on good paths. It is a lovely walk if you get good weather. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks Phil & Alan
We did Lake Geneva to Briancon in about 18 days, all camping except for one night in a hut on the GR55 section, where camping, even overnight bivouacking is banned (though I think this ban is often ignored in the way wild camping happens here). It is a lovely route, all good tracks though a bit rough and small sections of snow even in August. We used the cicerone book, it was very handy. I recommend it and intend to finish it off when we retire!
Do you have a list of camp sites along the way?
I bivied along the stretch from Evian to Chamonix. Each day was roughly up and over a col then down into the next town/village. I don't remember seeing many campsites - but in any case it was easier to have dinner, stock up on food, then set off again until dark.
Some of the descents were killer though, most notably the one into Samoens.
The gr5 is camp able, though My brother and I and separately My wife used Bivvy bags. Way marking was good usually about 4 days between shops.
There was a Gite D'etape in La Chapelle D'Abondance that had a bit of grass you could camp on. For the next stage we wild camped near Lac Vert. In Samoens there was a Camp Site but we opted to stay in a Gite D'etape. We were going to wild camp near to Lac D'Anterne / Col D'Anterne for the views of Mont Blanc but there was a massive lightning storm so we ended up in the refuge. Got to say it was over ten years ago that I did this so the camp sites etc could well have changed.
Thanks very usable information!
Yes, I think I might have been wearing Inov-8 Flyroc when I was there, substantial sole, but Inov-8 Roclite might be better. But of course I was not doing the trek, just days, so I was not carrying a heavy pack. After years of flogging up peaks in such as Koflach plastic shell boots it is a blessed relief to wear lightweight footwear. I would just comment that a pair of poles becomes more essential in maintaining balance, and would be more so with a heavy pack. Earlier in the year you might have met too much snow on the cols though.
Oh, if you have the time, spend two nights in a refuge and nip up the Cornettes de Bise or the Dents d'Oche (bouqetins). And of course don't plunge straight down from the Brevent into Chamonix, contour along the marvellous balcony trail towards Argentiere.
All noted, cheers. I'll probably use Haglofs Vertigo. I'm going lightweight all round, 25 litre sac, and using a pole/s as my knees are shot!
did the balcony previously when on the TMB so will heed your advice.
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