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happymarmot on 18 Mar 2013
Looking for suggestions for a two week long walk in the alps in june. Preferably french but don't really mind.

Marcus Tierney - on 18 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot:
Try looking at some of the club reports.Most of our Alptreks have been one week,
This is our site with a few walk details archived, we tend to find September good for weather not been in June.


jon on 18 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot:

You could do half the GR5. Lac Léman to... well as far as you get, I suppose. Or set a finish - somewhere around Briançon.
alasdair19 on 21 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot: 2 weeks would be perfect for cham to zermatt "the walkers haute route" or the Tour de mont blanc.

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.

have fun
Warner - on 21 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot:
I know it`s not Alps but it`s even better: GR20 in Corse
Rob Exile Ward on 21 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot: How about GR5 starting in Nice? Then up through the Alpes Maritimes - see how far you can get. Easy to get to Nice.
Rod Anderson - on 21 Mar 2013
In reply to Warner: Agree, the GR20 is special, but its not the alps and can become an ants highway as its very popular( for good reason). Best ive experienced in alps is the tour d'oisians around the ecrins. Could still be snow on the higher passes in june so you would need a walking axe to be sure of getting around safely. I did it during a similar time of year and hardly saw anyone else.
Blinder - on 21 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot: Tour monta rosa is nice, well the bits I have done.
altirando - on 21 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot: Go south. And don't rely on the season not being late - friends of mine abandoned a trek in June a couple of years ago because of substantial snow on the cols. So perhaps the Tour de Queyras, can't remember the number, or the Tour d'Oisans, GR54 round the Ecrins massif. The southern end of the GR5 should also be feasible, Mercantour etc.
simon manc - on 22 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot: If you're super ambitious try walking from Briancon to Menton on the Med - spectacular. It's the GR5 for a week then you take a right onto the GR20 through the Mercantour National Park. I'd avoid going to Nice - way too built up near the city - and instead take the variant to Menton. You're in pretty wild country virtually ll the way to the sea - we saw golden eagles + wild boar whilst looking down on Menton and along to Monte Carlo - stunning.
Happy Haggis - on 22 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot: the Walkers' Haute Route and the Tour of the Vanois are both brill.
altirando - on 22 Mar 2013
In reply to simon manc: Seconded - but I suggest starting at Modane, on the main rail line from Paris, easier to get to than Briancon, although that town is still reachable on the train via Valence.
pog100 - on 22 Mar 2013
In reply to happymarmot:

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.
Morgan Woods - on 23 Mar 2013
In reply to simon manc:

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!

testagrigia - on 12 Apr 2013
In reply to happymarmot:
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.

Have fun!

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