The GR5, or 'Grande Traversee des Alpes', is one of the most spectacular and civilised mountain trails in the world. It runs from the shores of Lac Leman, over the French Alps, to the reach the Mediterranean coastline at Nice. The route measures 674 kilometres (420 miles) and can be covered in a month, or it can be split over a series of summer trips to prolong the enjoyment. The guide includes interesting and scenic variant routes, such as the stunning GR55 through the Vanoise National Park and the exciting GR52 through the Mercantour National Park. This title includes daily stages, timings, ascents and descents. It details all the facilities and services from start to finish. It includes everything you need to follow the route with confidence.
Contents; Introduction; Walking the GR5; Alpine Traverses; Who Walks the GR5? Route Outline; NorthSouth/SouthNorth; Timings; Waymarking; GR5 Geology; Alpine Flowers; Alpine Wildlife; Alpine Farming; Pastous; Language; Travel to the Alps; Travel Around the Alps; Services on the GR5; Accommodation; Food and Drink; Telephones; Path Conditions; Alpine Weather; When to Walk the GR5; Kit Check; Maps; Currency and Costs; Emergencies; Key Points; Stage 1 Lac Lman to Les Houches; Day 1 St Gingolph to La Chapelle dAbondance (direct route); Day 1a Thonon-les-Bains to Chevenoz (alternative Day 1); Day 2a Chevenoz to La Chapelle dAbondance (alternative Day 2); Day 3 La Chapelle dAbondance to Chsery; Day 4 Chsery to Samons; Day 5 Samons to Refuge de Mode Anterne; Day 6 Refuge de Mode Anterne to Les Houches; Stage 2 Les Houches to Landry; Day 7 Les Houches to Les Contamines; Day 7a Les Houches to Les Contamines (high-level route); Day 8 Les Contamines to Plan de la Lai; Day 9 Plan de la Lai to Landry; Stage 3 Landry to Modane; GR5 Route; Day 10 Landry to Refuge dEntre-le-Lac; Day 11 Refuge dEntre-le-Lac to Val dIsre; Day 12 Val dIsre to Bessans; Day 13 Bessans to Refuge du Plan du Lac; Day 14 Refuge du Plan du Lac to Le Montana; Day 15 Le Montana to Modane/Fourneaux; GR55 High-level route (Refuge dEntre-le-Lac to Modane); Day 11 Refuge dEntre-le-Lac to Refuge dEntre Deux Eaux; Day 12 Refuge dEntre Deux Eaux to Roc de la Pche; Day 13 Roc de la Pche to Modane/Fourneaux; GR5E Low-level route (Bonneval-sur-Arc to Modane); Day 13 Bonneval-sur-Arc to Lanslevillard; Day 14 Lanslevillard to Bramans; Day 15 Bramans to Modane/Fourneaux; Stage 4 Modane to Ceillac; Day 16 Modane/Fourneaux to Refuge du Thabor; Day 17 Refuge du Thabor to Plampinet; Day 17a La Valle troite to Plampinet (GR5B alternative); Day 18 Plampinet to Brianon; Day 18a Nvache to Brianon (GR5C alternative); Day 19 Brianon to Brunissard; Day 20 Brunissard to Ceillac; Stage 5 Ceillac to Auron; Day 21 Ceillac to La Barge/Maljasset; Day 22 La Barge/Maljasset to Larche; Day 23 Larche to Bousieyas; Day 24 Bousieyas to Auron; Stage 6 Auron to Nice GR5; Day 25 Auron to Refuge de Longon; Day 26 Refuge de Longon to St Dalmas; Day 27 St Dalmas to Utelle; Day 28 Utelle to Aspremont; Day 29 Aspremont to Nice; Stage 7 St Dalmas to Garavan/Menton GR52; Day 27 St Dalmas to Le Boron; Day 28 Le Boron to Refuge de Nice; Day 29 Refuge de Nice to Refuge des Merveilles; Day 30 Refuge des Merveilles to Sospel; Day 31 Sospel to Garavan/Menton; Appendix 1 Route Summary North to South; Appendix 2 Route Summary South to North; Appendix 3 Accommodation List; Appendix 4 Basic French for the GR5; Appendix 5 Topographical Glossary
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over thirty books to his name. He writes for a number of outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as producing information for tourism groups. Paddy has walked and written about every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He has walked in many parts of Europe, Nepal, Tibet, Colorado and the Canadian Rockies. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild.