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The final section of the GR5, also known as the Grande Traversée des Alpes, runs from the shores of Lac Leman, over the French Alps, to reach the Mediterranean coastline at Nice. The route measures 674 kilometres (420 miles) and can be covered in a month, or split over a series of summer trips. The GR5 Trail also includes some great variant routes, such as the stunning GR55 through the Vanoise National Park and the GR52 through the Mercantour National Park to finish at Menton. Every section of route description is illustrated with clear colour mapping and gradient profiles, as well as inspirational photographs. The GTA trek is achievable by any fit and experienced walker and The GR5 Trail suggests daily stages, timings, ascents and descents, and lists all the facilities and services available along the way from start to finish. People have been crossing the Alps for many centuries but today's journey is much easier than that of those who have gone before. With some advance thought and planning, coupled with a willingness to adapt your plans day-by-day if necessary, a walk along the GR5 should present a fine and memorable challenge.
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 50 books to his name, as well as contributions to many more. He also writes for a number of outdoor magazines. He has walked throughout Europe, including completing the GR5 twice, and has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.