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This immensely rewarding 46-day long-distance route across the western Italian Alps is an exciting proposition, taking in a remarkable kaleidoscope of traditional cultures combined with breathtaking landscapes punctuated by the landmark stone giants such as the Argentera, Monviso and Gran Paradiso. Starting a mere stone's throw from the Mediterranean, the GTA (Grande Traversata delle Alpi) curves its way high over the fertile Piedmont plain traversing the Ligurian, Maritime, Cottian, Graian and Pennine Alps, heading northwards to a brilliant conclusion near the base of Monte Rosa and its spilling glaciers. A network of hospitable high altitude refuges alternated with village-based hostels and comfortable inns guarantee walkers memorable meals and a good night's rest. The sole requisites for potential trekkers are a taste for adventure and average fitness; no special mountaineering expertise is necessary. Excellent public transport links make multiple shorter chunks feasible to fit in with individual holiday requirements. This unforgettable alpine experience is finally available to English-speaking walkers!
Introduction The GTA Trek Italy's Western Alps Piedmont Walking the GTA When to Go Getting There Local Transport How to Use this Guide Dos and Don'ts Emergencies Waymarking and Maps What to Take Accommodation Telephones Food and Drink Vegetation Wildlife GTA Route Description Part I: The Ligurian and Maritime Alps Part II: The Cottian Alps Part III: The Graian Alps Part IV: The Pennine Alps Route Summary Appendix I: Tourist Information Appendix II: Main Peaks along the GTA Appendix III: Italian-English Glossary Appendix IV: Further Reading
Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountain ranges of Italy to write a series of outstanding Cicerone guides. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica, and is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club and the Outdoor Writers' Guild. She also enjoys leading walking tours.