Top 5 alternatives to the Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc is for sure a bucket-list classic! But if you are too late and the accomodations are full, if you have already done it, or if you just want to get aside of the beaten tracks, here are 5 ideas for alternative multi-stage hikes in the Alps. Lesser known but not less beautiful!

#1 - Dolomites High Route >>

Another hiker's "must do" sure is exploring the Dolomite Mountains, in northern Italy! Rugged mountains peaks, crystal clear lakes, enchanting valleys, and, last but not least, delicious Italian food; these are the main treasures you'll discover while hiking in the Dolomites! The traverse we offer starts by the UNESCO world heritage spot of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, crosses 3 natural parks, and ends in the green meadows of Val Gardena. You will hear German, Italian and local language Ladin and learn by sight about the unique history of the Tyrol region. New types of landscape everyday, no transfer and very few roads to cross, this hut to hut trip is for sure an unique experience!

hiking Dolomites

#2 - Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt >>

From the French alpine capital to the Swiss one, this mythical "Haute Route" links the two most prestigious and beautiful peaks in Europe : the Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn! The full version takes 13 days hiking accross alpine meadows, rocky passes, and authentic valleys and villages, with typical flower-decorated Swiss chalets. Without leaving the hiking trails, you will get great views on the glaciers and spectacular 4000-meters peaks. On the final hike to Zermatt, you will hike along the Europaweg, with the Matterhorn as your constant companion. You will cross the world's longest suspension footbridge (494-meter span !); before arriving to the carless picturesque mountain town of Zermatt, where you can choose to stay some extra days to rest and enjoy the atmosphere and hikes around.

Chamonix Zermatt haute route

#3 - Gran Paradiso national Park hike >>

The Gran Paradiso Peak rises up to 4061 meters elevation, overlooking the Aosta Valley in Italy. It is the highest peak in the Gran Paradiso National Park, the first created in Europe in 1922. It is the setting for a wild week-long hike during which you will for sure encounter the local wildlife: ibex, marmots, eagles, chamies, foxes, etc. The challenging itinerary will lead you up to passes over 3000 meters and offer stunning views of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. After each day of hiking you will experience the warm welcoming atmosphere and delicious food of the Italian mountain huts.

ibex gran paradiso

#4 - Circling the Matterhorn >>

The Matterhorn is one of a kind. The shape of mountain we all used to draw as kids! The perfect triangle that you find on the chocolate boxes in Swizerland. Hiking all around this mythical peak will lead you from and back to Swizerland, trough Italy, thus discovering very different culture down in the Aosta valley and Swiss Valais. Up the passes you will cross glaciers and get real close to the Matterhorn, Cervino in Italian, and the other beautiful 4000-meters peaks in the area. Starting and ending in Zermatt you may want to stay some extra days to rest and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique mountain town.

hiking Matterhorn

#5 - Bernese Oberland traverse >>

The Matterhorn isn't the only legendary mountain in Swizerland. The Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, or in English, the Ogre, Monk, and Maiden, form the trio of world-renowned 4000 meter peaks (well, 3967 for the Eiger) that give the Bernese Oberland its legendary reputation. The rocky faces and glacier peaks overlook green alpine meadows where hiking offers unique panoramic views. This week long hike will lead you along the best balcony trails to picturesque villages with its typical Swiss chalets, with stunning views. Every night, you will enjoy the comfort of the hotels and guest houses we have selected for you to rest in and taste the local gastronomy.

hiking Oberland Swizerland

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