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Alps – Guide Books

Hiking guide books, Geography, Flora & Fauna, and History

The following books are some of many we would recommend for reading before coming to the Alps. Some are what we would call ‘background’ reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins…

Hiking Guide Books

Chamonix – Zermatt: The Classic Walker’s Haute Route
Author: Kev Reynolds, Publisher: Cicerone
This is THE classic Haute Route Walking guide to take on the trip.
However, be careful when looking at ‘walking times’ given in the book, as they are defined as pure walking time, without any breaks. Add breaks for photos, water, lunch, snack, bad weather, to get an idea of the day’s walking duration.
Tour of Mont Blanc – The complete two-way trekking guide
Author: Kev Reynolds, Publisher: Cicerone
Kev Reynolds gives a detailed account of day-to-day itineraries, plus possible variations.
Tour of the Jungfrau region – A two-week trek in the Bernese Oberland
Author: Kev Reynolds, Publisher: Cicerone
Making a horsehoe loop among some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in all the Swiss Alps, the brand new Tour of the Jungfrau Region is destined to become one of the classic walks of Europe. In a journey of 9-10 days the walker visits pastures, ridges, summits and passes, skirts exquisite mountain lakes, and gazes on waterfalls, gorges and glaciers – all in the shadow of such iconic peaks as Wetterhorn, Eiger, M?nch and Jungfrau. Accommodation is both plentiful and atmospheric, and the route has lots of bad-weather alternatives.
Bernese Alps – Switzerland
Author: Kev Reynolds, Publisher: Cicerone
Over 100 routes in the Bernese Alps are described in this third edition of Kev Reynolds’ popular guide. It is an indispensable companion to a region that boasts famous peaks such as the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.But there are lesser-known mountains too that are just as scenically dramatic, and in their shadow peaceful villages and seemingly forgotten hamlets are lodged in spectacular locations. Add to that the romantic valleys, lakes, flower-filled meadows and a network of mountain huts and rustic inns for those who want to experience the Alps of the Victorian pioneers, and you’ll understand why the Bernese Alps seduce the connoisseur back year after year.All this, and more, is available to the mountain walker, and this indispensable guide will enable you to explore the very best of the Bernese mountain wonderland.
Tour de Monte Rosa
Author: Hillary Sharp, Publisher: Cicerone
Situated on the Swiss-Italian frontier, Monte Rosa is spectacular from all angles. More of a massif than a single mountain, Monte Rosa claims ten separate summits over 4000m, making it a mountaineer’s paradise. The Tour of Monte Rosa is an adventure, challenging and very varied, taking a high route around the massif. In areas of true wilderness on this tour walkers will experience a sense of remoteness rarely found in the Alps.The trek takes walkers over high passes using ancient trails, to superb viewpoints and through fascinating alpine villages. Italy and Switzerland meet on the summit of Monte Rosa and the contrast between these two countries, their different culture, food and languages, gives this trek its originality. In Italy the walk spends considerable time high above the plains, visiting tiny hamlets, including the fascinating German-speaking Walser settlement, whilst the Swiss section crosses a glacier to reach Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn, before taking the impressive Europaweg trail to the spectacular village of Saas Fee.
Chamonix Mountain Adventures
Author: Hillary Sharp, Publisher: Cicerone Mountain Guide
This is a comprehensive guidebook to the many outdoor activities available in the mountains surrounding Chamonix in the French Alps. Routes include walking, mountain biking, road cycling, via ferratas, rock climbing and mountaineering. There is something for everyone, from families to veteran mountain adventurers.
Chamonix Mont Blanc – A Walking Guide
Author: Martin Collins, Publisher: Cicerone
As well as being the home of mountaineering, Chamonix also boasts a vast walking and trekking potential. With lifts (strictly optional) to take out the first and hardest 1000metres, it is possible to walk at high level all day, amidst glorious views of Mont Blanc, the famous Chamonix Aiguilles, the Verte and many other superb peaks, as well as being amongst the more accessible, walker-friendly Aiguilles Rouges, high above the valley. The system of alpine huts provides refreshments during the day and if needed, accommodation at the end of the day. This updated guide explores the best walking in the valley, including around Vallorcine, Argentiere, Servoz and the Les Contamines valley as well as Chamonix itself. Complete and up to date details of the facilites, accommodation, and lifts are given, together with a full introduction for planning both trips and routes. There are 36 routes and many variants.
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