Walking, Hiking & Climbing in the French Alps
The vast and changing landscape of the French Alps provides the most fantastic scenery, clean fresh air and crystal clear lakes - perfect for walking, climbing and hiking holidays!
Our team have put together some of their favourite places to explore alongside recommended accommodation for you below. If you would like to know more, including other places to stay and rates, call our friendly team of Alpine experts on 023 9283 9310 who will be happy to help you find a perfect holiday in the French Alps.
Walking in the French Alps
Pedestrian trails are maintained in many resorts guaranteeing a consistent signpost system and high-quality up-keep. Our team love the 490+ miles of marked hiking routes in the Portes du Soleil, which also has a connected network of 22 lifts to help get any tired legs up the mountain. Les Gets is the ideal base to explore the area, and also perfect for those of you who love to mountain bike too. We also recommend the 200 miles of marked walking trails in the Chamonix Valley, with the resorts of Les Houches and Chamonix being firm favourites with our clients. And, finally, not to be missed is the Vanoise National Park. It stretches over 53,000 hectares; the Vanoise massif comprises around 100 peaks over 3,000 metres in altitude! The striking and unspoiled landscapes of the Vanoise are magical and awe-inspiring. Mountain walking fans will be in heaven! Interested? Stay in Champagny for easy access to the park.
Le Cristal de Jade, Chamonix enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort. Facilities include a free private indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room.
Résidence Annapurna, Les Gets offers everything needed for a comfortable and convenient holiday including a swimming pool, spa and wellness centre!
Climbing in the French Alps
Top roped for safety, clinging to training faces! Thrilling! Instructors are available to help you climb up and abseil down the rock faces safely using harnesses and ropes. Each climbing area will have a number of graded routes to cater for all abilities from beginners to the more advanced. In most resorts, children need to be 8 or older to participate. Our recommendation is to head to Les 2 Alpes where there is also an Adventure Parc in nearby Venosc to climb in or, for the serious climbers, head to Chamonix, a world-class area for mountaineering and rock climbing that is dominated by Mont Blanc. The Mont Blanc Massif has 27 peaks over 4,000m. It's also known for its granite towers (Aiguilles) that line the southern side of the valley and on the northern side of the valley are the Aiguilles Rouge Mountains, which are more accessible from Chamonix via a series of ski lifts or nearby car parks.
Alba, Les 2 Alpes is located the foot of the Pied-Moutet mountainside and a short walking distance to the nearest shops. The stop for the free shuttle bus is right outside the residence.
Chalet Planet I & II, Venosc are located in a pretty, quiet and open area, a 5-minute walk up to the gondola departure for Les Deux Alpes. Each chalet sleeps up to 14 people!
Via Ferrata in the French Alps
A challenging and demanding combination of scrambling and climbing rockfaces with man-made courses of pegs and cables, fixed ropes, ladders and handrails. They vary in length and difficulty to suit most people’s appetites for adventure, and some sites have special courses for children. Helmets and harnesses are provided for safety. Our experts recommend trying the Via Ferrata in Les Saisies or Aussois.
Le Hameau du Beaufortain, Les Saisies is a prestige residence located 2km from the resort centre. It is situated in a tranquil forest setting offering superb views.
Flocons d’Argent, Aussois is ideally located. There are a restaurant and a shop selling local products both within the residence building as well as a mini-market, boulangerie and a snack-bar within 200m.