Hiking in the Beaufort on the GR5
Pausing at Lac Ste-Anne on the GR5
Refuge Plan Mya
walking through the village of Roubion, GR5
Hiking on the GR5
Fort de Château-Queyras
Gr5 Group, Sospel
Approaching the Med on the GR5

Grande Traversee des Alps GR5

Hike the GR5 Mont Blanc to Mediterranean Sea

Trip Details

Location French Alps
Length 19 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Gite d'etape, Hotels, Mountain Huts
Group size 5-12
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

Much like a European version of the Appalachian Trail, the Grande Randonnee 5 (GR 5) is a spectacular long-distance hiking route that runs the length of Europe, beginning on the North Sea and ending on the shores of the Mediterranean. The section of the GR 5 that begins at the base of the Mont Blanc Massif and traverses the French Alps south to the Mediterranean is referred to as the Grande Traversee des Alps (GTA). We trek this diverse route on foot, hiking to a new destination each night.

As we are ticking off our landmark villages of Chamonix, Pralognan, Briancon, Ceillac, St. Etienne, St. Martin Vesubie, Sospel, and, finally, Menton, we will be treated to a variety of experiences that only European long-distance footpaths can offer. Twenty-one days are filled with high mountain passes, lush alpine meadows, forest paths, quiet villages, historic cities, rustic refuges, comfortable hotels, local wines, sumptuous cheeses, and most certainly the satisfaction of arriving on foot. This route is traveling “off the beaten path” at its best and promises an immensely rewarding and memorable journey.

We are currently reworking our Grande Traversee des Alpes GR 5 trip and will be reintroducing it in 2020. Stay tuned!


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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room at the hotels, there is a single supplement charge. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. Please note single or private rooms are not available in the refuges or gites. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, we will not charge you extra for this “forced” single during the hike.


  • There may be changes or modifications to the itinerary.
  • Transfers: We have done our best to limit the number of transfers, but it is impossible to complete this wonderful journey without them. The distances combined with the scarcity of appropriate overnight accommodations make transfer necessary. Many, but not all, days will either start or end with a transfer.


  • Group transfers
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Most dinners
  • All group transfers on vans, buses, trains and ski lifts as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer for one medium-sized duffel bag from your starting point to Pralognan and from Pralognan to Menton
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and memories!


Airfare, lunches, optional/individual transfers or excursions, dinners in Tignes or Pralognan, items not on set dinner menu, tips to guides/leaders, beverages, insurance, excess baggage charge, items of a personal nature.


This hike is not vehicle supported. You will need to carry a small- to moderate-sized pack with all the clothing and accessories you will need for the duration of the hike. (See our sample packing list.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight to 20 lbs., including lunch and water. Any extra luggage or belongings you may have will await you in Pralognan and then again at the end of the trip in Menton.


Hotels are generally 2- or 3-star hotels, most with private baths. Breakfasts are served at the hotel. Some are more simple 2-star hotels with shared baths.

The mountain huts or refuges and gite d’etapes (overnight accommodations for travelers) have their own charm and unique character. All are remote and located in spectacular settings. The shared facilities are simple, but most have hot showers. Most accommodate from 20 to 40 hikers, sometimes more.

Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or refuges and lunches are picnic style along the trail.


It is easiest to fly to Geneva. However, there are frequent trains from Zurich or Paris; just be sure to allow for extra travel time. Included in the trip cost is a group transfer from the Geneva Airport on Day 1 for those either hiking the entire trip or just Part 1.


Our Grande Traversee of the Alps, the GR5 – GR 55, is an exceptional hike. This varied, remote and sometimes strenuous route is great for the hiker who looks forward to wonderful, challenging days and likes the thought of staying in some remote and rustic refuges and small, family-run hotels. This route is definitely off the beaten path.


There are other companies that offer hiking trips from Chamonix to the Mediterranean, but none offer as much hiking and as little driving within such a relatively manageable time frame. No other company maintains the greater integrity of the GR 5 – GR 55 to the extent that we do. Sure, it means that you have to carry your own pack, weighing up to 20 lbs., but it’s well worth it for the experience of a true journey and authentic adventure.


If you are hiking the entire route or just Part 1: Independent travel to Geneva airport at 1:00 pm on the first day for a group transfer to our hotel in Chamonix.

If you are joining the second part of the hike – Part 2: Group Transfer from the Geneva Airport to Pralognan. Please contact us for travel information. We are happy to help.


Part 1 Only: Group transfer to Geneva Airport.

For those hiking the entire route: Our Grande Traversee of the Alps will end at the hotel in Menton on the last day of the trip. From Menton there are shared vans, buses, trains or taxis to Nice and other parts of Europe. The Nice Airport is 1 hour away by shared van, bus or taxi from the hotel.


Please contact us for a more detailed itinerary, for more information, or to register. We're also happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into this guided GTA Hike experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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