Painted doorway, Roubion
Views along the GR5
Hiking through the Mercantour National Park
Dinner, Maljasset
Hiking the GR5
Lunch at Lac Ste-Anne
Walking through the village of Roubion, GR5
Approaching the Med on the GR5

Grande Traversee des Alps: GR5 Part 2

Hike the GR5 Pralognan-la-Vanoise to Menton

Trip Details

Location French Alps
Length 10 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations 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

Part 2 of this journey begins in the mountain village of Pralognan-la-Vanoise. The route closely follows the French–Italian border and leads through the unspoiled regions of Briançonnais, Queyras and the Ubaye. A sense of history pervades this area, as many of these mountain passes were once old trade and pilgrim routes. One is immediately impressed by the unhurried rhythms of mountain life. Larch forests, jade-blue alpine lakes, and vast, green valleys take on rich vibrant dimensions. Small, rural villages exude an air of timelessness.

Continuing our route to the Mediterranean Sea, we will hike through St. Etienne, St. Martin Vesubie, Sospel, the Mercantour National Park and the isolated Merveilles Valley, eventually arriving in Menton on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

As the terrain takes on a decidedly more arid appearance and the vegetation becomes accented by cypress, fig and olive trees, the lure of the Mediterranean will become ever-more compelling. From the mountains to the sea, this promises to be an immensely varied alpine journey. Truly off-the-beaten-path, this is a part of France one is unlikely to experience in any other way except on foot.

We are currently reworking our Grande Traversee des Alpes GR 5, Part 2 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 for Part 2: Pralognan, Rimplas, and Menton. 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 transfers 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. Great hiking and memories!


Airfare, lunches, optional/individual transfers or excursions, 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 Menton.


Hotels are generally 2- or 3-star hotels with private baths. 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 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.


Our Grand Traverse of the Alps Part 2 offers an exceptional journey to the experienced hiker or active traveler who would like a more authentic European-style long-distance hike. This varied, remote and sometimes strenuous route leads through less well-known and less-developed areas of the Alps. Definitely off-the-beaten-path, our gites and small hotels vary from rustic to comfortable. All are in captivating settings and infused with a sense of place.


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 to the extent that we do. Sure, it means that you have to carry your own pack. but it’s well worth it for the experience of a true journey and authentic adventure.


Those joining our Grande Traversee des Alps Part 2 will be met at the Geneva Airport for a group transfer to Pralognan.


Our Grande Traversee of the Alps Part 2 will end at the hotel in Menton on the last day of the trip. From Menton, it's possible to continue on to Nice, or other destinations, by bus, train, or taxis. The Nice Airport is about 1 hour away by bus from Menton.


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, Part 2 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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