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GR®5 « Grande Traversée des Alpes »

Cross the entire French Alps in about 40 stages.
On the route of the GR®5, the mythical "Grande Traversée des Alpes" invites you to hike on the alpine part of one of the most fabulous hiking routes in the world!

Sport GR®5 « Grande Traversée des Alpes » Thonon-les-Bains


Departing from Thonon-les-Bains (74200)
Duration of the itinerary : 36 Days
Total elevation gain : 29210m
Vertical drop : 29571m
Distance : 620km
Signed walking trail
Animals not allowed

Cross the entire French Alps in about forty stages.

To be covered in sections or in one go, over one summer or ten years, walking, running or strolling according to your desires. On the route of the GR®5, the mythical "Grande Traversée des Alpes" invites you to hike on the alpine part of one of the most fabulous hiking itineraries in the world!

Starting to walk on the shores of Lake Geneva and ending, some 620 km later (3 to 4 weeks of walking), on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea... There is no doubt that the Grande Traversée des Alpes is an unforgettable hike!

Throughout the stages, you will discover the incredible biodiversity of the Alps and the variety of landscapes: from the green shores of Lake Geneva to the snow-covered peaks of the Grandes Alpes, from the Savoyard mountain pastures to the high-perched villages of the Alpes-Maritimes, from the high altitude deserts to the Mediterranean coast.

During your hike, you will cross three parks - Vanoise, Queyras and Mercantour - and many nature reserves. You will be able to observe the variety of the fauna and flora of the mountains and appreciate the natural wealth of the Alps at the rhythm of your steps.

From refuge to stopover gîte, along the 620 km of marked trails, a hundred or so accommodations referenced by the "Grande Traversée des Alpes" association welcome you. They guarantee lodging, food and the information necessary for the good progress of your itinerary.

Discover the stages in detail for each major part of the itinerary, with a lot of information at your disposal to prepare your crossing, according to your desires, the time you have and the sectors you wish to discover!

Total elevation gain : 29210m
Altitude max : 2770m
Vertical drop : 29571m
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    Animals not allowed
    Languages spoken : French

    Although dogs are not prohibited along the entire route, it passes through 5 Regional or National Nature Parks and 6 Nature Reserves, where regulations may prohibit dogs. In particular: - in Haute-Savoie, dogs are prohibited in the Sixt / Passy, Passy and Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserves; they are accepted on a leash in the Contamines Nature Reserve. - in Savoie, in the heart of the Vanoise National Park where the GR5 passes for a long time, dogs are forbidden even if they are on a leash. In the sectors where dogs are allowed, we advise you to keep your animal on a leash when approaching the herds, and not to disturb the wildlife.

    Period of practice

    All year round.

    Subject to snow conditions.


    74200 Thonon-les-Bains
    Departing from : Thonon-les-Bains (74200)
    Latitude : 46.375064 - Longitude : 6.477125
    Information update on 17/02/2023 by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme