Walk across the french Alps !

Cross the entire French Alpine range in around 40 stages

In a single summer or over 10 years, hiking, running, or rambling according to your whims, on the E2 path, the mythical "Grande Traversée des Alpes" is integral to one of the world's most fabulous treks!

Starting out from Lake Geneva, and ending up 620 km away (after 3-4 weeks of walking) on a Mediterranean beach… There's no doubt about it, the Crossing of the Alps is an unforgettable experience!

During the different stages you'll discover the incredible biodiversity of the region, and the variety of its landscapes, from the shores of Lake Geneva to the peaks of the Alps, from mountain pastures in Savoie to villages high up in Alpes-Maritimes, and from deserted summits to the Mediterranean coast.

Along the way you'll cross 3 parks – Vanoise, Queyras and Mercantour. And there are also numerous nature reserves with mountain flora and fauna, as well as the beauty of the Alpine range.

Along the 620 km of signposted trails there are around 100 possibilities for accommodation that have been checked out by the association Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA). As well as food and shelter, they provide answers to practical questions.

Find details about the different stages, along with the information you require to plan your trip according to your individual preferences, the time you want to spend, and the features that interest you.


Map of the crossing of the Alps on E2 trail

A long distance trek needs to be well planned, so we provide every information you need to easily organise your hike :

  • Full description of every stage,
  • Map and profile,
  • Roadbook
  • GPX tracks
  • Accomodation fitting hikers needs
  • Shops and usefull service providers
  • Touristic points of interest

You can download every information in a "PDF" file and/or save it in "My account" to easily find it again !

A brief history of a great hike

The E2/GR®5 path goes all the way from the North Sea to Nice – some 2,600 km.

This has been a hiking route since the late 1940s, when it was signposted by the future Fédération Française de la Randonnée. It traverses the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France, then Switzerland, across the Jura mountains to Lake Geneva, before returning to France and arcing over the Alps from north to south, finally reaching the Mediterranean. It is the section between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean that is known as "the Crossing of the Alps".

Since 1971, the association Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) has been a source of information for hikers keen to explore the trail. It also acts as an organisational structure for those who provide services along the way.