Trek France’s GR5 from Geneva to Chamonix

This trekking route combines spectacular Alpine scenery, European culture, and strenuous hiking. Our traverse has 4,000-meter mountains, alpine passes, valleys, French people, and cuisine. You carry only a daypack because the hostels and refuges have beds, blankets, and food. Look for bouquetin and listen to church bells! Gawk at the highest mountain in the Alps – Mont Blanc!

Trek the Alps along ancient trade routes from the mountains toward the Mediterranean Sea. The Grand Randonnée 5 (GR5) is considered one of the world’s classic hiking trails. Beginning at Lake Geneva, we will hike toward Mont Blanc, wind through remote valleys, and cross sun-dappled meadows. While these are very strenuous dayhikes made for seasoned trekkers, there is plenty of respite and reward! Comfortable refuges are welcome after a long day of hiking. This is an exquisite journey through some of France’s finest landscapes.   

Trails are well graded, and if they have to climb steep slopes, they do so by means of switchbacks, so overall gradients are seldom severe. However there are some rough and rocky parts. Elevation gains and distances can be large many days.

  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 67.0 mi
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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