Escape into the great outdoors, take on new heights and embrace the freedom of exploring on foot. Challenging walking holidays are designed for those who crave an energetic pace, breathtaking views, and the thrill of exploring beyond the beaten track.
For those who prefer to get their heart pumping and their legs moving, challenging walking holidays in the alpine regions of Europe are the perfect way to take your hiking game to new heights.
Prepare to go higher and further than ever before as you tackle exhilarating alpine walks and conquer some of Europe’s diverse trails. These aren’t for the faint of heart (or weak of calf muscles). Get ready to navigate rugged terrain, conquer steep ascents and descents, and trek longer distances of 10 kilometres or more. And with great access to public transport and lifts to viewpoints, you won’t have to rely solely on your trusty walking boots to reach the summit.
Our best resorts for challenging walks
Italy, Slovenia, France, and Austria are home to some of the most stunning trails and mountains in the world. From the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites in Italy, to the emerald green forests of Slovenia, each destination offers its own unique charm and difficulty level for walkers. And let’s not forget about the famous French Alps and Austria’s stunning Tirol region, offering endless opportunities for adrenaline fueled activities.
With the freedom to explore on your own terms, you can experience the local culture, indulge in delicious cuisine, and marvel at awe-inspiring views. Plus, our resort representatives are always on hand to offer helpful advice and tips when needed.
Take a walk on the European side and see where the path takes you. Here are four thrilling walking destinations, perfect for the ambitious walker...
Why we love Mayrhofen:
- Lots of high alpine summit hikes
- Multi-day long hikes for the more adventurous
- 4 tributary valleys to explore
The land of schnitzel and strudel is also home to some seriously changing terrain. Mayrhofen boasts hundreds of walking trails, each one offering stunning mountain views and access to incredible mountain huts. You’ll be constantly surprised by the diversity of the walking routes, with new and exciting discoveries at every turn. In the Stillup Valley, prepare to be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the waterfalls that dot the landscape. Or, head to the Schlegeis Reservoir for an invigorating hike up to the Olpererhutte, where you’ll be rewarded with a stunning bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscape.
Why we love Limone:
- Challenging uphill hikes
- Lengthy routes
- Steep ascents and descents
Nestled on the northern lakeside, Limone is a hidden gem that offers fantastic views, authentic restaurants, and stunning walks that will test your limits. With around 70 trails to choose from, Limone is a great destination for challenging walks. Plus, with its cobbled streets and authentic restaurants, Limone is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.
Why we love Chamonix:
- High altitude walks with diverse, rocky terrain
- Great lift network
- Steep ascents and descents
With its challenging terrain and diverse range of trails, Chamonix is the perfect destination for those seeking a challenging walking holiday. You’ll get the chance to explore at high altitudes and in areas like the Mer du Glace, you’ll be able to see snow in the middle of Summer, providing a unique and unforgettable experience. For those looking for postcard-worthy views, going up high is an absolute must.
Why we love Lake Bohinj:
- Long hikes
- Uphill walks with diverse, rocky terrain
- An idea base for exploring Triglav National Park and Sava Bohinjska Valley
This is the ultimate destination for those in search of a challenging walking holiday. From climbing Mt Triglav, to exploring the rugged mountain terrain, the region offers a variety of exhilarating walks. It is also home to a wealth of natural wonders, including breathtaking waterfalls and caves, that will leave you in awe. With its combination of challenging trails and stunning natural beauty, a walking holiday here will be an experience you won’t forget.
Guided walks in selected resorts
Ready to talk your walking holiday to new heights? Get ready to put your best foot forward and explore Europe like never before. With two walks per week in selected resorts throughout Europe, there’s plenty of opportunities to discover the hidden gems of these amazing resorts - all whilst feeling safe in the hands of our professional mountain guides. Our experts know exactly where the best views are and will take you on an unforgettable journey that is sure to leave you breathless (in a good way.)