Hexatrek - The French thru hiking trail

United States has the Pacific Crest Trail, New Zealand has the Te Araroa, it was time to give France a trail that would hike all the beauty and diversity of its landscapes! A team of true enthusiasts are launching the HexaTrek in 2022: 3,000 km of trails through the mountains!

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THE FRENCH THRU HIKING TRAIL

Club Vosgien is partner of the HexaTrek

Whether it's a simple bench, a picnic table, a shelter or even a refuge shawl, you will come across many facilities maintained by the Club Vosgien and their volunteers. Through their trails and their markings of a unique quality in France, you will discover the Vosges mountains and their historical and cultural wealth as well as their remarkable biodiversity.

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Hexatrek - The French thru hiking trail

United States has the Pacific Crest Trail, New Zealand has the Te Araroa, it was time to give France a trail that would hike all the beauty and diversity of its landscapes! A team of true enthusiasts are launching the HexaTrek in 2022: 3,000 km of trails through the mountains!

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Top 10 Thru-Hike in the world

Long-distance trails inspire conflicting tales of solitude and camaraderie, of deserted riverbeds and mountain plateaus, of pleasure and pain.
The idea of walking thousands of miles is itself hardly believable. Perhaps that is what makes these adventures so memorable.

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Thru Hike and long distance hiking

"Nobo", "thru-hiker", a "zero", but what are all these anglicisms? In the world of long-distance hiking, many terms appear on the forums. The French academy is slowly dying in the face of this plethora of terminology, but you, humble hikers, would like to know what all these terms mean?

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Gas re-supply strategy on the hexatrek

Even if there are petrol or wood burning systems, the majority of hikers use gas stoves for their multi-day hikes. Estimating the amount of fuel needed for a long hike is not always easy and finding the right cartridge for your burner in France can sometimes be murderous!

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Thru Hike and long distance hiking

"Nobo", "thru-hiker", a "zero", but what are all these anglicisms? In the world of long-distance hiking, many terms appear on the forums. The French academy is slowly dying in the face of this plethora of terminology, but you, humble hikers, would like to know what all these terms mean?

Advice

Gas re-supply strategy on the hexatrek

Even if there are petrol or wood burning systems, the majority of hikers use gas stoves for their multi-day hikes. Estimating the amount of fuel needed for a long hike is not always easy and finding the right cartridge for your burner in France can sometimes be murderous!

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Bivouac rules in France

Bivouacking is the favourite activity of long-distance hikers. Synonymous with freedom, no need to book refuges, however, before setting off on the hexatrek and to fully enjoy this activity, a little knowledge of the rules of bivouac is essential

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NOBO, SOBO, Which way to go ?

If you want to avoid the late snow in the Alps and Pyrenees or if you want to take the risk of leaving earlier in the season, discover through this article all our advices to know when to leave on the HexaTrek

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Hiking shoes or trail runners?

Traditionally, it was unthinkable to go into the mountains without a good pair of boots.
But this century-old consensus has been overturned by the democratisation of long-distance hiking in the USA.
So which shoe is right for you, and for the HexaTrek?

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PIONEERS WALK

All about the first edition

From June 15 to October 20, from Hendaye to Wissembourg, for the first time we will travel the hexatrek.

If you contributed during the crowdfunding campaign, you will find all the information in this article.

HIKING EQUIPMENT

Equipment to put in the bag

Certainly you will be in the mountains as in a classic hike, but above all you will have to carry all your equipment, your water, your food, your sleeping system. So we are not tackling a long trek, from a

THE HEXATREK CHARTER

Be a responsible walker

Because the preservation of nature must be the priority of the hiker, we have established the charter of the Hexatrek

 

This allows, in addition to protecting nature, to offer the minimum of security for those who decide to venture on this long hiking route.

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Cerces Massif

Less well known than its closest neighbours, the Vanoise and the Ecrins, this massif is nevertheless one of the must-sees on the HexaTrek.
The Mont Thabor or the Lac des Cerces are simply sublime and offer an unforgettable experience of nature.

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Mont-Blanc Massif

This region, even if it has never had a "Natural Park" label, is one of the most beautiful in France (according to the Savoyards). The Mont Blanc massif is a must-see, the Aiguille du Midi and the surrounding glaciers are a must-see.
Sixt-Fer-A-Cheval with its thousands of waterfalls is also on the route.

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Ballon Vosges Regional Park

Also known as the High Vosges, this region is full of emblematic peaks such as the Honeck or the Grand Ballon. Lakes with crystal-clear waters, such as those of Lac Blanc or Schiessrothried, will guide you and villages with typical Alsatian colours, such as Riquewihr, will give you a warm welcome.

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North Vosges Regional Park

The castles of Fleckenstein, Windstein, Lichtenberg and 22 other monuments from the old days will accompany you through this historic park.
The lookout points of the Krappenfels rock or the Bohemian rock will give you a view of the forested hills as far as the eye can see.

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The ridges of the Swiss Jura

Le Creux du Van, Le Mont Tendre or the Aiguilles de Baulmes, a ridge path with, in good weather, breathtaking views of the Alps on the other side of Lake Geneva.

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TRAIL

HexaTrek Association represents a 3034 km trail, linking 14 of the most beautiful natural parks and crossing France from the German  to the Spanish border.

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