The Great French Trail
3 à 5 Mois
The HexaTrek is a 3034 km trail, linking 14 of the most beautiful natural parks and crossing France from the Vosges to the Pyrenees.
Following the mountain ridges, crossing the most beautiful valleys and stopping in the most picturesque villages, the HexaTrek is 500 points of interest, unmissables, and natural wonders visible from the trail.
The 6 stages of the HexaTrek will lead you through the most beautiful parks of the French territory.
FRANCE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS
14 NATURAL PARKS
THE HEART OF FRANCE
Connecting the most beautiful national and regional parks in France, the itinerary will take you to the heart of natural areas offering unique and diverse landscapes.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
Hundreds of unique and authentic villages dot the route of the HexaTrek.
A witness to the past centuries, discover the incredible history of our country inscribed in the stone of these paved streets.
A THRU-HIKE IN
71% of the HexaTrek route is suitable for bivouacs. Immerse yourself in the heart of the French countryside, a journey far from civilisation and close to the summits.
INFORMATION & TRANSPORT
Seasonalities, places of departure and arrival, means of transport
An international airport is available near the town of Biarritz.
From Europe, Strasbourg International Airport is the closest. Another low-coast airport is also available "Airport Baden-Airpark".
Juin - Oct
Road access to Hendaye is good.
There are also "FlixBus" or "OuiBus" bus lines that will take you to the Hendaye bus station.
The roads to Wissembourg are well served.
Snow risks are high from October and before June in both the Alps and Pyrenees.
Recommended departure date on both side is JUNE
A TGV line is available at Hendaye station which can serve all major lines
From Strasbourg a direct line will take you to Wissembourg station in 45 minutes.
TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE
NORTH VOSGES PARK
The castles of Fleckenstein, Windstein, Lichtenberg and 22 other ancient monuments will accompany you through this historic park.
BALLON VOSGES PARK
Also known as the High Vosges, this region is full of emblematic peaks such as the Honeck or the Grand Ballon.
JURA REGIONAL PARK
Le Creux du Van, Le Mont Tendre or the Aiguilles de Baulmes, a ridge path with breathtaking views of the Alps.
The Mont-Blanc massif needs no introduction. The Aiguille du Midi and the surrounding glaciers are a must-see.
The Lac de Roselend lies as the emblem of this valley with its gentle landscapes and will lead you to the Pierra Menta, a strange rock
VANOISE NATIONAL PARK
The Lac des Vaches, the Vallon de la Leisse, the Mont Pourri and other mythical peaks of the region will accompany you on this journey.
The Mont Thabor or the Lac des Cerces are simply sublime and offer an unforgettable nature experience.
ECRINS NATIONAL PARK
The Emparis plateau, the Meije, the Lauvitel lake, the Ecrins national park, it's almost 8000m of vertical drop in a place cut off from the world.
Discover the hidden treasures of these mountains through the Lac des Sept Laux, the Col de la Pra or the Lac Crozet.
VERCORS REGIONAL PARK
A real UFO of the HexaTrek, the Mont Aiguille stands like a statue in the middle of the chaotic scenery of the Vercors cliffs.
CEVENNES NATIONAL PARK
With the lowest number of inhabitants per square metre in France, crossing the Cévennes Park is the guarantee of a natural moment on the HexaTrek.
HAUT LANGUEDOC PARK
This park is a marvellous balcony on the Mediterranean. The variety of its reliefs allows you to change universe in a few kilometres
With the Pic du Canigou as its emblem, and the Lac des Bouilleuses as its standard, this territory has both mountain and Mediterranean characteristics.
Whether you are leaving for the great adventure, or simply a section of the Hexatrek, discover the most beautiful landscapes of the route in pictures
DISCOVER THE 6 OTHERS STAGES
Vosges - Doubs - Jura
Stage 1 - The Great East
Discover the mystical landscapes of the Grand Est.
Between green forests and crystal clear waterfalls through the hidden treasures of Eastern France.
20 à 35 J
Savoie - Beaufortain - Vanoise
Stage 2 - Northern Alps
Throughout the heart of the most beautiful mountain landscapes, hike and enjoy the beautiful vistas in the center of the exceptional Alps.
15 à 30 J
Ecrins - Belledonne - Vercors
Stage 3 - Southern Alps
The Hautes-Alpes are a paradise for hikers who venture there. You will encounter magnificent natural areas at every corner.
20 à 35 J
Cévennes - Tarn - Languedoc
Stage 4 - Gorges & Causses
Here, time and water have shaped the landscape and dug deep gorges. Creating high plateaux between the junctions of these rivers, this contrast offer HexaTrek hikers incredible views.
15 à 25 J
Catalogne - Ariége - p.esp
Stage 5 - East Pyrenees
The itinerary of this stage crosses the borders continuously, between France, Andorra and Spain. You will remain in the heart of the Pyrenean range, close to the summits.