HexaTrek

The Great French Trail

3034 km

3 à 5 Mois

Distance

Dénivelé +

136.000 m

Duration

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

FRENCH VILLAGES

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.

BIVOUAC

USEFUL INFOS

Saisonalités, lieux de depart et arrivée, moyen de transport

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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".

Wissembourg

Hendaye

Wissembourg

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Departure

Hendaye

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Arrival

Juin - Oct

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Season

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Road access to Hendaye is good.
There are also "FlixBus" or "OuiBus" bus lines that will take you to the Hendaye bus station.

Hendaye

Wissembourg

The roads to Wissembourg are well served.

Snow risks are high from October and before May in both the Alps and Pyrenees.

Recommended departure date North-South (15 May - 1 June)
Recommended departure date South-North (15 - 30 June)

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Hendaye

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.

Wissembourg

TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE

PYRENEES NATIONAL PARK

CATALANES PYRENEES

With the Pic du Canigou as its emblem, and the Lac des Bouilleuses as its standard, this territory has both mountain and Mediterranean characteristics.

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

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.

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.

BELLEDONNE

Discover the hidden treasures of these mountains through the Lac des Sept Laux, the Col de la Pra or the Lac Crozet.

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.

CERCES

The Mont Thabor or the Lac des Cerces are simply sublime and offer an unforgettable nature experience.

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.

BEAUFORTAIN

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

MONT BLANC

The Mont-Blanc massif needs no introduction. The Aiguille du Midi and the surrounding glaciers are a must-see.

JURA REGIONAL PARK

Le Creux du Van, Le Mont Tendre or the Aiguilles de Baulmes, a ridge path with breathtaking views of the Alps.

BALLON VOSGES PARK

Also known as the High Vosges, this region is full of emblematic peaks such as the Honeck or the Grand Ballon.

NORTH VOSGES PARK

The castles of Fleckenstein, Windstein, Lichtenberg and 22 other ancient monuments will accompany you through this historic park.

Whether you're going for the big adventure, or just a section of the Hexatrek, discover the most beautiful landscapes of the route in pictures

DISCOVER THE OTHER 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.

Distance

672 km

Elevation

23.300 m
20 à 35 J

Duration

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.

Distance

672 km

Elevation

23.300 m
20 à 35 J

Duration

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.

Distance

672 km

Elevation

23.300 m
20 à 35 J

Duration

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.

Distance

672 km

Elevation

23.300 m
20 à 35 J

Duration

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.

Distance

672 km

Elevation

23.300 m
20 à 35 J

Duration

National Park - Bearn - Basque

Stage 6 - West Pyrenees

From the highest Pyrenean summits to the French coastline, this stage will lead you through world-famous places such as the cirque de Gavarnie or the Pic du Midi d'Osseau.

Distance

672 km

Elevation

23.300 m
20 à 35 J

Duration