Trekking Programs - Summer 2014

Booking info

See also:
Woolly Wanderings Tour
Walker's Haute Route
Haute Route Glacier Trek
Berner Oberland Trek
Ski touring programs

Trekking to the Bertol hut.

Having lived, hiked, climbed and traveled in the Alps since the early 1980s, the nearly endless opportunities for exploration and discovery in this amazing mountain range seem only to expand the closer we look! The Alps are truly unique in the world. A vast range, with enormous climatic, geological and ecological diversity, its human and cultural environment is equally fascinating. Every high alpine valley has its own community, cuisine, style of living, festivities, even it's own dialect in some cases. One could literally spend a lifetime exploring and still find something new around every corner.

The modern alpine infrastructure of lifts, trains, huts and high villages mean that you can enjoy the contrast of a demanding trek through a high and wild mountain world, and still bask in the creature comforts of a fine meal and comfortable bed at the end of every challenging day.

Our trekking programs are designed to introduce you to this unique world, and to pave the way for personal discovery. Our itineraries combine physical challenge with strategic use of comforts and conveniences, to maximize the joy of exploration.

We also enjoy running custom programs for groups of friends or families. Contact us if you would like us to work with you to design your own private trek.

 

2014 Trekking Programs

Kathy's Woolly Wanderings Tour

In a new kind direction, Kathy will offer a cultural tour in the Hautes Alpes region near Brianšon in June. This tour focuses on pastoralism and combines light hiking in the Queyras mountains, with workshops in such fiber arts as felting, vegetable dyeing, and hand spinning, led by some new friends she has made near Serre Chevalier.

not scheduled
this year

Woolly
Equipment list

 
Grindelwald to Leukerbad
with optional Wildstrubel ascent
This is a classic Swiss trek through quintessentially "Swiss" countryside. We offer the 6-day trekking program and also a 3-day add-on to climb the glaciated, but technically straightforward Wildstrubel. This trek is somewhat more demanding than the Walker's Haute Route, but easier than the Haute Route Glacier Trek.

by
private
arrangement

Grindelwald to
Leukerbad Equipment list


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Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route Glacier Trek
This demanding and strenuous route crosses glaciers and high passes, requiring the use of ropes, crampons, and ice axes. Most travel is off-trail, or on trails that are not well marked or maintained. Most nights are spent in mountain huts, with limited facilities and no dedicated vehicle support.

July 24 - 30, 2014

Glacier Trek Equipment list


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Chamonix to Zermatt
Walker's Haute Route

This multi-day trek avoids glaciers and the highest passes, but takes in high rugged terrain on trails of varying quality and difficulty. We stay in hotels or inns most nights. For experienced hikers with a very good level of fitness.

by
private
arrangement

Walker's HR Equipment list


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Private Trekking Programs

We can offer either of the above treks, or others as desired, as a private program for just you and your group.

Please see the pages above and/or contact us for more information and pricing.

Private arrangement

 


trek attributes

Our treks

strenuousness
technical difficulty
lodging comfort
 
Woolly Wanderings Tour
1
1
3
Walker's Haute Route
2
1
3
Haute Route Glacier Trek
3
2
2
 
Grindelwald to Leukerbad Trek
optional Wildstrubel ascent
3
3
1
2
3
2

 

Key to the table

Strenuousness - Some treks have longer days than others, with more uphill climbing. 3 is the hardest, 1 the least hard.

Lodging comfort and amenities- Some of our treks have us staying in towns or villages each night, with hotels or inns equipped with all the modern conveniences; other treks have us staying only in high mountain huts, with dormitory sleeping rooms, fixed family-style menu dining, and often limited washing facilities. A rating of

1 - denotes most primitive huts or those with the most basic facilities, or use of tents (tents are often used in Peru or Nepal, for example)
2 - may denote a combination of the two, or a hut-based trek with particularly well-appointed huts!
3 - is the highest luxury rating

Technical difficulty- Some treks require occasional use of technical mountaineering equipment: ropes, harnesses, helmets, crampons or ice axes.

1 - means no need for climbing equipment, or the very rare use of a rope is called for (usually the result of unusually snowy conditions)
2 - indicates glacier travel and/or occasional steep sections where we always rope up
3 - indicates technical pitched climbing of a difficulty suitable for experienced climbers only

If prior experience with the use of this equipment is required for a trek, we indicate that in our description of the program; otherwise these skills will be reviewed during the program and/or can be picked up along the way.

 

What is the Haute Route?

What exactly is the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route? Actually there are three distinct Haute Routes commonly done, and we offer programs for all three:

  • the original summer "High Level Route" pioneered in the 1860s by members of the Alpine Club of Britain, which travels largely on glaciers and crosses many high alpine passes. This is what we offer as our Haute Route Glacier Trek.
  • the "Walkers' Haute Route" which follows mostly marked trails and avoids glaciers and the highest passes.
  • the Skiers' Haute Route done on touring skis in March and April.

 

Trekkers on the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Glacier Trek.
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