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SUMMER 2018: ALPINE HOLIDAYS

ALPINE HIGH PEAKS

The High Points of Europe

11th - 24th AUGUST 2018


Climb the highest peaks of five Alpine nations in a 12 day holiday - Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland - starting and finishing in Zurich and linking the peaks with road touring through some of Europe's finest scenery. The holiday will suit all aspiring mountaineers who relish a challenge and want to develop skills of scrambling, via ferrata routes, glacier travel and classic Alpine mountaineering. The five peaks are:

  • Liechtenstein: Grauspitze 2599m: 1100m of ascent with scrambling and a short section of roped grade II/III rock.
  • Germany: Zugspitze 2962m: 2200m of ascent up a gorgeous alpine valley with a small glacier and sustained sections of via ferrata
  • Austria: Grossglockner 3798m: 1880m of ascent with an overnight stay in the Studl Hut at 2800m, a glacier crossing and summit ridge scramble
  • Slovenia: Triglav 2864m: 1900m ascent over fantastic limestone ridges and long sections of via ferrata to an iconic peak
  • Switzerland: Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) 4634m: beautiful 2200m glacier ascent from Zermatt with an overnight hut stay and exciting summit scramble

The itinerary allows for gradual acclimatisation and fitness gain towards the culminating ascent to 4500m on Monte Rosa. You'll visit some of the most delectable valleys, passes and peaks of the Eastern Alps. The holiday will be led by British Mountain Guides (BMG/IFMGA) and Aspirants.

Prior Experience required is grade 1 and 2 scrambling and some winter walking or mountaineering using ice axe and crampons in UK or other countries; coupled with a good level of mountain walking fitness. The holiday will be enjoyed equally by those visiting the Alps for the first time or for older mountaineers who want to visit peaks in new regions of the Alps. All techniques of ropework, via ferrata travel, glacier travel, crevasse rescue and snow and ice mountaineering will be taught and coached through the holiday.

Our 2017 Alpine High Peaks trip achieved all five summits; please enjoy our Blog account and

Photo Album of the 2017 trip highlights

£50 early booking discount offered on reservations made before 31st Oct 2017

Scrambling on the summit ridge of the Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) (4634m)

Outline Itinerary:
Sat 11th Aug: Meet in Zurich airport, drive to Malbun in Liechtenstein (115km, 2hr), and walk to Pfalzer Hut (2105m)(2hr)
Sun 12th Aug: Ascent of Grauspitz (2599m) - traversing Hinter and Vorder summits in an 8hr round trip (PD, II); stay in Pfalzer Hut
Mon 13th Aug: Drive to Garmisch in German Bavarian Alps (175km, 3hr); spectacular gorge walk to Hollentalanger Hut (1381m)(2hr)
Tues 14th Aug: Ascent of Zugspitze (2962m) by classic Hollental route with grade 3 via ferrata and small glacier (7-8hr); descent by funicular railway; overnight in hotel in Garmisch
Wed 15th Aug: Drive to Kals in the Hohe Tauern range of Austria via Innsbruck and Kitzbuhel (220km, 4hr); walk up to Studl Hut (2802m)(2hr)
Thurs 16th Aug: Ascent of Grossglockner (3798m) - highest peak in the Eastern Alps either by normal route (grade PD+, II) or classic rock ridge of the Studlgrat (AD, III+); 9-11hr round-trip with descent to Luckner Hut (2241m)
Fri 17th Aug: Drive via Lienz over Slovenian border to Kranjska Gora (120km, 2hr); and up Vrata valley to stay in Aljazev Dom hut (1015m)
Sat 18th Aug: Ascent of Triglav (2864m) in a round-trip from Aljazev Dom - 12 hours of grade 3 scrambling and via ferrata; up by Luknja route and down by Tomasinski route (9-10hr round trip); stay 2nd night in Aljazev Dom Hut
Sun 19th Aug: Rest day for road-side rock climbing and sightseeing in the Julian Alps of Slovenia including the beautiful resort of Lake Bled - stay in hotel in Kranjska Gora; thsi day allows for flexibility in event of bad weather earlier in the trip
Mon 20th Aug: Travel day through Italy on autostrada - Nova Gorica, Padua, Verona, Milan, Lago Maggiore (400km, 7-8hr) - overnight stay on Simplon Pass between Italy and Switzerland
Tues 21st Aug: Drive to Zermatt; sightseeing in town, and ascend to Monte Rosa Hut (2883m); 3hr walk from Rotenboden station
Wed 22nd Aug: Ascent of Dufourspitze (4634m) - 2nd highest mountain in the Alps - grade AD-, II; and return to Monte Rosa Hut (10-12hr round-trip)
Thurs 23rd Aug: Scenic trek down Gorner Glacier back to Zermatt and drive to Zurich (4hr, 240km); overnight in hotel with access to airport
Fri 24th Aug: Flights home in morning

The itinerary offers flexibility to deal with any bad weather - ascents can be shifted forward or back a day if necessary

Approach to the Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) (4634m)

 

Grauspitze (2599m) - high point of Liechtenstein and 1st stop on our tour

Grossglockner (3798m) from Lucknerhaus

 

Summit ridge of the Grauspitze

Zugspitze (2962m) - high point of Germany in the Bavarian Alps

Left: On the summit face of Zugspitze (2962m) looking down the Hollental

The mighty 1800m north wall of Triglav (2864m) - high point of Slovenia

Triglav - via ferrata on summit ridge

Price: £3,580: Deposit: 25% booking deposit. Balance payment: on or before 11th June 2018

Max Group ratios: 4:1 (3:1 on Grossglockner, 2:1 on Dufourspitze)

Discounts: £50 off on bookings made before 31st Oct 2017; 2½% to past- clients; 5% to groups of 3 or more

Price includes 12 days guiding and group leading; car/minibus transport from Zurich incl airport transfers, bed and breakfast in hotels/pensions on valley nights, half-board accommodation in mountain huts, lunch food for mountain days; 15% discount on equipment purchases from Cotswold Outdoor. Not included: Evening meals in valley hotels, Personal Insurance, Visas, Tips, Drinks, Lunches on the road, Cablecars/Mountain Railways.

Cancellation Terms: Deposits are refundable less a £40 admin charge on cancellations made more than 3 months before departure
Deposits are non-refundable on cancellation less than 3 months before departure (ie after 11th May)
Less than 2 months before departure 40% of the trip fee is forfeited on cancellation, rising to 75% at 1 month and 100% at 14 days
Further Reading:
Europe's High Points by Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla (2009) published by Cicerone
Detailed descriptions of the ascents of the highest mountains in all European countries

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information on the holiday.
We hope you will join us!

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