SPRING & SUMMER CALENDAR 2018


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As in 2017, the 2018 summer programme will be a mix of classic treks such as the spectacular Tour of Mont Blanc and some new or lesser known hiking -- this is what Trekking in the Alps does best -- where we venture off the beaten track -- mountain adventures with a flexible programme allowing us to do the best and most suitable hikes for the group.


The spring season is spent hiking in Provence and for thse trips you should go to my Trekking in Provence website. There are 3 scheduled trips for spring 2018.
Late spring/early summer takes us to Corsica. My Corsica trips are always popular. The Corsica Spring Safari -- so named not because we’ll be stalking elephants but because we’ll be on the move, using 3 different bases. This formula works really well and gives us the change to really explore the northern part of this fascinating island. 
For the summer itself I have a Gran Paradiso Trek which will follow the same very successful programme that I have done these last couple of years; my Matterhorn and Monte Rosa Sunshine, Summits and Pasta has proved to be a success so we'll do that again; and there will be a new trek as yet undecided...watch this space, all will be revealed very soon!! The Classic Tour of Mont Blanc trek may go if there is interest.....

 

 Although this is called the Summer Calendar it also includes the aforementioned Corsica week and my springtime Provence trips. The trilogy are the Classic Provence Summer Flowers and Summits which takes place in the Drôme Vaucluse regions. This area is not yet so well - known as the "Peter Mayle Year in Provence" part of Provence or indeed the Côte d’Azur, and this is good as it means we have wild scenery, uncrowded trails and peace and quiet. The hiking here is amazingly varied, with a plethora of limestone summits and gorges to explore, Provençal villages to discover and the renowned food and drink of the area waiting to be sampled. The holidays are based in a medieval village in a friendly, comfortable hotel, which specialises in excellent regional food and wine. A day off mid - week will allow those who wish to cycle along quiet lanes through sleepy villages, whilst others can visit a Provençal market or just relax. There is also a the fantastic Hidden Provence based slightly further north, which for a couple of days will venture into the wonderful Saou Forest region, renowned in France for its magnificent scenic trails. We did this trip in April 2016 and it was truly spectacular. The 3rd Provence trip is Gorgeous Provence which meets in Nice and first explores the hinterland of the Côte d'Azur before heading inland to the majestic and splendid Verdon Gorge, where we'll enjoy the through trail of this incredible canyon as well as some of the neighbouring summit hikes. 



All treks and holidays are 6 days, except the Tour of Mont Blanc which is 7 days. These are the number of days walking, and don’t include arrival and departure days. Note that for 2018 my trips do not always meet on weekends. To avoid busy travel days we will meet on weekdays. Where 2 trips are advertised for the same date the first to get bookings is the one that goes.

 

My treks are a product of my knowledge and experience having lived 23 years in the Alps. I have written several guidebooks to the Alps, amongst them: Chamonix Mountain Adventures; Tour of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, Mont Blanc Walks and Snowshoeing Mont Blanc.

 THE 2018 SUMMER PROGRAMME

Email me for factfiles on any of these treks and holidays Prices are in euros because I live in France and most of my costs are in euros. In addition, the exchange rate has vacillated so much these last few years it’s impossible to calculate sterling prices months in advance. I can take the deposit payment in sterling at an agreed rate.

A breakdown of prices (guiding/organisation/transport/ guide’s costs: / accommodation) is available on request and if you prefer to pay your accommodation costs directly then just ask.

Meet 22 April 2018
Gorgeous Provence 1280€  
6 days walking, 3 hotel bases. Taking us from the coastal scenery around Grasses and Cannes to the spectacular Verdon Gorge. A true visual extravaganza with lots of variety, good accommodation, and of course Provençal food and wine.

Meet 5 May 2018
Classic Provence Summer Flowers and Summits 1295€ /
6 days: 5 day walks in the stunning region of the Drôme, known for its lavender, olives, vineyards and wild scenery. One day off mid - week for other activities -- gentle cycling, sight - seeing, via ferrata, or just relaxing.

Meet 19 May 2018
Hidden Provence 1310€  Confirmed
6 days walking, discovering the Baronnies area of Provencene, and further north into the Saou Forest. This will be a week of very varied walks, with spectacular scenery. There will also be plenty of historical and cultural interest too. We’ll be based in 2 contrasting but very comfortable and welcoming hotels, to allow us maximum exploration.


Meet 2 June 2018
Corsica Spring Safari 1510  Confirmed 

6 days of hiking with 3 different bases will allow us to make our way around the northern part of this spectacular island, known equally for its striking granite peaks and its beautiful beaches. Our walks will take us to wond erful hidden valleys, through old villages and to secret beaches only accessible by foot or boat. We’ll enjoy the splendid Corsican cuisine and local wines and beers. Not to be missed.

 

Tour of Mont Blanc 1325€  Confirmed
Meet 3 July 2018

THE classic Alps trek, this is my 7 day version which I have done successfully now for at least 25 years! This fabulous circuit is probably the most well-known trek in Europe if not the world. It takes us on a spectacular journey around western Europe's highest summit, though France, Switzerland and Italy. Challenging, beautiful, enchanting....a trip of a lifetime. 

Gran Paradiso Trek 1475€ / Confirmed


Meet 15 July 2018

6 days hiking in this paradise for wildlife and spectacular scenery. This trek takes us over some high passes, through some amazingly remote and wonderful terrain. Rather than trekking every day I have adapted this programme so we have 2 nights in 3 different bases - 2 huts (1 with rooms) and 1 hotel. This gives the opportunity to climb to a couple of rocky summits en route, with light sacs as we do a circuit from the bases. This will be a fabulous and challenging week.

Meet 12 August 2018 
New trip to be decided!! 

Meet 26 August 2018
Matterhorn and Monte Rosa: Sunshine, Summits and Pasta! 1475 / 
The Italian side of the Monte Rosa and Matterhorn range is truly a hiker’s paradise, with wild and remote walking in spectacular scenery, great food and delightful accommodation. This trek is a showcase of all that is best in this area, with a couple of great hiking summits thrown in. Excellent accommodation makes this trek a very satisfying combination of challenge and comfort.

Here’s how Summer 2017 looked...Let’s make Summer 2018 just as memorable!