Italian High Level Trek
By: A R Oldham, Ludlow, England
Kathy Murphy (head guide), an excellent professional. A special thanks to Murray Hamilton for his calm and reassuring professionalism also. What I most enjoyed? Being amongst the high hills and the descent down the Grenz Gletcher was particularly spectacular. Also the final days walk was extraordinary in the amount and variety of Alpine flowers that we passed along the way, a great many, never seen before by ourselves and from a gardeners point of view. A great itinerary, and stunning situations.
By: James Macnab, Bolton
Very helpful info in the dossier and KE staff helped select the trip that best met my aims. This was a trip in varied terrain, mainly at high altitude. Food in high level huts was only average (but plentiful) but we only expect plain food there. Accommodation was generally very good, especially in the Italian huts. The pace of the trip was very good - moderate pace and steady progress. Excellent guiding and leadership from both Paul and Bruce. Both were very ready to answer questions regarding technique, diffficulty or route and deal with any concerns. Both happy to offer help where required - but fortunately did not happen often.
I achieved my aim - first ascent of 4000m peaks and learned basics of alpine techniques. A great experience. The Italian huts have a really good atmosphere and are very comfortable.
By: Raymond Bainbridge, Carrbridge, UK
All admin couldn't have been better. I also booked an extra 3 days to help acclimatise. My hotel was booked through KE with no problems. KE staff gave me options for my 3 solo walks. Excellent ideas to get me started. Kathy (our leader) was great. I also thought Tim (our second leader) was excellent. I think both took us to what we thought were our limits and then got us to do a bit more. I felt very safe and found them both to be approachable and very knowledgeable. I have been on 3 Alpine trips before and this was the one on which I achieved most. The scenery was unbelievable. I enjoyed going beyond my comfort zone and doing the uncomfortable things e.g .ridge between Breithorn and Breithorn Central. The crevasse crossings on the Grenz Glacier had me feeling fully alive. Watching the guides at work in a difficult situation was inspiring. The desserts in the Rifugio Guglielmina were amazing.
By: Sue Tuerena, Oswestry, UK
The holiday fitted my expectations. Excellent client care with some push over personal comfort zones.
By: Peter Gray, Lincolnshire, UK
I am constantly judged and scored on my performance every day, so it is difficult not to be dissapointed. I had come with a wish list of aims and objectives and for once not only were all of these meet but resoundingly exceeded. The excellent leadership of Kathy and Tim added to this experience, together with a great group who pulled and worked well together.
By: Adrian Gans, London
An amazing trip, unforgettable. My first time on a glacier and my first 4000m peak.
By: Melinda Jones, Chigwell, Essex
The guides were very professional and although they made the trip fun, they were also very safety conscious. It was my first time using crampons and ice axe and I had so much fun. The views were breathtaking despite poor weather on a couple of days. The sense of achievement will stay with me longer than our warm weather holiday we are about to take.
By: Richard Baines, Lancashire, UK
I cannot think of another comment to make other than as usual "Excellent" service!! An absoulutely awesome trip that met all my expectations. It helped having two great trip leaders & 2 teams who got on well, which is always key to an enjoyable trip and of course the 5 peaks we climbed which was awesome. Maybe make it a longer trip, didn't want to come home!