Mont Blanc Ascent with Gran Paradiso
France, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,845 (land only) - from €2,305 (land only) - from $3,230 (land only)
By: Atul Ashar, USA
Flawless planning and arrangements. Extremely helpful staff and great food and other services. For the guides, I couldn't expect any better - great guys, always happy and willing to help.
We could not execute the original itinerary of climbing Mont Blanc due to weather concerns but excellent plan B. Will need to visit the area again to complete the planned climb and definitely will choose KE again. Extremely happy with the trip in spite of not able to climb Mont Blanc. The situation was out of control for KE as well as the trip leader.
By: Albert Donatio, United States
Olly is a great leader. He took extra caution with us during the entire trip. He made sure all ropes were securely fastened before scaling the rock faces and glacial traverses. He gave us instructions about how to proceed carefully and encouraged us along the way.
Climbing the Cosmique in Chamonix after failing to summit Mt Blanc due to unfavorable weather conditions was the hightlight of the trip. It more than made up for that dissapointment. The Cosmique was extremely challenging and I was outside of my comfort zone, but it was a 5 hour andrenaline surge of climbing rocks, snow and ice. One of my all time favorite alpine experiences.
The Yeti lodge was a great place to hang out for a few days. Marine and Jason took good care of us and kept us well fed. Great views from the balcony. Alpine huts are always a nice experience with good company and great views.
By: Louise Mason-Lodge, Keswick, Cumbria
For anyone setting out on such an adventure, particularly for the first time, they need to know that from the moment of booking with KE to the achievement of the final objective you could not feel more encouraged, supported and enabled. The sense of achievement that KE and the team gave us was matched by the grandeur of our surroundings in the French Alps.
For anyone even contemplating such a trip then KE can be your only choice.
As mentioned the changes to the itinerary - I think all the group seemed to have a different idea of what we were setting out to do prior to arrival. I appreciate that it did state that they were subject to change but perhaps listing a couple of possible options would help.
The trip exceeded my expectations beyond all measure - having worked so hard to prepare I was unsure if I would succeed and unsure of how I would manage in conditions I had never been in before - we were all 'alpine virgins' but the ability of the team to elevate us to a level of confidence to achieve our goal was second to none. I could have planned this trip for twenty years and it still wouldn't have been any more perfect.
By: Geoff Wellings, Flintshire, UK
Yeti Lodge was the perfect location for our Mont Blanc climb. The accommodation was really good, the food wonderful and your people on the ground did you proud, the proverbial well oiled machine.
This really is mountaineering with a base of excellent support and organisation. Straight from our collection at the airport the experience shown by all concerned meant that we could concentrate our efforts on the climb.
Miles Bright our mountain guide was very knowledgeable and a great climbing companion putting all of us at ease immediately. He helped us achieve our goal whilst being safety conscious and good natured. His obvious enthusiasm for the area and the task ahead was infectious and kept a smile on our faces throughout. We made it to the summit and were very fortunate with the weather which was perfect right on schedule. There are plenty of companies to choose from and we assessed them all before choosing KE, for the most part reading reviews such as this and by the quality of the information they presented. Even before we returned from the trip we were quite happy to choose our next mountain, with KE as our adventure company.
By: Alan Peace, Staffordshire, UK
Excellent doesn't do the work of Bob and Cherie at the Yeti Lodge in Argentierre justice. It was considerably better than excellent! The meals prepared by Bob would have not been out of place in a top flight restaurant and Cherie did a superb job in looking after us.
By: Tony Bain , Chorley, Lancashire
This holiday was perfect in every way - all information was accurate and staff always willing to help.
Our trip leader was fantastic! Professional, friendly and always available to give advice, or time to adapt to the environment, never rushed or felt to be rushed. I can't thank them enough for ensuring that firstly we were all safe and that we all enjoyed our trip.
I most enjoyed walking on the glaciers and scrambling during the training days, and obviously the satisfaction of actually summiting Mont Blanc.
Thank you so much, I will use KE Adventure Travel again, highly recommended.
By: Fraser Gould, Cumbria, UK
This was a fantastic trip, both Matt & Klemen were very knowledgeable and inspiring mountain guides. The pace was up the mountain was suited to the party and I would definitely recommend a trip with these two guides again.
The initial booking and information provided by office staff was also very good.