Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,160 (land only)
By: Peter Curran, Guilford, UK
A wonderful experience: a well structured itinerary with challenging peaks almost every day, tough but manageable.
The challenge of reaching summits almost every day and of travelling on the ice. Also, the good teamwork that built up in the group as the week progressed, and the excellent leadership by guide Kathy.
Kathy was great, listened to group, made good decisions, approachable and helpful, obviously confident and highly skilled in the mountains.
By: Angela Edwards, Gwynedd, UK
Huts good value, routing fantastic and pace well set by Kathy our guide. I most enjoyed the fantastic views and the feeling of exhilaration when peaks were summited as well as the group camaraderie.
By: Marcus Crompton, Winsford, Cheshire
This is a superb route through the mountains. It's a journey that is constantly entertaining and varied, passing through a great variety of landscapes from high glaciers to alpine meadows, from bare white karst to vast shale ridges and summits. It's quite possibly the most satisfying trek I've ever done, with plenty of good challenges along the way.
The area is uncrowded and beautiful, with amazing views on all sides, and very welcoming huts with more than enough space to relax and plenty of food every night.
I would thoroughly recommend it either as a first Alpine trek, or to anyone who thinks they already know the Swiss Alps!
This was my third outing with Kathy. She is an excellent guide and leader - I would say without hesitation the best I have ever travelled with. It's not easy to combine a diligent approach to safety and wellbeing with a sense of humour and a human touch but she carries it off brilliantly. I'd trust her judgement 100% in any situation!
All in all, it would be hard to beat this trek for a superb week away. Thank you for a fantastic experience!