Trek through Italy's oldest National Park

Tour del Gran Paradiso

Explore the renowned wildlife habitat of Gran Paradiso National Park on the Tour del Gran Paradiso, a spectacular trekking circuit designed to highlight the best of the Italian Alps.

Journey through larch and fir woodlands to the alpine meadows, rocky peaks and glaciers that showcase spectacular alpine scenery and mountain vistas. 

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 6 days
Elevation 3,296M / 10,814FT
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Ibex - Alessandro Bosio

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Marmot - Alessandro Bosio

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Alessandro Bosio

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Stunning alpine scenery - Alessandro Bosio

From June to September
Departs from Chamonix, France
From June to September
Departs from Chamonix, France
RATIOS 6 DAYS
1:4 €1,490 EUR
1:6 €1,300 EUR
1:8 €1,240 EUR
  • Overview

    • Trek through Italy's oldest National Park
    • Spectacular alpine views
    • A challenging but achievable trek


    Gran Paradiso is Italy's oldest national park and is blessed with a stunning landscape of soaring peaks and picturesque valleys. Widely considered to also be the most scenic of Italy’s national parks, it was not named ‘Paradise’ lightly!

    Photograph ibex, chamois, marmot and other fauna and flora in Italy’s oldest national park, a truly outstanding trek for wildlife lovers and alpine trekkers alike.

  • Why AC?

    Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience.

    We are renowned for our quality of service and the strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

    We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised trek leaders, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

    Many of our team members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our trips safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • International Mountain Leader (IML) guide
    • Mountain refuge for 3 nights in dormitory rooms on an HB basis (breakfast + dinner included)
    • Hotels for 4 nights on a twin-share basis/ BB basis including first and last night of the trek
    • Picnic lunches during mountain component of the trek
    • Transport during trip dates as per schedule


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Any lifts, huts, hotel, B&B, transport costs that are additional to the program due to changes caused by weather or other organisational changes. Any changes will generally be due to weather/lift failure (etc.) and actioned after you have been consulted by your guide.
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Evening meals in the towns and villages of Chamonix, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame and Eaux Rousse
    • Extra additional meals or snacks/drinks purchased from huts/hotel
    • Airport transfers to/from Chamonix (although we can arrange it for you)
    • Any hotel single supplement costs
    • Travel insurance
    • Gratuity

    Account Information

    For our European treks, prices are in Euros and must be settled in Euros. All prices are subject to change.

    Following is our EURO bank account information. All deposits and final payments for European trips can be sent by telegraphic transfer to this account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22
    Beneficiary’s Account Number: 1000-594771-0002
    Beneficiary’s Account Name: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Account Type: EURO

    Beneficiary’s Address:
    20 Brownston St, Wanaka, New Zealand.

    Please request that all charges are for the remitter’s account.

    Please contact us if you have any problems sending money to this account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card – Visa, Mastercard, Amex plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    Please note: In order to reserve a guide we recommend that you book well in advance. This especially applies to the high season period (mid-July to end of August).

    Deposit

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require a completed Booking Form and a deposit of EUR500

    Balance Payment

    Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start date for your trek. We will send you receipts for all payments.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. A trekker may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.

    • Inside 60 days of the departure date, we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • Inside 30 days of the departure date, we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • Inside 15 days of the departure date forfeits 100% of the full fee.


    We recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Tour del Gran ParadisoThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Tour del Gran Paradiso.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Tour del Gran Paradiso Trip Notes

    Our Guides

    IFMGA NZMGA BMG UIMLAAdventure Consultants trekking guides are International Mountain Leaders or qualified under the BMG/NZMGA and/or IFMGA/UIAGM. They are professional trekking guides and operate to the highest industry standards.

    Our standards demand that our trip leaders are great guides with good people skills as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running,

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.

     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    The Tour del Gran Paradiso is suitable for trekkers with a reasonably high level of fitness. The trek requires participants to be able to walk between 7-9 hours per day, with daily ascents and descents of around 1,500m/4,900ft or more. It is imperative that you are able to carry a 10 -15kg daypack each day, across variable trails in mountainous terrain.

    Food

    Adventure Consultants will provide breakfasts and picnic lunches for the duration of the trek and evening meals on the hut/refuge nights while the trip is running. Should the group decide to take a restaurant lunch that is not in the programme this will be at your own expense. Evening meals on hotel nights are not included so that you have the option to explore many of the wonderful restaurants in the region. Any additional food, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.

    We provide nutritious lunches and a supply of snack food throughout the trip according to the programme. It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fuelled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but 2 per day in addition to the lunches that we provide would seem reasonable.

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict, you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided on a twin share B&B basis from the evening of the first night (day 0) through to the morning of day 7 after breakfast. Accommodation in the mountains is in alpine huts in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Blankets are provided and no sleeping bag will be required. There is no single supplement (or private rooms) available in the mountain huts, but we can arrange this for you at additional cost for the hotel nights during the trek. Please ask about costs at the time of enquiry.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Climbing and trekking in the European Alps requires you have high quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment to keep you warm and comfortable during the trek.

    You will be sent an equipment checklist on confirmation of your booking. Your guide will go through an equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. You can rent technical equipment for the trek but you must provide your own clothing appropriate to trekking as per the equipment list.

    Communications & Messages

    Our guides are in cell phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, lift/taxi and accommodation coordination and safety back up. Your own mobile phone should work in the region though you may want to check with your own service provider first. Local mobile phones can be rented at the international airports.

    Trekking Season

    We operate in the Alps mid-June to mid-September and other times as conditions allow. In June and early July the high passes may still have snow on the ground, and as temperatures warm up into the summer months from mid-July we traditionally experience more settled weather and warmer temperatures.

    Europe has a continental climate which in general encourages more stable weather. However, the weather in the high mountains can be changeable and at times very severe. June may still bring some cooler weather and even snow, whilst moving into July and August brings settled hot weather.

    Travel

    We commence our Tour del Gran Paradiso from Chamonix in France. The closest international airport is in Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate up to Chamonix and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. Your shuttle driver will drop you at our accommodation. At the completion of the trek, the shuttle can take you back to the airport. The shuttle transfers are at your own cost but we can help arrange this for you.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    0 Arrive at the La Chaumière Hotel in Chamonix. That evening, your guide will go over the details of the trip and answer any questions.
    1

    Pont to Rifugio Città di Chivasso, Distance: 11km Time: 6hrs

    We travel through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the scenic Aosta Valley in northern Italy. A winding mountain road takes us through the Valsavarenche area to the small village of Pont (1,952m), the starting point of our trek. The trail begins steadily climbing upwards to reach the Col du Grand Collet (2,832m) before climbing under the rocky spires of Cima dell’Arollay. Eventually, we arrive at a large meadow and marshlands which surround the Laghi del Nivolet, 'the lakes of the snow'. Passing alongside the lake we make our way to Rifugio Città di Chivasso (2,603m) for the night.

    2

     Rifugio Città di Chivasso to Rifugio Benevolo, Distance: 13km Time: 6-7hrs

    From the Rifugio Città di Chivasso, we head out across grassy meadows covered in alpine flowers and make our way to Lago Leita and Lago Rosset. Spectacular views surround us we climb towards Col Rosset (3,025m) or Col Basei (3,174m), depending on conditions at the time. A steep descent then sees us traverse across the side of the mountain to reach Rifugio Benevolo (2,287m) our accommodation for the night, where we can enjoy showers and a glass of wine!

    3

    Col Bassac Dere to Rifugio Bezzi, Distance: 13km Time: 7-8.5hrs

    It is a steep climb to start the day, taking us up to Col Bassac Dere (3,085m). Edelweiss and other alpine flowers carpet the ground as we climb upwards and together with the surrounding mountains provide many photo opportunities en route. We trek past Lago Goletta and arrive at the col to views of Grande Sassière in the distance and immense rocky outcrops around us. If conditions allow we will climb the nearby Becca della Traversière before descending into Valgrisenche. Welcome hot showers and meals greet us once we descend to Rifugio Bezzi (2,279m) for the night.

    4

    Colle Finestra de Torrent to Rhêmes-Notre-Dames, Distance: 21km Time: 8-9hrs

    A relatively easy start to the day as our trail traverses across the mountain side, winding in and out of gullies and offering spectacular views of the length of the Valgrisenche, as we head for the Rifugio Chalet de l'Epée, where we will stop for lunch. It is then an easy climb over the Colle Finestra de Torrent at 2,875m, where we may see both chamois and the Gran Paradiso icon, the ibex. A short but steep descent then takes us to our overnight destination, the tiny village of Rhêmes-Notre-Dames (1,723m) where we check into a local hotel.

    5

    Colle di Entrelor to Eaux-Rousses, Distance: 15km Time: 8-9 hrs

    The morning trail weaves through larches and fir woodlands before breaking into the higher alpine meadows at Plan de la Feya and climbing up a rocky trail to the high pass of Colle di Entrelor at 3,007m. Gaining the col brings us to a full circle and we once more look down into Valsavarenche where our journey began. From here the majestic summit of Italy's highest peak, Gran Paradiso (4,061m), frames the horizon. We spend the afternoon descending and traversing the mountainside steadily via lakes and meadows to reach the village of Eaux-Rousses and our hotel for the night.

    6

    Eaux Rousses to Pont and Chamonix, Distance: 22km Time: 7-9hrs

    Our final day sees us heading under the shadow of Gran Paradiso, initially trekking through larch woods to the Rifugio Federico Chabod (2,750m) where we stop for lunch. Herds of chamois and ibex can often be seen grazing in the meadows above the hut. We then spend the afternoon traversing and climbing across the mountainside towards Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele - a rather space-age looking building, pictured left. We then descend down through the forest back to our starting point at Pont where we enjoy an Italian hot chocolate or a cold beer before returning to Chamonix.

    7

    Depart Chamonix for home.

  • Add Ons

    Chamonix is located in the heart of the European Alps, and is central to much of the best mountaineering that the Alps have to offer. There is a huge variety of properties on offer in Chamonix and after many years of operating out of the Alps we have discovered the area's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing the accommodation providers, so as to keep this aligned with our high standards.

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your European Alps trip, there are several superb properties in the area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    HOTEL MONT BLANC

    Why we recommend this property

    Originally built in 1849, this fine establishment is located in the heart of Chamonix. Surrounded by private gardens the hotel was recently renovated to be reminiscent of the elegant19th-century palaces. Each room has been interior-designed by renowned French designer Sybille de Margerie and is inspired by nature and the environment. Every room offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding mountains. The 14-metre outdoor heated swimming pool can be used year round and offers spectacular views of nearby Mont Blanc. 'La Mafatan' restaurant where chef Mickey Bourdillat produces cuisine that will take you on a culinary journey.

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    HOTEL LE MORGANE

    Why we recommend this property

    This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Chamonix and offers guests top quality service. Chef Daniele Raimondi produces some of Chamonix's finest cuisine at 'Le Bistrot' restaurant. Offers a variety of rooms from singles, deluxe to suites, and every room features balconies allowing views of Mont Blanc or Le Brévent. Hotel facilities include a small lounge, library, relaxation pool and spa, a ski storage room and free WiFi. The loan of bicycles and electric bikes, as well as a valet car service is offered.

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    Are you arriving early, departing later or have some extra time up your sleeve while in Chamonix? If so, we can recommend some fun activities that have been tried and tested by our Chamonix team. If interested in any of these options, please do let your client liaison know and this can be arranged in advance. If you are in Chamonix and find you have extra time, this can be arranged through your guide or our fabulous Chamonix liaison, Karoline.

    Fly Chamonix Tandem Paragliding 

    Enjoy a 20-minute flight and who could think of a more fun way to get a scenic bird’s eye view of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif. Overall this activity takes an hour from meeting your pilot, riding up the lift, take-off and then landing. No age limits apply!

    Peak Powder Mountain Biking 

    Peak Powder offer a huge variety of mountain biking trips that cater for skill levels, whether it be downhill riding at one of the biking areas; Balme Le Tours and Les Houches, a ride between France into Switzerland, and into Italy or you would like some biking instruction, Peak Powder offer it all.

    Rafting or Canyoning with Cham Aventure 

    An array of water activities are on offer with Cham Aventure and including rafting or canyoning down the L’Arve River, or rafting the Dora Baltéa River In Italy.

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your holiday but don't like the idea of actually climbing a mountain. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so have a chat with us and we will help to organise the perfect programme.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?

      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your climbers?

      On all of the European treks, courses and ascents that we operate, we offer focused guide attention throughout the trip to ensure consistency across the programme. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups we know your safety will be better protected and the trek more enjoyable with the attentive care of your guide.

      Adventure Consultants trek guides are International Mountain Leaders or qualified under the BMG/NZMGA and / or IFMGA/UIAGM. They are professional mountain leaders and operate to the highest standard. Our guides are not only high experienced climbers and trekkers, but they are great guides with good people skills hence you will find that your guide is friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and washing (clothes) will be available on the course/ascent?
      On the days prior to, during and after your European trek, Adventure Consultants will assist in arranging accommodation in our preferred hotels. These hotels all have laundry facilities and when in the mountains, it is easy to leave any additional gear stored safely at the hotel.

      When in the mountains, we utilise the European alpine huts which is either in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Washing and shower facilities are not available in the huts.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      If you have any special treat you like, we encourage you to bring some along. You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, and ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip.

      What is the food like?
      Adventure Consultants will provide breakfast and lunches for the duration of your trek. Breakfast in the huts typically consists of European style breads with jam, cheese etc. Lunch on trekking days tends to start right after breakfast(!) and continue through the day as we keep energy levels high with nuts, fruit, chocolate, muesli bars and baguette or crackers with cheese, ham and other fillings. Evening meals when staying in the huts is provided - a typical menu would include a hearty soup, followed by a pasta dish or stew and also dessert. If you feel like a glass of wine or beer with your meal while in the mountains then please bring some cash or credit card accordingly.

      We provide nutritious meals and a supply of snack food throughout the trip according to the programme. If you do have a favourite snack food that you like to eat while trekking, feel free to bring along a small supply.

      Should you decide to take a restaurant lunch that is not in the programme, this is at your own expense. Evening meals on the non-mountain nights are not included, and this allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in the European town from which your trip is based.

      What is the accommodation like? Can I have my own room?
      Accommodation is provided on a twin share B and B basis, and the mountain huts on a shared bunkroom or dormitory room basis. A single supplement is not available in the mountain huts, but we are happy to arrange a single supplement for an additional cost at the hotels at the hotels utilised prior to and after the course/ascent. If you wish to upgrade to a higher grade of hotel accommodation then please get in touch to discuss the many fabulous options available.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome, and encouraged, to arrive a bit earlier to explore your arrival and departure city if you have the time.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows you to change your flight in the event that this is required.

      When should I book my ticket?
      We generally ask you to wait until 60 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If on a private trip, do feel free to book this whenever suits. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights then ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward, and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money!

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      For our European departures, we recommend that you arrive into Geneva International Airport, which is located just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles and train services operate up to Chamonix and Lauterbrun/Grindelwald. We are happy to assist in arranging any transfer requirements and the driver will meet you at the airport, and drop you off at your accommodation.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going, but in general you will not need a sleeping bag in the European mountain huts as bedding is provided. Adventure Consultants have an experienced equipment coordinator, so should any questions arise as to what is required, please do let us know.

    • Acclimatisation

      I will be trekking at altitude, does Adventure Consultants take this into consideration?
      When planning our trek programmes, we seriously take into consideration the altitude and ensure that all of our itineraries allow for sufficient acclimatisation and rest days, if required.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      Ratios of trekkers to guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable ‘trip notes’.

      How much weight can we carry on the trek?
      You will be required to carry all of your equipment that is needed for the following days trekking including warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the trek. Generally it will be approximately 15kgs (30 pounds)

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our trekkers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. From those seeking skill development, to those seeking assistance in view of trekking and climbing in the world's highest mountains or purely adventure, we provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of Europe's more technical and challenging peaks and trekking destinations. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a trek?
      We invite you to check out our Training for Mountaineering page and recommend checking with your physician before embarking on strenuous physical activity. For our treks, you should be comfortable walking for 6-8 hours with a medium weight pack. Walking an hour a day, then 6 or more hours on the weekends is generally a good realistic training programme.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      In Europe, there is no need to use a satellite phone as you will find that there is cell phone coverage in most of the towns and mountain huts that we utilise (with the exception of Vittorio Emmanuele Hut). Your guide will also stay in touch with our European coordinator in Chamonix, with updates on the trip. It is very easy to purchase a European SIM Card, but do remember if using a French SIM in Italy you will be charged international rates and vice versa.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      The best place to reach a loved one is through our office. As mentioned above, your guide will stay in touch with our European coordinator who is based in Chamonix. She then relays messages between your guide and our NZ office.

      Can I charge electronic devices while in the mountains?
      Generally charging is not available so please ensure that your phones, iPods, Kindles, etc. are well charged up before leaving the hotel for your trek.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use? How often do you receive a weather report during the trip?
      Forecasts are posted daily in the huts and information relayed through the hut guardian to the guides. Your guide will also be in cell phone communication with our Operations Coordinator and/or Chief guide for weather updates throughout the trip.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      We highly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance, as well as evacuation and medical insurance. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked, and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Evacuation insurance is required for members of our European Treks to cover your evacuation from the mountain in the case of your injury or illness. You must ensure that your policy covers you for mountaineering as many policies exclude these activities from their schedule of benefits. In the European Alps rescues are coordinated by the local authorities and the very high costs are charged directly to the user i.e. you/your travel insurance company.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options, which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to self, business issues, etc. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit payment and balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are; Internationally qualified Western Guides, proven dependable local operators, small groups sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page.

      Phone our New Zealand head office on +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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suze euro skiing

Our guide was excellent – really experienced, professional at all times and someone we could put our trust in to make good decisions. To top it off, our guide was also good company and fun! I would definitely recommend AC again – professional, experienced and great trips.
Europe Haute Route Ski Tour 2017

Helen Dransfield
Australia
Rockclimber Paolo Pieroni

I felt like I had great support from AC with getting prepared for my trip, and wouldn't have done anything differently. I can only imagine how great they must be when getting clients ready for longer/more arduous expeditions, and wouldn't go with anyone else, even though this was only my first guided expedition. Absolutely everyone I interacted with was fantastic; prompt, clear, helpful.
GPCA 2017

Brydie Ockwell
NZ