Costa Rica Traverse

The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.


J Dunthorne | UK
 
 

Grand Combin Traverse

In the heart of the western Pennine Alps is one of the most beautiful alpine border regions between Switzerland and Italy. Spanning the valleys of Bagnes and Aosta, the Grand Combin mountain rises to an altitude of 4314m at its peak. The surrounding valleys and high passes represent ideal hiking conditions and are an excellent alternative to the busier trails around Mont Blanc. The area is rich with wildlife and the outstanding views of snowy peaks, tumbling glaciers and verdant lowlands will not fail to impress. A further highlight of the week long walk is crossing the historic Great St Bernard Pass (2450m), and to be greeted by our hosts at a centuries old travellers hospice.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Meet at Fionnay and walk to Chanrion (6hrs)
DAY 2 Walk via the FenÍtre Durand trail to the Aosta Valley in Italy (6hrs)
DAY 3 Walk through the Aosta Valley with views to Mont Blanc, overnight 10th Century Monastery (7hrs)
DAY 4 Cross the Great St Bernard Pass, overnight hospice (7hrs)
DAY 5 Return to Switzerland and walk through the Entremont Valley (6hrs)
DAY 6 Traverse the eastern slopes of the Grand Combin (6hrs)
DAY 7 Return to Fionnay with views en route of the Corbassiere Glacier, trip concludes (6hrs)

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Trip Code: GPT
Trip Grading: Moderate to Challenging
Duration:  7 days
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