What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The whole of the twin summits of Mancondiu walk, a great scramble up a gully to the first peak, a knee trembling ridge walk to the second peak, and a bonus peak later in the day up to San Carlos at 2212m, where we had a amazing 360degree vista, including watching two vultures gliding beneath us.
What did you think of your group leader?
Alvaro was a real star, very knowledgable and with a great love of the area. Nothing was too much trouble, this was a challenging week and Alvaro managed to guide us up some tricky routes in a manner that empowered all of us. He managed to engage on a personal level with everyone from day one. Probably the best group leader I've ever walked with.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Just go, the first big reveal of the amazing scenery from the top of our first ridge just carried on getting better each day. Our experience was greatly enhanced by having a group where all the members were physically up to the challenging walks, some of the days were in excess of 9 hours, but the effort to get fit is so worth it.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food in the hotel, especially dinners cooked by Jim and Pilar (the owners) was exceptionally good, well beyond what I expected, so along with the breakfasts and great picnic lunches, don't expect to lose weight despite the long walking days.