What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

It is very difficult to single out one highlight for this trip. They occur on a daily basis; however, the group’s summiting of the Brevent on the final walking day of the trip was a particularly poignant occasion.

What did you think of your group leader?

When one has a good leader the walk is made all the more enjoyable. A very good leader notices the little things that matter and when one has an outstanding leader you know that you are in the care of a highly trained professional person. Rupert, our leader was all of these things ... and more. He is the most gifted, enthusiastic and inspiring leader I have met. It was a privilege to have walked with him.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Ensure that you have completed substantial pre-walk preparation. This is a more demanding walk than some might expect and if you are to enjoy the experience you owe it to yourself to do substantial pre-trip training. Don’t expect sunshine every day — there will be occasions when it pours and depending upon conditions there could be long stretches of snow to cross. Good boots and walking poles are a must.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Every year brings different weather conditions. Some trips will have day after day of rain. Will you be comfortable sleeping in a tent on these occasions? There will also be trips when you have day after day of glorious sunshine and only an afternoon thunderstorm so typical of alpine weather. I would opt for the tenting option every time, but if you don’t feel comfortable camping and sharing a tent, select the Exodus hotel option. Either way, go with Exodus and enjoy the best walk in the world.