MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Getting to know the swiss culture, habits and countryside. There is no better way to get Switzerland to know than by trekking. Walking alongside paths in alpine meadow where cows with famous bells chew on their grass was the highlight of my best moments of the trip. No image can describe it.
What did you think of your group leader?
Leaders were very helpful in helping me out as my flight was delayed and I missed their booked transport to camping site. Had to stay overnight in Geneve and take a bus trip next day to the group. That's normal by trips like this, few people lost their baggage so plenty of adventure on the beginning.They were well prepared for the journey, walked it several times before, so they knew they way round. Very cheerful, lovely talking to and friendly. Could not say more. Adjusting pace to everyone's needs and helping out as much as they could. It also includes evenings with cooking, tents putting up and so on.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be well prepared! I mean, it is murderous trip for your knees hips and toes if you never hiked 15-20km a day! The mountains are steep, narrow and sometimes dangerous. You will get blisters quite for sure after 4-5 days. Shoes are not to be taken new! Always wear them at least 100km or so. Then drying your clothes is a nightmare if you experience bad weather. Always take water containers, sunscreen (30+), sunglasses, lip balm(!), walking pole (can be a simple branch), forehead torch, swiss knife, raincoat or waterproof jacket, winter cap (yes it can be 0°C up in 2800m) and more. You will get a full list once you book a ticket. They are very helpful in letting you know how to prepare.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am very astonished how the price went up. Back in 2006 I paid around £900 just for the trip and flights. With equipment and so on, I may've gotten up to £1500 after all including extra meals, occasional beer. Now it's over £1,750!