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The High Points of Europe

12th - 24th AUGUST 2017

Climb the highest peaks of five Alpine nations in a 12 day holiday - Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland - starting and finishing in Zurich and linking the peaks with road touring through some of Europe's finest scenery. The holiday will suit all aspiring mountaineers who relish a challenge and want to develop skills of scrambling, via ferrata routes, glacier travel and classic Alpine mountaineering. The five peaks are:

  • Liechtenstein: Grauspitze 2599m: 1100m of ascent with scrambling and a short section of roped grade II/III rock.
  • Germany: Zugspitze 2962m: 2200m of ascent up a gorgeous alpine valley with a small glacier and short sections of via ferrata
  • Austria: Grossglockner 3798m: 1880m of ascent with an overnight stay in the Studlhutte at 2800m, a glacier crossing and summit ridge scramble
  • Slovenia: Triglav 2864m: 1850m ascent over fantastic limestone ridges and long sections of via ferrata to an iconic peak
  • Switzerland: Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) 4634m: beautiful 2200m glacier ascent from Zermatt with an overnight hut stay and exciting summit scramble

The itinerary allows for gradual acclimatisation and fitness gain towards the culminating ascent to 4500m on Monte Rosa. You'll visit some of the most delectable valleys, passes and peaks of the Eastern Alps. The holiday will be led by Martin Moran with assistance from other British Mountain Guides (BMG/IFMGA) and Aspirants.

Prior Experience required is grade 1 and 2 scrambling and some winter walking or mountaineering using ice axe and crampons in UK or other countries; coupled with a good level of mountain walking fitness. The holiday will be enjoyed equally by those visiting the Alps for the first time or for older mountaineers who want to visit peaks in new regions of the Alps. All techniques of ropework, via ferrata travel, glacier travel, crevasse rescue and snow and ice mountaineering will be taught and coached through the holiday.

Scrambling on the summit ridge of the Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) (4634m)

Outline Itinerary:
Sat 12th Aug: Meet in Zurich airport and drive to Malans on border between Switzerland and Liechtenstein (115km, 2hr)
Sun 13th Aug: Ascent of Grauspitze (2599m) from Alpibahn lift station (8hr); stay in Vaduz
Mon 14th Aug: Drive to Garmisch in German Bavarian Alps (175km, 3hr); walk to Hollentalangerhutte (1381m)(2hr)
Tues 15th Aug: Ascent of Zugspitze (2962m) (6-7hr); descent by funicular; overnight in Garmisch
Wed 16th Aug: Drive to Lienz in the Hohe Tauern range of Austria via Innsbruck and Kitzbuhel (220km, 4hr); walk up to Studlhutte (2802m)(2hr)
Thurs 17th Aug: Ascent of Grossglockner (3798m) - highest peak in the Eastern Alps; (grade PD, II); 9hr round-trip with descent to road and overnight stay in Lienz
Fri 18th Aug: Rest and sightseeing day; drive over Slovenian border to Kranjska Gora (120km, 2hr)
Sat 19th Aug: Ascent of Triglav (2864m) in a round-trip from Alijavez Dom - grade 2 scrambling and via ferrata; up by Tomasinski route and down by Prag route (9-10hr round trip); stay in hotel in Kranjske Gora
Sun 20th Aug: Rest day for travel and sightseeing in the Julian Alps of Slovenia - Bled, Ljubljana city - hotel/guest house stay
Mon 21st Aug: Travel day through Italy on autostrada - Nova Gorica, Padua, Verona, Milan, Lago Maggiore (400km, 6-7hr) - overnight stay on Simplon Pass between Italy and Switzerland
Tues 22nd Aug: Drive to Zermatt; sightseeing in town, and ascend to Monte Rosa Hut (2800m); 2hr walk from Rotenboden station
Wed 23rd Aug: Ascent of Dufourspitze (4634m) - 2nd highest mountain in the Alps - grade PD+, II; and return to Monte Rosa Hut (9-10hr round-trip)
Thurs 24th Aug: Trek back to Zermatt and drive to Luzern - Zurich (4hr, 240km); overnight in hotel with access to airport
Fri 25th Aug: Airport drop-off for flights home in morning

The itinerary offers flexibility to deal with any bad weather - ascents can be shifted forward or back a day if necessary

Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) (4634m) - summit is the central peak

Grauspitze (2599m) - high point of Liechtenstein and 1st stop on our tour

Grossglockner (3798m) from Lucknerhaus

Route diagram of the Grauspitze ascent

Grossglockner route diagram - the normal route takes the right-hand ridge

Zugspitze (2962m) - high point of Germany in the Bavarian Alps

Triglav (2864m) - high point of the Julian Alps of Slovenia

Triglav - via ferrata on summit ridge

Price: £3,480: Deposit: 25% booking deposit. Balance payment: on or before 10th June 2017

Max Group ratios: 4:1 (2:1 on Dufourspitze)

Discounts: 2½% to past- clients; 5% to groups of 3 or more

Price includes 12 days guiding and group leading; car/minibus transport from Zurich incl airport transfers, bed and breakfast in hotels/pensions on valley nights, half-board accommodation in mountain huts, lunch food for mountain days; 15% discount on equipment purchases from Cotswold Outdoor. Not included: Evening meals in valley hotels, Personal Insurance, Visas, Tips, Drinks, Lunches on the road, Cabelcars/Mountain Railways.

Cancellation Terms: Deposits are refundable less a £40 admin charge on cancellations made more than 3 months before departure
Deposits are non-refundable on cancellation less than 3 months before departure (ie after 12th May)
Less than 2 months before departure 40% of the trip fee is forfeited on cancellation, rising to 75% at 1 month and 100% at 14 days
Further Reading:
Europe's High Points by Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla (2009) published by Cicerone
Detailed descriptions of the ascents of the highest mountains in all European countries

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information on the holiday.
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