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70Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comT he classic Chamonix to Zermatt route has an amazing variety of scenery, terrain, flora and fauna. There are many high passes to cross and each one brings its own rewards with spectacular views of famous alpine peaks such as Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Weisshorn, and the Matterhorn. Each day we walk through flower-filled alpine meadows where marmots scurry. At night we stay in comfort in quiet, alpine towns or villages, with their beautiful Swiss chalets and dramatic mountain backdrop. Our trek concludes with an exciting two-day traverse of the high level Europaweg, finishing at Zermatt, home of the majestic Matterhorn.W e undertake the entire 100 mile plus circuit clockwise starting from Chamonix. This means we have time to gain fitness for the harder days on the trail and that the dramatic views of the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses are unveiled as the climax to our trek. Right from the start though, we are surrounded by classic alpine scenery of tumbling glaciers, towering peaks and verdant meadows. Our route takes us on lesser used paths whenever possible, through Switzerland, Italy and France and crosses nine cols, including the Fenêtre d'Arpette at 2,665m/8,743ft. The diversity of scenery, language, cuisine, flora and culture is truly remarkable. Our bags will be transported for us daily so we only need to carry a small day pack. Along the way we'll stay in a variety of accommodation, carefully chosen for comfort and character. O ur alpine base is the tranquil valley of Saas Grund, where we stay in a mixture of hotels and mountain huts. We begin with climbs to the summits of two spectacular mountains of over 4,000m/13,000ft, these might be the Weissmies, the Alphubel, the Bishorn or the Strahlhorn. These are excellent, non-technical mountaineering objectives and assist with our acclimatisation to altitude. An alpine skills day ensures familiarity with glacier travel, crevasse rescue and ice-axe and crampon use before we trek up to the Tête Rousse hut. We spend two nights here which, as a safeguard against poor weather, provides two opportunities to undertake the final trek to Mont Blanc's summit, for an unforgettable alpine sunrise. The Definitive Walker's Haute Route A classic yet challenging trek through some of the finest alpine scenery.Tour du Mont BlancCircuit Mont Blanc in style with the best route, excellent accommodation and an experienced leader.Mont Blanc Summit 4,810m/15,781ft An exciting trip carefully designed to maximise the chances of a successful summit bid.£1,675£1,665£1,595Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlySat 09 Jul - Sun 24 Jul 11Sat 20 Aug - Sun 04 Sep 11 Sun 03 Jul - Fri 15 Jul 11Sun 14 Aug - Fri 26 Aug 11Sat 02 Jul - Sun 10 Jul 11Sat 30 Jul - Sun 07 Aug 11Sat 03 Sep - Sun 11 Sep 11On Trek: 11 days Appointed LeaderWinky O'NealeAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 11Mountain huts: 4Optional: Single Room £65Insurance: £48On Trek: 11 days Appointed LeaderWinky O'NealeAccommodation: Hotels: 11 Auberge: 1Optional: Single Room £65Insurance: £48On Trek: 7 days Appointed LeaderKevin O'Neale Accommodation: Hotels: 4 Refuges: 4Optional: Single Room £75Insurance: £42Trek | Duration: 16 DaysTrek | Duration: 13 DaysTrekking Peak | Duration: 9 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clientsOther Trekking Peaks - pages 34, 44, 52, 65 & 69Guaranteed to run for a minimum of Guaranteed to run 2 clientsfor a minimum of 6 clientsGrade: Moderate/Vigorous Grade: Vigorous/StrenuousPas Entre Deux Sauts, Tour du Mont Blanc, Vic ChambersFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe AlpsThey may not be far from home but the European Alps can hold their own amongst the world's great mountain ranges with an amazing variety of walks and climbs. We've selected three classics, each offering a distinctive challenge and delivering memorable mountain experiences.Grade: Strenuous (Expedition Grade)

N ew Zealand is a country made for walkers, and we've selected two of South Island's most renowned 'track walks' as the centrepiece of this outstanding holiday. Firstly we take the Abel Tasman Coastal Path, a gentle three-day trek, with luggage transported by boat. Then we fly south to Queenstown where we embark on our second trek along the famous Milford Track. This five-day adventure requires us to carry some personal items but this small effort is amply rewarded each day by the truly amazing high mountain scenery. Our holiday ends with a cruise across the deep blue waters of Milford Sound, a fitting end to a superb trip.' Please note that as access to the Milford Track is strictly limited to 40 trekkers a day. Early booking for this trip is essential to secure your place(s).Private departures We can also offer this trip as a private holiday for a minimum of two people sharing for £3,875 per person, Land Only. International flights available from £1,010. Extend your holiday with our South Island extension and spend three days visiting picturesque Mount Cook and the 'garden city' of Christchurch. Additionally if you'd like to combine your holiday with a visit to friends or family or break your journey out or back to the UK, we'd be happy to help. Contact the office for further information and prices 0845 330 8579.Milford Track & Abel TasmanTruly spectacular coastal and mountain trekking, including the 'Finest Walk in the World'.On Trek: 9 days Local Leader Accommodation: Hotels: 7 Lodges: 6 Optional: Single Room £360 (n/a on tracks)Insurance: £160Trek | Duration: 17 Days£3,875£5,395Land OnlyFlight IncludedFri 04 Nov - Sun 20 Nov 11Grade: Gentle/Moderate Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.com71telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comMilford Sound, Rob Suisted New Zealand With almost a quarter of the country designated national parkland, and a vast network of trails, New Zealand is truly a trekker's paradise and our carefully designed treks take us to the heart of the magnificent natural wonderland that makes New Zealand such a desirable destination for lovers of the great outdoors.S etting out from Auckland we take a short flight to the 'sunshine capital' of Nelson from where we set out on our three-day trek along the Abel Tasman coastal trail. Endless golden beaches and enticing blue waters mark our route whilst at night we enjoy the home comforts of well-appointed lodges. Travelling by train and coach we next head to Kaikoura, renowned for its abundant sealife, before spending a day in the delightful 'garden city' of Christchurch. Next stop is an exciting walk on Fox glacier before a boat ride ferries us across the tranquil waters of Lake Te Anau to walk along the Kepler Track, one of the most popular trails in New Zealand. Our holiday ends on a high as we enjoy the scenic splendours of the historic Milford Track and the beautiful fiordland of Doubtful Sound.Best of South Island Spectacular fiordland, coastal scenery, mountain vistas and sophisticated cities - the highlights of South Island in one thrilling adventure.Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients£3,660£5,150Land OnlyFlight IncludedFri 25 Feb - Thu 17 Mar 11Fri 25 Nov - Thu 15 Dec 11On Trek: 6 days Local Leader Accommodation (nts): Hotels:11 Lodges:6Optional: Single Room £660Insurance: £164 Trek | Duration: 21 DaysGrade: Gentle/Moderate For detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comAbel Tasman walkers