Where in the world do you want to go?
Mountaineers range far and wide within North America, venturing East, North and South from our home territory. The Pacific Northwest may be home to many wonderful places, but the rest of the country sometimes offers that little something that we can’t find locally. We venture across the expanse of this great continent to find outdoor adventure.
Lukla, Nepal farewell dinner (Geoff Morgan)
But why stop at the continental shelf? Take your backpack, skis or kayak to distant shores with The Mountaineers and at rates which can rarely be beaten.
Global Adventures, led by experienced leaders, have included Nepal, Bhutan, Ireland, Scotland, England, Switzerland and France. They range from strenuous ski tours to treks to walking trails.
Information about both of these types of outings is provided below as well as in the Mountaineer magazine. Global Adventures are announced anywhere from eight months to a year in advance. You must be a Mountaineers member to participate and a deposit is required.
North American AdventuresCross-Country Ski Sun Valley
Backcountry ski British Columbia’s Hilda Lodge
Nordic ski B.C. resorts
International AdventuresBackpack New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Fiordland
Skiing or winter walking in Switzerland and Austria
Trek the High Andes of Peru
Hiking England’s Lake District and Snowdonia National Park in North Wales
Trek Switzerland’s Via Alpina
Trek or Climb Nepal’s Khumbu
Cross-Country Ski Sun Valley
February 2-9, 2014
Cross-country ski glamorous Sun Valley, Idaho with your Nordic ski friends in winter 2014. Cross trails with movie stars, high-level politicians and big-name CEOs as you share the track with the rich and famous.
We lodge in Ketchum’s Best Western Kentwood Hotel, within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants in this trendy town. With nearly 200 kilometers of cross-country ski tracks, you will love the skiing, the scenery, and the fellowship. Evenings will be spent enjoying our resort amenities, such as the pool, gym, and hot tub, dining in the many excellent restaurants in Ketchum, and strolling through the town’s eclectic shops and galleries.
We will receive $5 toward any breakfast meal at our hotel’s adjacent restaurant, and each room is complete with two queen beds, a refrigerator, a coffee pot, and a microwave oven. Ski days will cover the Galena trails, the Sun Valley resort trails, the Wood River Valley trails and the Boulder ski race course (which takes place the weekend of our arrival), as well as ski trails over Galena Summit in the Sawtooth Valley.
Trip price, excluding transport to and from Sun Valley, is $975 per participant and includes seven nights accommodation at the lovely Kentwood Best Western Plus, 10 percent city and lodging tax, hotel tips, and all ski-trail passes for the cross-country tracks in the valley, Galena, and SV resort areas, as well as one day’s skiing in the Sawtooth Valley.
Trip price does not include meals (other than breakfast voucher as mentioned above), airfare or car rental. Participants may choose to either drive their own vehicle to Sun Valley, fly by discount carrier to Boise Airport and share a rental car from there, or fly via Horizon to Hailey/Ketchum Airport. Transport in Sun Valley will be by shared rental or private vehicle and/or Galena Express Shuttle service. Participants may opt to alpine (downhill) ski on some days; however, cost of Alpine pass is not covered.
Confirmation: Please check with the leader to secure a space on this trip and then pay a $300 deposit. Final payment is due November 1, 2013. Contact leader: Shari Hogshead, email@example.com, 541-389-9110 or 425-260-9316.
Cancellations: Cancellations made up to 60 days prior to arrival date will incur a trip cancellation charge of $50. Cancellations made within the 60-day prior-to-arrival period, will forfeit a minimum of $150. In the event that a cancellation causes a room to be occupied by a single person, canceling party will be responsible for the difference between cost for double and single occupancy. In event of cancellation, where an approved replacement participant is found at least 30 days prior to commencement of holiday, cancellation fee is reduced to $50.Back to top
Backcountry Ski British Columbia’s Hilda Lodge
Presidents’ Week, February 9-18, 2014 (for intermediate-advanced)
Terrain: In British Columbia’s Valkyr Range are four peaks offering nine ski zones. Experienced backcountry skiers will be thrilled and challenged by the Hilda Lodge terrain--from steep and exciting alpine drops to treed runs through old-growth spruce forests. There are numerous big-mountain runs in the home basin, and options for longer tours to access awesome skiing in other drainages. A favorite destination is Mt. Lequereux, a three-hour tour from the lodge.
Lodge: The deluxe new Hilda Lodge is a compact three stories and can accommodate 12 guests in six private bedrooms with all bedding and towels, and additional bedrooms for staff. No need to freeze your buns off in the middle of the night; there is indoor plumbing (two bathrooms and one hot shower)! A wood-fired hot tub on the covered deck will relax your sore muscles! A sauna hut is available for aprÃ¨s ski heat therapy! Hilda Lodge has AC power and internet access. This deluxe new lodge is so popular that the leader had to reserve it two years in advance for our Mountaineers!
Itinerary: We will self-guide and self-cater exclusively for our group. February 9, drive to Nakusp; February 10, helicopter in; February 10-16, ski amazing subalpine tree glades and alpine powder bowls; February 17, helicopter out and optional soak in Nakusp Hot Springs; February 18, drive home.
Rating: intermediate-advanced, M2-M3.
Price: The US $1,600 price includes helicopter in, deluxe new Hilda Lodge, hut-keeper, helicopter out, and GST/PST. Please register online by paying the full price before October 1.
Limit: 11 Mountaineers.
Leader: Craig Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to top
Nordic Ski B.C. Resorts
February 15-22, 2014
Come join us as we classic and skate ski on the well groomed trails of two of British Columbia’s finest Nordic resorts — Silver Star and Sun Peaks! This is primarily a Nordic skiing trip, but downhill skiing and snowshoeing are readily available.
Spend three nights in a large luxury home that’s right on the Nordic trail in Silver Star and only a five-minute walk to the village or the lifts. We’ll share the five-bedroom house with two kitchens, 4.5 bathrooms and a hot tub on the deck. Silver Star has 55 km of meticulously groomed classic/skate trails. Meals are your choice — walk to a nearby restaurant or cook “at home.”
Then on to Sun Peaks, where we have 3 nights in very nice ski-in/ski-out condos, and enjoy two full days of skiing/skating on the 30 km of lift-served groomed trails. After checking out, we’ll drive to the Stake Lake Ski Trails and ski there. That night will be spent at a hotel in Kamloops, 30 minutes from the Stake Lake trails.
There is a potential three-day extension to Helmcken Falls Lodge to ski their semi-groomed trail amidst wolf and moose tracks on the edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Transportation will be by private carpools (anticipate an approximate $100 carpool fee).
Price: $750 per person if there are 12 participants and $850 if there are 10 participants. The price includes accommodations and Nordic trail passes; food is not included. Trip minimum is 10 people, with a maximum of 12 participants.
Skill Level: Participants should have intermediate level Nordic ski skills (good speed control) and the ability to use lifts.
Leader: The trip leader is Cindy Hoover, a longtime Nordic ski leader and PSIA instructor. She will be assisted by co-leader Shari Hogshead. For more information contact Cindy, email@example.com, 206-783-4032.
Confirmation: Please check with the leader to secure a space on this trip and then pay a $250 deposit. Final payment is due December 16, 2013.
Cancellation: Cancellations made up to 60 days prior to arrival date will incur a trip cancellation charge of $50 minimum, plus any non-recoverable expenses. Cancellations made within the 60 days of the trip will forfeit a minimum of $150, plus any non-recoverable expenses. In the event that a cancellation causes a room to be occupied by a single person, the canceling party will be responsible for the difference between cost for double and single occupancy. In event of cancellation, where an approved replacement participant is found at least 30 days prior to commencement of the trip, cancellation fee is reduced to $50.Back to top
Backpack New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Fiordland
February 16-March 3, 2014 (plus two days in transit, US-NZ)
May calm be spread around you, may the sea glisten like greenstone and the shimmer of summer dance across your path. -- a Maori blessing
Informational meeting: An informational meeting will be held on April 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Mercer Island Public Library, to share photos from our 2013 New Zealand backpack adventure and provide interested participants with more information about the 2014 trip.
New Zealand: vast alpine vistas, shimmering waterfalls, sheep-dotted hills overlooked by snowy crags, deep fiords carpeted with ancient podocarp and tree-fern forests, sweeping white-sand beaches with turquoise water, exotic native birds and sea life -- plus energetic, welcoming people, excellent services and logistics. February-March is a great time to see New Zealand. Though Fiordland can be rainy with cool nights, daytime temperatures are warm and the sun shines often in most areas.
Our 16-day main itinerary will explore the best of the South Island backcountry, from the striking alpine ridges, peaks and waterfalls of the Routeburn and Kepler “Great Walks,” to the waterfalls and sheer cliffs of the awesome Milford Sound, to the unique rock formations, southern ocean vistas and beaches of the Hump Ridge track (swim with dolphins!), not to mention the glaciers and towering peaks of Mount Cook National Park.
An optional pre-trip extension offers hut trekking along spectacular remote beaches on the Abel Tasman “Great Walk,” with options to kayak in a marine preserve and to sightsee and hike amidst the glaciers and pounding surf of the South Island”s west coast.
An optional post-trip extension on the North Island will circle through striking volcanic peaks, lakes and craters on another “Great Walk,” the Tongariro Northern Circuit. Through our trip we’ll learn firsthand about the unique ecology of the country and active conservation efforts with endemic wildlife.
Itinerary: The main itinerary will start in Queenstown and end in Christchurch, with easy air connections through Auckland. The pre-trip extension will start in Nelson and end in Queenstown, while the post-trip extension will start and end out of Auckland. Transport will be by charter and public buses, and possibly rental vans.
The main part of the trip will consist of 2-4-day tramps (Kiwi for backpacks) of 8-12 miles and 2000-3000 feet of elevation gain per day, along well-constructed trails between New Zealand’s excellent backcountry huts. The huts are basic dorm-style accommodations, typically shared with 10-20 other trampers. Because the huts have toilets and water as well as bunks with mattresses and gas cookers, we’ll carry only light sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils, clothing and food. Between tramps we will stay in small towns in comfortable, three-star hotels (double occupancy, private or shared bath) where we can shower and wash clothes, connect to the internet, enjoy tasty local food, resupply and rest up for the next tramp. See itinerary here.
Trip Rating: Strenuous
Participant Requirements: Trip limit is a minimum of eight and a maximum of 14 Mountaineers (including the leader). Participants must be current Mountaineers members with an up-to-date waiver on file. Because participants must carry 20 pounds of gear and food for 3-4 days at a time on sometimes steep and rough trail, good conditioning, balance and recent multi-day backpacking experience are required along with the appropriate gear for variable, potentially extreme weather. The leader will provide information and personalized support to participants over the summer and fall to help everyone prepare for a successful trip.
Leader: Cheryl Talbert has been a Mountaineers hike and backpack leader since 2009, and a Global Adventures leader since 2011. She has led or co-led several extended backpacks in the western United States as well as successful trips and treks in Turkey, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Belize, Patagonia and Nepal. This will be her fifth trip to New Zealand.
Trip Price: $3,000 for the 16-day main itinerary; $550 for the Abel Tasman/West coast pre-trip extension; and $500 for the North Island/Tongariro post-trip extension. A surcharge may be added to the price of the main itinerary if fewer than 12 people sign up or if exchange rates deteriorate significantly. Prices for pre- and post-extensions may be adjusted before final payment based on the final itinerary agreed upon by the participants.
Price Includes: Permits and hut reservations on all tracks; all lodging between the tramping segments; breakfasts and dinners in town and in transit (main itinerary only); and all transportation during the main itinerary and extensions; and a nature cruise in Milford Sound. Prices for the main itinerary and pre- and post-extensions include Mountaineers overhead expense and a portion of the leader’s costs.
Price Excludes: International airfare of $2,000; any domestic air travel needed between the main itinerary and pre- or post-extensions ($100 to $250); backpacking gear; backpacking food for the main itinerary ($200) and for the pre- and post-extensions ($100-125 each)--easily obtained in town as we go; lunches while on your own in town; drinks and snacks in town or on the road; any independent activities during free days; or any personal items. The leader will provide assistance with planning and purchasing of backpack food as needed.
Registration: To register, please complete the attached application form and email it to the leader at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the leader’s approval, please telephone The Mountaineers at 206-521-6001 to make the $1,000 deposit in order to hold your space on the trip. Registration will close on June 1, or earlier if space has filled up. A place on the roster can only be held with payment of the deposit. The balance of the trip price is due by August 1.
Cancellation: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.Back to top
Skiing or Winter Walking in Switzerland and Austria
February 27-March 16, 2014
Skiing, winter walking, sun, snow, spectacular mountain peaks, gourmet dinners and quaint villages are all a part of this international holiday. After an overnight stay in Zurich, Switzerland and a short drive, we will visit Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur, in Graubunden canton. This 5,000-year-old city charms visitors with twisting alleys and historic buildings in its traffic free area.
On the guided city tour of Chur, history buffs can discover the past and hear gruesome stories from civil wars and amusing anecdotes from times of peace. Celts, Romans, Ostrogoths and Franks have all ruled Chur. After Chur we will stop in Landquart for lunch before leaving the valley to begin the climb to Klosters, Switzerland (3,868 ft.), our home for the first week. The history of this village dates to 1222. Time has stood still in Klosters. It is peaceful and quiet, has an appealing huddle of dark-wood chalets and a relaxing village atmosphere as compared to near-by Davos.
We will stay in a hotel built over 200 years ago where parts of the original structure have been preserved in many of the rooms. Jorg and Anja will welcome us to their centrally located hotel in Klosters. There is a sauna for after skiing relaxation. Great boot dryers are located in the ski room. Sign up early to be able to choose your room for the week from the picture gallery at this unique hotel.
Jorg, who was the head chef at a five-star restaurant, is now the creator of the gourmet meals, which you will also be able to enjoy after a day of skiing at Klosters-Davos, the largest ski area in Switzerland.
The range of skiing here is tremendous--over 185 miles of groomed piste with more than 30 percent being off-trail black and a reputation for marvelous opportunities for off-piste skiing. The top lift is at 9330 ft. with Klosters nestled down at 3935 ft., giving a healthy vertical drop. There are also some wonderfully long and varied trails, the greatest being the Weissfluhgipfel run down to Kublis, nearly eight miles long. This huge area also links to superb off-piste routes that go behind the ski area to Kublis and other hamlets in the area.
Davos-Klosters offers many options to enjoy the snow and sun. You can take an easy stroll or a fast walk along prepared snow footpaths and Nordic Walking paths through the snowy landscape. Davos has 111 km and Klosters 45 km of winter walking paths. Cross-country skiers will find 100 km of classic trails and 69 km of skating trails. Bring your snow shoes and explore several trails just meant for you!
After a great week in Klosters we will depart for our next week in Serfaus, Austria. With the high mountain passes still being closed by snow, our bus will drive onto a flat-bed train car and travel through a tunnel. We will stop in Samnaun, Switzerland for lunch. Samnaun (4,688 ft), is a small town located on a plateau in the upper Inn valley in Tyrol, Austria. In the 19th century, Samnaun could only be reached by road from Spiss in Austria. Thus, Samnaun was excluded from the Swiss customs territory, and retains a privileged 'duty-free' status, albeit not without controversy, in the twenty-first century.
The winter sports paradise, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis with its three historical villages, is located on a sunny high plateau above the Tyrolean Inn Valley, framed by the mighty 3,000-meter Samnaun mountains and the Otztal Alps. Here winter sports fans have the choice of 185 km of ski runs, of which 135 km are at over 6,561 ft, 146 km of cross-country skiing trails--groomed daily and over 100 km of winter walking trails. There are more than 70 lifts. The highest lift reaches 9,251 ft.
Serfaus is a unique town. It has the smallest subway system in the world, the Dorfbahn Serfaus, 1,280 meters long, which transports skiers from their hotels to the hub of 4 ski lifts. Our welcoming hotel is located in the center of Serfaus just one-half level block from subway. There is a sauna to relax in after skiing. At this hotel you will meet guests from all of Europe in the dining room which overlooks the Otztal Alps.
After a final breakfast and goodbyes, the journey home starts, but not without one more visit to a beautiful mountain village with a small church prominently perched on a small hill of a meadow in the village of Seefeld, where the Olympic cross-country ski events were held. The Saturday market draws crafts people from nearby villages.
After lunch, the journey continues to Munich where we say our farewell to Europe.
Price: $2,960 based upon 12 participants and exchange rate of 1 Euro=$1.35 US; 1 Swiss Franc=$1.1 US.
Included: Lodging (with bountiful American buffet breakfasts and multi-course dinners), ground transportation with private bus, tips, guide fees in Chur, Mountaineer Global Adventure fee, leader fee.
Excluded: Airfare, local bus fare in Serfaus, items of a personal nature, beverages at dinner, dinner in Zurich and Munich, all lunches.
Contact Leader: For application or additional information, contact Patti Polinsky, Meanysports@me.com, 206-525-7464. The group limit is 12 to ensure a relaxing vacation for all.
Reservation and Deposit: With leader’s approval, a deposit of $1,500 is necessary to reserve a space. The balance of $1,460 is due on or before November 1, 2013.
Cancellations: For cancellation notices received prior to November 1, 2013, a full refund, less a $100 Global Adventure administration fee, plus any non-recoverable expenses, will be made. For cancellation notices received after November 1, 2013, there may be a cancellation fee charged for any non-recoverable expenses. Cancellation must be in writing and sent to trip leader via e-mail or post.
About the Leader: Patti has led 30 Mountaineers trips to Europe and has skied at most of the larger ski areas. She can assist with various side trips. Patti skis alpine, telemark, traditional Nordic and Nordic skate. She has skied all the areas on this year’s trip at least two different years. She is the director of The Mountaineers Meany Lodge Winter Sports program, which includes lessons for approximately 70-80 people each winter season. She is a graduate of the basic and intermediate climbing courses and was on their leader’s list. Patti remains current in remote medical first aid. Join her to enjoy a great skiing adventure in both German-speaking Austrian and Swiss cultures.Back to top
Trek the High Andes of Peru
May 17-28 and May 30-June 11 2014
Informational meeting: To learn more about this Global Adventure, all are welcome to attend an informational meeting with the leader on Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E.
“Machu Picchu is an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment. Standing 2,430 m above sea level, in the midst of a tropical mountain forest in an extraordinarily beautiful setting, Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height.” -- UNESCO
“The mountainous region of the Cordillera Blanca is where superlatives crash and burn in a brave attempt to capture the beauty of the place.” -- Lonely Planet Trekking in Peru
“The most beautiful mountain in the world.” -- German Alpine Club publication, Alpinismus,1966, referring to Cerro Alpamayo.
Summary: This outing combines a high level of physical challenge, the natural wonder of trekking among some of the highest mountains in the world, authentic high-Andes village culture and fabulous prehistoric Inca archaeological sites, all supplied within the highest standards of sustainable tourism. Participants can sign up for either or both of two linked 12-day trip segments. Preference for roster space will be given to people who sign up for both segments. Download the detailed itineraries.
From a starting point in Cusco, Peru, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, we will begin our first 12-day segment with day hikes to colorful markets and diverse, fascinating Inca ruins. To further our acclimatization, we’ll take an overnight trek through remote alpine country and over three high passes, featuring dramatic mountain vistas and villages where we’ll interact with local weavers and school kids, and learn about sustainable development initiatives in the area. This segment of our trip culminates with a five-day trek on a seldom-travelled, dramatic and challenging high-mountain route ending at the citadel of Machu Picchu. We’ll spend a day-and-a-half there to experience this famous site at sunrise, tour its wonders with a knowledgeable guide, and climb to the famous viewpoint of Huayna Picchu, before heading back to Cusco by train to catch flights back to Lima and beyond. Our high point on this segment is 16,236 ft.
Next comes the 12-day Alpamayo Northern Circuit segment, a deep-Andes trekking adventure circling one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, starting from the Andean adventure hub of Huaraz, Peru. After a day exploring this lively town at the foot of the Andes, we’ll be transported deep into the mountains for an acclimatization day hike to a high glacial lake before arriving at our camp near the tiny village of Vaqueria, the jumping-off point for an 11-day guided trekking circuit through the heart of the Cordillera Blanca. From there, our route will pass some of the highest peaks in Peru, cross several 14,000-16,000 ft. passes and innumerable emerald glacial lakes, to the remote northern basecamp for 19,511 ft. Cerro Alpamayo, where we’ll have a free day to rest and explore before descending to the village of Hualcayan for transport back to civilization. Our high point on this segment is 15,482 ft.
Itinerary: We’ll travel in late May to early June, early winter in Peru and a bit chilly in the high country, but the dry season and the best chance for excellent weather on our treks (and early enough to miss the worst tourist crowds). We’ll meet in Cusco (fly through Lima); day hike for two days and trek for eight days around Cusco, ending with a day-and-a-half in Machu Picchu before taking the famous Vistadome train back to Cusco for a festive dinner marking the end of our first leg of this segment. Those taking the Alpamayo extension will meet in Huaraz two days later (convenient domestic flights available from Cusco to Lima and Lima to Huaraz) where we’ll convene for the start of our Alpamayo trek. At the end of the Alpamayo trek, after a chance for a hot shower, we’ll take a luxurious overnight bus back from Huaraz to Lima where our program ends after a tasty farewell dinner. Please note that the exact itineraries may change without notice due to weather or other circumstances.
On all our treks we’ll be fully supported with guides and pack animals carrying all of our gear, setting up cozy tent camps for us each night, and preparing tasty and substantial meals. You will only need to carry a daypack. Our itinerary is designed to acclimatize everyone gradually to the altitude to minimize the likelihood of illness. During our trip we’ll spend time with local businesses and NGOs sponsoring a range of sustainable development projects, including visiting a weavers’ co-op with some of the founders of Threads of Peru, a nonprofit group which promotes and preserves indigenous Quechua communities and weaving arts by connecting them to a global market.
Lodging: Basic hotels in villages (double occupancy), shared (two-person) tent accommodations on treks.
Food: Continental breakfasts and tasty, hearty dinners are provided while in town, and three filling meals plus afternoon tea each day are provided while on our treks. The trekking cooks pride themselves on their preparations of traditional and hearty Peruvian dishes. The towns of Lima, Cusco and Huaraz also feature a wide range of international and Peruvian specialties, known for their fusion between indigenous, European, African, and Asian cultures. Vegetarian options are readily available.
Leader: Cheryl Talbert has been a Mountaineers hike and backpack leader since 2009, and a Global Outings leader since 2011. She has led or co-led a number of extended backpacks in the US as well as successful trips and treks including Turkey, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Belize, Patagonia and Nepal. This will be her first trip to Peru.
Price: $2,700 for the 12-day Cusco segment, including 1.5 days at Machu Picchu; $1,900 for the 12-day Alpamayo Trek segment. A surcharge may be added if fewer than 12 people sign up for a segment or if exchange rates deteriorate significantly.
The price of the Cusco segment includes all ground transport, most meals, guides and camping support for all day tours and treks, plus entry fees and tickets for parks and historical sites. The price for the Alpamayo segment includes all ground transport and an overnight bus back to Lima from Huaraz, with one night’s lodging in Lima at the end; meals, guides and camping support during our trek, and park fees. Prices for both segments include an American Alpine Club membership (with international alpine rescue insurance), Mountaineers admin expense and a portion of the leader’s costs. The price does not include your international airfare ($1,200), any domestic flights within Peru ($150 each), additional hotel nights in Lima (though these can be arranged at cost plus a small club admin fee); lunches, snacks and drinks in town, gear rentals, optional tips for trekking guides, or any personal items.
Limit: Maximum of 14 Mountaineers, minimum of eight on an individual segment, including the leader.
Participant Requirements: Must be a current Mountaineers member with an up-to-date waiver on file. Both segments include strenuous hiking on rugged terrain at high elevations for multiple successive days without such amenities as showers or laundry. For this reason, participants need to be in excellent condition with good balance and confidence traveling on rough trail with a pack, and with the capability and willingness to deal with some discomfort, cold and inclement weather for extended periods. Recent experience with strenuous multi-day backpacking or trekking, a positive attitude, and a demonstrated ability to get along well with groups under demanding conditions will be very important. Successful trekking experience at high altitude would be beneficial but is not required.
Registration: Please download and complete the application form and email it to the leader. Please indicate whether you are signing up for the Cusco segment, the Alpamayo segment, or both. Preference in registration will be given to people who sign up for both segments. After the leader’s approval, please call The Mountaineers at 206-521-6001 with your credit card number and $1,000 deposit in order to hold your space for the trip. Registration will close on July 1, or whenever the trip fills. A place on the roster can only be held with payment of the deposit. The balance of the trip price is due by September 1. Through the next year the leader will provide extensive information and assistance to help participants prepare for a successful and informative journey.
Cancellation: If you cancel from either or both segments, you may receive a refund less non-recoverable expenses and a $100 administrative fee.Back to top
Hiking England’s Lake District and Snodonia National Park in North Wales
June 17 to July 7, 2014
Join Shari and Paul as they lead their 6th Mountaineer global adventure to the British Isles (their 37th overseas overall). After a flight to Manchester, England, our adventure begins in the Lake District of Cumbria in England’s far north west. Here we spend 13 nights accommodated in a trio of hotels giving us access to a large variety of this spectacular countryside. Our daily hikes, with day pack only, will take us up many of Britain’s highest peaks, i.e. Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet, the highest in England, Helvellyn, Great Gable, Fairfield, and the Langdale Pikes. Even though these peaks may seem small by comparison with our towering Cascades, make no mistake – they are plenty rugged. But that very ruggedness, in combination with the lovely pastoral valleys with their warm and welcoming pubs and cozy villages, provide a most welcoming adventure. All our hotels are beautifully situated near the shores of the lakes of Derwentwater and Windermere.
Following our 2 weeks in Cumbria, we are whisked west to north Wales, a land of brooding fells and narrow glens, where we find a still rugged, but changed landscape, as well as a new language. You may not understand Welsh, but you will know when you hear it. Here we are housed for 5 nights in the charming village of Betws-y-Coed, just outside the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park. From here, we can access the great massif of Snowdon, at 3,560 feet, the highest in Britain. We will also plan to spend time on top of Tryfan and the Glyders (Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr), with perhaps a visit to Conwy castle thrown in for a change of pace.
We have chosen the best time to visit this part of England in terms of weather and long days for walking. Our trip, as planned, includes full English breakfast in each lodging, 6 multi-course dinners, maps, all ground transportation, en suite accommodation for 19 nights, as well as airport transfers, leader fee, and administrative expenses. Not included are lunches for 19 days (+2 travel days), beverages (other than those included with breakfast and evening meal), 12 evening meals, air travel, basic overseas medical/evacuation insurance (required), and any non-group expenses. Lunches are generally eaten in village pubs or purchased at a sandwich shop or local grocers in our home village. Evening meals are taken in our hotel, or in a local pub or restaurant. A valid passport is required.
Trip Classification: Pace is moderate, but steady, and trails are rough and often steep. If you think of England as all rolling green hills and easy walking, you are envisioning the south, not the north. Participants must be physically able to handle the requirements of the trip and participation is subject to leader approval.
Trip Dates: We depart Seattle on Tuesday, 17 June, and arrive Manchester, England on Wednesday 18 June. The next 13 nights are spent in the Lake District and are followed by 5 nights in North Wales. We return to Manchester Airport on the evening of Sunday, 06 July and return to the US on Monday 07 July.
Total trip price is $3,650. Please contact the leader, Shari Hogshead, email@example.com, for a trip application and leader approval. Once approved, a deposit of $2,150 is required, with the balance of $1,500 due on February 1, 2014. Trip is limited to 16 persons, including leaders.
The leaders have lived in the north of England several times, and are extremely pleased to be bringing a compatible group of Mountaineer hikers to this magnificent area.Back to top
Trek Switzerland’s Via Alpina
September 1-25, 2014
Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau
"The World’s Best Hike" -- Backpacker, May 2010
"Every day lives up to its promise. Each day begins with the prospect of wandering for hour after hour through valleys coloured by wild flowers, streams, crags and waterfalls, cowbells and birdsong, remote farms and hay barns, pasture and woodland flanked mountains whose sheer scale tends at times to catch your breath with a sense of wonder. The scenic diversity is astonishing. Some of the valleys glisten with tarns. Some are backed by glacial tongues that project from mountain recesses; others are crusted with moraine deposits left by retreating ice-sheets a thousand years and more ago. Some of the valleys are gentle, pastoral swathes - great grass-bedded hammocks slung between mountain ridges – while some have been scoured by ice into deep U-shaped trenches, like that of the Weisse Lütschine; an incredible sight that comes as a surprise no matter how often one has seen it." -- Alpine Pass Route by Kev Reynolds
Slide Show: You are invited to a free 2-part program about European Alps trekking. The program will be Friday January 17, 2014 at 7:00pm in The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center Cascade Room. In the first part, we will show slides from The Mountaineers 2013 Austria Zillertal trek. In the second part, Craig Miller will discuss The Mountaineers 2014 Switzerland Via Alpina (space available for you).
Summary: The European Alps’ center is Switzerland. The Alpine Pass Route is the classic long hike across Switzerland. This outing combines spectacular Alpine scenery, European culture, delicious food, and very strenuous hiking (340 kilometers and 18,000 meters elevation gain, similar to California’s John Muir Trail). Our traverse has glaciated 4,000-meter mountains, Grindelwald, Eiger North Face, 16 alpine passes, deep valleys, high waterfalls, edelweiss, clean charming villages, cheese, pastries, and chocolate. You carry only a daypack because the hotels, hostels, and dormitories have blankets and food. Listen for yodeling, alpenhorns, church bells, and cow bells! Gawk at some of the highest waterfalls and most spectacular mountains in Europe! And relax in tidy car-free villages!
Itinerary: September is a wonderful month for climate, less snow, lower creek crossings, fewer people, and no bugs. We will fly from the USA to Zurich, tour Zurich, train to Sargans, trek Switzerland’s Via Alpina (Swiss Alpine Pass Route) from east to west, train from Montreux to Geneva, tour Geneva, and then fly home. To help conserve the environment, the leader will clean the trails. Download the daily itinerary
Rating: Very Strenuous
Requirements: You will need excellent cardio-vascular fitness, endurance, balance, and confidence ascending and descending unstable rocky terrain.
Lodging: Hotels (double occupancy), hostels, and dormitories.
Food: Most meals are provided. They are a nutritious variety of Swiss cuisine including raclette, rosti, fresh breads, meats, cheese fondue, pastries, and chocolate!
Leader: Craig Miller lived in Switzerland a year, learned to ski in Murren, ski mountaineered four Swiss Alps traverses, hiked and climbed the Swiss Alps, led The Mountaineers’ Austria Zillertal trek in 2013, and speaks some German and French (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Price: $4,000. The price includes September 4 train from Zurich to Sargans, some buses and cable cars, lodging, most food, September 24 train from Montreux to Geneva, The Mountaineers administrative expense, and a portion of leader cost. The price excludes your international airfare (about $1,600), valid passport, some meals, drinks, and personal items.
Registration: Please answer the application questions, and email them to the leader by February 1. After the leader’s approval, please telephone The Mountaineers at 206-521-6001; give them your credit card number, and $1,000 deposit. After your deposit is received, the leader will send you a series of many email letters with information to help you prepare for this outing. Your balance is due May 1.
Limit: Minimum 4 participants. Maximum 12 participants. You must be a Mountaineers member. If you are not a member, then it is easy to join.
Cancellation: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and $100 administrative fee.Back to top
Trek or Climb Nepal’s Khumbu
Trek October 8-28, 2014 or Climb October 8 - November 9, 2014
Mt. Everest back left and Makalu back right (Geoff Morgan)
"It’s not the mountain one must conquer, but one’s self." -- Sir Edmund Hillary
Slide Show: You are invited to a free two-part program about Himalayan trekking and climbing. The program will be Friday January 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm in The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center Cascade Room. In the first part, we will show slides from The Mountaineers 2013 Nepal Mustang trek. In the second part, Craig Miller will discuss The Mountaineers 2014 Nepal Khumbu trek or climb (space available).
Summary: This outing combines the highest peaks on Earth, Himalayan culture, and mountaineering history. Nepal is a fascinating country with spectacular scenery, ancient Hindu and Buddhist religions, and friendly people. We will all trek up to the Khumbu region’s classic Mt. Everest viewpoint at Kala Patar and Mt. Everest base camp. Climbers will continue on to summit a peak and then over three very high passes to Makalu. The trek is a strenuous hike; the climb is very strenuous because of the altitude. Porters will haul your overnight gear, so you carry only a daypack.
Itinerary: This is a good time of year because there is usually excellent weather for views and photography. Fly from the USA to Kathmandu. One day (two nights) in Kathmandu with guided tour of three world heritage sites. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will all trek up to the Sherpa village Namche Bazaar, Buddhist Tengboche monastery, the best Mt. Everest (highest mountain in the world) viewpoint at Kala Patar (18,450 feet), Mt. Everest base camp, sleeping in lodges. Trekkers return to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu.
Climbers continue on to summit Pokalde, up and over three 20,000-foot passes to Makalu (fifth highest mountain in the world), down the Arun River to Tumlingtar, camping, and fly to Kathmandu. To help conserve the environment, the leader will clean the trails.
After your trek or climb, you will have a free day in Kathmandu on your own. Included that evening is a Nepal cultural dinner with traditional live music and folk dancers. Fly from Kathmandu to the USA.
Rating: Trek is strenuous. Climb is very strenuous.
Requirements: Everyone will need excellent cardiovascular fitness, endurance, balance, and confidence ascending and descending unstable rocky terrain. Climbers must have completed The Mountaineers Basic Climbing Course or equivalent.
Lodging: We all stay in hotels in Kathmandu and lodges in the Khumbu. Climbers camp in tents on the climbing portion to Makalu. All hotel rooms and tents are double occupancy.
Food: Most meals are provided. They are a nutritious variety of Himalayan and Western cuisine. In Kathmandu, some meals are on your own to give you the freedom to explore the delicious cuisines of Asia.
Leader: Craig Miller has led 15 different safe and successful Himalayan treks and climbs for The Mountaineers (email@example.com).
Limit: 12 trekkers and 12 climbers. You must be a Mountaineers member. If you are not a member, then it is easy to join.
Price: Trek $3,000 or Climb $4,000. The price includes airport transfers, Kathmandu hotels, buses, two Nepal airline flights, Trekker Information Management System card, Sagarmatha National Park permit, Pokalde climb permit, Makalu-Barun National Park permit, guide, sherpas, porters, food, lodges, tent, mattress pad, Nepali cultural dinner, The Mountaineers administrative expense, and a portion of leader cost. The price excludes your international airfare (about $1,400), medical immunizations, rescue insurance (about $75), valid passport, Nepal visa (easy purchase in Kathmandu when you arrive for $40), some meals, personal items, and gratuities.
Registration: Please answer the application questions, and then email them to the leader by March 1. After the leader’s approval, please telephone The Mountaineers at 206-521-6001; give them your credit card number, and $1,000 deposit. After your deposit is received, the leader will send you a series of many letters with information to help you prepare for this outing. Your balance is due June 1.
Cancellation: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and $100 administrative fee.Back to top