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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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This is a great weeks walking in the most beautiful surroundings and staying in lovely accommodation with great food
Getting to the top of the peaks after a few hours climb to be rewarded with fantastic views
The gondola cable car over the glacier at Aiguille De Midi was spectacular
Mark is a highly qualified experienced guide. He knows the area like the back of his hand and you feel very safe in his hands. He managed to keep us all on track despite having a very mixed ability group
This is a great weeks walking. The walks are not any way near as hard as I feared and the ups and downs were never too severe. Do take walking poles - especially for the downs and knee supports if you use them as a lot if our group seemed to do. I went up to the Aiguille De Midi on the free day and the while experience was awesome - I would definitely recommend doing this
Go for it you won't be disappointed
This was my first trip with Exodus. They were well organised, helpful and friendly all the way along preparation. The chalet where we stayed was very cosy and run by an exceptionally helpful couple. The food was wonderful and the setting magic at the foot of Mt Blanc and her neighbouring mountains. The local village of Chaminoix was delightful with many restaurants. Shops were overly expensive. Daily walks were quite tough even for me an experienced trekker.... but each day was different with superb scenery.
On our day off we took cable cars up to the top of Le Midi at about 4200. The views were breathtaking as the Alps spread near and far. Simply stunning.
Peter our leader was very approachable and knowledgeable as well as friendly. I was very disappointed and upset that he did not do more for one of our walkers who had a serious fall and fractured her tibia.She had to limp in pain and with tears for 4 hours to the pick up spot. At the very least the transport should have been at the bottom of the mountain waiting. There was no evidence of a first aid kit with basic splints. Peter didn't even know if there was a local hospital to assist..... NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
Take walking poles as parts are rough. Take knee braces if your knees are dicky. Good boots with ankle support are essential as is the capacity to carry 2 litres of water. Do NOT leave it til you get to Chaminoix to buy gear... much cheaper at home. A good hat and sun cream is also essential as the sun can be fierce.
I am not sure what training leaders receive in terms of first aid and managing emergencies... especially as parts are quite remote and hard to access. Our guide was obviously concerned about our badly injured co-traveller but appeared at a loss at what to do other than 'soldier on' and using one of his walking poles. Just about all of us on the trek thought this serious incident was not managed well. The injured colleague ended up in plaster and has to take 4 weeks off work... so the injury was serious. Exodus needs to review leader training & capability.
As expected, the scenery is stunning. The walks selected for the ‘Highlights’ were great as they allowed for a good array of views of the Mont Blanc massif and the itinerary was very well paced. Everything ran smoothly and the group were well looked after by the leader and the chalet staff. Good food, a nice selection of local beers and a beautiful setting meant that time at the chalet was nearly as enjoyable as the trekking.
I really loved the walking on the Courmayeur day. The views were amazing, there were mountain flowers everywhere and it felt slightly more remote. It was great to just take in my surroundings.
Very knowledgeable of the trekking that goes on in the area and you can tell that he has a real passion for it. He adapted the walks based on the weather and the group’s varying abilities which showed his experience. He also joined the group for drinks on a few evenings which was something that he didn’t have to do but was a nice touch.
Comfortable and suitable footwear is essential. Walking poles are also a great help for walking efficiency and balance. Be prepared for varying temperatures and weather conditions. The weather was mostly good but wearing layers that you can add/remove depending on conditions and having waterproofs will make the trekking a far more enjoyable experience.
It’s not necessary to take both currencies as the places we visit in Switzerland will take Euros. However, you may not get a particularly favourable Euro/ Swiss Franc exchange rate, but you won't be spending much when over the border so the difference is minimal.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
Weather - I did the trip in late June last year, and the weather was lovely pretty much all the way through. We did have a couple of days of white cloud or grey skies, but the sun was actually out most of the time. It rained a couple of afternoons after the clouds built up. To check the weather, I would look online at forecasts. It's impossible to say what the conditions are going to be exactly, as the mountains can change everything depending on local patterns. It should be nice and warm during the day, low to mid 20s, and pleasant evenings lower down. As you get higher, the sun will still be bright and strong but there can be a chill wind on exposed areas.
Clothing - I had a warm fleece, wind/ waterproof jacket and some gloves. Apart from that, it was just the usual layers underneath. I would also advise a rain cover for your rucksack. I would go with the lighter waterproof, as you'll only be wearing it during the day, and can easily stick a fleece underneath if it's chilly, but you should be fine with layers.
The walk - I found Day 4 probably the toughest but also the most beautiful. It was the toughest as the lift was closed on the way down, so it meant a long extra walk. If the lift is open on your departure, you shouldn't have as long a day but the ascent is still very steep in places and can be tiring if it's hot. But the views from the ridge at the top, the openess, Lac Blanc, looking across to the other side of the valley with the glaciers hanging down, were stunning. But it's not unique, most of the walks have stunning views, it's really one of the prettiest areas for walking I have ever been to. It is definitely steep in places and you'll feel it in your legs at the end of the day but well worth it.
The walking paths are really well looked after out there, so the ground underfoot isn't too much of an issue. There were a couple of days with long ascents (I remember the La Blanc day and the final day being longer than most of the others) and then descents, but the pace is quite even and none of our group had any problems, even with quite mixed abilities.
Also, as it's centre based, you can always take a day off (in addition to the free day) if you like.
It's a wonderful trip and we were so well looked after by Oliver and Elaine, I know you'll love it!
Chloe Knott - Product Manager
Yes, this trip is centre based so if you would prefer to take off any of the days, you're free to do your own thing. Obviously we hope you'll take advantage of all that is on offer, but it's still a holiday, not a forced march!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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