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Frequently Asked Questions at Alpine Hikes

There are many different fabrics and technologies on the shelves of mountain stores across the country. They all claim to be offering the latest in breathability, comfort and performance. Whilst these products are great don’t feel like you have to break the bank on equipment to participate on one of our challenges. Ultimately weather dependant the key is to wear layers. Starting with a good quality trekking trouser and a thermal t shirt or vest you should also have a number of additional layers to wear over the top as and when you require them. These can come in various formats, fleeces, micro fleece, soft shells or insulated jackets. We would recommend starting of with one of these warm layers on and having another in your pack ready to put on if it gets colder. You should also as a necessity carry with you a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers.

We will provide kit lists for you pre challenge but for a days trekking you should carry as a guide:
• At least 1.5litres of water
• Food for the challenge, Sandwich, snacks (nuts and dried fruit are ideal – try to avoid too many high sugary snacks), a chocolate bar for the summit.
• Warm clothing to put on the higher you get on the mountain or for later in the day. This should include hat and gloves (Even in summer!).

Each morning your leader will brief you on the conditions for day after which will more accurately allow you to prepare for the days trek.

This is of course dependant on your challenge and will be conveyed to you through our pre event joining instructions and again in a pre event briefing. For the majority of our trekking challenges you can expect a long day in the mountains ranging between 7 and 10 hours.

Our leaders are there to lead you throughout the challenge. We do not set up check points or leave you alone on the mountain at any time. You will be trekking in a group of ten and will be working as a team throughout. Your leader will never be more than a couple minutes away.

This depends on the time of year, and precisely where you are trekking. But normally on most of our treks, we come across streams regularly, so carrying 1 – 1.5 litres of water should suffice. You should take opprtunities to fillup during the day – but we would recommend that you pop a purifying tablet in the water to ensure that it is safe (even though mountain water is generally very safe and very tasty – sometimes you can get unlucky with animal waste, or a decaying carcass upstream!).

Each trek is unique and may include different things in the trek fee. You can find out exactly what’s included in the “What’s Included” section on the relevant trek page (on some trek pages this information is located in the “Cancellation Policy” section).

Generally speaking, your trek free includes all costs while on the trek, including:

  • Accommodation (e.g. tents and/or lodges)
  • All meals (simple, nutritious and vegetarian)
  • Expert trek leaders and support team
  • Trekking and safety equipment
  • All permits and camping charges

Your fee usually does not include expenses incurred in getting to and from the base camp or your personal equipment, such as your backpack, shoes or clothing.