Our grading system explained
- Expedition Grade
Extending for almost 500 miles in a great arc from the Mediterranean to the Adriatic Sea, the Alps encompass eight countries and a huge variety of landscapes, cultural influences, historic interest and scenic splendours.
Drawn to the crystal clear air, the bewitching vistas and the challenge of the outdoors, the Alps have attracted artists, climbers, explorers and nature lovers for hundreds of year. From Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn and Geneva to Grindlewald, the names of the peaks, passes and places of the Alps conjure evocative images and historical references, deeply embedded into the history and culture of Europe. A high-altitude battleground during two world wars, it is now only the tourists and trekkers that invade the region in any number, seeking adventure and natural beauty in equal measure.
For many, the towering mountains in Switzerland (and neighbouring France and Italy) are the crowning glory of the Alps. The highest peak of all - Mont Blanc, 4,810 m / 15,780 ft - has proved to be a magnet for climbers since the early eighteenth century and, still today, a summit attempt remains an attainable objective for high-level trekkers and mountaineers. Our Mont Blanc Summit trek offers the very best opportunity to reach the top. And if you’re keen to learn or develop your mountaineering skills, take a look at our 5 day Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering based in the pretty town of Saas Grund.
For those who prefer slightly less challenging adventures, the Matterhorn Trek is a circumnavigation of one of Europe’s most iconic peaks whilst the Tour du Mont Blanc rates as one of the world’s great treks in the shadow of the Swiss and French Alpine peaks.View our holidays here