12-19 Feb 2021*
Hike into the middle of the mountains, set up camp and start exploring.
Our Base Camp Series offers you the chance to experience camp life and to explore remote mountain areas that would be hard to reach in a day or a weekend.
The exact location of the base camp will be determined by the weather and conditions but on this trip we'll be heading deep into the Cairngorms.
We'll set up camp close to a mountain hut so that we have a fire to sit next to in the evenings and each day we'll pick a different mountain to hike up, travelling light and returning to the base camp each evening to eat and socailise (and maybe even have a drop of wine or a dram of whisky!).
*We will be running a Base Camp Series trip on these dates. However, this is a great trip for a group of friends and so if you'd like a bespoke trip with dates that suit you, just get in touch and we'll be happy to arrange it!
Please note that the exact itinerary/camp location will be dependent on the local weather and ground conditions. The seven-day trip builds in contingency days and allows us to be flexible with camp locations. Below is an example itinerary:
Saturday: Travel from London to Inverness (via train or plane) and be met at the train station/airport by your guide. You'll then be driven to that night's accomodation where you can check in before heading out for dinner.
Sunday: This will be a chance to stretch the legs on an easy guided day hike around the local area before a kit check in the evening and dinner out at a local restaurant.
Monday: Day 1! We'll spend the day hiking to a remote part of the mountains where we'll set up base camp. We'll be carrying all our kit in but the pace will be relaxed and there'll be plenty of chances to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery.
One we've set up camp, we'll head to a nearby mountain hut to cook dinner, drink hot chocolate and bask in the wildness of it all before retiring to the warmth of our sleeping bags.
Tuesday: Day 2! There'll be time for a relaxed breakfast before leaving camp to head out on a day hike up a nearby mountain. Having a base camp means we can travel light, carrying only what we need for that day, and our remote camp will give us a chance to explore the less well-known and rarely climbed peaks.
It'll be back to base camp in the late afternoon for a warm drink and a chance to relax around camp, read a book or watch a film on the iPad before dinner.
Dinner will be in the mountain hut and we'll finish the day with a glass (OK, a beaker!) of wine or a drop of whisky.
Wednesday: Day 3! The hike back to civilisation. After having some breakfast and coffee and packing up camp, we'll hike out of the wilderness. If conditions allow, we'll choose a different route back.
There'll be a chance to shower at that night's accomodation before celebrating our return from the wild with dinner at a local traditional pub.
Thursday: A chance for another relaxing guided day hike around the local area.
Friday: You'll be driven back to the train station/airport to begin your journey back to London. If there's time, we may even stop a local distillery on our for a quick tour and chance to buy some souvenirs.