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Winter Traverse of The Cairngorms - 21 Feb

Winter Traverse of The Cairngorms - 21 Feb


21 February - 02 March 2025


Join us on this UK Winter expedition like no other, as we complete a full, self-supported, northeast-southwest traverse of The Cairngorms National Park in north-east Scotland.


The 100km route will see us dragging pulks (sleds) over the highest continuous plateau in The UK, in full winter conditions.We will be completely self-sufficient and will overnight in tents, snow holes (if conditions allow) and remote mountain huts.


This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and all on the shores of our little island. This will be a tough expedition and a good level of fitness is a must!


We will be hiking for 7-9 days on uneven mountainous terrain and you will be required to muck in with the team (building snow shelters, setting camp, boiling water etc).


Extreme expedition tents, pulks (sleds), ice axes, crampons and helmets will be provided. Sleeping bags and roll mats can be hired separately.


Excluded from the price:

- Return transport to Inverness (flights currently £35 rtn, or bus currently £25 rtn)

- Personal hiking kit and sleeping bags/roll mats

- Food when away from the mountain (e.g. pub dinners)


All City Mountaineering trips are compliant with the 2018 Package Travel regulations (including financial protection)

  • Friday (from 9pm) - Meet at Inverness airport and drive to our accommodation locally for a pre-trip briefing.

    Saturday - We will be tranferred to The Cairngorms where we will check in to our accommodation.  We will go on a short hike in the local area followed by a full kit check and a shopping trip to buy any missing essentials

    Sunday - Saturday - A point-to-point journey through the winter wonderland of The Cairngorms. We will hike approximately 15km per day, dragging sleds containing our kit for the full week.

    We stop each evening to pitch tents/build snow shelters before boiling water and enjoying a well-earned dinner.

    Finishing the traverse on Saturday night, we will check-in to our accommodation for an overdue shower before heading out for dinner and celebratory drinks.

    Sunday - A relaxing morning before heading to Inverness airport in the afternoon for flights home

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