Austria

As Austria has been a popular walking destination for over a hundred years, the country has an excellent infrastructure centered on hiking making access to the walks one of ease and reliability. Paths are well marked and maintained, maps accurate and detailed. The walking is quite superb with a great variation of types. You have the opportunity to walk down small valleys alongside fast flowing rivers, through gorges with a high suspension bridge to traverse, gentle alpine walking between villages, or ‘classic’ high alpine walks. You can take the cable car to Dachstein at 2700m and for the adventurous descent across a glacier. Local authorities are making a determined effort to attract more walkers and the result is a network of well-signed paths of all levels of difficulty. The Walks Secret Hills Walking arrange five walks with one free day. Lunches are taken at local mountain huts or cafes generally.

Your base is Schladming in the Enns valley, the Enns is a lively river which flows east to join the Danube. The Enns valley is dominated to the north by the stark limestone mountains, of which Dachstein (the ‘Roof Stone’) is the largest. To the south are the peaks of the Schladminger Tauern. There is a network of post buses that run from the main valley either onto terraces such as Ramsau, or linking small villages or of greater importance to walkers routes will take you down side valleys deep into the mountains. All the transport with Planai and RVB buses in the area are free with a Summer Card, also cable cars and most local museums and attractions, including the cable car ride to Dachstein Summit.

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Jane Binyon Nepal October 2014 The Ama Dablan basecamp trek was an excellent 'taster' of what Nepal has to offer - a wonderfully heady mix, from the hustle and bustle of KMD, then following the famous route of past and present mountaineers heading for their conquest of Everest, or its Basecamp, before taking to the quieter, arguably more beautiful surroundings of Ama Dablam basecamp and on from there to even more secluded sherpa villages and buddhist monasteries that are still unspoilt by tourism.   A real insight into such a fascinating culture, wonderful mountain scenery, on a route that was sufficiently challenging to provide a great sense of satisfaction at the end, with lodge accomodation run by local families that gave a glimpse of traditional Sherpa lifestyle that continues  in the region, and provided us with excellent food throughout.   Having Jill lead the trek, alongside a Nepalese guide, was a real bonus. For someone who doesn't know her left from her right (and she doesn't!), Jill is unbelievably capable, inspiring, encouraging, caring, fun and lovable! She worked so hard to give each of us as many options as possible throughout the trip, so we could each get out of it the things we had come in search of. At the same time, making the holiday both fun and exciting. Jill encouraged us to immerse ourselves in the magic that is Nepal, even teaching us enough of the language to engage with our fellow guides and the locals.  She has the rare talent of being both a leader and a great travelling companion at the same time. I can't wait for her to organise another trek in the Himalaya.  

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