Frequently Asked Questions
Hiking light packing
Hiking carrying your belongings
Guided trekking
Our trekking "bivouac"
Luggage transfer
What is a mule?
Donkeys
Difficulty/ technical levels
Cancellation insurance
Repatriation insurance
Hiking light packing

Welcome to the world of light way hiking!  All you need is a backpack containing what you need for the day (water, box lunch, suncream…).
You'll find the rest of your belongings (clothes, toilet kit, towel…) each evening at the hut, transported by van or mules.

 

Hiking carrying your belongings

You will carry in your backpack all you need for the trekking. So you need a good quality backpack with a waist belt and padded shoulder straps. For your contort, the total weight of your backpack shouldn't exceed 8 kg. So choose a light bag and technical clothes. Forget your jeans and cotton jumpers!!

Guided trekking

Accompanied by a guide (Mountain Leader qualified), you won't miss anything during your hike: animals perched in the rocks, bearded vulture or royal eagle in the sky and the life style of our ancestors, so well adapted to the mountain's conditions… You won't only travel through wonderful landscapes but you 'll also get the chance to learn about the flora, fauna and cultural heritage of the alps.

Our trekking "bivouac"

Your accommodation is a tent for two.  You bring with you your sleeping bag and your camping mattress (self-inflating even better). Meals are cooked together, they will be taken outside or sometimes under cover. In the evening the landscape is magic and you'll know you live a unique moment. This formula is suitable for young people and backpackers. Comfort lovers avoid this option, attractive for its price! Camping lovers welcome!

Luggage transfer

The luggage transfer from huts to huts is included if you choose a guided trekking. If you go for a self-guided trekking, you need to take this option. Each time it's possible for a guided group, we use a mule or donkeys to carry the bags, much better for respecting our environment and planet! This is our brand image since 25 years…

What is a mule?

A mule is the fruit of love between a mare and a donkey. They look like horses but are stronger and less timid. These animals are particularly at ease for carrying heavy loads even in steep places.  Since hundreds of years they became precious for men having hard life conditions in the mountains.
Still to this day some locals  still use mules for  agricultural or forestry works, supplying mountain huts and for carrying hiker' s luggages as we do. We have 16 mules which regularly accompany us from Mt Blanc to the Dolomites…

Donkeys

Nearly 30 years ago Sahra and Gitane left around the Mont Blanc with a group of kids from Britany… First experiences…. We actually have 19 donkeys who accompany us for our family trekking around the Mont Blanc, in the Grand Paradis, in the Dolomites…
Our big eared friends are a delight for kids and parents alike. They make great company  along the way with their steady steps, their cheeky tendencies  and their tenderness.

Difficulty/ technical levels

Every body walks, some more than others. So you need to find the level that suits you, the level at which hiking in the mountains is a pleasure, the level adapted to your physical ability.
-LEVEL 1 / EASY*: 3 to 4 hours of non-consecutive walking with an average of 400 to 600 meters uphill per day.
-LEVEL 2 / MODERATE**: 4 to 6 hours of non consecutive walking with an average of 800 meters rise per day.
-LEVEL 3 / GOOD WALKERS***: 5 to 6 hours of non consecutive walking with an average of 1000 meters of ascent a day.
-LEVEL 4 / VERY GOOD WALKERS****: More than 6 hours non-consecutive walking per day, but not exceeding 8 hours. An average of 1200 meters of ascent a day.
Our treks travel along beautiful mountain tracks with very dramatic backdrops The trails are well travelled however on the L4 tracks can be steep and sometimes feel quite exposed.

Cancellation insurance

 It's a specific insurance for getting a refund of a cancellation fee in case something serious keeps you off leaving.
If you have bankcard Gold or Premium, this insurance is included with your bankcard advantages.
In case you are not covered by your own personal insurance, you can take ours:for an extra  2% of the total price of your trek. 

Click the link for download docs in PDF:

http://www.cairn-trekking.fr/ex/file/CAIRN%20Dispos%20%20Generales%20Europ%20Assistance%202017_ING.pdf

Repatriation insurance

In case you would have a health trouble during your stay, we propose you this insurance.
Apply on our registration form. The cost is 1,5% of the price of the trekking chosen. It can be subscribed only by people whose first home is in western Europe.

Click the link for download docs in PDF:

http://www.cairn-trekking.fr/ex/file/ANGL-ass%20rapatri-cairntrekking.pdf

 

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