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AnonymousWritten on November 20th, 2019Another excellent walking holiday arranged through NAC. Perfect organisation of pick ups and transfers, and a beautiful place to visit and explore on foot.
The Alpe-Adria CircuitWritten on October 23rd, 2019We really enjoyed the variety of walking days, especially if you include a climb of Cima del Cacciatore (fantastic!). The accommodation was comfortable and ever…Read more
StephenWritten on October 7th, 2019The positives: * The hiking guide book was fine, though I also used maps. * Baggage transport was good. * The region was beautiful and some of the hikes were ve…Read moreThe Natural Adventure Company commented on this reviewDear Stephen, I am glad that you enjoyed the walks and I am sorry that the accommodations did not entirely meet your expectations. Indeed, we have a 4-star optional hotel upgrade, and should you have enquired about it, we would have been happy to provide a list of sample hotels we use. Please note that it is a popular area and sometimes we have to book alternative hotels of similar or better quality to the ones listed on our website. Regarding the Abersee hotel - we use it very often on this trip and no one has complained so far. It is a regular 3-star hotel with friendly staff and it has very good ratings on Tripadvisor and booking.com. It offers wonderful views of the mountains and the lake is only a few hundred metres away. Abersee is not St. Gilgen, but a small and quaint hamlet, whose tranquility is appreciated by most of our customers. In Bad Ischl and Bad Goisern you were accommodated in lively downtown locations. We always try to offer a mix of quiet places to relax and more vibrant locations. And I hope that you appreciated our flexibility to book you into another hotel on a very short notice and rearrange your luggage transfers after you changed your hotel. -Alex from The Natural Adventure Company
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The guidelines below should give you a general idea of what to expect from your walking holiday. Hiking times and distances are affected by the steepness of terrain and elevation change i.e. a 10 km easy hike may take 3 hours along a fairly flat route but a 10 km moderate hike up and downhill over steeper terrain may take 5-6 hours. Therefore if in doubt it is better to refer to both time and distance.
Relaxed and mild walks suitable for walkers with average levels of fitness and who are in general good health. These walks are typically on maintained trails or timber roads and have marked trails with signage. Gradients are mild with no steep uphill or downhill section. No previous hiking experience is required and they are suitable for novices and different age groups. Easy grade holidays may also include discovery holidays including cultural sightseeing opportunities, city visits and excursions such as visits to museums, archaeological sites and wine tours along with some easy walks. Walking is typically limited to 3-5 hours per day (up to 13 km of walking).
Easy to Moderate
Mostly Easy but may include longer moderate hikes (up to 16 km) on some days with some moderate uphill /downhill elevations and steeper ascents /descents. Generally routes will be well maintained but may involve some mixed/rougher terrain on certain days. Walking is on average 4-6 hours per day (up to 16 km of walking).
Suitable for more regular hikers who are generally fit. Moderate grade itineraries include longer walking days and steeper accents and descents. May include longer stretches of uphill climbs and descents or a number of shorter steeper uphill and downhill sections along route. Terrain may be mixed including rocky area areas and mixed surfaces underfoot. Moderate grade holidays include on average 4-7 hours of walking per day (up to 20 km of walking).
Moderate to Streneous
Suitable for active hikers with a good level of fitness looking for more demanding and challenging hikes and who are well fit. Moderate to strenuous itineraries involve extended steep ascents and descents along routes. May also include high mountain (alpine) terrain which is rugged and rough underfoot and some sections of scrambling. Mostly moderate walks but may include longer strenuous treks (up to 25 km / 8 hours) on some days. The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route. Moderate to strenuous grade holidays include on average 5-9 hours of walking per day (up to 24 km of walking).
For very experienced hikers with a high level of fitness. Navigation skills required. Strenuous itineraries include steep accents and descent over rough and varied terrain in higher mountain regions and may include some exposed areas, fixed ropes and scrambling. These trips may be in expedition style and may require 7-10 hours of hard trekking per day. The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some or all days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route. Strenuous grade holidays include on average 7-10 hours of walking per day (20+ km of walking).
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