Here’s our pick of ten stunning (and safe) destinations that are ready to welcome you with open arms in 2022. Unique hiking adventures for all levels which not only offer unimaginable landscapes, but also an insight into their culture and hospitality.
You can rest assured, whatever you choose, that our local team has worked hard with all our partners to ensure that everyone on our hiking holidays can travel safely and book with confidence. We've created flexible booking conditions, and used our expertise, having successfully run treks in both 2020 and 2021 to create robust COVID procedures.
Take a look at our 10 hiking holiday ideas below and choose the one you prefer, to walk your way into a holiday of a lifetime!
Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc – Self Guided – 7 nights
For clients who are confident mountain walkers and keen to lead their own group why not try our “best of the tour of Mont Blanc” self-guided walking holiday? The famous Tour du Mont Blanc is a 106 mile (170km) circuit of the Alpine Mont Blanc massif, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland and usually takes around 10 days.
Our ‘Best of the Tour Du Mont Blanc’ offers you the highlights and most dramatic and iconic sections of the tour of Mont Blanc in just 6 days (7 nights) walking, combining the famous hiking trail with uplifts and transfers. Daily distances and ascent and descent also tend to be a little less than the classic full tour. Every evening you stay in comfortable hotels and your luggage is transferred between overnight stops, which means that you only need to carry your daypack. This option is perfect for confident, regular mountain walkers, who want to see the best the TMB has to offer, but only have a week to spare.
Chamonix to Zermatt on the Walkers Haute Route – Fully guided – 12 nights
Enjoy 11 days walking and the massive accomplishment of finishing the classic Walkers Haute Route, hiking through the most stunning - and dramatically different environments each day. Follow this iconic, ancient route from Chamonix to Zermatt, this ultimate high Alpine trekking holiday traverses the heart of the European Alps, linking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn by a series of high cols (mountain passes) and glaciers.
The Walkers Haute Route is a truly remarkable journey through France, Italy and Switzerland, trekking from refuge to refuge and an opportunity to learn from our local experienced UIMLA International Mountain Leaders. It's a challenging hiking trail and ranks amongst the world's greatest mountain walking adventures.
Tailor-made hiking holiday from Courmayeur in Italy – Guided/Self-Guided – Flexible
Courmayeur is nestled in the Aosta valley at the foot of “Monte-Bianco” or Mont Blanc in Northern Italy, where there is plenty to discover. We have over 283 hikes to choose from and the variations are endless.
This “Walking your Way” holiday uses Courmayeur as the base for you to enjoy tailor-made day treks for you and your group. These holidays work well for people traveling in a group or a family as they can be designed with the group in mind and walkers will all return to the same accommodation each night. We will provide everything you need to enjoy this stunning area of the mountains, including a local knowledgeable guide, all you need to do is decide on the dates.
The Dolomites Alta Via I – Guided trek – 9 nights
Located in north-eastern Italy, the Dolomites are one of Europe’s most dramatic mountain ranges. A combination of sheer cliffs, shimmering alpine lakes, serrated limestone peaks and deep, narrow valleys, they are fascinating for geologists, travellers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
From a hiker’s perspective, these legendary mountains has an extensive system of hiking trails (i.e. “Vias”), and we think the best is the Alta Via 1 (AV1). Our UIMLA guide will highlight all the great moments on the full tour of 75 miles (120km) from Largo di Braies to Belluno.
Hike the Annapurna in the heart of the Himalayas – Fully-Guided – 15 nights, 9 days trekking
Walk with both our UIMLA and local mountain guides to enjoy the very best of the Annapurna circuit from Mayapul to Muktinath passing two of the tallest peaks on the planet as well as seven summits over 7000m (2297 feet)!
This walking holiday gives you time to absorb the fantastic sights, sounds and culture and truly experience Nepal, as well as hiking the magnificent Annapurna circuit. You have 15 nights in total, beginning and ending with time to take-in Kathmandu and explore this vibrant Nepalese town. There is also another break off the beaten track in Pokhara, with temples, a lake and many other authentic attractions.
Walking Your Way, Zermatt – Guided/Self Guided – Flexible
Enjoy the walking holiday you’ve been dreaming of using the picturesque village of Zermatt at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn as your base. Our tailor-made trekking holidays can be as long, or short as you need and you can choose to be guided by our local UIMLA mountain leader or we will give you everything you need to enjoy a series of day hikes from Zermatt, returning to the same hotel each night.
There are nearly 400 kilometres of marked hiking and mountain trails around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa, each offering different degrees of difficulty, elevations and distances for every level of hiker. We we will listen to your needs and make the right choices for you, providing a bespoke itinerary for your ideal walking holiday.
Tour de Monte Rosa – Self-Guided – 10 nights
The Tour de Monte Rosa is a 9 day, glacial 87 mile (140km) hike circling the Monte Rosa anti-clockwise from Zermatt. Touring around ten of the most iconic 13,000ft+ (4,000m+) peaks in the whole of Western Europe, you can take in admire the glorious peaks of the Monte Rosa massif as well as the mighty Matterhorn.
Although the tour leads you through lush valleys and picturesque Alpine hamlets, it is the combination of rock and ice from giant peaks and glaciers dominating your landscape views that make the Tour de Monte Rosa stand apart from the other legendary trails in this region of Europe.
Traverse the Gran Paradiso, Italy – Self-Guided – 9 nights
Discover the amazing natural beauty of the Gran Paradiso National Park with this 8-day hike. Walking in the Gran Paradiso National Park is like entering another world, the spectacular natural reserve is an alpine park, but it with a Mediterranean character. We will take the route of the Alta Via 2, a remote and stunningly beautiful gem taking you 81 miles (130 km) from Chardonney to Courmayeur in the Italian Alps.
This 8 day Traverse of the Gran Paradiso trek high above the Aosta Valley, takes you over high altitude cols (mountain passes) and through seemingly pristine untouched rugged terrain resting in comfortable mountain huts and hotels. With an accumulation 29,528 feet (9,000 meters) of height gain, the traverse of the Gran Paradiso is a must for seasoned hikers looking for their next challenge.
Book your Bubble – Chamonix based Day Hikes – Guided/Self-Guided – Flexible
Enjoy the splendor of Alpine trekking in the safety of your own bubble. We will create a bespoke itinerary for your group, using our knowledge of over 375 hiking routes based out of Chamonix at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc in France. There are plenty of options, with over 344 day hikes and 31 long-distance hikes just waiting to be explored.
You can book this holiday safe in the knowledge that not only will you be traveling only with your group, you will also return to the same accommodation each night. Your Guide will remain with you and your “bubble” will remain intact for the entirety of your holiday.
Tour of the Vanoise National Park, France – Self-Guided – 8 days, 7 nights
Our Tour of the Vanoise is hut-to-hut hiking at its most authentic, in a largely forgotten jewel of the Alps. Beginning in Pralognan-la-Vanoise, this 8-day hiking holiday takes you on a circular route through the heart of the Vanoise National Park, a wonderfully remote and expansive area encompassing 51 miles (82 km) of pristine peaks and glaciers.
Situated just south of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area, in the Rhône-Alpes region, this was France’s first national park, established in 1963 largely to protect its dwindling ibex. Today it’s home to a thriving array of alpine wildlife and preserves the essence of French alpine culture.
Get in touch with us if you have some other ideas for walking into 2022, we think it’s going to be great!