John Franklin review 30 Apr 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Certainly the most memorable part for me was the unexpected accumulation of ascents which I found quite hard. The linear distances were largely as described in the literature, but there is no mention of the ascents - on the second day the total ascent was 1400 m... In my view this is excessive for a walk described as "medium difficulty" and I think your customers should be made aware of this.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
See above - be aware that every day involves very considerable ascents and descents which means (in my opinion) that this walk is only suitable for people
with regular experience of quite tough conditions. I would not have booked this walk had I known how hard it was. I am nearly 70... Perhaps there should be an
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
It must have benefited local people insofar as we were paying for services provided by them, but I cannot say that it reduced environmental impacts. If
anything I would have thought that having groups of people tramping about through the countryside would have the opposite effect. I saw no evidence of the
vacation supporting conservation.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Dan, our guide and the owner of the tour company, is extremely knowledgeable about the routes, the local history and the flora and fauna. On days necessitating a picnic lunch he carried all our food and then prepared it for us; he provided walking poles for those without; he tolerated inane chit-chat from the party; he
improvised a bridge across a raging torrent that blocked our path at one point; and at all times he lead from the front but adapted to the group speed as
required. To conclude, a better walking guide would be hard to find. Five stars for the guide.
Read the operator's response here:
Hi, thank you for your comments. We always try and accommodate everyone's walking ability around the vacation chosen. If people do find it too hard, if they could talk to us during the week we can always find alternatives. We do keep transport to a minimum during the week and walking has the least impact of all outdoor activities on the environment. The rest of the group managed and really enjoyed the week.