Your safety is paramount to us. Accordingly all treks are planned, led and supervised by a suitably experienced and qualified guide.
These qualifications include Mountain Leader status and a current Wilderness First Aid certificate.
Moreover, each Cairngorm Trek Leader carries a minimum of a Personal Locator Beacon, GPS, Compass, Maps, Comprehensive First Aid Kit and group survival gear…and the skills to use all of these.
We view Trekking as an outdoor activity with an element of risk and share the participation statement of the British Mountaineering Council [BMC] and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland [MCofS] which recognises that…
“…hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury of death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and should be responsible for their own actions and involvement”
Each Trek Leader holds public liability insurance. It is recommended that individual walkers/trekkers hold their own liability and personal holiday activity insurance. The BMC [British Mountaineering Council] and MCofS [Mountaineering Council of Scotland] provide public liability and insurance cover specifically for activities in mountainous areas and membership of one of these organisations is worth considering.
We ask all trekkers to complete a medical form. This is so the Trek Leader can plan for any potential problems relating to an individual’s medical needs such as events relating to sufferers from diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, allergies etc. All medical information will remain confidential to Trek Leaders, their assistants and the appropriate members of emergency services. All medical declaration forms are destroyed on the completion of a Trek.
All Mountain Rescue is coordinated by the police and is instigated by a 999 call. Cairngorm Trek Leaders will call on the services of Mountain Rescue in the event of emergency situations needing specialised outside support. Mountain Rescue in Scotland is a highly professional voluntary service which is dependent on grants from specific organisations and donations from the public. At present it is free for all and there is no charge made for being rescued, including evacuation by helicopter. This service includes trekkers from anywhere in the world and not just UK nationals.
Cairngorm Treks is an avid supporter of the Mountain Rescue services and donate a percentage of their net profits each year to the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.