Weather in mountain areas can be very changeable. For many, ever changing light, cloud formation and weather patterns often encountered in the hills can be one of their main attractions. Leading up to your trek, and during it, the weather conditions will be monitored and analysed on a continuous basis, with plans and routes adapted accordingly. Whenever possible we will try and give you a clear indication before your arrival of the weather conditions that might be encountered during your trek and how they might impact on it.
All Cairngorm Trek Leaders have significant experience in coping and reacting to a range of inclement weather conditions including heat wave, heavy rain, poor visibility, high winds, electrical storms and cold temperatures.
One of the keys of successful trekking in upland areas is not to rigidly stick to original plans and objectives irrespective of the weather. As conditions change we will adapt your trek to ensure your safety and comfort.
In terms of restrictions, rain and poor visibility would not necessarily need significant route changes but we might look at different objectives and wild camp sites. However, in the case of high winds we would avoid exposed ridges, edges and plateaux and would possibly change a high level trek onto lower routes. Though a rarity in the summer months, significant upland snow would also mean we would move to lower levels.
In extreme weather conditions we would look to cancel your trek or cut it short. In such exceptional cases we would reimburse you accordingly.