18th to 21st of August 2017
A leisurely 4 day trek with an opportunity to summit the 5 highest mountains in the Cairngorms – all over 4000 feet (1219 metres)…
This lightweight 4 day trek includes 3 high wild camps and a more leisurely way of summiting the UK’s next 5 highest mountains, all over 4000 feet, after Ben Nevis – Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Carn Toul, Angels Peak and Cairn Gorm. It will also give you plenty of time to fully absorb and appreciate the unique environments presented in the central Cairngorms. This trek is also ideal for those interested in landscape, night and time lapse photography..
Starting in the Rothiemurchus Estate our route will take us through the lowland delights of the Caledonian Forest before gently ascending beyond the tree line to the start of the Lairig Ghru. We will then ascend into a true mountain environment over Sron na Lairig and our first summit of Braeriach (1296m 4250ft) followed by our first high camp near to the Wells of Dee [Source of the River Dee]. Once camp has been set up there should be opportunities to explore the stunning views westwards down to Loch Einich and eastwards across the dramatic corries down to the Lairig Ghru.
Day Two will take us around the edge of the vast An Garbh Coire and over Sgor an Lochain Uaine (Angels Peak: 1258m 4126 feet), above the hanging Loch Uaine, then steeply over Carn Toul (1291m 4234 feet) before crossing Stob Coire an t-Saighdeir before descending to our next high wild camp above Coire Odhar. The evening should allow a quick ‘no pack’ ascent to the top of Bod an Deamhain (Devils Point: 1004m 3293 feet) for the sunset vistas from this outstanding viewpoint.
Day Three takes us down past Corrour Bothy and across the River Dee before our ascent out of the Lairig Ghru to the summit of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Britain at 1309m (4293 feet). We will then meander toward the atmospheric Feith Buidhe plateau region and our last high camp above Loch Avon with views down to the Shelter Stone area.
Our final day’s route will take us over the northern crags above Loch Avon before a pathless, but easy ascent, to the popular summit of Cairn Gorm (1244m 4080 feet) before descending the less touristy Fiacaill a’ Choire Chais, and into the atmospheric enormity pf Coire an t-Sneachda, before finishing our journey at the Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre [Coire Cas].
This is a description of our intended route but it will be adapted as necessary in relation to weather conditions and the performance of the group.
Price: £351 per person
Location: Beginning in Rothiemurchus and finishing at Cairngorm Mountian Ski Centre. Free transport available to and from Aviemore and the surrounds, and to and from our base in Tomintoul. Free pick up and return to Royal Deeside, including Braemar and Ballater, and to and from our base in Tomintoul can also be arranged.
Walking Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Dates: Friday the 18th of August to Monday to the 21st of August 2017 [6 places only]
Booking Reference: Cairngorm 4000 Footers