​​Guided Mountain Wilderness Treks

And more to come for Winter 2018/19...​

Wild camping is the ultimate freeing experience! There are various locations that are ideal for wilderness camping trips and these are:

  • *North Pennines or Cheviot Hills (two day/one night taster trips only)
  • *Lake District National Park
  • *Snowdonia National Park
  • Central Highlands (including the Cairngorms National Park)
  • North West Highlands

For a location map of the National Parks and links to their own websites please see here.

*Wild camping in England and Wales is more restricted than in Scotland. Please see the Environmental Impact document which you can download below. Since 2017, the Trossachs National Park has introduced a permit system for wild camping due to the volume of wild campers and its vicinity to Glasgow making it so popular. In order to help not over crowd the area we don't offer wildcamping wilderness treks here.

Wilderness treks are very much an 'experience' and an adventure and a speciality of AFS Mountaineering. For the price you will get an experienced and qualified guide to literally take you wildcamping backpacking away from the routine and stress of ordinary life into a different world. Guided Mountain Wilderness Treks

Included in the cost: we can provide all expedition equipment by pre-arrangement - tent, sleeping bag and liner, thermal insulating ground mat, cooker, fuel, and expedition food (evening meals and breakfasts) - although everyone carries their fair share. We can provide advice about accommodation nearby and transport options based on your budget.

These activities are unlikely to be suitable for young kids, but those considering entering the DofE scheme may find them useful (14-18). Under 18's are welcome so long as they are accompanied by parent(s)/guardian(s). If you are not sure whether a trek will be suitable for a child please ask us. Likewise if you have any further questions about coming on one of our events. What we can't guarantee is the weather which, in Britain, is notorious. 

We grade our walks by the colour of the boot - the grading guide key is explained in the FAQs.

Scheduled walks and wilderness treks will NOT require rock climbing skills. They will be suitable for most who have good fitness, rather than experience. Day walks will be more suited to those who are newer to the outdoors.

The list below shows the developing schedule of wilderness adventure events for 2018. For more details about the event please click on it. To make a booking please see the Make a booking page and get in touch!

Please remember that you can also plan your own events if there is somewhere you want to go or different dates that suit you better!!

Munros: Derry Cairngorm, Ben MacDui, Carn a'Mhaim 

Level 3: Moderate Mountain Day(s)

Description: We will stroll in to Derry Lodge from the Linn of Dee near Braemar early on the Saturday morning. Depending on the weather we will either set up camp near the river or continue up onto Derry Cairngorm and camp higher up. This will be at a gentle pace with plenty of photo opportunities and to admire the majesty of the Cairngorms. In the morning we will start heading out and back to Braemar in good time to enable people to get home. There are good paths around the area. The summit of Derry Cairngorm is quite bouldery and walking poles may come in use! There is one river crossing which the guide will assist with in both directions. A good level of general fitness is required. We will be carrying our camping equipment and food for the two days so we'll take into account the extra weight in terms of the pace - we are there to enjoy ourselves after all! ​

Cost: £150 per person for the trip

For more detail and to book please see the full event page here

Next Scheduled Wilderness Treks​

We offer a range of 2-3 day wilderness treks. We head out into the mountains carrying all our equipment, but the walking is at a reasonably leisurely pace. We're there to enjoy ourselves and escape the hustle and bustle of the real world for a few days, not to undergo an endurance test! Depending on the route (and conditions) we may camp by a river in a remote glen, or up on a mountain to see the sunset. Don't forget we can also offer bespoke days out for your friends and family. Just let us know what your hill/mountain aims and targets are and we'll see what we can do - see the Plan Your Own section.

ML Navigation Exped Refreshers

If you are coming up to your Mountain Leader Assessment, we can offer a taster over night expedition with navigation legs and night navigation. We can offer feedback and advice as we know what the assessors will be looking for having been through it!

Please get in touch to discuss the aspects that are stressing you out most!.

Level 4: Hard and long Mountain Day(s)

Description: We will start from the wonderfully named Cow Green Reservoir in County Durham. This is only reached by car and near the famous High Force waterfall and Middleton-in-Teesdale. We'll follow the Pennine Way to see the spectacular Cauldron Spout waterfall, past the dam and onto the glacial valley of High Cup Nick with views across to the Cambrian Mountains of the Lake District. From here we enter pathless (and possibly boggy) terrain up along Little Dunn Fell, Great Dunn Fell, and up onto Cross Fell (893m / (2,930ft), the highest point in the great spine of Pennine Hills which split the North of England. From here we pass the head trickles that eventually form the mighty Tees and South Tyne Rivers and we'll set up camp. On day 2 we'll head around Meldon Hill and back along the reservoir back to the start.

Cost: £150 per person for the trip

For more detail and to book please see the full event page here

Munros: Beinn a’ Chlaidheimh (included as it was part of the original circuit and is a fine hill. A recent survey has found it to be just below 3,000ft), Sgurr Ban, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Beinn Tarsuinn, A’Mhaighdean, Ruadh Stac Mor

Level 5: Hard and Long Wilderness Mountain Day(s)

Description: This area of North West Scotland is remote and the Munros are surrounded by the epic peaks of An Teallach with views across the Atlantic toward the Outer Hebrides and Skye. Indeed, these Munros are considered to be the remotest in Scotland. 

We'll aim to walk in on the Saturday and find a suitable place to camp. This may be in the remote Glen or even up on one of the ridges if the weather is good so we can see the sun set. Day 2 will see us complete the round of Munros in a long day and we'll camp high up to see the sun set over the Atlantic if the weather permits. On the final day it's the long walk out soaking up the scenery.

Cost: £150 per person for the trip

For more detail and to book please see the full event page here