By Jen Murphy
Don’t think of heli hiking as a cheat, says Danielle Stynes, founder of adventure outfitter SwisSkiSafari.
“We use the helicopters to bypass the descent, especially for clients with bad knees.”
Custom trips throiughout the Alps are geared towards hikers with mountaineering experience – and fortitude. A route between Switzerland, France and Italy might entail an overnight stay in a refuge at an altitude of 2500m, followed by a 3am wake-up to climb a peak. After the eight-hour journey to the top, clients can skip the 10-hour trek down (weather permitting) by hopping in a chopper back to town.
From about $1,110 a person, a day.