We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
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A Mecca for hikers, the French Alps have just enough tourist activity to make the towns and villages lively without spoiling them. One of our favourite places is Les Gets where Hotel Alpina is the start, and end, point of this challenging 10-night, high level walk. A chalet style hotel, it offers mountain hiking at its most luxurious! The rooms are beautifully furnished with intricately carved wooden panelling, and most have balconies. There is a covered, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and small garden. Owner-chef, M Hominal, serves exquisite evening meals in his panoramic dining room.
Itís just a short walk into the village where there is a selection of artisan shops, cafes and bars. If you are here on a Wednesday morning, the cheese maker at the local Perrieres Cheese Dairy opens first thing for a free guided tour.
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when youíre strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and youíll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place youíre visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.