Swiss Alps walking holiday, Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers walk

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Responsible tourism: Swiss Alps walking holiday, Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers walk

UK Office:
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.

Leaders & local suppliers:
Hotel Baren, in Wilderswil where this walk starts and ends, has been open for more than 300 years and is the perfect place from which to embark on a hike in the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau regions! Located just 4kms from better known Interlaken, Wilderswil is a tiny village nestled between woods, meadows and orchards by the rolling River Lutschine. For an insight into its history, pop into the old mill to view the temporary exhibitions on local culture, arts, crafts and village life.

Staff:
Staff will suggest places to see and visit locally.

Group size:
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.

Activity:
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re 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 you’ll 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 you’re 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.

Reviews of Swiss Alps walking holiday, Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers walk

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Having lunch under a tree in a flower-filled meadow at about 1500m, gazing at the sheer face of the Monch with its ribbon waterfalls cascading down. We'd met no one on the walk, the little chalet in the field was empty; all we could hear was birdsong and rippling water. Magical.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1 Buy a Swiss Card (before you book the train from Zurich to Interlaken!) and get reduced travel costs. We hadn't known about it and also didn't realise beforehand how much we would use the rail system. Switzerland is expensive and this card makes visits to Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg and Schiltorn much more affordable.

2 We found Nordic walking sticks useful, for the long descents in particular (we're fit but in our 50s).

3 Walk to the Monchhutte if you go to the Jungfraujoch. It's a great hike, with views of the beginning of the glacier, and you can have hot soup when you get there!

4 Have breakfast in the Schilthorn restaurant (the hotel in Murren will give you a voucher for it). It was wonderful. We stayed 3 hours.

5 Take a mini kettle or a flask if you like a hot drink in your room. Only the Baeren hotel in Wilderswil provided one (and only once, not with the room on the first night).

6 Don't assume there will be a fridge in the room for your packed lunch/wine/beer. Only the Wilderswil and Murren hotels had fridges; the Grindelwald and Wengen ones didn't.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I don't feel that what we did had any negative environmental impact and we certainly contributed to local businesses!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic! It was well organised, the hotels were great, the food superb and - outside of our control but even so - the weather was perfect. The views along the walks were as good as the notes promised. There was plenty of choice of
things to do on the non-walking days - we usually ended up walking somewhere!

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