It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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Just over 3 hours flying time from the UK and with temperatures that rarely drop below 55 degrees throughout the year and average at 70 degrees during the walking months, Madeira is an ideal short haul winter walking destination. On February 2009, parts of Madeira were devastated by floods and 32 people sadly lost their lives with some still missing to this day. The islandsí authorities have done and amazing job rebuilding the infrastructure and whilst some flood damage is still visible, the island is fully functional and welcoming visitors, with 20% of the islands GDP derived from tourism, this is vital.
We pride ourselves on using locally owned accommodation throughout the trip, with meals taken in locally owned restaurants. Clients get the opportunity to sample Madeira wine, whilst the services of Madeiran guides are used throughout the trip and they have been trained on our RT policies.
Local transport and minibuses are also used to get to the start of walks. Vast areas of the island, over 60%, are dedicated national parks which have been vital in the conservation of Zino's Petrel of which on 45 breeding pairs still exist on Madeira, best visited in the spring when the islands flowers are in full bloom and the island is at its glorious best.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.
The three founders of this adventure company drove from London to Kathmandu in 1974 on an itinerary they made up as they went along, ending with a hike up to Everest Base Camp. Believing activity holidays offer you greater insight into a country, they set up as trekking tour operators. The staff all come from adventurous backgrounds, have led dozens of trips all over the world and have collectively climbed Kilimanjaro over 100 times. Whether you want a hardcore trek or a softer experience, rest assured your guide will have the expertise to take you firmly out of your comfort zone.
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