Gran Paradiso winter walking holiday in Italy

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18 Jan 2020
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Gran Paradiso winter walking holiday in Italy

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

The trip is based in the Gran Paradis hotel, where the local team is committed to reduce their everyday environmental impact in their operating activity, including using solar energy via the installation of solar panels, and using electricity provided by hydro-electric installations in the Aosta Valley.

The included meals are taken in the partner Hotel San Orso, another family run and locally staffed establishment, that sources its products locally to ensure fresh produce with a minimal carbon footprint.

Motor transports during the trip are kept to a minimum, with the group leaving the hotel on foot as much as possible, to experience local life at a slower pace, all the while reducing the trip’s carbon footprint.

Environment

Our guide has a love of the region and the mountains and encourages clients to make a difference in starting with their group activities: picnic lunches are bought from local producers and commerces; waste is kept to a minimum and gathered before moving on with the walks.

Waste is sorted before being disposed of in the necessary recycling containers. We don't use plastic water bottles that are a huge source of environmental pollution, but fill fresh water from pure sources.

The guide explains about the protected natural park that is the Gran Paradiso, and gently accompanies the group in what gestures we can all make to preserve this precious natural environment. We learn how to travel through the national park with as little impact as possible, in respect of the local paths and pastures and of the wildlife such as alpine foxes, mountain goats and ibexes: the guide of conduct in the park states to stay on paths to avoid causing erosion, and to leave animals in peace, observing from afar. We hope that travellers will return home with a new awareness of climate change and its effects on these beautiful natural regions.

Community

Always conscious of the impact tourism can have, both positive and negative, we are committed to organising small group tours that have a minimal environmental impact as well as benefiting the local communities that welcome us. We work closely with our local partners and have built up a friendly relationship over the years, both in Cogne itself and in the villages we visit nearby, where we encourage clients to visit local cafés and commerces to participate in the economic life of the area. On this trip we stay in the family-run Hotel du Grand Paradis in Cogne. It is one of the oldest hotels in the region, and is locally staffed, providing valuable employment in a vulnerable mountain region that depends on tourism for its livelihood. Travellers are encouraged to respect the local traditions and experiences in the village of Cogne, and to partake of local crafts when possible generating income for the area.

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