Walking holiday in Austria
Description of Walking holiday in Austria
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PlanetOur centre is the charming spa and market village of Bad Hofgastein. We use as little private transportation as possible as we make use of the local cable cars and the public buses to reach the start of most of our walks.
The focus of this trip is primarily walking, however there will be some free time to walk additional trails and we aim to leave minimal impact. We stick to the trails to avoid upsetting the delicate balance for plants and animals, as well as not feeding wildlife as they become reliant on tourists, plus maintaining a safe and respectful distance from wildlife.
Although the water in Austria is safe to drink for our customers, we offer the opportunity to purchase a water filter bottle, at a discounted price, that combines three different technologies to remove over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants in water. This allows our clients to fill up from local streams and wells while on walks, and prevents the need for single use plastic bottles
We’re committed to running our business responsibly. In our office we reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. It’s in a refurbished mill, and we’ve also installed a waterwheel to generate electricity from the river. It was the first of its kind in Britain, gives us our own sustainable source of power and any excess goes to the National Grid.
We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy on all activity days to help maintain them for future generations. Our tour leader is trained to promote this message to our customers whilst on this trip. Lunches can be purchased from local shops and you are encouraged to bring a water bottle, Tupperware container and cutlery to avoid using a plastic bags and plastic knives and forks.
PeopleThis tour operates during some of the quieter months of the summer season for visitors and in areas typically away from the main tourist resorts. It helps to extend the season and reduce the decline in visitor numbers outside of the peak summer months when tourism drops off.
It is important for us that we work with locals to ensure they benefit from tourism and stay at a family owned and operated hotel that employ local residents as well as work with local transport providers that hire staff locally. We buy picnic lunches from local shops and stop in mountain huts and small villages for drink breaks during the day.
We ensure that our staff are equipped with suitable footwear and clothing to cater for the environment in which they are working on.
We offer millions of pounds in financial aid to walking groups within the UK to maintain walking by young and old for future generations, rebuild broken paths and bridges washed away. This falls under an organisation named the Charitable Trust.