Trekking the Tour de Monte Rosa in Switzerland

“Circumnavigate Western Europe’s second highest peak on a diverse nine day trek, taking in the high passes and valleys of the Swiss and Italian Alps.”

Highlights

Täsch | Europaweg | trek through beautiful pastures and valleys | Mattmark Lake | Macugnaga | Turlo Pass | Theodule Glacier Pass | Zermatt | tour leader throughout | Italian high mountain guide for Theodule glacier | all meals included

Description of Trekking the Tour de Monte Rosa in Switzerland

The Tour de Monte Rosa circles Western Europe’s second highest peak, on a tough route that follows some of the most impressive trails in the Swiss and Italian Alps. Lofty peaks, glaciers and dramatic high passes feature on this 162.5km route. You’ll walk along the Europaweg, a high-level balcony path which follows the Zermatt Valley, through the beautiful high valley of Gressoney and cross the impressive Theodul glacier. The treks finishing in Zermatt, where you can relax and celebrate completing this spectacular trek.

This is an 11 day holiday, with nine days of point to point walking, with some steep ascents and descents. On average, you’ll walk for around 7 hours a day, but the trekking is graded tough, as there are some long days of walking and you’ll be carrying your own pack, too. You’ll be part of a group of no more than 12 people, accompanied by a leader.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trekking the Tour de Monte Rosa in Switzerland

Accommodation & Meals:
Throughout this trip clients stay in locally run hotels and mountain refuges; by staying at these places we support the local economy by keeping investments within the area while sustaining local employment. In particular Refuge Pastore and Europpa Hutte are involved in responsible practices, these mountain refuges due to their remote location are faced with scarce resources (water, electricity). Therefore there is strong emphasis always to request their guests to limit their water consumption, general waste and electricity usage.
All meals on this trip are included. Continental breakfasts and dinners are provided at the places where the clients stay. The local guides prepare a packed lunch for everyone each day. All food is sourced locally, to the extent possible, in order to support local business and keep food miles down.

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking and trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and have a strict policy with proper disposal of litter. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral. Clients carry their own belongings on this trip with just one luggage transfer included; minimal luggage transfers means our environmental impact is further reduced.

Water:
Water is a really important issue associated with trekking trips- especially as trekking on this trip is at an average altitude of 2000m and reaches an altitude over 3,300m when crossing the Theodule Glacier Pass, which might be quite challenging. Whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should use fresh water springs on the way to re-fill a singular container. These springs are clean and are a wonderful resource for reducing plastic waste, or guests can simply re-fill at the hotels, mountain huts or village inns where they stay.

Group:
This is a small group active holiday. By traveling in groups no larger than 12 we are able to have very little negative impact on a destination by never overcrowding or damaging walking trails. Having a small group also allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants which would be unsuitable for large tour groups; this means we can visit genuine local restaurants and cafes which have not been built just to cater for mass tourism.
The guides on this trip are from Europe (Swiss, French, or British), and all have a French Guide Diploma. It takes around 2 years to become a qualified French mountain guide and the training includes a significant amount of time focusing on botany, geology, wildlife and forestry. This knowledge along with specific information about the area and the history of the region is then passed on to the customers.

UK Office
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, 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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