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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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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