Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout the week we use a combination of mountain huts and hotels, each offering something unique, whether it is their charming location, freshly baked bread or the local beer on tap. The accommodation is also locally staffed, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Fresh produce (such as cheese and meat) is sourced locally as much as possible. Picnic lunches (cold meats, cheese, bread etc.) are sourced at locally supplied stores and evening meals are either taken at our accommodation or local, family-run restaurants.
Walking trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment as we use our own power to get around. Even our optional activities are environmentally friendly- clients can hire bikes locally and water sports such canyoning and white water rafting are also possible.Clients are briefed on managing food waste and other litter, which should be disposed of appropriately in respect of local recycling policies. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people and visit local cafes and restaurants in order to create a postive cultural exchange. The trip take part in remote areas of the Pyrenees where local communities benefit from this tourism.
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and 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. Water can be provided for clients on all walking trips and water receptacles are recycled or reused where applicable. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
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.