Barbara Hayers review 5 Jul 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The whole walk on the Mont Blanc circuit is amazing
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Make sure you do loads of hills and long walking days to get fit.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.
We’d like to give you a little more information regarding your comments in question 3.
As we’re sure you’re aware few vacations 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. We understand that this sense of responsibility is even more necessary in the case of Mont Blanc than some other trekking sites as the mountain does not have National Park status and regulations to protect it. 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.
By camping throughout this trip, we minimise energy usage and meals are usually communally organised which is more efficient and less impactful. Where meals are provided, we try to use local supplies if possible and encourage clients to do the same when they shop independently: for example, there is a Saturday market in Chamonix with plenty of local shops and cafes en route which we hope you got to visit. When eating out, we use family run business that benefit the local community by keeping investment in the area. We stop almost daily in locally run refuges where our trekkers usually have a coffee and a big slice of cake. It does not sound like much but these are all locally owned establishments and our business is an excellent source of income for them.
We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to France one day.