Tour du Mont Viso hiking vacation in Italy

“Small group walking vacation to an altitude of 3000m where Italian Mountaineering Club owned refuges provide accommodation after hiking average daily distances of 9kms.”

Highlights

Pian Melze | Colle della Gianna | Pian del Re | Grande Traversée des Alpes track | Giacoletti Hut | Lake Chiaretto | Mont Viso | Viso Mozzo | Col Gallarino | San Chiaffredo pass | Vallenta valley | Lungo and Bertin lakes | Col Valente | Col de la Traversette |

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15 Jul 2018
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19 Aug 2018
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02 Sep 2018
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14 Jul 2019
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18 Aug 2019
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01 Sep 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tour du Mont Viso hiking vacation in Italy

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout the week we use a combination of mountain refuges and a hotel, each offering something unique, whether it is their charming location or the local beer on tap. The mountain huts are owned by the CAI (Italian Mountaineering Club) and all accommodation is locally staffed, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Clients are encouraged to stop at local cafés on breaks, - local cafés are often seasonal and dependant on tourism for their livelihood, while providing valuable employment in areas where tourism is the principal, or only, employment option, particularly for younger people. 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 local mountain dishes taken at our accommodation.

Activity:
Walking trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment as we use our own power to get around. 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 positive cultural exchange. The trip take part in remote areas of the Cottian Alps where local communities benefit from this tourism.

Water
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. Boiled water is available at the mountain huts and as getting water to the huts is difficult, clients are briefed on the use of water as well as being generally made aware of nature protection in the mountain environment.

Group Size:
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.

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.

Community

Local Sourcing:
We plan to take advantage of local products as a means of boosting communities local to us and reducing our carbon footprint on the whole. This is evident in the meals provided, which are created with sustainability in mind. Seafood, for example, will always be fresh and purchased based on the responsible management of the fishery for each particular species and will observe guidelines similar to the MSC and Audubon Society. Our gift shop only sells items which have been thoroughly researched as to where an item has come from, whether it has been produced fairly, what it is made of and distance it has had to travel.

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