Trekking vacation in the French Alps

“Week of center based walking from Saint Veran - one of the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Join a small group for a choice of either moderate or challenging guided hikes. ”

Highlights

Saint Veran village | Queyras Regional Park | Views over Aigue Blanche Valley | River Blanche | Sommet Buchet | Aiguilles village | Chapelle Clausis (2399 m) | Curley Ridge trail |

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Environment
Activity:
As a walking and trekking trip, there is little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents. Though, erosion and adjacent to popular paths is a growing issue in certain places, our local guides will ensure that clients stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Additionally, a walking trip like this allows easy access to the local community where clients can easily interact with the locals , visit local cafes and restaurants to foster cultural exchange.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this 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. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Local Culture and Craft:
As this trip is primarily on trekking to explore magnificent landscapes, there are not many opportunities to explore local culture unless clients choose to take up optional museum visits of the local villages visited. Otherwise, in the quaint alpine village of Sain Véran, there are quite a number of local vendors and shops where clients can purchase some craft to support local artisans.

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we will spend the nights in Hotel Le Grand Tetras, a locally owned hotel that employs local staff and uses local produce for meals wherever possible. When meals are not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties. This thereby ensures that our money spend benefits the local community.

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