Low Impact Holidays

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL COLLECTION  

Protecting our natural environment is intrinsic to what we do. Our collection of Low Impact holidays are part of our active commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of mountain adventures and to guide our guests to more sustainable travel options.

At Tracks and Trails we have thought about how we can make our holidays more sustainable and we want you to join us on this journey. Whilst working with Zellar, our sustainability partner, we were able to focus on how we can change the impact of our holidays. With our sustainability policy in mind we have created a collection of Low Impact holidays which guides you to those holidays we feel have the lowest environmental impact.

Our new Low Impact holiday collection promises to offer rewarding adventure travel with minimal impact on the environment. Low Impact trips offer itineraries that can be accessed by train or other overland public transport links, reducing the need to fly. Embrace the concept of making the journey part of your holiday and benefit from a slower pace to reach your destination, perfect for making our short breaks into a week long holiday.

 

What we mean by Low Impact

  • Sustainable travel options
  • Supporting local businesses
  • 'Carry all Kit' Holidays
  • Embracing hut-to-hut adventures
  • Reducing number of hotel stays
  • Eco-friendly group travel

As protecting our environment and reducing carbon emissions becomes an important part of our lives, there are steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprints while holiday planning. Travelling by public transport instead of by plane or car is an easy way in which we can make our travel greener and is usually the largest producer of C0₂ emissions when going on holiday.

Putting this into context; the total number of our clients who flew to reach Geneva in 2023 (from the UK) will have created 45 times more equivalent carbon emissions than if our clients travelled by train. The average time difference is approximately 3.5 hours longer by train. To help encourage our guests to consider 'trains versus planes' we are offering all guests that can prove overland travel £75 off their next holiday with us. Read our blog on How To Be A More Sustainable Traveller.

Tracks and Trails supports local businesses and keeps group sizes to a minimum. This allows for shared transport options, use of smaller hotels and restaurants offering a more eco-friendly travel approach to group travel.

Using over 80% locally based guides we reduce unnecessary travel, support local businesses which in turn giving our guests the opportunity to gain local knowledge and initiatives about how the area is trying to improve its sustainability.

Several of our Low Impact holidays feature mountain routes that are less frequently travelled meaning that you are more likely to have the trails to yourselves. Some also include a ‘carry all kit’ approach so that luggage transfers and other vehicle movements are kept to a minimum. There's nothing quite like travelling completely under your own steam through the mountains!

Take a look at our 'Fastpacking' blog which is full of helpful suggestions on how to reduce the weight of your backpack.

At Tracks and Trails we feel that staying in a mountain hut in a remote and stunning environment is an amazing experience. Share your time at a hut with likeminded people whilst soaking up views and the immersing yourself in the environment. There is something quite liberating about carrying all you need and using mountain huts. Not sure what to expect? Take a look at how to prepare for your stay in a hut.

New holidays will be added to this collection every season.

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A selection of our most popular Low Impact Holidays

8 DaysDURATION AdvancedGRADE £2145FROM

Hardangervidda telemark heroes journey

Norway

Crossing the Hardangervidda is one of the great classic ski journeys of the world. A wild, remote and immense plateau the Hardanger is world famous for its beauty, space and solitude. It is also home to wildlife such as arctic foxes, and beaver, and has the largest wild reindeer herds in Scandinavia.

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7 DaysDURATION BeginnersGRADE £1595FROM

Family Winter Adventure: Norway

Norway

A family winter activity holiday in Norway, set on the edge of the Rondane National Park with views to the mountains. Wild reindeer roam the slopes of the magical mountain of Muen, moose feed in the forest, and occasionally the Northern Lights dance in the sky.

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5 DaysDURATION BeginnersGRADE £1085FROM

Chamonix Snowshoe and Ski

France

Explore Chamonix, a fabulous winter wonderland. A combined snowshoe and cross country ski taster weekend. Suitable for complete beginners to any form of skiing & wishing to learn at a relaxed pace.

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8 DaysDURATION ExpertGRADE £1575FROM

Hiking the Italian Alps

Italy

Imagine sitting in the mountains as the sun goes down after a wonderful day of hiking in Italy's most beautiful Alpine National Park. Your dinner is being cooked and you know it will be tasty and traditional Italian dishes, and you are looking forward to another day of snowy peaks, glaciers, and gorgeous high trails. If this appeals then join us for this tour of the Gran Paradiso National Park, it's a gem of a trip. and Hiking in one of Italy's most beautiful Alpine National Parks, the Gran Paradiso.

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