… rather than doing it on your own?
Yes, you could ?do it on your own? however here are some reasons why choosing to walk with me may give you an even better holiday.
Local knowledge ? I live in France, and in particular, in Savoie all year round. I also happen to speak fluent French. Over the years I have gained many insights into the area that can give you a far more interesting and enjoyable experience.
The language – If you don’t speak French it’s very difficult or impossible to interact with the local people, be it shepherd’s or other walkers. This interaction enriches your experience. I frequently find myself acting as an interpreter in refuges allowing you to join in conversations with French walkers in refuges or out on the trails.
Route finding – No stress! No need to worry about finding your way. You can relax and let me take care of the route finding allowing you to enjoy your time in the Alps to the maximum.
Choosing the best walks ? whilst you may read about walks in guidebooks or see signs out on the trail they may not be the most suitable for you or the conditions. I can show you places that are not mentioned in guidebooks; especially English language guidebooks.
Culture – avoid committing cultural ?faux pas? from simply not being attuned to local customs and etiquette.
Get off the beaten track – living locally I can help you discover places that you would almost not find out about on your own. Where and when are you most likely to see: ibex, chamois or other wild animals and birds. Where to find alpine flowers and plants like genepy or edelweiss.
Local specialities and produce ? I can introduce you to some of the best local produce and the local markets not the one’s set up to ?trap? the tourists.