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Sustainable on the trail - How to look after the environment when hiking

Hiking offers both physical and mental benefits while allowing us to immerse ourselves in the splendor of the natural world. Yet, as we explore trails and revel in the breathtaking scenery, it's imperative to recognize the impact we have on the environment.

Advice on sustainable hiking:

Choose eco-friendly transportation options for your arrival & departure

In terms of sustainability, it doesn't always have to be a car journey. Public transportation, especially the train network, is well-developed in many regions, making travel to and from destinations easy to organize. Train travel, in particular, is often a less stressful alternative to driving, as it allows you to avoid traffic jams and the hassle of finding parking. Additionally, you can often make productive use of time on the train or enjoy the scenery passing by through the window.

Train passes through a forest

Avoid single-use products

Instead of bringing disposable plastic bottles and packaging, opt for reusable water bottles, containers, and cutlery. This not only reduces plastic consumption but also allows you to keep food and drinks at the desired temperature. By making this choice, you contribute to decreasing pollution on hiking trails and in natural areas.
This principle can also extend to your hotel stay: instead of packing small travel-sized shower and care products, you can either utilize the amenities typically provided by hotels or opt for traditional bars of soap.

Hiking snack in the snack pot

Respect the flora and fauna

When hiking, we frequently encounter various animal and plant species. Respect their natural habitats by sticking to marked paths, refraining from picking plants, and avoiding the disturbance or feeding of wild animals—this applies equally to grazing animals. In this way, you help to maintain ecological balance and protect biodiversity. It's also important to pay attention to local flora and fauna when hiking with a dog. Keeping your dog on a lead helps avoid danger to other animals and also to the dog itself.

Flowers and butterfly with a view

Leave no traces behind

An essential principle of sustainable hiking is to leave nature just as you found it. Take your garbage with you, even if it's only small. Organic waste, such as apple cores, shouldn't be left in nature either. Even paper tissues take up to 5 years to decompose, so they should never be left behind. It's advisable to carry a bag in your backpack for transporting waste. Also, take care not to leave any unnecessary traces, such as breaking off branches or carving messages into trees.

Wanderpause im Wald

Support local communities

Choose local accommodation, restaurants, and stores during your hikes. This way, you support the local economy and help the communities along your route benefit from sustainable tourism.

Our tip for a sustainable meal:
Consider shopping for fresh produce at the local grocery store or stopping at a nearby restaurant as part of the experience. This allows you to get to know the local people and lifestyle while enjoying a meal that is often cheaper, tastier, and, above all, more environmentally friendly than pre-packaged food from the supermarket.

Traditional South Tyrolean snack
Cow pasture in the Gantrisch Nature Park.

By prioritizing sustainability and acting responsibly during our hikes, we can secure the opportunity for future generations to enjoy the beauty of our environment. It's important to remember that even small steps towards sustainability can have a significant impact. At Eurohike, this cause is especially dear to us, and we would greatly appreciate your contribution to protecting our natural environment on your next hiking adventures.

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