Planning the perfect hiking trip involves making numerous decisions. If you would like to take a stress-free trek without having to make all the decisions, a guided trek is for you. Below are five reasons why traveling with a guide will make for an unforgettable experience.
1. EASE OF TRAVEL
Traveling with a guide adds a certain comfort level to your trip. You don’t have to worry about anything – from luggage transfers and dinner reservations to choosing the perfect trails and following the weather. Your guide will take care of it all. You just show up and hike.
2. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
The Ryder-Walker guide team adds a wealth of knowledge to each trek. Some of our guides are European and grew up hiking and guiding in the Alps, while others have been leading hiking expeditions in Europe and other countries around the world. On guided treks, you will learn about the region, culture and the local people. You will be taken on trails that are off the beaten path and not included on our self-guided itineraries. Many local treasures are known only to our guides and they can’t wait to share these with you. Our guides strive to create a unique experience for each guest.
3. OVERCOME LANGUAGE BARRIERS
Most of our guides speak the local language. Having your own translator can definitely help with the communication, both in language and cultural practices. With the assistance of our guides, communication with locals will be uncomplicated.
4. TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS
On guided treks, whether beginner or expert, our team will tailor each day to meet the group’s needs. All of our larger group trips have two guides so groups can split up according to ability if necessary. Each day your guide will provide an itinerary fit for the group, depending on terrain, weather and hiking conditions. It’s their goal to provide you with a memorable day filled with adventure.
5. PERSONAL CONNECTIONS
Over time, our guides have formed invaluable connections and bonds with the locals in the towns we visit around the world. Often, local staff will go out of their way to contribute to making the Ryder-Walker Alpine adventure unique and unforgettable. The guide and guests also form friendships with each other and over the years many guests come back to hike with their favorite guides or schedule Ryder-Walker trips with friends met on the trail.
About the Author: Barbara Glanznig
Born with brains and brawn, this blonde bombshell was raised in the countryside of Austria where her sandbox was the great outdoors.