From £ 595.- / 8 days
Price per person - shared - min 4 people
The Pyrenean Trails walking holiday takes place in the Catalan region of the Eastern French Pyrenees.
This beautiful mountain area lies only 90 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and benefits from some of the best weather in France with an avarage of 300 days of sunshine per year.
Your base for this guided walking holiday in France is Les Angles. Your base sits at a height of 1,650 metres on the high Capcir plateau. Between soaring limestone and granite peaks rising to nearly 3,000 metres, this is a perfect base for a wide variety of walks. Walking can be tailored to all levels of fitness and interest. From easy walks to discover the fascinating local history to challenging ridge scrambles and summits, it's all possible in this part of the Pyrenees.
In the 1000 year old mountain village of Les Angles, you'll stay in a lovingly renovated barn conversion. This 300 year old farmhouse has all modern comforts in a beautiful setting.
From your accommodation at this walking holiday, there are stunning views to the south over Lac de Matermale and the high mountain ridge bordering France and Spain. Guests normally share the accommodation but have their own double bedroom.
This guided walking holiday to the Catalonian Pyrenees is offered on a bed and breakfast basis and the accommodation is fully equipped with all modern conveniences including English and French TV. In the evening you can cater for yourself or sample some of the nearby, local village restaurants.
Sit at one of the two wooden decks at the fire pit and gaze at the glorious mountain views while you contemplate what local delicacy to grill on the BBQ. Included in your holiday is a substantial daily breakfast, with sufficient food to allow for a lunch pack.
With walks starting straight from your accommodation, Les Angles is the perfect base for day walks ranging from gentle rambles through pretty Pyrenean villages to high serious ridge scrambles on remote peaks.
The famous Pyrenean Traverse Grand Randonne GR10 passes close by to Les Angles. You are surrounded by mountains reaching to almost 3,000 metres high. There is a network of guarded refuges and a wide range of walks in this part of the Pyrenees.
All guided walks are led by your host Mike. Mike is a qualified international mountain leader (IML) and is one of the most experienced leaders in Europe with over 40 years of walking and climbing throughout the world including the 1975 British Everest Expedition led by Chris Bonington.
There is a wide range of walks suitable for all walking levels. The programme can be tailored to your wishes, but to get the best from your walking holiday, a reasonable level of fitness is necessary.
The guided walking holiday itinerary below is an example. Your walking programme will be tailored to your wishes, interests and level of fitness.
Day 1 - Pyrenean Trails will meet you at either Perpignan, Girona or Barcelona airports and transfer you to your accommodation in Les Angles. After settling in, you can explore the old village of Les Angles or, to help your body acclimatise, take a short walk to Lac de Matermale before a welcoming aperitif.
Day 2 - From Les Angles you walk through forest trails to the Balcon de Balcere which leads past hidden lakes to a shepherd's hut. Here you can see transhumance in action in high pastures where over 400 cattle are looked after by modern day shepherds. Climbing through Scots Pine forests you gain your high point at the cross of Mont Llaret at 2,376 metres before descending the ski pistes back to Les Angles and a welcome beer.
Day 3 - A short drive across the valley takes you to Col de Sansa at 1,776 metres from where you start your ascent of Le Madres at 2,469 metres high. Walking over shepherd's trails you pass their rustic refuge and into the tranquil Coume de Ponteils. This beautiful valley is a natural haven for alpine plants and leads to Roc Negre. On a clear day you can gaze down on the Mediterranean Sea from here, before climbing the final few meters to the mountain's summit. Descending Serrat de L'Ours you complete the circuit of this wild mountain Pyrenean area.
Day 4 - A day to recover or take time to explore the region on your own. Lac de Matermale is a local activity centre with several water based activities next to the bar and restaurant. You can try horse riding, archery or wind your way through the wires on a ropes course high in the trees. Les Angles has a highly regarded Animal Park with several species of animal once seen roaming wild in the Pyrenees. If relaxation is what you are looking for then try one of the three thermal Spa baths.
Days 5 and 6 - On the next two days of walking, you'll have the opportunity to stay overnight in a mountain refuge. You'll be walking up Pic Carlit, which at 2,921 metres is the highest peak in the Eastern Pyrenees.
From Les Angles you follow walking tracks and streams to the source of the River Aude. This part of the Catalonian Pyrenees is a major watershed where, within a few miles, streams flow north towards the Atlantic Ocean, south to the Mediterranean Sea near Barcelona, east to the Mediterranean by Perpignan and northeast to the Mediterranean by Narbonne.
From Lac D'Aude, a short climb leads to stunning views of tomorrow's ascent. You walk down to Lac Bouillouses and the Club Alpine Française refuge for the night.
Starting early the next day, you walk the barrage wall and ascend through the Desert du Carlit, a wild glaciated area with dozens of natural lakes now stocked with wild mountain trout. Walking glacial moraine, the final towering summit looms overhead and the path takes an unlikely line across a rock face up to this majestic summit. A fitting finale to your walking week.
Day 7 - End of this guided walking holiday in the Catalonian Pyrenees in France. Airport transfer and departure.
The Pyrenean Trails walking holiday can start on any day to suit your travel plan. Minimum group size for the offered price is 4 people. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed and Breakfast
From £ 595.- / 8 days
Price per person - shared - min 4 people
Airport transfers, Accommodation with breakfast & packed lunch, 5 days guided walks.
All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.
June - October
Mike & Jenny
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