Walk your way around the Pyrenees
Our walking holidays are specially made for the independent or for guided groups, everything from easy walking to serious hiking. We welcome walkers of all ages, levels of fitness, families, singles, couples or groups. However, please check that the described level of walking is right for you or the people you currently walk with this information can be found on our safety page and holiday packages page.
We offer our clients the option to choose anything from a weeks' fixed based day walks through to weeks' hut trekking across the Pyrenees hiking to the highest summits in both France and Spain.
We can offer tailor-made holidays with the best trekking routes using local guides, combined with our own extensive independent local knowledge of the history, gastronomy, wildlife and love of the Pyrenees. Walk with a local English speaking mountain guide who will be professionally qualified and will aim to give you the personal attention to detail. The walking potential from Bareges is enormous with walks for all interests and abilities with an extensive and well signposted footpath network. At lower levels the paths take you through meadows, mixed woodland and the picturesque villages of the Pays Toy, to the south of you enter the National Park and the superb Neouvielle region with its hundred lakes and 3000m peaks. The GR10 long distance footpath also passes through the village.
How we help you explore...
On the evening of your arrival we explain the footpath network and provide our route guide which has twenty main walks and as many variants. This guide offers something for all interests, from suggestions for the naturalist to whole day expeditions into the high mountains for the experienced mountain walker. Wherever possible our walks are circuits, the shorter ones through the woods and meadows around the village could be completed in two hours, the high mountain loops into the Neouvielle region and the National Park can take up to eight hours.
We offer a programme of guided walks each week at the most dramatic sites within the Parc National des Pyrenees. Our vast repertoire, which we have developed over 17 years of exploration ourselves includes walks at the Cirque de Gavarnie, the Neouvielle lakes, the Cirque de Troumouse, and cross border walks into Spain. At each site we choose our routes by taking into account your interests, using as much as possible lesser known trails. Easy road access into the high mountains allows us to programme walks where one can appreciate the wildlife, savour the dramatic scenery, and enjoy that wonderful feeling of being on top of the world. There is too much to see and enjoy here for head down ascents!
For the naturalist we will take you to some of our favourite places well of the beaten track with the walking led at an easy pace. We will seek out the resident wildlife including Isard, marmot, the best places for the raptors, the best valleys for the flowers, the high alpines... always taking the time to appreciate the richness and diversity of the Pyrenean flora and fauna.
The experienced walker will want to see the Vignemale, climb a Pyrenean '3000' or take an unforgettable trip across the frontier into Spain through the Breche de Roland, enjoy our Cirque de Gavarnie circuit, or our 'Three Cirques' traverse. These routes are not technically difficult and are well within the scope of anybody who walks regularly.
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