Pico Aneto - High Peaks of the Pyrenees
France & Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €1,115 (land only) - from $1,300 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Toulouse. KE group package services begin with a single timed transfer to the accommodation near Louchon. The guide will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions.
Day 2: This morning we have a short transfer to the Vallee d'Oueil where we start with a steep climb through the forest to Port de Pierrefite. An optional ascent up Mont Ne (2147m) gives superb views of Pico Aneto before we continue onto the lake for a quick swim and lunch. Proceeding upwards we cross the col and take in Pic Lion (2102m) before traversing around and back to Bourg d'Oueil.
Day 3: Several walking routes are available for our second day of hiking. We can enjoy a splendid walk through the forest at Artigue and along part of the GR10 to gain the Serrat de Crespes ridge. Continue to Pic de Bacanere (2193m) and views before returning to the chalet.
Day 4: The start of our 2 night expedition we beginning by transferring the Hospice de France and ascent through alpine meadows to Pas d'Escalette (2396m). Descending into Spain walk down to Rio Esera before the last push upto the Renclusa mountain refuge for the night.
Day 5: A predawn start takes us up a good path and then boulder hopping whilst the sun rises over the Diente de la Maladeta and the views expand out over the Pyrenean range and plains of France. Crossing the Portillones we can see the summit and gear up for the glacier crossing. Before lunch we climb the final steep section to summit Pico Aneto (3404m). We descend back to the refuge for approx 4pm.
Day 6: Depending on weather conditions and the group we can have another tough day today with various options. We will cross over the Spanish/French border at the exciting Port de Venasque and back down to the Hospice de France. Returning the lovely accommodation and a well earned drink.
Day 7: A rest day at the beautiful chalet. You could go for short local walk, visit the small town of Luchon with its cafes and restaurants, or just stay at the chalet and relax with a drink in the garden.
Day 8: KE group package services end after breakfast. There will be a single timed transfer to Toulouse Airport.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.