High Level Pyrenees Snowshoe Holiday
France & Spain, Snowshoeing, 8 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,140 (land only) - from $1,420 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Toulouse. KE group package services begin with a single timed transfer to the accommodation near Luchon. The guide will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions.
Day 2: After we have been issued with our snowshoes and equipment we have an introduction to the snowshoe techniques and familiarise ourselves with safety procedures. Our walk today takes us through the Luchonnais, before returning to the chalet. Approx 4-5hrs snowshoeing, 5-10km, drive time 30mins.
Day 3: Today is a wonderfully scenic route around the Pic d'Aubas horseshoe. Return to chalet. Tonight we will want to pack our rucsacs with everything we need for our 3 day expedition. Approx 5hrs snowshoeing, 8-10km, drive time 30mins.
Day 4: A transfer takes us across the border into Spain to start our 3 day expedition. Driving as far up the Val d'Aran as the snow will allow, we don our snowshoes and head up the Val d' Arties to Restanca Lake, where we overnight in the refuge. Approx 4hrs snowshoeing, 5km, drive time 1.15hrs.
Day 5: Today we journey from Restanca Lake to the Ventosa Refuge. Upon reaching the Col de Guesllascrestada (2470m) we have the chance to make an optional ascent of Pic Montardo (2833m) before descending to our accommodation for the night at the Ventosa Refuge. Approx 4-6hrs snowshoeing, 7km.
Day 6: Today we return to the Val d'Artes, via the Port de Caldes and Cirque de Colomers. Returning to our vehicle we head in to Arties to celebrate over dinner in a Tapas restaurant. After an enjoyable dinner, we return to Luchon and our comfortable lodge accommodation. Approx 5-7hrs snowshoweing, 9km, drive time 1.15hrs.
Day 7: A well-earned rest day at the beautiful chalet. You could go cross-country or downhill skiing, or visit the small town of Luchon with its cafes, restaurants and thermal spa or just stay at the chalet and relax with a book by the open fire.
Day 8: KE group package services end after breakfast and 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.