High Level Pyrenees Snowshoe Holiday
France & Spain, Snowshoeing, 8 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,185 (land only) - from $1,380 (land only)
Remote winter adventure
Many gentle snowshoeing holidays exist, but this one offers a bit more of a challenge with 3 day / 2 night expedition, staying in mountain refuges, and including the optional ascent of a 2833m Pyrenean Peak.
- Superb snowshoeing winter activity holiday in France and Spain
- 3 day snowshoe expedition in the Aigues Tortes National Park
- Optional snowshoe ascent of Pic Montardo (2833m)
- Two days of introductory snowshoeing and winter safety training
- 5 nights at our comfortable base in the spa town of Luchon
Our snowshoeing holiday in the Pyrenees begins with 2 days of introductory snowshoe walking and safety training from our characterful French base; a cosy, converted stone barn, just outside the beautiful spa town of Luchon. Now fully accustomed to our winter footwear, we drive into the Val d'Aran, Spain, from where we begin our 3-day hut to hut expedition at the eastern end of the Aigues Tortes National Park, a veritable wonderland of steep cols and frozen lakes, surrounded by jagged white peaks. With the exception of the odd skiing or snowshoeing party, we can expect to have this Pyrenean playground all to ourselves! From our first night's stay at the Restanca Refuge (2010m) we journey across frozen lakes and high cols to the Ventosa Refuge (2220m) and then back to our vehicle via the cirque de Colomers. We will have the chance, en route, to make an optional ascent of the 2833m peak, Montardo! This part of the holiday will include a couple of long and testing days, each with around 1000 metres of ascent and we will be required to carry our own personal belongings and equipment. We round off our expedition in true Spanish style at a traditional tapas restaurant before returning to Luchon and the comfort and fine food of our rustic French lodge. A free day allows us the opportunity to take it easy or to try another optional winter activity - such as skiing at nearby Superbagneres.
Is this holiday for you?
This snowshoeing holiday begins with an introductory session on relatively easy, snow covered forest trails or ridges above the Luchonnais. During this time we will also receive safety instruction before heading to the high mountains. During the week we will have the option to make an ascent of a 2800m plus peak. No previous snowshoeing experience is required, but a good level of fitness is essential. You should be prepared to be walking for 4-6 hours per day, in winter conditions, for a number of consecutive days. During the 3 days in the Aigues Tortes National Park, you will need to be prepared to carry your overnight belongings and packed lunches for 2 nights. Accommodation for our 5 nights in Luchon will be in twin share rooms and for the 2 nights at mountain refuges we will stay in dormitory style rooms with bunks, bedding will be provided at the refuges and you will only be required to carry a sleeping bag liner, or a lightweight sleeping bag if you prefer
The itinerary will be flexible and during the week the guide will use their expertise and local knowledge to determine the best routes to take advantage of prevailing snow/weather conditions and the abilities of the group. A suggested programme for the week is given in the itinerary section.