Walk to Freedom across the Pyrenees
France & Spain, Trek & Walk, 7 days - from £695 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $1,145 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Toulouse. KE group package services begin with a single timed transfer to the accommodation in St Girons. The guide will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions.
Day 2: We start our trek to Spain at Pont le Chemin de la Liberte, it was here that the driver sounded his whistle for the escapees to jump from the moving train and hastily collected by the Resistance for the first walk into the mountains. A long day but with little height gain. Overnight Gite Aunac. Walk distance 23km, 375m ascent, approx 8 to 9hrs walking.
Day 3: Through a beech forest and along a section of the GR10 we trek over two cols making our way deeper into the Pyrenees and soon into Spain. We stay in a simple cabane Subera (or camp) by the rock wall of Cirque de Lameza. Walk distance 16km, ascent 730m, approx 7hrs walking.
Day 4: Today we gain some height at last. We pay our respects to the crew of the Halifax bomber which crashed into Pic de Lampau before climbing the snow filled gully leading to the Col de Craberous (2382m) before a steep descent, past lakes and over boulder fields to the refuge de Estagnous. Walk distance 13km, ascent 883m, approx 9 hrs walking.
Day 5: Leaving the refuge we descend to Lac Rond before climbing again and scrambling through a small chimney and then a further 2 hrs to the Frontier Col at 2522m. From here we descend down to the Noguera Palaresa river and the village of Islil. After a late lunch of some Spanish Tapas we transfer to Luchon. Overnight lodge. Walk distance 10km, ascent 200m, descent 1245m, approx 7hrs walking.
Day 6: A free day in Luchon. You could go for short local walk, or maybe some tandem paragliding, cycling or have a soak in the thermal baths, or simply relax in Luchon with its pleasant cafes and restaurants.
Day 7: 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.