Walk to Freedom across the Pyrenees
France & Spain, Trek & Walk, 7 days - from £745 (land only) - from €930 (land only) - from $1,255 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Toulouse. KE group package services begin with a single timed transfer to the accommodation in St Girons. The drive will take around 1.5hrs .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. Approx 8-9 hrs walking, overnight Gite Aunac.
Day 3: We begin the day walking through beech forest and then along a section of the famous GR10 to the Col de la Core. Rendezvousing with our support driver for one last time, we pick up everything we need for the next 3 nights and head on for another 2.5hrs into the mountains. Tonight we will stay a simple cabane Subera (or camp) by the rock wall of Cirque de Lameza. Approx 5-6hrs walking, 16km, 1369m
Day 4: Today we embark on our most challenging day, with some serious height gain. 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. Approx 9 hrs walking, 13km, 883m ascent & 300m descent.
Day 5: We descend to Lac Rond before climbing again to the Frontier Col at 2522m. Finally we cross into Spain (no need for passports!) and descend down to the Noguera Palaresa river and the Refuge del Fortet where we meet our transport. After a late lunch of Spanish Tapas we transfer 1 hr back to Luchon. Overnight Luchon. Approx 7hrs walking, 10km, 200m ascent & 1245m descent.
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.