High Level Pyrenees Snowshoe Holiday

Superb snowshoeing winter activity holiday in France and Spain




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Holiday Overview


  • 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. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group accommodation near Luchon. A single transfer from Toulouse Airport is provided.
  • Issued with snowshoes and introductory walk through the Luchonnais.
  • Snowshoe around the Pic d'Aubas and further onto the Pic d'Arres horseshoe.
  • Drive to Val d'Aran and snowshoe up the Aiguamox Vallley to Restanca and refuge (2010m).
  • Optional snowshoe to Montardo (2833m). Snowshoe to Ventosa Refuge (2220m).
  • Cross the Port de Caldes (2570m) into the Cirque de Colomers. Return to chalet near Luchon.
  • Free day. Relax at the chalet or explore the town of Luchon with its thermal spa, or go downhill skiing.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Toulouse Airport is provided.
Sun 07 Feb - Sun 14 Feb Code PSH /01/16/ Adult$1,380 Status Guaranteed Book now
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Toulouse Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK Easyjet will be the best low cost airline offering flights to Toulouse. Easyjet have flights from Gatwick & Bristol. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group accommodation near Luchon. A single transfer from Toulouse Airport is provided.

    Arriving in Toulouse, KE Land Only package services begin with a single timed transfer to the group accommodation in the Vallee du Lys near Luchon. We stay in ‘La Feniere’, an old stone barn converted to modern chalet accommodation, with a comfortable lounge, bar, and dining room. The guide will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals d

  • Issued with snowshoes and introductory walk through the Luchonnais.

    After we have been issued with our snowshoes and equipment we have an introduction to snowshoe techniques and familiarise ourselves with safety procedures, learning to use our avalanche transceivers and probes. Our walk today takes us through the Luchonnais, before returning to the chalet.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hours snowshoeing

  • Snowshoe around the Pic d'Aubas and further onto the Pic d'Arres horseshoe.

    There is a wonderfully scenic route around the Pic d'Aubas and Pic d'Arres horseshoe. A good chance to practice our skills on this spectacular circuit. At the end of the day we return to the chalet. Tonight we will want to repack our rucsacs with everything we will need for our 3 day/2night expedition.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hours snowshoeing

  • Drive to Val d'Aran and snowshoe up the Aiguamox Vallley to Restanca and refuge (2010m).

    After breakfast at the chalet we leave France behind and drive into Val d’Aran, Spain (1-2hrs driving). We’ll drive as far as the snow conditions will allow us, then donning our snowshoes we walk up the Aiguamox valley, taking a coffee at the Banhs De Tredos, and to the head of the valley. It gets a little steeper now as we climb up towards the Cirque de Colomers. A superb view greets us we look down on the frozen lake and upwards to the dramatic skyline. It is now only a short walk to the Refuge and tonight’s accommodation (2010m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Distance 5km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hours snowshoeing

  • Optional snowshoe to Montardo (2833m). Snowshoe to Ventosa Refuge (2220m).

    Today we will have the option of walking to the summit of Montardo (2833m). Leaving the lake and refuge behind us we first climb for around 1.5 hours to the Port de Caldes (2570m) before dropping down into the Ventosa cirque and making our way westwards to the Guellacrestada (2470m). It is from here that we have the chance to make the optional ascent of Montardo. We ascend the ridge and then onto the summit for some absolutely outstanding views of the surrounding peaks. We descend in time for lunch. In the afternoon we continue downhill, across more frozen lakes, to the Ventosa Refuge (2220m) where we settle in for the night.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 6 hours snowshoeing

  • Cross the Port de Caldes (2570m) into the Cirque de Colomers. Return to chalet near Luchon.

    Heading north we cross the Port de Caldes (2570m), from where a wonderful descent leads us into the Cirque de Colomers. From here we cut across and back to the Port de Ressec and our vehicle. A short drive takes us into the village of Arties and an excellent tapas bar, where we can celebrate the end our journey! After an enjoyable dinner we return to Luchon and our comfortable chalet accommodation.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 7 hours snowshoeing

  • Free day. Relax at the chalet or explore the town of Luchon with its thermal spa, or go downhill skiing.

    We have a free day at La Feniere. There are several options depending on how active you feel after the trek. You could go cross-country or downhill skiing, or visit the small town of Luchon with its cafes and restaurants, or simply stay at the chalet and relax by the open fire.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Toulouse Airport is provided.

    After breakfast we have a single timed transfer to Toulouse Airport where KE Land Only package services end. Depending on flight schedules we may have time to pop to Luchon for a final French style coffee and gateau!

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Fully qualified professional local English speaking guide
  • Single timed returned transfers from Toulouse to La Feniere
  • 5 nights in chalet in La Feniere
  • 2 nights mountain hut
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All snowshoeing and technical equipment needed (Snowshoes / avalanche transceivers / probes / shovels etc)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Tips
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

During this holiday you will spend 5 nights at La Feniere. This is a comfortable lodge situated in the Vallee de Lys a few miles from the elegant spa town Bagneres de Luchon. The 200 year old stone building is actually a converted barn with a great open fire place and dining area with views of a spectacular 3000m high frontier ridge. There are 5 twin rooms with wash basins. Powerful modern showers and the toilets are separate. The living area is spacious and has a bar as well as board games, books, ipod docking station and WIFI for guests.

You will also spend 2 nights in mountain refuges, the Ventosa and the Restanca. Accommodation here is in mixed dormitories. Hot showers are available and meals are in a communal dining room. Blankets are provided, but you should bring a sheet sleeping bag liner or a light weight sleeping bag (bear in mind you will have to carry this for the 3 day expedition), hut shoes and slippers are provided in the mountain refuges.

If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex whilst staying at La Feniere. Additional hotel nights at La Feniere are also available. For additional night prices please call the KE office. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All nights at La Feniere are on half-board basis, except free day when it is breakfast only. Afternoon tea and biscuits are included when at La Feniere, as are a reasonable amount of wine and coffee at dinner. 5 picnic/packed lunches are provided for your days on the mountain. Dinners are provided at the refuges but these meals do not include drinks. 1 lunch is not included - this is on your free day to allow you some flexibility. Your final dinner on the last night in Luchon is also not included. There are many cafes, patisseries and restaurants in Luchon.

Continental breakfasts, packed lunches and a full 3-course evening meal including red wine are provided while staying at La Feniere, with the exception of the free day. A variety of wholesome home cooked dinners and picnic lunches will be prepared by the chalet staff. On the free day, when you will be responsible for your own lunch, you will find a variety of good cafes and restaurants in Luchon or nearby Superbagneres. During the 2 nights spent at the mountain refuges, good wholesome meals will be provided by the hut. La Feniere can provide good vegetarian meals, however vegetarian meals at the refuge will be limited in variety.

The group will rendezvous at the chalet base near the town of Luchon. The nearest airport to Luchon is Toulouse approximately 2 hours away. We provide a single timed group transfer from Toulouse airport to the group's accommodation on Day 1 of the holiday itinerary. This transfer is timed to meet one of the Easy Jet flights from London Gatwick.

This transfer time changes depending on which departure you choose, below are the flight times to which the transfers are timed:
PSH.1.16 - 7 Feb: Arrive Toulouse 1615 / 14 Feb: Depart Toulouse 0900
PSH.2.16 - 21 Feb: Arrive Toulouse 1310 / 28 Feb: Depart Toulouse 1645
PSH.3.16 - 6 Mar: Arrive Toulouse 1615 / 13 Mar: Depart Toulouse 1645

Anyone may use these transfers but it is your responsibility to check the timings of this flight prior to departure as schedules can change.
If your flight schedules do not permit you to take advantage of these transfers you will need to make your own transfer arrangements, trains run regularly from Toulouse to Luchon, however you may need to overnight in Toulouse depending on your flight schedule. Please note that we cannot book trains or additional nights in Toulouse for you. We can book extra nights at La Feniere.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

On all snowshoeing days you will have a fully qualified professional local English speaking guide.

We estimate that €200 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses including the above-mentioned meals. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in Toulouse Airport and Luchon, and credit cards can also be used to pay for most goods and services.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single trek bag and a daypack. There is no weight restriction as such other than that imposed by your international carrier but you will find travelling easier with lighter luggage. Note that you will need to carry everything you require (including your mountain equipment) for the 2 nights at the Restanca and Ventosa refuges (sleeping bags are not required). We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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 high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Daypack/rucksack – 45 litres*
  • Waterproof hiking boots (above ankle high)
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers (pants) / Winter trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers (rainpants)
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal base layer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (eg. down)
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat & balaclava
  • Eyewear – sunglasses with side protection
  • Sheet sleeping bag or lightweight sleeping bag
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection min 3 rating (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / sneakers (for valley use)
  • Spare laces
  • Thermos flask
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes

The following are provided locally:

  • Snowshoes
  • Ski poles
  • Avalanche Transceiver, probes, shoves etc
  • Extra shoes – hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges.


  • You will need to carry everything you require (including your mountain equipment) for the 2 nights at the refuge.


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. While regular hiking is the best preparation for this holiday, a weekly exercise plan (running, cycling, swimming etc.) is good for developing cardio-vascular fitness. Before setting off we recommend that you make time to fit in several long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

During the winter months the daytime temperature typically ranges from 2°C to 8°C At 2000m the daytime temperature range will be from -5°C to 2°C. The Pyrenees receives most of its precipitation in the winter, normally falling as snow. However we can expect mostly clear and sunny days with the odd day of cloud or snowfall. It should be noted that mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and stormy weather cannot be ruled out at any time of the year.

IGN 25K TOP 25/Serie Bleue. Topographic Survey Maps

Sheets: 18480T Bagneres-de-Luchon Finely detailed cartography giving an almost 3-D representation of the terrain, with 10 metre contour interval and relief-shading. Local footpaths and GR routes are highlighted.

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