Central Pyrenees Snowshoe Week

Centre-based exploration at the heart of the Pyrenees




From $1,300 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • 5 days of varied and exciting showshoeing in France
  • Comfortable mountain lodge accommodation
  • Views of the highest Pyrenean peaks, Pico Aneto
  • Snowshoeing holiday for beginners

This exceptional snowshoe adventure holiday is based at the spa town of Luchon on the French side of the central Pyrenees; from here, we have easy access to a wealth of superb snowshoe day-walks within a mountain region that ranks amongst the most spectacular in Europe, let alone France. The valleys and ridges above the town rise to 2000 metres and prove to be the perfect snowshoe playground, as we start out with a couple of easier hikes and progress to more challenging objectives. Popular options during this flexible week include the circuit via the Antenac Ridge, the Pic d'Arres Horseshoe, the Benque Circuit and the hike from the Col de Peyrasourde to the Pic du Lion. All walks are locally guided and the week includes a free day, giving everyone the chance to relax, enjoy the mountain views from our very pleasant accommodation, or to spend time in the quintessentially Pyrenean town of Luchon.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday covers a variety of ground from relatively easy snow covered forest trails to steeper mountain slopes. 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 conditions and the abilities of the group. A suggested programme for the week is given in the itinerary section. It should be noted that in some snow conditions snowshoeing can be quite energetic and you should have a good level of cardiovascular fitness before coming on this holiday. The holiday is suitable for novices and also those people with previous snowshoeing experience.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group accommodation near Luchon. A single transfer from Toulouse Airport is provided.
  • Issued and fitted with snowshoes. Introductory walk onto the Antenac Ridge.
  • Snowshoe on the GR10 along to the Serrat de Crespes. Ascent the Plan de Montmajoy (2082m).
  • A circular snowshoe walk around the Benque circuit (1664m).
  • Free day. Relax at the chalet or explore the town of Luchon with its thermal spa, or go downhill skiing.
  • Snowshoe to the Pic d'Aubas (2071m) and the Pic d'Arres horseshoe.
  • Southern section of the Antenac Ridge and the summit d'Antenac (1990m).
  • Departure day. A single transfer is provided to Toulouse Airport.
Sun 24 Jan - Sun 31 Jan Code CPS /01/16/ Adult$1,300 Status Available Book now
Sun 28 Feb - Sun 06 Mar Code CPS /02/16/ Adult$1,300 Status Guaranteed Book now
Sun 22 Jan - Sun 29 Jan Code CPS /01/17/ Adult$1,300 Status Available Book now
Sun 26 Feb - Sun 05 Mar Code CPS /02/17/ Adult$1,300 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Toulouse. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Toulouse Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Low cost carriers include Easyjet from Gatwick. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip 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'.

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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. For this week we are staying in ‘La Feniere’, an old stone barn converted to modern chalet accommodation, with a comfortable lounge, bar with wifi, and dining room. Before dinner the guide will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions. Our itinerary will depend on snow and weather conditions, there are many walks to choose from in this area. We aim to be out snowshoeing for 4 - 6 hours per day.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals d

  • Issued and fitted with snowshoes. Introductory walk onto the Antenac Ridge.

    After we have been issued and fitted with our snowshoes and any necessary safety equipment we shall drive to the village of Bourg d’Oueil (1336m) and do a splendid introductory walk that leads up from the valley through scattered birch forest to cut across country and onto the Antenac Ridge, where we pick up a number of small tops. Fabulous 360 degree views onto the mountains around us.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 560m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 560m

    • Time 4 hours snowshoeing

  • Snowshoe on the GR10 along to the Serrat de Crespes. Ascent the Plan de Montmajoy (2082m).

    We drive to the mountain village of Artigue and follow the GR10 as it winds eastwards across the Pyrenees. Stopping for elevenses at the little cabane de Saunères, we continue upwards and then along the Serrat de Crespés to climb the Plan de Montmajou 2082m. This is a large flat area at the top of a small mountain where we have lunch and revel in the marvellous views all around. Pico Aneto 3404m and the highest in the Pyrenees, can be seen to the South and Néouvielle to the North with the border ridge in between. A superb day out on the snowy hils.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 860m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 860m

    • Time 4 - 6 hours snowshoeing

  • A circular snowshoe walk around the Benque circuit (1664m).

    Starting at St Aventin 950m, we walk up past some ancient megaliths and onwards towards the cabanes de Courreau (1664m) high above the Vallé d’Oueil. More glorious views and the possibility of spotting the odd Griffon Vulture that hasn’t headed South or a small herd of deer. Upwards again and we top out on the Coume d’Herrère at 1841m. From here it is all downhill, eventually picking up our ascent track and back to St Aventin. As we must pass through Luchon there is frequently a café stop at the friendly Billy’s Bar or the Brasserie

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 890m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 890m

    • Time 4 - 6 hours snowshoeing

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

    A rest day at our private chalet. We can choose to relax or have an optional extra activity day (at extra cost). We can go cross-country or downhill skiing, experience a tandem paraglide, relax in a thermal spa or visit the small town of Luchon with its cafes and restaurants, or just stay at the chalet and relax in the lounge by the wood-burner. Lunch and dinner are not included today to give the option to eat out in Luchon.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals b

  • Snowshoe to the Pic d'Aubas (2071m) and the Pic d'Arres horseshoe.

    A short drive brings us to the border pass of the Col du Portillon at 1293m. Dropping down very slightly from the Col into Spain we take a cunning, if steep, path through the forest to emerge just below the Col de Barèges 1749m. The views from here must be some of the finest in the Pyrenees as the peaks of the Sauvegarde and Mine are now directly in front of us. After a stop for elevenses there is a good climb to the summit of the Pic d’Aubas 2071m where we stop for lunch before completing the horseshoe with the Pic d’Arrès – our high point at 2161m – and round to the Col de Bareges again.. Anyone wishing not to summit can stop at the shepherd’s cabin on the Col. At the end of the day we return to the chalet.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 870m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 870m

    • Time 4 - 6 hours snowshoeing

  • Southern section of the Antenac Ridge and the summit d'Antenac (1990m).

    The Luchonnais offers so many possibilities that we can pick and choose a little depending on the weather and snow conditions, but as this is the last walking day we may opt to tackle the southern section of the Antenac Ridge. Revisiting the first 1.5 hours of the first walk we then head east towards the Sommet d’Antenac 1990m before continuing south with some truly fabulous views stretching before us. A long descent brings us to St Paul d’Oueil where we shall be picked up and return to the Lodge for our last celebratory dinner.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 6 hours snowshoeing

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

    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

  • Local professional English speaking guide
  • Single timed returned transfers from Toulouse Airport to La Feniere
  • 7 nights in chalet in La Feniere
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All snowshoeing and technical equipment required (Snowshoes / avalanche transceivers / probes / shovels etc)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

La Feniere is a comfortable lodge situated in the Vallee de Lys a few miles from Bagneres de Luchon. The 200 year old stone building is actually a converted barn with a great open fire place and dinning area with mountain views. 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.

If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Additional hotel nights at La Feniere are also available. Unfortunately single supplements are not available for this holiday. 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 wine and coffee at dinner. 5 picnic/packed lunches are provided for your days on the hill. 1 lunch and 1 dinner are not included - these are on your free day and provides you with flexibility of choice for these meals. 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. With the exception of the free day main meals will be taken in our chalet. A variety of wholesome home cooked dinners and picnic lunches will be prepared by the chalet staff. On the free day the group will take their meals in one of Luchon’s many excellent restaurants. 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 may change depending on which departure you choose, below are the flight times to which the transfers are timed:
CPS.1.16 - 24 Jan: Arrive Toulouse 1615 / 31 Jan: Depart Toulouse 1645
CPS.2.16 - 28 Feb: Arrive Toulouse 1615 / 6 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.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced locally-based English-speaking leader.

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 small 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.

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.

The altitudes on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

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:

  • Waterproof hiking boots (above ankle high)
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers (pants) / Winter weight trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers (rainpants)
  • Underwear
  • 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
  • Daypack (40 litres)*
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (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


  • * Day pack should be approx 40 litres and have outside straps for carrying the snowshoes when not in use. The items you have to carry (probes, shoves etc) are bulky but not heavy. Other items you need to carry in your daypack are your lunch, gortex, fleece, hot drink etc.


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.

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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 walking is the best preparation for this holiday, a weekly exercise plan (running, cycling, swimming etc.) is also good for developing cardio-vascular fitness.

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 on a rare occasion 10°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/Srie Bleue. Topographic Survey Maps

Sheets: 18480T Bagnres-de-Luchon and 18470T St-Bertrand-de-Comminges Finely detailed cartography with 10 metre contour interval and relief-shading. Local footpaths and GR routes are highlighted.

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