The Pyrenees Mountain Range

Spain

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The Pyrenees is a natural border between the main European continent and the Iberian Peninsula. For centuries it played as deterrent and make it hard for invaders as it rises to more than 11000ft and still shapes in different ways north to south of the ridges. Spanish and French valleys offer distinct feelings as the weather colors the scenery.
This tour will explore various communities in both sides of this magnificent mountains, as we enter several protected areas of different geologic features. From the pre-Pyrenees to the highest pics of the same range, from the sunnier south slopes to the greener French Basque country, we will hike.
Riglos will be our first approach, impressive geologic formations that are preparing for this intense hiking adventure. History will never be far away and present in the tour, giving you some insight about mankind a is relation with its environment.
The National park of Ordesa and monte Perdido are receiving us for to impressive hikes, some level of fitness will be required. The beauty of the valley and the little villages that present are of symbiosis. Historical legacy related to the ancient camino of Santiago, with the possibility to reach one of the last glaciers of the Pyrenees by the French side in yet another national park, are a mixt between culture, sports, and nature.
From these highest Mountains pics to gentler slopes of the French Basque country will stop at a major historical monument build in the mountain. Place of kings from Aragon X C. Ad. Hiking from one old village to the in-cave Monastery and surrounding natural monument and up to the new build XVII C. Monastery will make this transfer day a memorable one.
Once in France a more karstic environment awaits us! Hiking up green hillsides of deep gorges and beautiful forest covered mountain add to the feeling of being in another Pyrenees. The small hamlets are well preserved and stay as in postcards. Now it’s time to enter the mountain and explore the 3th biggest cave known. Hike along the river inside and feeling a bit of the speleology ambient in a controlled hike.
As the tour ends why not stop at one of Hemmingway´s best known stops: Pamplona. Stroll in the old quarters and feel the same Basque heritage, this time with a Spanish accent. One perfect way of coming back to a more day-to-day reality.

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Groups     Personalizados 8 -16

Duration  13 Días

Dates     2020

Start/End  León - Santiago - Finisterre

Difficulty Media

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ITINERARY:

Día 1: Pamplona

Welcome at Pamplona airport or hotel depending arrival arrangements. » Tour Briefing and transfer to Riglos area. (2H » 90mi/140km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Dinner included.

Day 2: Mallos de Riglos Circular Hike

4h Hike » 6.6mi (10.6km) » 1800ft total Gain elevation » highest Point 3510ft (1070m) » Lowest Point 2100ft (640m) The Mallos de Riglos are huge natural sculptures that draw an astonishing mountain landscape. They consist in a group of vertical structures of conglomerate rock that reach up to 1000ft, and define a clear and impressive physical border between this part of the pre-pyrenees mountain range. The beauty of Riglos is due to its singularity, but also to the contrast between the extremely vertical shape of its Mallos and the rather flat environment that they are facing. Despite of its beauty and easy access by road, Riglos area has no big tourist infrastructures and its villages are still living according to rather traditional economic and social patterns. Back in 11th century this area became for few years an independent Kingdom, as Aragon King Pedro I offered it as a dowry to his wife Berta. That’s why the area is still known as “el Reino de los Mallos”: the kingdom of Mallos. The wildlife of the area is excellent and the cliffs are home to a huge colony of griffon vultures that ride on the thermals created by these huge souths facing cliffs. » Transfer to Loarre + Afternoon visit to Loarre Castle (1h) » Transfer to the Ordesa Y Monte Perdido National Parc (1h30 » 75mi/120km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Breakfast + Lunch Box + Dinner included.

Day 3: Carriata & Cotatuero Circus Circular Hike

6h Hike » 9.7mi (15.6km) » 3350ft total Gain elevation » highest Point 6335ft (1930m) » Lowest Point 4297ft (1310m) The day start with a small transfer to reach the Pradera area of the national Park. Ordesa & Monte Perdido is a National park in Spain that border’s another just across the border the French Pyrenees National Park. Altogether they form a vast area of protected high mountains and deep valleys. We are going to explore thru a Hike one of those deep valleys, Ara’s river Valley. Hiking and following trail hanging just above the tree line and under the massive cliffs we follow the Fajas de Racon & Canalleros. On the way up to reach the fajas we traverse pine tree forest. These trails follow the two-mountain circus that we are proposing to Hike. The views from up here are just incredible, from one side a shear mountain face and the other a huge slope jumping from the heights…. As we hike up the valley we will meet the Ara River, waterfall and rapids are still sculping the scenery and shape this environment. As we reach back to our starting point of the day the trails soften and turn the hike end as a gentle stroll. Time is now to enjoy Torla, this beautiful mountain Village, so typical of the Pyrenees. In late September it returns to a more laidback village as opposition of the Summer days. Small narrow streets and packed stone houses in a perfect blend with the land around. » Transfer to head trail & back (20min » 6.5mi/10km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Breakfast + Lunch Box + Dinner included.

Day 4: Hike to Sarradet Refuge (FR) & Back

8h Hike » 10.6mi (17.2km) » 4921ft total Gain elevation » highest Point 8470ft (2582m) » Lowest Point 4400ft (1340m) Our Hike starts by and old hospital from the middle age, now with a more up to date service, being a refuge. Across the middle age bridge, we tackle the slopes of Bujaruelo Valley, up to reach the mountain pass of Bujaruelo as known in Spain, to the French side Gavarnie Pass. We are using an old pilgrimage and link between villages in the Pyrenees. On the other side, already in France Gavarnie in the French Pyrenees National Park. Our goal is the refuges of Sarradet, well above the clouds. This refuge is also near of the Roland Breche and by the retrieving Talon Glacier. To reach this we will hike up along a constantly changing land. River and forest at the bottom of the valley give way to open green alpine meadows, to yet another metamorphosis into a more mineral world as we reach higher altitudes… Once at the refuge and after we challenge the way up thru the river fall, we can appreciate, if the weather permits, the stunning view over the Roland Mountain Pass above, or the Gavarnie Circus to the north. One thing will be sure, now we surely deserve a drink. A helicopter served one as all the supplies come by air nowadays… If time enough, and weather allowing why not try the Roland Pass and have a look back into Spain. Speaking about Spain, we must tackle the same way back to Bujaruelo Refuge, all the way down into the valley to make sure to return to our logging. »Transfer to head trail & back (20min » 6.5mi/10km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Breakfast + Lunch Box + Dinner included.

Day 5: San Juan de la Penã monastery Hike & Visit

3h Hike » 6mi (9.6km) » 4921ft total Gain elevation » highest Point 4035ft (1230m) » Lowest Point 2657ft (810m) In the old monastery of San Juan de la Peña lies the memory of the Aragon origin. In its entrails rest its first kings and the imprint of the legendary and splendid Aragonese past. The origins of the monastery date back to the high Middle Ages (10th century), a refuge for Christian communities besieged by Muslims. The Monastery lies just beneath a huge rock formation and give the monument its unique feature. Nowadays there is a second Monastery this one at the top of the hill. Dating from the XVIII C. is a complement to the much older in the rock façade. The day Hike will give us an overview of the two monasteries starting from the village of Santacruz de Serós. From the IX C. Church at Santa Cruz we will hike up first to the Old Monastery and make a stop. Stop to visit this amazing place of historical meaning to Aragon and Spain. After unveiling some of his secrets we head up to the newer Monastery. Located on top of the hill and in a natural monument it features wonderful views over the surrounding areas bellow and to the Pyrenees to the north… After this amazing hike into Aragon’s history time to continue to our destination: France, and it’s Basque Country. » Transfer to San Juan de la Peña (1h30min » 49mi/79km) » Transfer San Juan de la Peña to Larrau area (2h10 » 75mi/120km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Breakfast + Lunch Box + Dinner included.

Day 6: Holtzarte Gorges Circular Hike

4h30 Hike » 8.8mi (14.2km) » 2430ft total Gain elevation » highest Point 3280ft (1000m) » Lowest Point 1312ft (400m) Situated in the north sides of the Pyrenees the French Basque country is almost un-eared off and a complete outsider region when we think of France as a destination. So, uncharted territory for the normal tourist and what a surprise for those who reach these valleys and region. It is stunning how much the scenery can change. The Rainfall on this side of the Pyrenees is a lot higher, than in Spain, the sunnier one. Forest and green pastures are more bright and lush, the amount of water also shaped in a more dramatic way this side of the Mountain range. Very deep gorges gutter these limestone hills as the water rushes mountain down… The result is just unbelieved deep Gorges, forest covered hillsides and amazing grassland on top of the somewhat lower pics. For the next two days water will be the maestro around. From the Gite at Loggibar we take a small trail up along the river with a strange name: Olhadoko Erreka. Along the forest we gain eight and start to enter the old forest grow of Beeches, once used to build the French ships. At some moment the highlight appears to our eyes: the Holtzarte hanging bridge. Towering above the Gorge some 500ft and wider off about 660ft it’s an impressive crossing. The trail continues just after gaining height to the meadows above the woods. The trails go along the Olhadubi Gorge and into sheep country as it follows the steep slopes. Marvelous views are to be observed. As all that go up have to go down, the trail soon after reaching its highest point start an very steep descent toward the Logibar Gite… » Transfer to head trail & back (30min » 9mi/14km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Breakfast + Lunch Box + Dinner included.

Day 7: Speleo Hike in Laverna Cave + Kakueta gorges Hike

3h Hike » in the Cave + 2H » 2.8mi hike into the Kakueta Gorge 900ft total Gain elevation » highest Point 2620ft (800m) » Lowest Point 1640ft (500m) The French Basque Country is Shaped by water and the rivers that flow around and allow this beautiful lush forest, water that come from the guts of the mountains. We have hiked during days along the Pyrenees, visiting and unveiling the fantastic regions and mountain range that is. Now we can know more of the genesis of this landscape. Let see its inner guts. This day is dedicated to visit and hike one of the biggest caves in the world: LaVerna Cave. One that displays a waterfall with over 260ft tall and can fit more than 3 Notre Dame (Paris Cathedral) inside. Let’s suite up and explore this amazing natural environment. After about 3h into the cave darkness, hiking and squeezing around, why not see were the water exit. The Kakueta Gorge is the place to go, the same river that we saw inside exit here via a waterfall. And present us with a natural wonder, a deep canyon with in places no more than 20ft wide. We are going to Hike up the amazing path that water sculpted along the millennia’s. It’s also a rich ecosystem that we can watch and learn from. After these two experiences, why not return and rest at the Hotel…. » Transfer to La Verna Cave (30min » 12.5mi/20km) » Logging in a 3 to 4* accommodation. » Breakfast + Lunch Box + Dinner included.

Day 8: Visit Pamplona 4H

Time to return to a normal day-by-day, not before exploring Pamplona. Let’s go see why Hemmingway became in love with this city. By the narrow streets of old Irueña (Pamplona in Basque) we stroll to the cathedral, to the old fortified walls, and the Saint Fermin Chapel and its saint for which the famous festivities are devoted. The town Square and the surroundings so many places to visit and taste… Transfer to Pamplona (2h » » 75mi/120km) 16h End of tour Breakfast + Lunch Included.

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