Across the Spain-France Border: Trekking in the Pyrenees
A Guided Trip – 7 Days & 6 Nights
The mighty Pyrenees extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, forming a massive natural boundary between France and Spain. The diverse valleys of these wonderful mountains offer an endless range of possibilities for outdoor adventures in a magnificent natural environment steeped in traditional culture and fascinating history.
Take a hike on the wild side and join us on this trip of outstanding natural beauty, towering summits and deep canyons. This trip with 2 overnights in mountain huts in spectacular settings takes place in a unique Trans-National Zone – including national parks on both sides of the range: Spain’s Parque Nacional de Cañones de Ordesa y Monte Perdido and France’s Parc Nacional des Pyrénées - designated as a World Natural Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, a true paradise for wild flower lovers and nature enthusiasts and home to most of the highest summits in the Pyrenees.
Arrival To Barcelona
Arrival in Barcelona and transfer on your own to hotel near the Gothic quarter. Enjoy exploring this vibrant Mediterranean port city. Highlights include at least 8 architectural sites featuring the Catalan Modernisme Style which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status such as La Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell and Casa Milá. Don’t miss strolling the aisles of La Boquería—of one of Europe’s most colourful markets or the picturesque Ramblas street. Overnight: hotel in BarcelonaDay
Barcelona To Torla
Free time in the morning. At noon meet your tour leader for an orientation session, then lunch at a nearby restaurant frecuented by Picasso and other famous contemporary artists. Afternoon transfer to the picturesque village of Torla, at 1489 m/ 4885 ft. elevation, the gateway to Spain’s spectacular Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. Overnight: hotel in Torla Day
Ordesa Canyon Hike
Today’s excursion is one of the highlights of the trip, where our expert local guide leads us on a trail along a “Faja” – or narrow grassy band running high across Ordesa Canyon’s limestone walls. On this hike you’ll experience breathtaking views, wildflowers galore and beautiful waterfalls. Overnight: hotel in TorlaDay
Gavarnie Cirque & Parque Nacional des Pyrenées (France)
We climb to the Spanish-French border at Bujaruelo Pass (2273 m / 7457 ft), but here there’s no passport control or immigration police, just marmots and the wind! We enter France, traversing along the northern slopes of Mt. Taillón, to finally reach the Serradets Hut (2587 m / 8488 ft) perched high in the Gavarnie Cirque, one of the most spectacular hut settings in the world, with views of 445m Gavarnie Falls, among the highest in Europe. Overnight: Serradets Hut at 2500 m. (France)Day
Breche de Roland & Parque Nacional de Monte Perdido y Cañones de Ordesa
We cross back into Spain via La Brèche de Roland (2804 m) a characteristic gap in the massive wall of the ridgeline. A meandering descent through boulderfields and rock ledges leads us to high meadows, typical grazing grounds of local chamoix – called sarrios. Flowing rock formations lead down to Goriz Hut (2200 m), ensconsed in yet another wonderful setting at the foot of Monte Perdido and overlooking the jewel of the national park – Ordesa Canyon. Overnight: Goriz Hut, 2,200 m. (Spain)Day
Today we return to civilization! First we must descend to the canyon floor via the Soaso Cirque and Cola de Caballo waterfall, then follow a comfortable riverside path, past a seemingly endless succession of waterfalls on our way down to the meadows at Pradera de Ordesa (1300 m). A short transfer brings us back to Torla. Overnight: hotel in TorlaDay
Transfer to Bilbao, via Pamplona and San Sebastián. Tour Ends.
The tour officially ends after breakfast, with a transfer to Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque Country on the Atlantic coast. On the way we pass through Pamplona and San Sebastian where you’ll have the choice of getting off. We can book hotels for you in any of these 3 cities.
Single room supplement: 130€
For extra nights at start and/or end of tour, please consult us for prices and availability.