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Pyrenees Traverse: GR10 & GR11

11 day holiday: £1849

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  • Snapshot of this Trip

    Guided trek in hotels and refuges / Grade 4: Challenging+

    • 11 days, guided 120km point-to-point trek with qualified International Mountain Leader
    • GR10, GR11: French and Spanish Pyrenees
    • Cirque de Gavarnie, Lakes of Néouvielle National Reserve, Ordesa Canyon
    • 6 nights 2-3 star hotels
    • 1 auberge, 3 mountain refuges
    • 6 dinners and 8 picnics included
    • All transfers: starts and ends at Toulouse Airport

     

    Group size: 6-14

    The spine of the Pyrenees marks the border between France and Spain and offers some wonderful trekking along relatively quiet trails. Our trek takes us along the middle section of the mountain range from east to west. We hike along the French GR10 and then cross into Spain and on to the Spanish GR11 leading into the spectacular Ordesa Canyon. The people are proud Pyreneans living in pretty towns and hamlets with ancient churches. The trekking is challenging with varied scenery, rivers and lakes, thick deciduous forests and high arid mountains.

    We trek in September as the trails are quieter and the weather is normally more stable than July and August when it is hot, humid and storms frequent.

    For seven nights we stay mostly at family-run 3* hotels. For three nights we stay at mountain refuges in spectacular locations offering classic dormitory sleeping arrangements and hot showers. For the nights at the refuges we do not have access to our main luggage and so there will be light backpacking.

    The trip starts and ends at Toulouse Airport which is a great place to continue your travels in France to nearby places such as Carcassonne, Lourdes and the villages of the Tarn Valley. Or you can head south to Barcelona and beyond.

    Flights are mostly via European hubs such as Paris, London, Amsterdam etc, but there is a direct flight from Montreal 3-4 times per week.

     

  • Itinerary

    1. Meet at 1pm Toulouse Blagnac Airport, private transfer to Bagnères-de-Luchon in 2 hours. 3* hotel.
    2. Transfer to Superbagneres and hike to fabulous location at Lac d’Espingo. Mountain refuge.
    3. Descend to Granges d’Astau, steep climb to Couret d’Esquierry. Descend along remote valley to the hamlet of Germ. Auberge.
    4. Climb above Lake Génos, close to the Tour du France cycle route, and then down to St Lary. 2* hotel.
    5. Ascend to Col de Portet and into the spectacular Néouvielle National Reserve with azure lakes and high peaks. Mountain refuge.
    6. Cross high mountain pass and on to remote valley with small lakes. Descend to small ski town of Barèges. 3* hotel.
    7. One-hour drive to Gavarnie. Late morning hike to Cirque de Gavarnie or afternoon at leisure. 3* hotel.
    8. Ascend to Col de Tentes and on to the famous Brèche de Roland. Step into Spain and the moonscape scenery on the south side of the Pyrenees. Mountain refuge.
    9. Descend into the incredible Ordesa Canyon – the steep sides are almost 1km deep. Follow the river to Torla, a beautiful Spanish village. 3* hotel.
    10. Short transfer to Bujaruelo and hike to col. Cross into France and long descent to Gavarnie. 3* hotel.
    11. Transfer by private bus to Toulouse Airport in 3 hours, arriving around midday.

     

  • What’s included and detailed trip dossier

    • Twin share in mostly 3-star hotels for 6 nights
    • 1-night auberge and 3 nights mountain refuges
    • All breakfasts, 6 dinners and 8 picnic lunches
    • Main luggage available 6 out of 10 nights
    • All transfers including Toulouse airport
    • Qualified International Mountain Leader

     

    > Click here for a detailed 2020 Trip Dossier  

    Getting Here

    Toulouse Blagnac Airport can be reached from London, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, most major European hubs and there are direct flights from Montreal. There are many domestic flights connections to Paris, which is well connected to the USA and Canada, Australia and further afield. Toulouse can also be reached by train from Paris, Marseille and Barcelona. Please note that the train station is not at the airport and so you will need to make your way to the airport by bus or taxi to meet the guide and transfer to the hotel.

  • Accommodation

    We stay for five nights at 3-star hotels and one night at a 2-star hotel. We stay at an auberge for one night and three nights at mountain refuges. All hotel rooms have private bathrooms. The refuges have shared facilities and hot showers. Occasionally this may vary and we will inform you at the time of booking your holiday if this is the case.

    Most of the hotels have Wi-Fi. Please note that some of the Wi-Fi can be slow and you may be better using your data.

    The hotels, restaurants and refuges offer meals for vegetarian diets. Some cater to other diets, such as vegan and gluten-free, but others do not and so we are regretfully not able to guarantee this. It is best to bring some supplements with you. Gluten-free bread is not available at the hotels.

    The hotels are reluctant to give single rooms and so we are unable to offer this.

  • How to Book Your Trek

    Step 1 – Choose Your Trek

    Select your trek and check availability, either by phoning us or sending an on-line enquiry.

    Step 2 – Complete a Booking Form

    Complete an on-line booking form and pay a deposit of 10% of the tour.

    Step 3 – How to Pay

    Payments are in British Pounds (GBP). You can pay by bank transfer, credit or debit card or with a Sterling cheque.

    Please indicate how you wish to pay on the booking form.

    If you wish to pay by bank transfer we will send you the account details by e-mail.

    If you wish to pay by credit card or debit card we will send you an email via worldpay that allows you to pay online. We accept GBP, USD, CAD, NZD, AUD, EUR only.

    Cheques should be made out to Salamander Treks Ltd.

    Please note that your money is safe when you book with us. All monies are deposited and held in trust by the trustees of the Travel Trust Association (TTA). Only when your tour has finished do we receive your money.

    Step 4 – Email Confirmation

    Once the payment has been received we will send you an e-mail confirmation. Final payment is 8 weeks before the trip starts.

Available Dates

Date Availability Price Per Person
09 Sept – 19 Sept 2020 Guaranteed (limited availability) £1849

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The hotels offer meals for vegetarian diets. Not all of the hotels cater to other diets, such as vegan and gluten-free, and so we are regretfully not able to guarantee this.

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