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8 nights - 5 walking days
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Holiday code : FP6PUOR
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Wonderful Winter Walking Around Spain's Lost Mountain

Spain's Ordesa National Park has it all: magnificent mountains, beautiful villages, dramatic valleys, glorious forests, and wonderful winter walking around it all. If you have never been you are missing out !

A summary of your journey

You may never have heard of the extraordinary Ordesa National Park, the traditional mountain village of Torla, or the Lost Mountain (Monte Perdido in Spanish, Mont Perdu in French) and all the dramatic mountains in the region, but we can assure you that they are very well worth considering if you want a truly memorable winter walking holiday on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. Please note: you can take the London Stansted - Lourdes Saturday flight which fits in perfectly with this holiday.

The Plus Points

  • The best of the Spanish Pyrenees in all their winter time glory
  • Excellent winter walking with lots of variety of walking and scenery
  • One of our favourite hotels that is magical in winter
  • Great example of our commitment to providing many highlights in one holiday

Le programme

The Programme

Day 1

Saturday : we meet you at Lourdes airport to take you to our hotel in Lourdes for this first night, or if you arrive by train (fast services), you can simply walk the 50 metres to the hotel. You are then free to explore the historic city of Lourdes. If you prefer to arrive on Sunday morning please contact us for details of the reduction in price and the organisation.
The comfortable three star Hotel Beauséjour is right in the city centre, and in easy walking distance to all places of interest.
Transfer: 40 minutes

Day 2

After breakfast you will meet up with your English speaking guide and the other group members (minimum 5; maximum 15) for the transfer via the scenic Ossau and Aspe valleys, and "over the top" into the époustouflant (a much better word for breathtaking!) Ordesa National Park, and your hotel for the next 5 nights. A truly memorable journey in itself, we think you'll find. This afternoon, or tomorrow morning, your expert winter walking guide will give you a snow-shoe winter walking lesson (as required). In truth - and unlike both downhill and cross-country skiing - it requires minimum equipment, little tutoring, negligible stress, and is easily picked up by simply doing it! Perhaps surprisingly, though, you'll find it is far less physically demanding than any form of skiing.
You stay near the beautifully remote village of Linas de Broto, with it's stone built houses and 13th century church, in the hotel Las Nieves. 15 minutes from the Canyons of Ordesa, this is an authentic mountain hotel that provides all the warm hospitality and simple comforts you would expect, as well as a lounge and bar. It has a good reputation for its regional cuisine. Of all the hotels in this region this is our favourite, that's why you are staying here!
Transfer: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Day 3

We drive you to the heart of the Ordesa National Park, and the remarkable Arrazas canyon, which rises gently through lovely beech woods beneath the impressive (to say the least) cliffs and peaks of the Fraucata mountain range. In total, the ascent today is only 650 feet, but all the same you will be very well rewarded when you arrive at today's destination, the magnificent Estrecho waterfalls. They are tumultuous in summer, terrifying in spring, but a wonderful natural sculptural spectacle in winter. There is a great sense of satisfaction reaching such a natural wonder in the middle of winter - especially as so few do so because this, like many other places you will be visiting, could not be visited without an experienced guide. A great start to a superb week of winter walking that today culminates in time to explore the attractive and traditional village of Torla.
Walking time: 3 hours 30 minutes. Elevation: + 200m / - 200m. Transfer time: 1 hour

Day 4

This morning there is a short transfer upwards from Linas de Broto. Although it is not in the Ordesa National Park the Pic de Pelopin (2007 m.) undoubtedly offers the most complete viewpoints over the Mont Perdu massif, the Brèche de Roland, the Pic de la Telera and de la Tendenera, the Aragonese Sierras ... and even the Vignemale! A day of incredible 360 ° views! The walking is a little sportier than on previous days but the efforts is well rewarded. A day you won't forget quickly.
Walking time: 5 hours . Elevation: + 600m / - 600m. Transfer time: 10 minutes

Day 5

Today we leave Ordesa to visit the Peña Telera massif. Located in the neighboring valley of Tena, this mountain towers upwards almost like a vertical wall of several kilometers long and several hundred meters high. We often describe these peaks as the "Pyrenean dolomites". At their feet, there are immense expanses which are undulating but not steep and which are a veritable playground for the practice of snowshoeing. You will make your way to the go to the small lake of Piedrafita, nestled at the foot of this impressive scenery.
Walking time: 3 to 4 hours 30 minutes. Elevation: + 250m / - 250m. Transfer time: 1 hour

Day 6

This morning you will start with a transfer to Nerìn, then set off on a superb hike on the high plateaus along the Anisclo canyon, climbing to the magnificent viewpoint of the Mondoto peak (1980m), facing the Sestrales, either on foot or with your snowshoes depending on the snow conditions. The arrival at the top is breathtaking, the view is spectacular as you look over the Anisclo canyon. An unforgettable panorama and great way to finish your snowshoeing adventure before we take you back to the hote and a celebratory last meal together with the group.
Walking time: 5 hours. Elevation: + 700m / - 700m. Transfer time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Day 7

After breakfast and a last view of the stunning mountains that surround Linas de Broto, we transfer you back to Lourdes where you have the rest of the day free to rest or explore. You make a welcome return to the comfortable three star Hotel Beauséjour.
Hotel Beauséjour in Lourdes
Transfer time: 3 hours

Day 8

After breakfast we take you to the airport in Lourdes for your flight back to London, or if you are taking the train to Toulouse or elsewhere you have easy access on foot to the railway station which is 50 metres from the hotel.

  • Détails Pratiques
  • Equipement
  • Formalités et Santé
  • Informations COVID-19

MEETING POINT

This holiday is for English speakers and French speakers, and your international group will be led by a bi-lingual guide. We believe that the concept of having mixed groups is exclusive to Purely Pyrenees and it certainly adds to the richness and interest of the holiday - you may improve your language skills too !

It starts on Saturdays to coincide with the weekly flight from London Stansted to Lourdes

Saturday arrivals: we will meet the London flight, and take you to the hotel in Lourdes, then leave you free to explore the city. If you arrive by train from Toulouse or elsewhere you can walk to the hotel with ease.

Sunday arrivals: If you choose to arrive on Sunday the meeting point is early afternoon in front of Lourdes railway station where you will meet your guide, and be taken to the holiday hotel.

END OF STAY

After breakfast, we take you back to Lourdes airport or you can easily walk to Lourdes railway station.

LEVEL

Each day the time spent on your snow-shoe walking journey will vary between 2 and 5 hours including rests etc. The total daily ascent/descent will range from 200 to 650 metres (600 to 2,000 feet). This is less than a summer walking holiday, and is intended to be comfortable for anyone who can walk for 4 or 5 hours in hills and valleys. This is a marginally more challenging holiday than some others mainly because of the walk on day 6.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE FROM (PERS)

5

GROUP LIMITED TO ABOUT (PERS)

15

LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION

You only need carry a small rucksack for any personal items, extra clothing, camera etc. The hotel provides a picnic each walking day, which you will be expected to carry.

SUPERVISION

We have found that our customers really enjoy being in a small group that includes both English and French speakers. The minimum group size is 5, and the maximum is 15. There is no minimum/maximum for English speakers. The guide will speak at least good conversational English, and usually speak fluent English, or be bi-lingual. He or she will also be a qualified and expert winter walking guide.

ACCOMODATION

The accommodation consists of: two nights in a 3 star hotel in Lourdes; 5 nights in the authentic hotel in the beautiful village of Linas de Broto.

MEALS

Meals: continental style breakfast at the Lourdes hotel, and each morning thereafter. The restaurant offers a menu of local and regional specialities. Hotel supplied picnics for each day, except day 1, day 7 and day 8. Wine and other drinks are not included in the holiday price.

TRANSFERS

Transfers are by minibus or taxi.

To make the right choice

Have a look at our detailed explanations on the types of hiking, the standards of accommodation, and understand baggage transport ... How to choose your trip ?

LUGGAGE 

  • 1 travel bag per person (or wheeled suitcase). Do not take too much luggage to avoid logistical issues for the transporter. On itinerant or semi-itinerant trips, also limit the weight of your travel bag to 10-12 kgs, as where there is difficult access to certain accommodation too much weight could jeopardize the delivery of your luggage. Do not leave fragile or valuable objects in your luggage.
  • 1 rucksack of about 35-40 litres, with ventral waistband, wide shoulder straps and a well-ventilated back for your comfort. You must also be able to fix the skis to your rucksack.

      CLOTHES 

      • 1 hat, or cap, scarf, or fleece choker
      • 1 warm, light fleece
      • 1 ski mask, useful in case of bad weather
      • 1 pair of warm and waterproof gloves "Gore-tex" type
      • 1 pair of thin gloves
      • 1 pair of spare warm mittens (or gloves) to put in the bottom of your bag
      • T-shirts made of breathable material (micro fleece type) with long sleeves (1 every 2-3 days) and 1 or 2 with short sleeves
      • 1 thin fleece (optional)
      • 1 warm fleece jacket (even water-repellent type "softshell") or type "primaloft" (warm and compressible)
      • 1 waterproof and breathable jacket "Gore-tex" type with hood
      • 1 solid and waterproof mountain trousers + over trousers ("Gore-tex" type)
      • 1 pair of gaiters (only if your trousers are not equipped)
      • 1 pair of thermal under trousers
      • Underwear
      • Warm socks (at least 1 pair every 2 days) synthetic and / or wool ("Coolmax" type)
      • Comfortable clothes and shoes for the evening

          EQUIPMENT TO BRING 

          • 1 large plastic bag to slip into your backpack to protect your belongings from the weather and / or rucksack cover.
          • 1 waterproof pouch with: your identity papers, details of your insurance and any other document mentioned in the formalities section
          • 1 pair of good quality wrap around sunglasses (level 3 protection) + sunscreen with good protection and lip balm (all to be carried in your rucksack)
          • 1 insulated gourd or 1.5 litre aluminium bottle (avoid backpack water carriers, risk of freezing)
          • 1 small thermos 50 cl (optional, useful if you want to bring tea, coffee...)
          • 1 plastic or aluminium cup with insulated handle 1 folding pocketknife
          • For your picnic: cutlery and 1 plastic box of 0,5 litres minimum type Tupperware
          • Toiletries
          • Ear plugs (in case your neighbours snore)
          • Tissues
          • Toilet paper (burn, do not leave on the ground)
          • 1 lighter
          • 1 head torch or flashlight + survival blanket: to always put in your rucksack, an unforeseen delay following an incident can take place even during an easy hike
          • Spare glasses (if you wear glasses)
          • Camera, binoculars, drawing equipment ... (optional)

              EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY PURELY PYRENEES 

              The guide is equipped with a first aid kit but is not intended to provide for all of your needs for small issues
              Security equipment (Avalanche victim detector, shovels, probes), mandatory each day

              FORMALITIES

              You need to keep your passport with you at all times, and ideally insurance information. You need to make your own arrangements to claim local healthcare. There are requirements in France and Spain for all vehicles to carry safety equipment.

              DISPOSITIONS COVID-19

              Because of the added health precautions relating to COVID, you must be equipped from the start of your trip with:

              * a sufficient quantity of masks (at a rate of 2 per day minimum). Wearing a mask will be compulsory during any transport, in certain accommodation, crowded places etc.

              * zipped pockets for masks and other items such as used tissues

              * hydro-alcoholic gel

              * a thermometre to take your temperature in case of symptoms appearing during your stay

              * a pen (sometimes necessary to sign an agreement in certain accommodation).

              The hosts who will welcome you (hoteliers, refuge guards, restaurateurs, transporters, local teams ...) are the people who will help to guarantee the smooth running of your stay and will ask you to conform with certain health related protocols. Out of respect for them and other people who frequent the same places, we ask you to commit to respecting the instructions given to you.

              Be reassured and optimistic, because as you know, hiking is an activity that will allow you long and enjoyable periods of time during which the wearing of a mask is not mandatory!

              On our guided trips we do not insist that you take a single room if you are travelling alone. If you book a shared " twin" room with 2 beds you agree to assume responsibility for the possible consequences related to sharing the room (and therefore the bathroom and toilet) with another person from the group. If you do not wish to do this you should take the single room option, subject to availability
              Click on the price that corresponds to your choice.
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              Sat 16/01/2021Sat 23/01/20215 pers.925 €  (₤ 837)
              Sat 30/01/2021Sat 06/02/20215 pers.925 €  (₤ 837)
              Sat 13/02/2021Sat 20/02/20215 pers.925 €  (₤ 837)
              Sat 20/02/2021Sat 27/02/20215 pers.925 €  (₤ 837)
              Sat 06/03/2021Sat 13/03/20215 pers.925 €  (₤ 837)
              Sat 20/03/2021Sat 27/03/20215 pers.925 €  (₤ 837)
               
              List of additional options (to select later)
              TitleTime periodPrice
              Single room supplement from 16/01/2021 to 27/03/2021275 € (₤ 249)

              ALL INCLUDED EXCEPT

              Drinks, lunches except on walking days ( day 2,3,4,5 and 6 lunches included ) entry charges (none anticipated) booking fee of 20€ / person and travel insurance are not included.
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              "In winter, the clothes that you chose for walking are very important. Here are some tips to equip yourself properly on a hike, and to not forget the spares that you need in your luggage. It is important to distinguish between trips where you stays in the same hotel every night, where you move accommodation every night, or where you stay in a mountain refuge. "
              Sally Simmonds
              Walking and cycling holidays
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