PYRENEES SNOWSHOEING LONG WEEKEND IN CATHAR COUNTRY, AX-LES-THERMES - 5 DAYS, 3 DAYS SNOWSHOEING AND SPA, 4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
Activity: 3 days showshoeing based at Ax-les-Thermes including walking through magical beech woods, scaling a summit or encountering mountain "orris" ancient shelters. Cathar culture, frozen mountain lakes and waterfalls will all be part of the adventure. We start on a high mountain plateau where dog-sledding is also available! You will stay in hotel or apartment accommodation in this beautiful spa town and can have free time to visit the rejuvinating Bains de Couloubret spa after the days snowshoeing. One free spa session is included! This site has an indoor and outdoor section with many jets, pools and waterfalls to explore plus a sauna and hamman.
Ax-les-Thermes is a lively spa town with a thermal spa, wine bars and a night club so our guests always have a fantastic time. You can take a little time to explore the cobbled streets, find natural thermal sources and of course sniff out local farm shops where tasty cheeses and jams are on offer.
Duration: 3 days snowshoeing, 4 nights accommodation
Dates & Availability:
1-5 March 16
2- 6 April 16
9-13 April 16
Please note the actual itinerary is at the discretion of your guide who will make daily decisions based on weather and snow pack conditions. Any changes made will be to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the group.
Day 1 Arrival –Ax les Thermes, France
Your guide will meet you this evening in the beautiful spa town of Ax les Thermes and meet you at your hotel or apartment to answer any questions you may have. If you would like a single timed airport transfer for your group do request it. Accommodation is based on 2 people sharing.Meals D
Day 2 Plateau de Beille or Chioula
This is an introduction to snowshoeing day and includes instruction on how to make the most of your snowshoes in the terrain. You can roam through magical beech forests and follow paths as well as having a go at making your own tracks, taking in some gentle ascents and descents allowing you time to get used to this new snow clad world. There are many trails to choose from and and your guide will choose the best route for the conditions. We are near the cross country ski tracks and for those who have chosen to book our 'combo' and are also joining our beginners cross country ski break this is a great chance to see what lies in store on the ski tracks. We can reserve a husky ride for you on request. Ascent approx. 200-300 metres. 4 - 5 hrs. We stop for lunch in a mountain refuge or high resturant. Meals B, D
Day 3 Pic de Estibat 1664m or Peak Tarbesou 2364m
Today we aim to reach a summit and have the option to do a circuit which helps you to discover pastoralism in the Pyrenees from the col de Port in the first Saurat valley. Alternatively on Tarbesou we will be starting from the Ascou ski station to reach a remarkable belvedere. We will be walking Ascent approx. 450-550m/680m. 4 - 5 hrs. Meals B, D
Day 4 Journey into Soulcem and visit mountain orris or trek up from the Porte de Puymorenes
Today we get an early start and head up the Vicdessos valley towards Marc and view the stunning Etang de Soulcem. You will see mountain orris and most probably frozen waterfalls on this adventure. We will walk towards Andorra or Spain and depending on conditions we could reach a border. Alternatevely and depending on snow and road conditions we will head towards Andorra and start trekking towards a summit from Puymorens or set off from Pas de la Casa. These options have truely stunning views.
Tonight is spa evening in Ax and we will have a celebratory meal together to finish the trip.Meals B
Day 5 Departures
Today we say goodbye and we can offer a single timed airport transfer for groups. Meals B
The Freedom Trail - July 2017 We were joined by an enthusiastic bunch of trekkers, may with their own strong personal reason for following in the footsteps of heroic passeurs and escapees who fled from France to Spain in WW2. We ground operated the route for Discover Adventure and had the pleasure of walking with Steve Gray. Here are a few pictures from the route, all copy right Anne Arran or Joao Simoes
A beautiful area heavily affected by the earthquake in Nepal in 2015. I spent 6 days trekking there following the UIAA Management Committee meeting in Kathmandu with Steve and Anita Long. We plan to offer this trek and Annapurna sanctuary in 2019. Highlights Rhododendrons Seeking the rare red panda - we saw it's foot prints in the snow Being able to contribute to some of the Lodge businesses that were affected by the earth quake where aid had not always reached on time or at all Seeing a black mountain fox and several eagles Crossing the stunning Laurebina pass 4600m in windy but sunny conditions Itinerary Day 1 Arrived mid afternoon at Chispani after a 4x4 ride to the lodge and entering the national park Day 2 Chisipani – Kutumsang 2470m) 18km Day 3 Kutumsang – Tharepati (3640m) Day 4 Tharepati - Gopte (short day) Day 5 Gopte - Phedi (short day) Day 6 Phedi - Laurebina Lodge via Gosaikunda lakes (4600m pass) Day 7 Laurebina Lodge - Dunche www.freedom
After having been away from the Venezuelan jungle for a while I had fun attending Luke Collyer's bushcraft course. We will make this accessible for those wanting to go on our Venezuelan trek and expedition to Angel Falls.