Spain·August 15 - 20 2023
HIKING IN THE PYRENEES ACROSS FRANCE AND SPAIN
6 days to discover the Pyrenees between France and Spain, alongside our Local Certified Mountain Guides.SOLD OUT
Have you ever thought of a nice high-altitude getaway? Infingi Guides mountain guides propose the 'Haute Route Pyreneenne', a high-altitude trek between France and Spain! 6 days to discover the Pyrenees... you will pass through some of the most famous mountain passes such as Aigues Tortes and Benasque. You will leave from the Benasque valley until you enter France, always accompanied by incredible panoramas! You will always stay overnight in refuges and unique places with views of 3000-metre peaks. So what are you waiting for? You will always be accompanied by certified guides and you will also meet a great group of enthusiasts like yourself!
High-Altitude Tranquility Unveiled
Embark on an unforgettable 6-day journey through the heart of the Pyrenees, tracing the enchanting 'Haute Route Pyreneenne'. Feel the exhilaration as you traverse the high-altitude landscapes between France and Spain, where panoramic vistas paint the skies and untouched nature embraces you. Certified Hiking Guides Michela and Philippe will be your companions, leading you through this awe-inspiring realm. Let your soul wander amidst the peaks, forging a connection with nature's grandeur that only this unique trek can provide.
Trails of Endless Wonder
Discover the Pyrenees like never before on a 6-day hiking extravaganza. These trails are a paradise for explorers of all levels, welcoming novices and seasoned hikers alike. Unveil hidden gems and conquer remarkable summits guided by the expertise of Michela and Philippe. Feel the thrill of every step as you venture through terrains tailored to your expertise. The Pyrenees offer an unparalleled playground for nature enthusiasts – a captivating tapestry of challenges and triumphs etched against the stunning backdrop of France and Spain.
Hike, Connect, and Conquer Together
Introducing Mapo Tapo's aggregation – your gateway to an exceptional hiking expedition while optimizing costs. Picture this: a 6-day hiking extravaganza across the Pyrenees, designed with your expertise level in mind. Assemble with fellow passionate hikers who match your experience stride for stride, all under the guidance of Certified Hiking Guides Michela and Philippe. With Mapo Tapo, camaraderie and cost-efficiency converge, enabling you to savor every step of the journey without a worry. Elevate your adventure, amplify your connections, and conquer the Pyrenees in a way that's both thrilling and prudent.
Michela is a Medium Mountain Guide and a member of the Spanish Association of Mountain Guides AEGM and UIMLA. She turned her life around during her stay in Catalonia and became a mountain guide! She has climbed most of the Pyrenean peaks and will show you her passion for these mountains!
Philippe is a Medium Mountain Guide who is a member of SNAM and UIMLA. Always a mountain lover, he became a mountain guide in Catalonia after discovering the Aran Valley. Today, he is here to share his passion and knowledge with all who want to know the mountain, its beauty, its dangers, its history and its peaks.
Start the trip!
Today's trip to Benasque! At 7am we leave Barcelona together with the guide. You will arrive at the valley where the route will start. The route will take you through pine tree areas and today, next to the Estos river.
Length: 8.5 km
Height difference: 650 metres
Valle de Estos & La Suola refuge
You aim to get to Refugio de la Soula on this second day. You will start in the Estos Valley, with spectacular views, until you reach the Anès Cruces plateau. After that, you will reach the Aigues Tortes pass at 2687 m, from where you will have spectacular views of all the other peaks. Finally, you will descend until you reach the La Suola refuge.
Length: 15.7 km
Altitude: 1389 mt
Hike, Hike, Hike
Third step today! Today you will continue the route in wilder areas and with rocky terrain, but you will be lucky enough to walk next to several lakes. The highest point you will touch will be Col Des Gourgs Blancs, at 2876 m. Today you will end the trail at Lake Portillon.
Length: 11,3 km
Altitude: 1350 m
Road to Maupas!
Today we continue our discovery of the Pyrenees on the French side! We will lose some altitude once we reach Lake Espingo. After a quick rest, we will set off again towards Cap de Hounts, until we reach the Maupas refuge.
Length: 11,6 km
Altitude: 1080 m
Let's continue to hike
Depending on the group's physical condition, we will decide whether to climb to the summit of the Pic du Maupas 3109m. Then we will descend, skirting several lakes, until we reach the Empress Trail, a very comfortable and verdant route that will take us to our lodging for the night, Hospice de France.
Lenght: 14,5 km
Altitude: 1400/2100 m
Last day of hike
Per l'ultima tappa di questo hiking, saliremo fino al passo di Venasquè a 2444m per proseguire. Saluterai la Francia per proseguire verso Benasque, dove dovrà dire addio a tutti!
Length: 13,6 km
Altitude: 1390 m
The programme is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, activities level and endurance of the group.
You will stay in local refuges along the hiking. Remember to bring a sheet bag and a towel for the shower.
Certified Mountain Guide
What's Not Included
Transfer to the meeting point
Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”
Average physical fitness and pre-departure slack are required for this trekking trip. You will need to be able to do 1,000 meters of elevation gain each day.
Mapo Tapo selects hiking trails and local partners with the utmost care. We can for any inaccuracies, however, accept no liability. Biking is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who needs more knowledge not to go outdoor alone.
Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run. Wait for the status of the trip to be confirmed, and for more information go to the "How it works" section.
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What fitness level do I need to have to join this trip?
To fully enjoy the trip, you should have a regular hiking routine throughout the year or engage in sports activities once or twice a week. You should be comfortable walking up to 10 km for multiple consecutive days.
Is the flight included?
No, the flight is not included in the package. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the designated meeting point at station Fabra I Puig, Barcelona, Spain.
Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point with the guides will be: Station Fabra I Puig, Barcelona, Spain.
How do I get to the meeting point?
Transportation to the accommodation or climbing locations is not provided. The meeting point with the guides will be at station Fabra I Puig, Barcelona, Spain. Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements to this location.
Do you recommend bringing any extra gear?
Yes, we advise participants to bring specific gear for the hiking trip, including:
- hiking boots with good soles shoes
- backpack 30-40 lt
- mountain pants
- thermal t-shirt
- 2-3 T-shirt
- Gore-tex jacket
- waterproof pants
- down jacket
- sun glasses
- water supply of 1.5 lt
- snacks/energy snacks
- ID card or passport
- Solat protection 50+
- whistle and survival blanket
- headlamp with spare battery
- medical stuff
- sheet bag
- a pair of flip flop
What is the maximum number of people who can join this trip?
The maximum number of participants for this trip is subject to availability. Please check with our team for the current group size limit.
Is this trip all about hiking, or can I expect other activities as well?
This trip is fully focused on hiking, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Pyrenees. Our certified guides will lead you through the most stunning hiking trails, making it a hiking enthusiast's dream come true.
Why is it important to have a certified guide with you during the activities?
The presence of a certified guide is paramount during outdoor activities, especially those with inherent risks like climbing, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering. The guide assumes contractual responsibility for your safety and decisions during the trip. Their expertise and judgment ensure optimal route choices and response to changing conditions, guaranteeing a safe and rewarding experience for all participants.