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Orri, Soulcem
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Soulcem valley
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Cathar hideaway

Summer Day Walk in the Pyrenees


Enjoy a summer day walk in the spectacular region of Ariege. Climb a 2000m or 3000m peak, follow a freedom trail over the border into Spain or Andorra, or soak up traditional culture by visiting Cathar monuments. The choice is yours!

This trip has no set dates. Click ‘reserve’ below to enquire about potential dates and we’ll get back to you.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    • Activity Level Moderately Challenging, not technical - Trip grade 1
    All about the Summer Day Walk in the Pyrenees.

    Ariege in the Pyrenees is a fascinating wild region and during the summer we offer themed day and half day walks for our guests at chezarran

    About the walks – Day or Weekend options

    • Cathar culture and monuments
    • Escape to Spain or Andorra – A full day to cross the border into Spain or Andorra, the choice is yours
    • Mountain Orris and Lakes
    • Climb a 2000m or 3000m peak

    Private group from £150.

    About Cathars

    The Occitan region endured sieges, massacres and the Inquisition during the bloody Albigensian crusade in the 12th and 13th centuries and Ariège was spared little of it. The spiritual movement called Catharism developed in reaction to the corruption and disarray of the Church at that time. In stark contrast to the worldly, dissolute clergy of the era, the Cathars followed a rigorous interpretation of the gospels, with the most pious of the believers, called “Perfects”, taking vows of poverty and celibacy and refusing to eat meat. It was their belief in dualism, however, that outraged the Church: according to the cathars, Satan had created the material world, with its pestilence, violence and hate, not God. Paradise could be gained after death only by rejecting worldly attachments during one’s life.

    About Escape routes


    Freedom Trail over Port de Salau – Long weekend





    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Local transport for groups of up to 8 people
    • Guiding from an international mountain leader


    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Packed lunch, drinks
    • Personal mountain equipment



    1. Days and weekends Themed pyrenean walks & Cathars

      Meet at 930am and Chez Arran (pool, WIFI, apartments)

      Days finish at 4.30pm and we will provide you with a kit list on registration. These are regular days throughout the summer starting from Chez Arran in Ornolac, primarily for our guests.

      To enquire contact