Pyrenees Snowshoe mini break – 3 days guided snowshoeing, 4 nights accommodationfrom
Join us for three days snowshoeing based in the French Pyrenees. Choose from walking through magical beech woods, scaling a summit or discovering ancient mountain “orris” shelters. Cathar culture, frozen mountain lakes and waterfalls will all be part of the adventure. You’ll have the option to visit a thermal spa with indoor and outdoor sections, many jets, pools and waterfalls, plus a sauna and hamman.
4 nights accommodation
3 days guided snowshoeing
1 x thermal spa sessions in hot pools
Join locally and receive a discount, we offer private groups or scheduled trips
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3 days guided snowshoeing
3 nights accommodation
We offer the 3 days for €395/person including accommodation and spa access for 1-3 people if you would like to join us locally at 9.30am on the first day of snowshoeing. This doesn’t include airport pick up and drop off.
For larger groups of 5-8 people we work from £35/person/day. We need at least 1 weeks notice to be able to provide the equipment and itinerary.
Not the right dates for you? Please contact us for availability!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Challenging, not technical - Trip grade 1
Group Size Small Group
Duration: 5 days – 3 days snowshoeing;
Accommodation: 4 nights Hotel, apartment or mountain refuge;
3 days snowshoeing based at Ax-les-Thermes or Ornolac Ussat les Bains including walking through magical beech woods, scaling a summit or encountering mountain “orris” ancient shelters. Option to visit a thermal spa with indoor and outdoor sections, many jets, pools and waterfalls to explore plus a sauna and hamman.
We visit a high mountain refuge in winter for mulled wine and dinner (according to conditions.)
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. We will certainly spend some time here!
We can also run this in Andorra.
- The services of a qualified International Mountain Leader and their expenses
- All snowshoe equipment – each client is required to have snowshoes and poles. We may also supply a snow shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver (a radio beacon allowing search and rescue) depending on walk location and conditions.
- 4 nights accommodation:
- 1 x night in a mountain refuge, 2* hotel in Ax les Thermes, o2 x nights at chezarran renovated farmhouse apartments
- Local transfers
- Airport pick up and drop off for groups
- Airport transfers
- Meals as stated in the itinerary and alcoholic drinks
Arrival to Chez Arran
We will pick you up from the airport at Toulouse for an afternoon flight and transfer to ChezArran apartments in the small spa village of Ornolac Ussat les Bains, perfectly poised for your snowshoeing adventure.
Settle into your apartment, go through kit lists, plus a chance to hire any other equipment. After, explore the town of Tarascon or take a local walk along the river before enjoying the welcome meal in Les Cabannes at a superb family run farmers restaurant.
Meals D Accommodation: Chez Arran Apartments
Plateau de Chioula - magical wonderland
Meals B, L, DSnowshoeing 4-5hrsAccommodation: Refuge de Chioula
Plateau de Saut & Sept Cases
In the morning after breakfast we walk out from Chouila and head up to the col de Marmare and ascend onto the plateau de Sept Cases visiting the rocher de Scaramus before heading back to Chez Arran. This is the territory of one of the bears that was re-introduced to the area and we will talk about how animals and agriculture co-exist in the region. Route meanders between mountain forest and large snow-covered plateaus with splendid views of the Pyrenees mountains. We will eat dinner at Chezarran or a local restaurant.
(Transfer time ~ 4 minutes or walk out, snowshoeing time 5-6 hours)
Accommodation: Chez Arran Apartments Meals B, D
Pic de Tarbesou (2346m) or Porte de Puymorens
Today we will head up to Ascou-Paiheres and pic Tarbesou 2364m, 5 hrs +700m or drive up to the magnificent Porte de Puymorens on the Andorran border. There is an amazing 360 panorama from Tarbesou which can be climbed in approximately 3 hours. For the Col de Puymorens we can either go up a stunning wide valley towards the Coma i Portella d’en Garcia or the Pic de la Mina (2683m). We will follow the best conditions! We will eat in the lively town of Ax Les Thermes with its cobbled streets and thermal springs walk.
Meals B, L
Accommodation: Ax les Thermes 2* Hotel
Transfer time: Ascou Paiheres: 35 minutes Porte de Puymorens:50 minutes
Meals B, L, D
Departure & Ax les Thermes spa or relax day
Rest morning in Ax les Thermes. Visit the amazing thermal spa or request a trip to Orlu nature reserve and/or the Wolf Park. Yes you deserve a massage, to check out the cobbled streets and sulphurous thermes trail.
Departures after lunch for Toulouse airport.
Chez Arran appartments – Stay in one of our stylish apartments on a B and B basis
Ax les Thermes hotel, le Grillon, le Chalet or Auzeraie – Enjoy the vibrant Ax les Thermes from one of our hand picked hotels, close to the Thermal Spa
Refuge de Chioula
Spa Les Bains de Couloubret