Snowshoe and Champagne – 5 days
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.
This trip has no set dates. Click ‘reserve’ below to enquire about dates of your choosing.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Duration: 5 days – 3 days snowshoeing;
Accommodation: 4 nights Hotel or Chalet;
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. Cathar culture, frozen mountain lakes and waterfalls will all be part of the adventure. Option to visit a thermal spa with indoor and outdoor sections, many jets, pools and waterfalls to explore plus a sauna and hamman.
We may 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 B & B accommodation in a 2* hotel or chalet.
- Airport transfers
- Picnic lunches and drinks
Arrival to 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
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
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
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
Group transfer to Toulouse Blagnac for your flight.