Classic Pyrenees Freedom Trails – Long weekend to week adventures
Follow a real used ww2 escape route over into Andorra or Spain. Activate your adventurous gene on an affordable and exciting trip where we take on the logistics. These routes were tough and we can show you the ways taken by specific French resistance members who escorted pilots, jews and those avoiding the STO order to work. These are tough treks and not to be underestimated. You will normally be walking for 6-8 hours per day in challenging mountainous terrain. We offer props and senarios en route and have helped over 350 people escape to freedom since 2014! An ideal challenge to raise money for charity, re-live history and see how mountain people connect. Explore what you can do.
The Pyrenees can really help you de-stress, sniffing the mountain air and feeling immersed in nature, forgetting what lies back at home and making it easy to feel cameraderie with your fellow escapees. Mountain rock crests, deep blue lakes and an ambudance of the remote. There is plenty to choose from in this back to nature paradise with an uncluttered feel.
On these treks we always like to start and finish in comfort and have a fantastic back up team to make your stay as comfortable as possible whils experiencing wild and remote parts of the Pyrenees. We will arm you with a book list to engage before arrival.
Andorra Freedom Trail – Passeurs, Fugitives and Spies – 4 days trekking, 6 days total JULY I AUG I SEPTCharity Treks, Mountain Culture, Trekking
Follow the historic Andorra freedom trail from France via the spectacular ports of Fontargente or Juclar. This trail over the Pyrenees was a key escape route during both the Spanish civil war and World War II. The Pat O’Leary, Dutch-Paris,…explore
The Chemin de la Liberté Freedom Trail is a demanding but spectacular freedom trail of great historical interest. Over the course of four days you will follow the escape route used by thousands fleeing occupied France during World War II.…explore
This four day trip makes a great introduction to multi-day trekking in Europe. Beginning in France, you will set off on a freedom trail over the Pyrenees. After spending a night at the Refuge del Fournet, you will follow the…explore
On the 3 Nations trek we will visit the Alt Pireneu Natural Park in Spain, the Sorteny valley and the Coma Pedrosa valley in Andorra and the national park of Ariège. We will be able to attempt the highest mountain…explore
Pyrenees day adventures
Pyrenees Border Treks
Meet at 9.30am at Tarascon Sur Ariege and finish at 4.30pm
- Trek to the border of Spain in the wild and beautiful vicdessos valley
- Trek to the Andorran border at the Port de Rat
- In the footsteps of Charamagne to the Port de Salau (2100m)
- Cathar castles, roquefixade to Montsegeur
- The resistance, follow a Freedom trail for a day and find out how the resistance network worked including escapa and evasion game
Animal Tracks – Wildlife experience
- Animal tracker: Hare, deer, wild boar and more
- Birds of Prey day
Walk and relax around Ax les Thermes or Foix
- Pyrenees mountain air walk and spa indoor spa or outdoor natural spa
- Yoga and trek (Barglliere vallay, Mt Picou and Foix)
- Trail run and spa (Ax)
Long weekend, coastal Freedom Trail or Freedom Trail section
These are shorter or les arduous routes with supported camping or hotel accommodation such as on the Coastal Freedom Trail. You won’t be venturing so far from a road or comfortable or even luxurious living conditions. Carcassonne and Cathar castles takes a less hilly journey but embraces local culture and quaint towns with superb gems en route.
We can also do a “chemin de la liberté” experince so that some of our group can go so far on the route, say to the halifax bomber (2100m) or stay less remote and then descend to spa and meet the rest in Spain. Ideally planned for not missing out on the highlight of getting into Spain, experiencing fine tapas, cocktails and a distinctly different local culture. This is ideal for those who don’t feel fit enough to do 1500m of ascent in a day in mountain terrain, would like a more relaxed approach but nevertheless have a fascinating dele into the history, memorials and culture of France, Spain and Andorra.
Join us on a popular coastal freedom trail, following the escape route taken by Jewishphilosopher Walter Benjamin during WWII. You will hike from Collioure, France to Cap de Creus, Spain along the Vermillion coast of the Costa Brava. Unsurprisingly, the…explore
"Powerful stories, beautifully told" A 2 day cultural & historical adventure. Discussions, stories, music and small re-enactments await you as you traverse the same terrain as escapers during the dark days of 1943-44. After a 10 km 4-hour walk, we…explore
Available: April, May, June and October 2020/2021 /2022 Enjoy a 4 day cultural journey following in the footsteps of the Cathar people. You will begin in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne, before setting off on the Cathar Way…explore
Enjoy a seven day cultural journey and freedom trail, following in the footsteps of the Cathar people. You will begin in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne, before setting off on the Cathar Way escape route into the Pyrenees.…explore
Snowy Pyrenees – join us this Winter/Spring!
Bring on the snow! Don’t hold back! We are blessed to be fairly mobile to find the best snow conditions and environment for you to play or winter walk in. Somehow sound is dampened in the snow clad landscape creating a peaceful ambience and glinting crystals underfoot and stacked branches above only add to the experience. We offer group discounts to make this accessible to your family and group of friends.
Not only are there some excellent mountain restaurants, magical beech forests and high frozen lakes to see but we have the Thermal Spa in Ax there in the programme and we can add in any of the following activities to make your trip as fun as it possibly can be:
- Animal track
- Bird spotting
Guided snowshoeing: Days and half days Pick and mix Winter: Days and half days Build your own winter adventure holiday on this Snowshoeing Pyrenees trip. Choose from igloo building, tracking, dog sledging and nordic ski, in addition to snowshoeing in…explore
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…explore
Join with airport pick up 4.5 days guided snowshoeing 6 nights accommodation, 4 nights at Chezarran Appartments, 1 night in a mountain refuge or residence, 1 night in a hotel in Ax les Thermes 2 x spa entries Local transfers…explore
3000m peaks and GR10
Take on a 300m peak or several in the grandeur of the Cirque de Garvanie, a UNESCO world heritage site. Taste the dramatically different landscape on the Spanish side in our col hopping, border crossing adventure.
We also offer a logistically difficult section of the GR10 or Grande Randonne in Ariege. We can support you in this and usually offer it self guided.
8 days - Spanish Pyrenees Starting in spectacular karst formations of the Canyons of Guara, we move north to the Ordesa national park and Monte Perdido which lies on the border between France and Spain and close to the Breche…explore
The Cirque de Gavarnie is a UNESCO world heritage site and we will traverse between the Cirques of Troumousse, Estaubes and Gavarnie climbing at least one 3000m peak on the way. You can expect to see Ibex, vultures and stunningly…explore
The GR10, runs across the whole of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in its entirety covering around 850 km. The Ariege stage (roughly 110km) is renowned for being one of the most remote and runs across the…explore