Thousand Lakes Trek – Pyrenees, France

  • Price: £980
  • Expedition Dates: June 2021
  • Duration: 6 days

ITINERARY

DAY 1 : Arrive Luchon

We will meet you at Toulouse airport at 11:30 and transfer you back to Luchon where you’ll have some time to settle into the guest house.

If there is time this afternoon and weather permitting, we can organise an afternoon of rock climbing before returning to the guest house for an evening briefing covering essential information for the following days, talks on food, personal equipment and weather forecasting before a relaxing dinner.

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DAY 2 : Trek to Refugi de Saboredo

After an early breakfast, we’ll transfer (1.5hr drive) to our start point in the Val d’Aran in Catalonia, Spain. Without further ado, we launch into this spectacular trek. Initially we trek through native stands of Pyrenean black Pine opened up by lush meadows of Alpine flowers. A steady climb brings us to our first big lake near the Refuge de Colomers where we have lunch. From here we enter a wild and rocky landscape as we meet the Haute Route Pyreneen and climb steadily over the Gran de Sendrosa pass (2,200m) to the beautifully located Saboredo Refuge.

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(Trekking time 5-6 hours)

DAY 3 : Refuge de Ventosa I Calvell

Today we are well above the tree-line and before us lays a day of mountain discovery. An early start sees us traversing the banks of two beautiful lakes tucked beneath the Ratera Pass where we link up with the famous GR11. We drop back down to the Cirque de Colomers and its many sparkling lakes and tarns. Adding colour are dozens of alpine flower species and the loud squeaks of marmots. We make our way north and ascend the Colomers pass (2,400m) until we reach the refuge of Ventosi I Cavell which many call the most spectacularly located refuge in the Pyrenees.

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(Trekking time 6-7 hours)

DAY 4 : Refuge de Restanca and Pico Montardo

After a hearty breakfast at the refuge, we’ll start our trek eastwards towards Pico Montardo, towering 2,833m above the refuge de Restanca. The path takes us from the refuge up to the Crestada pass on the Haute Route, one of the three long distance trails that cross the Pyrenees. From the pass, we head up the ridgeline to the summit of Montardo and outstanding views over the French border and across miles of Pyrenean summits, including its highest – Pico Aneto. After our ascent we drop down to the friendly Restanca refuge situated at the lake sharing its name.

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(Trekking time 5-6 hours)

DAY 5 : Out via col de Caldes and seven lake circuit

Today we say a spectacular goodbye to the thousand lake area by climbing over the col de Caldes (2,400 meters) and dropping into the Cirque de Travessani. Todays path links with the GR11 and joins what many call the show-case circuit of this area; the seven lake walk. Since we are in no hurry the brave can take on the seven- lake swim challenge (or dip!) and we descend back down to our starting point, Baños de Tredos for our transfer back to France and a fantastic celebration meal.

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(Trekking time 6-7 hours)

DAY 6 : Bagneres de Luchon and flight home

Depending on your flight times you can spend the morning relaxing in Luchon whether it be souvenir shopping or relaxing in the spa.

If you are looking for something adventurous then why not spend the morning enjoying any of the outdoor activities this beautiful mountain town offers, such as paragliding and mountain biking.

Transfer to Toulouse Airport. (B)

Included

Not Included

  • SBA Leader
  • Airport Transfers to/from Toulouse
  • Transfers to and from Mountain base
  • 2 nights B&B in Luchon
  • Refuge accommodation during trek including breakfasts, packed lunch and dinner
  • Dinner on first night
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • International Flights to Toulouse
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol,laundry and other items of a personal nature
  • Lunches on day 1 & 6
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving trek early