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Experience the Pyrenees in all their wild majesty! This eight-day guided hike takes you into the higher mountains of rugged Valle de Tena, combining raw beauty with challenging but rewarding walking.
Cleaving Spain from France, the mighty Pyrenees range is as diverse as it is spectacular. In the west the slopes are densely wooded, with waterfalls, gaves (torrential rivers) and meadows of wild flowers, while to the east the terrain is surprisingly wild and barren, dominated by soaring granite masses. The central Pyrenees are snowy with glaciers on the northern slopes, offering some fine skiing and mountaineering, as well as more obscure pursuits like dog-mushing (canine-powered snow-based activities)! Better still is the walking; three long-distance footpaths run the length of the range: the GR10 across the northern slopes, the GR11 in the south and the high altitude HRP traversing the central peaks – a hiker’s paradise!
From your base in the pretty village of Panticosa, this eight-day guided hiking tour will see you explore some of the wildest landscapes in the Pyrenees. You’ll tackle the summits of Pico Anayet (2545m) and Pico Bacias (2760m), which require some basic scrambling but reward you with stunning views. There’s also the option to tackle the world-renowned ‘Faja de las Flores’ in the Ordesa National Park, undoubtedly one of the world’s most head-spinningly spectacular trails with its sheer 1000 metre canyon drops! It’s not all extreme hiking though; there are flower-filled meadows and cool mountain lakes to explore, and it’s worth checking out Panticosa itself. But the true stars are the mountains themselves; the iconic summit of Pic du Midi d'Ossau and the steep granite peak of Pico Palas typify the raw grandeur of the Pyrenees.
This is a week of reasonably strenuous hiking with some fairly long days and a good level of fitness is required. The Pyrenees are renowned for steep climbs and you should be capable of ascents of over 1000m.
Paths are generally good but there are some exposed sections and some easy scrambling and sure-footedness is required. Group sizes are small, with a maximum of 8 people. You should expect days of between 7 and 10 hours of walking.
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