Snowshoe Hut-to-hut through the Pyrenees

Snowshoe your way through a winter wonderland. 6 days. 2 days off work.

  • France & Spain
  • February, March
  • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Toulouse (TLS)

This snowshoe adventure will see you traversing alpine cirques, crossing high passes and weaving around many lakes across the Pyrenees. You’ll explore the jagged landscape and even enjoy a snowshoe expedition in the Aigues Tortes National Park and ascent to the summit of Pic Montardo (2833m).

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 4 days snowshoeing
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation and 2 night’s mountain refuge accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • All snowshoeing equipment
  • Welcome dinner and celebration fondue
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the mountain refuges
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Avid hikers looking to up their game with a winter adventure; you’ll tackle a few punchy hills and short sections of scrambling. You can be new to trekking but need a good level of fitness.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Toulouse
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 5
  • Lunch on Day 6
  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

There may be uphill and downhill challenges, so a good level of fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8-hour walk over rolling terrain with a few punchy climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight. There may also be short sections of easy scrambling.

No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary.

During the day, temperatures can be warm and can even reach 15-17°C. In the evening, it could drop to below freezing with a distinct chill in the air.

During early spring or late autumn, there can be snow from the refuge up and the temperatures on the summit will be well below freezing. As you will be trekking in a mountain environment, the weather can rapidly change for the worse so you need to be prepared for all conditions. Even in good weather, it is not uncommon to have short heavy downpours or snowstorms.

The food in the refuges is plentiful and of very good quality, often using locally sourced ingredients. Breakfasts consist of pastries, fresh bread and jams and you can expect hearty meals in the evenings. If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

All technical equipment including: - Snowshoes - Avalanche rope - Avalanche transceivers - Trekking poles

  • Rucksack (40-50l) with waterproof cover
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Warm hat
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sun protection: buff/scarf, sunglasses, sunblock, lip salve
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • 2-3 base layers (moisture-wicking and thermal)
  • Long-sleeved fleece
  • Duvet jacket
  • Warm gloves
  • 1-2 pairs of trekking trousers
  • Thermal bottoms
  • Walking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking socks
  • Water bottle/bladder and water purification tablets
  • Comfortable evening clothes
  • Personal toiletries inc. towel, wet wipes, alcohol gel

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Earplugs - Head torch - Energy snacks - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

You will be met at Toulouse Airport (TLS) where you will be transported to Luchon. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 12:00 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Your tour will end in Luchon, where you will be transferred back to Toulouse Airport (TLS). You are free to book any flight departing after 15:00.

Toulouse Airport (TLS) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

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Location

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The Pyrenees straddle the border between France and Spain for over 400km and rise to 3400m. The area known as the ‘Thousand Lakes’ offers some of the best in Pyrenean trekking along routes through the Aigues Tortes National Park. The landscape is incredible in its variety and a pleasure to explore; jagged mountains above hidden alpine cirques and hundreds of lakes tucked in every fold of this breath-taking terrain.

The French spa town of Luchon lies on the Spanish border; this vibrant town, with its many shops, bars and restaurants, is the largest mountain town on the French side of the Pyrenees, making it a popular area to ski and a great place to perfect the art of snowshoeing.

Luchon was renowned for its baths in the Gallo-Roman period and a visit to the thermal baths is still a must today; the main attraction is the vaporarium – a huge natural steam bath, unique in Europe.

Start point

You will be met at Toulouse Airport (TLS) where you will be transported to Luchon. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 12:00 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point

Your tour will end in Luchon, where you will be transferred back to Toulouse Airport (TLS). You are free to book any flight departing after 15:00.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Toulouse

Your host will meet you at Toulouse Airport at around midday for the drive south to your accommodation for the night in the spa town of Luchon.

Once settled, you’ll have your first introduction to snowshoeing and safety procedures before heading out to put the theory into practice.

You’ll climb to a look-out point with a view of the entire Pyrenean range. Excited for the days ahead, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.

3 hours of snowshoeing

Day 2: Head to The Start of The Trail

After breakfast this morning, you’ll be taken to the Spanish side of the Pyrenees where your adventure begins.

Snow-shoes on, you’ll begin by climbing up the Aiguamox valley. Continuing through pine forest and snow-laden valleys, you’ll make your way to the Refuge de Colomeres (2135m).

You’ll spend the night at this mountain refuge by the frozen Colomeres lake; have a debrief with your guide and enjoy dinner as a group to unwind.

1-2 hours driving, 5-6 hours snowshoeing

Day 3: Colomeres to Ventosa Refuge

This morning, you’ll take on your first climb to the Port de Caldes (2570m) before dropping back down into the Ventosa cirque and making your way west to the Guellacrestada (2470m).

You’ll be surrounded by snow-covered peaks, isolated valleys, and frozen lakes, with an impressive view of the dome of Pico Montardo (2833m). From this point, you’ll descend into the Cirque de Travessani.

Surrounded by a massif of granite peaks, you’ll lose the trail and follow cairns marking the route up naturally formed plateaus. A short but steep climb will bring you to the picturesque spot of the Ventosa Refuge where you’ll spend the night.

6-7 hours snowshoeing

Day 4: Exploring the Valley

After breakfast this morning, you’ll begin to explore the landscape with a climb up the Col de Caldes – a remote pass tucked within the rocky ridges.

Your ascent will be rewarded with a vista of the route you’ve just climbed and dozens of sharply defined summits.

You’ll make your trackless descent down into the valley and back to your starting point where your transfer will be waiting to take you back to your hotel accommodation in Luchon.

7-8 hours snowshoeing

Day 5: Free Day in Luchon

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the day in Luchon at your own pace.

There are a number of organised walks in the area that leave from the town, as well as shops and restaurants to discover; being a spa town, why not treat yourself to a session in the hot caves of the themes.

At the end of the day, you will stay your final night in the hotel; kick-back, relax and reflect on the diverse break you’ve enjoyed.

Day 6: Time to Head Home

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure at the hotel this morning before preparing to head back to the airport.

Your transfer will take you back to the airport at around 15:00, so you can even take some time to have one final wander around the charming spa town of Luchon before you head home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll spend 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in the centre of Luchon. Rooms will be based on two people sharing and breakfast will be included.

During the trek, you’ll stay at two mountain refuges along the route. These will offer dorm-style rooms, shared bathroom facilities and breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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