About Hike Pyrenees
Hike Pyrenees specialise in small group hiking, cycling and activity holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees. We are a licensed travel agent, tour operator and activity provider in Spain. Hike Pyrenees was stated in 2007 by Phil and Anna who live in Biescas year round and are both are still very active in the company with Phil guiding many of the hikes himself.
Our aim is to make your holiday in the Pyrenees a special experience. We are a small friendly company and offer a very personal service with attention to all of the little details. All of the hotels and hikes have been carefully selected and knowing the area so well, we offer a tailored experience choosing routes each day that suit the group.
We like to show our guests an undiscovered corner of Spain that is not visited by many foreign tourists – most of our itineraries include a cultural aspect where you’ll learn more about the fascinating culture and history of the area – and of course the famous Spanish tapas and wine!
Your safety is of utmost important to us and we only employ qualified guides that hold either the International Mountain Leader or Guia de Alta Montaña (Spanish high mountain guide) qualifications.
Guests return every year – read our reviews
We’re pleased to say that lots of our guests come back and holiday with us again and again. This gives us tremendous satisfaction and hopefully means that we are doing something right! Read our guests reviews of our holidays – all are totally genuine and taken from the feedback forms we give out at the end of every holiday.
Meet the team
Hike Pyrenees has a small team of qualified guides that all know the Pyrenees inside out. You can be sure that when on our guided hikes you’ll not only be kept perfectly safe but will also receive a wealth of information about the area.
Phil and Anna
Outdoor lovers Phil and Anna have hiked around the world. We did a lot of hiking in Spain and fell in love with the culture, food and way of life.
In 2007 we left our London office jobs and moved to the Pyrenees to set up Hike Pyrenees. We haven’t looked back since! The summer of 2007 was spent hiking all over the range before we settled in Biescas. We ran our first holidays in 2008. We live in Biescas year round and are now fully integrated into village life! We were married here in Biescas (at Hotel Tierra de Biescas!) and our children, Isabel and Christopher, were born in Spain and are totally bi-
Phil is a qualified International Mountain Leader and a member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders. He has a passion for both the wildlife of the area as well as Spanish history and culture. He loves showing guests the medieval churches and pointing out the myriad of orchids that we have n the Pyrenees.
When not hiking or looking after the children Anna teaches English at a local school.
Hannah has been a guide with us since 2010 and knows the Pyrenees inside out. Her passion for mountainous environments is deep rooted and she has a particular interest in Alpine flora –
Hannah holds the International Mountain Leader award and is a member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders. She also holds the British Winter and Summer Mountain Leader and Single Pitch climbing awards.
When not in the Pyrenees you will still find Hannah in the mountains. As well as hiking she also enjoys ski touring and rock & ice climbing. Particular personal achievements of hers include summitting Ama Dablam in Nepal and climbing the Old Man of Hoy on Orkney.
Outside of Summer, Hannah lives with Ken in the Scottish Highlands, where they run West Coast Mountain Guides, which offers winter hiking, mountaineering and ice climbing holidays in the Scottish Highlands.
Ken joined the Hike Pyrenees team in 2013, and brings with him a wealth of experience from years of climbing and trekking in mountainous environments across the globe. He’s happy whether he is trekking in the Pyrenees, winter climbing in Scotland, rock climbing in China, ski touring in Norway, alpine climbing in the Alps or on expedition in the Himalayas.
Ken holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate, the UK’s highest instructional award, the International Mountain Leader, and is a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, The Mountaineering Instructors Community and the British Association of International Mountain Leaders.
When not working in the Pyrenees, Ken works as a full time Mountaineering Instructor, which ranges from guiding on the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye to introducing people to winter mountaineering and guiding some of Britain’s finest ice climbs.
Together with Hannah, they run West Coast Mountain Guides.
Our Basque specialist Javier was born and bred in San Sebastian and has lived his whole life in this beautiful city. Javier runs our Camino de Santiago holidays and will tell you all about the Basque culture and more importantly where to find the best pintxos!
He’s a qualified International Mountain Leader and has climbed extensively in the Alps including summiting the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
A hugely experienced Basque mountain guide. Arkaitz speaks excellent English and joins us on several trips during the season including the Refugio Week. He is a qualified Spanish high mountain guide and in winter works with Curro on the Spanish scientific base in Antarctica safely guiding the scientists to where they need to go each day.
Our friend and Spanish high mountain guide Curro lives in Biescas. He’s climbed all over the world but his real love is the Pyrenees. It’s hard to find a peak in the range that he hasn’t climbed! Curros joins us on many of the holidays in the Valle de Tena and Ordesa National Park.
Rosa & Teresa
The two who do all the hard work behind the scenes while we are out enjoying ourselves in the mountains! You will probably speak to Rosa or Teresa while booking your holiday or making travel arrangements. Teresa is from Jaca and has lived in the area all of her life. She has worked as a tourist guide and knows all about the local history and culture.
Rosa is from Madrid and moved to Biescas in 2011. She’s a nature lover and and expert gardener with a wealth of knowledge about the plants of the area.
We’d love to talk through any aspect of our holidays so if you have any questions then please call or send us an email.
Tel (UK): +44 (0)20 8123 5049
Tel (Spain): +34 682 195 416