The shortest hiking season ever!

Well, we started running hiking trips again in early July with the situation in Spain at the time improving greatly and travel within Europe starting up again. We had some brilliant hikes with our long-standing guests Anne and Danny here for a week’s private guiding in the Valle de Tena, a few couples on our Village to Village itinerary in the high Pyrenees and several families doing hiking and activities.

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I’m pleased to say they all had a wonderful time in the Pyrenees with plenty of high peaks conquered under blue skies and sunshine. The families enjoyed themselves kayaking, on the kilometre-long zipline, mountain biking and canyoning. Then sadly the coronavirus situation flared up again and, only three weeks after the first guests of the season arrived, travel restrictions were back in place and that was that for the season! Blink and you’d miss it – Hike Pyrenees shortest season ever! I have to say the new travel restrictions, whilst totally understandable and not wholly unexpected, did come as a bit of a blow. Things had started to look positive once again and it was brilliant to be out in the mountains, showing our guests this wonderful area. We had started getting new enquiries and bookings with, particularly from families, and then suddenly we were back to cancellations and postponements once again. Oh well, such is life at the moment in these uncertain and difficult times for everyone. I’ve been making the most of my summer, spending lots of time with the family – I’m usually rushed off my feet all summer so it makes a nice change to have the time to take the kids to the pool each afternoon. We’ve been renovating a barn for the last couple of years and I’ve spent lots of time working there and we’ve got a wonderful vegetable garden that the whole family helped plant out. I’d like to share a few photos of the trips we did manage to do this July. The hikes with Anne and Danny were spectacular. They are both as fit as fiddles and as they’ve both hiked in the area before, we did plenty of long routes to peaks that we don’t do very often. The week cumulated with a monster 24km, 1600 metre ascent of Pico de Catieras (2607m). See below for more photos and info on the routes we did during the week. Canyoning Canyoning is one of our most popular family activities and several of the families that visited this July did a canyoning trip. There’s a brilliant canyon for families in the valley called Gorgol – it’s a great mixture of jumps, abseils and slides down a beautifully carved out limestone gorge. We hadn’t done Gorgol as a whole family before so one day we headed there and did the canyon ourselves. At 6 years old it was Christopher’s first canyon and he absolutely loved it and insisted on doing all of the big jumps.

Christmas in Biescas

Happy Christmas from the Pyrenees

We’d like to wish all of our friends and guests a very merry Christmas from all of us here at Hike Pyrenees.

We’d like to thank all of you who hiked with us in the Pyrenees this year and made our season such a success.

We’ve had brilliant early season snow in the Pyrenees so we’ve been out skiing and snowshoeing.

We hope you all have a fantastic 2020 and hope to see you out hiking next year.

Best wishes from,
Phil, Anna, Isabel, Christopher, David, Juanma, Pablo, Rosa, Teresa and Arkaitz

Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees

New snowshoeing holiday dates

Snowshoeing holiday: 7-14 March

I’m delighted to say that our snowshoeing holiday has been really popular and already full.

We’ve several other people that would like to come, so we’re running a second holiday on the 7-14 March. The holiday will be based in Sallent de Gallego at Hotel Almud which is the heart of the Pyrenees, surrounded by high peaks.

Pyrenees snowshoeing holiday

Snowshoeing under blue skies with Pico Anayet in the background

Winter is a magical time in the mountains. The scenery looks spectacular under a blanket of snow and you are surrounded by silence and tranquillity. Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to discover this magical landscape. Snowshoeing is brilliant fun and requires no previous experience or technical skills – if you can hike you can snowshoe! We’ll teach you all the techniques you need to know during your stay.

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First skiing and snowshoeing trips of the winter

Winter has arrived early in the Pyrenees and it’s been snowing for most of November in the mountains, right down to village level.

Formigal and Astun ski stations both opened last Saturday (16th Nov) – I’ve never known them to open that early before. From today Panticosa and Candanchu are also open. The snow is fantastic! Probably better than at any stage last season and there’s a good covering on and off-piste with plenty of powder. Great news for all those signed up to our snowshoeing holiday in Feb/March as this snowfall has set up a great base that should last all season.

At the escuela de esqui deportesmoga you will learn everything you need to have fun during your winter vacations.


We’ve taken advantage of the snow and headed out both on the ski’s with the family to Formigal and on snowshoes to the peak of Errata.

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