Category Archives: Camino de Santiago

A perfect lunch spot looking toward the Treserols and the Tres Marias

A busy June hiking in the Pyrenees

It’s been a super busy start to the season which is why we’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog page! We hit the ground running (or should we say guiding!) towards the end of May and haven’t stopped.

Below is a selection of our favourite photo’s from our different holidays through June. If you would like to see more of our photos as well as find out what’s happening in the area you can find us on facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/hikepyrenees

Lakes and Valley

A bespoke week for 11 return guests who met each other on previous Hike Pyrenees holidays

Dual level Valle de Tena Explorer

A bespoke two weeks for the Orinda hiking club from the US

Dual level Discover Ordesa

 

Summit of Pic Peyreget

A great season so far…

Well, the 2014 hiking season here in the Spanish Pyrenees is well and truly under way, and despite the occasional late afternoon thunderstorm, things have been ticking along nicely.  Our self-guided holidays are proving to be as popular as ever, with about half of the guests hiking the 6 day Village to Village Walk in the Valle de Tena.  Other guests have explored the Ordesa Valley, Camino de Santiago and other spectacular areas of the Valle de Tena.

It’s also been busy on the guided holidays.  We’ve run a few more dual level holidays this season, allowing walkers to choose between gentle and more strenuous walks, both in the Valle de Tena and Ordesa, on each of their 5 days, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of environments, from flower filled meadows through to rugged high mountain terrain.  Highlights have included hiking the Faja de Pelay in the Ordesa Canyon, visiting the Ibones de Arriel above the GR11 and popping over the border to walk in the French Pyrenees.

Phil has also run a new walking holiday this season, in the Western PyreneesThis holiday is split between  the two beautiful villages of Ezcaroz in the Valle de Salazar and Erratzu in Baztan, and is aimed at those looking for relaxed days in the mountains.   Many of the guests on this holiday had hiked with us before (mostly on our Lakes & Valleys holiday), and were looking to explore the Pyrenees further.  Phil will be running this trip again in September.

We’re also all looking forward to running our Refugio Week later this month, which tackles the highest peak in the area, Monte Perdido, which at 3355m, looms over the head of the Ordesa Canyon.

Camino de Santiago Northern Route

Week on the Camino de Santiago

Recently I walked a week on the Camino de Santiago northern route from Hondarribia to Guernika. It was a fantastic 6 day hike with great views along the dramatic coastline.

Donibane

Donibane – the first of many estuaries I crossed. Here you cross on a water ferry across.

Lots of variety too as you pass through fishing villages, vineyards, along sandy beaches before heading inland through wood covered (seemingly endless!) hills. Continue reading