Category Archives: The Pyrenees

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.

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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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Summer 2020 walking holiday brochure

Summer 2020 Pyrenees walking holiday brochure

Our summer 2020 walking holiday brochure is available to download as a pdf or to view online. Our brochure has all the dates and prices for our guided and self guided holidays next summer. This year, to cut down on a lot of paper and brochure air miles, we’ve decided not to publish a printed brochure. All of the information is available on our website or on the downloadable pdf.

As usual, we’ve got a busy summer lined up. We start in April and May with two fantastic twin-centre holidays:  Mar y Montaña and Riglos & Alquezar. Both have superb scenery, great early season weather, lovely hotels and restaurants.

Mid-summer we have our guided holidays in the Valle de Tena and the Ordesa National Park,  as well as a lovely itinerary in the Picos de Europa.

For those that prefer self guided hiking look out our Village to Village itinerary in the high Pyrenees or the Villages of the Guara which is perfect earlier in the season.

Whichever holiday you choose, you can be sure that our local qualified guides will show you the best hikes in the area and that with them you’ll experience the real Pyrenees.

If you have any questions about our holidays or would like to check availability, just drop us an email at info@hikepyrenees.co.uk and we’d be glad to help.

We hope to see you in the Pyrenees next summer!

End of the hiking season

Thanks for another great hiking season

Autumn is now upon us and another hiking season is over! It only seemed like yesterday that we were awaiting the first group of the season.

In September we had wonderful weather for our final walking vacations of the season. The heatwaves of early summer had gone and we were left with sunny blue skies but with perfect walking temperatures.

We had groups both in the Pyrenees and in the Picos de Europa and did some fantastic routes as well as lots of extra activities such as visits to cheese caves, wine tastings, history tours and tapas evenings.

It’s been a fantastic season and all of us here at Hike Pyrenees would like to say a big thank you to all of our guests that have hiked with us this summer. It was a pleasure showing you this wonderful corner of the world and we hope you enjoyed the area as much as we do.

I’d personally like to thank David, Juanma, Pablo and Arkaitz from our guiding team who’ve done a brilliant job all summer and I’ve nothing but positive feedback from our guests.

I’d also like to thank our driver Oscar and Teresa and Rosa in the office – they’re the unsung heroes working hard behind the scenes while we’re out in the mountains enjoying ourselves!

Last week we had an end of season staff meal at La Borda which all of our guests who stayed in Biescas will know well. As always the food was delicious and a great time was had by all.

Our thoughts have already turned to next season and we have a snowshoeing holiday running the first week of March – why not come and see the Pyrenees covered in a blanket of snow? We’ve also got early season hiking vacations in April with our Mar y Montaña holiday and in May at Riglos & Alquezar.

You can view our full 2020 hiking program on our website.

Again a big thank you to all of our guests this year and we hope to see lots of you back in the Pyrenees next year,

Phil