Peaks & passes

Tackle some of the best summits in the Pyrenees

Spectacular summits

Tough days with views that make it worthwhile

A superb week of challenging hiking

On some of the best trails and peaks in the Pyrenees

Peaks & passes

Spectacular summits

A superb week of challenging hiking

Peaks & Passes

7 night guided walking holiday

A superb week of challenging hiking on some of the best trails in the Pyrenees. We’ll venture into the rugged, higher mountains of the Pyrenees, finding a rocky wilderness dotted with mountain lakes and spectacular views.
We’ll tackle some of the most spectacular summits in the valley and will be rewarded with views that make all of the effort worthwhile.

Guided walking – grade 3
This is a week of reasonably strenuous hiking with some fairly long days and a good level of fitness is required. The Pyrenees are renowned  for steep climbs and you should be capable of ascents of over one thousand metres.
However we remember you are on holiday  and one or two days will feature slightly less strenuous hikes. Paths are generally good but there will be some exposed sections and some easy scrambling and sure-footedness is required. You should expect days of between seven to ten hours walking.

Walks will explore the variety of The Valle de Tena and its nearby neighbours.  One day will be spent in the Ordesa National Park.
This is a sample itinerary – there are many excellent routes in the area and the exact routes will depend on the weather and what the group would like to achieve.

Sunday – Sallent de Gállego

Arrive in Sallent de Gállego from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing over a generous helping of Serrano ham, baguettes and wine.

Monday – Pico Anayet (2545m)

Set on a high plateau of peaty grasslands we find Ibon de Anayet. From here we have several choices. We can either relax with a picnic and take in the magnificent views. Alternatively we can tackle the steep and exciting Pico Anayet or the slightly tamer, but with equally impressive views, Vertice de Anayet.

Tuesday – Faja de Pelay

A spectacular path high in the Ordesa Valley. A steep ascent from the valley floor takes us to a wonderful balcony amongst the cliffs that we follow around to the end of the valley. Fantastic views of the Breche de Roland and Monte Perdido.

Wednesday – Ibones de Arriel

Some of the most beautiful lake landscapes in the Pyrenees can be found at Ibones de Arriel. The four lakes, lying at different heights, are surrounded by steep granite peaks with Pico Palas taking pride of place.

Thursday – Rest day

Spend a relaxing day in Panticosa, go on a hike from the village or visit one of the nearby attractions such as the Parque Faunistico. Evening visit to Jaca.

Friday – Pico de Bacias (2760m)

This day takes us to the high, wild land above the spa resort of Baños de Panticosa. We pass a series of mountain lakes before an easy ridge scramble to the summit of Pico de Bacias where we get magnificent views across to Vignemale and the Ordesa National Park.

Saturday – Garmo Negro (3066m)

Overlooking Panticosa this three thousander makes for an excellent finale to the week.  Superb summit views along the Pyrenees chain. An optional side trip takes us on an excellent scramble along a ridge to the summit of Argulas (3046m).

Sunday – Sallent de Gállego

Either take the morning transfer to Zaragoza train station or a free morning in the village before leavingat lunchtime for the Zaragoza to London Stansted flight.

If you have any questions about our walking holidays please give us a call on +44 (0)208 123 5049 or drop us an email.

Photos taken on our Peaks & Passes holidays

Peaks & Passes

2018 Dates

Sun 15 – 22 July
Sun 29 July – 5 August

Sun 9 – 16 September

Price

1149 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
125 €
single supplement

Included

7 nights accommodation:
7 x Hotel Almud
Breakfast buffet each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night apart from the rest day when we visit Jaca for tapas.
Meals taken at Casa Jaimico an excellent restaurant just 100 m from the hotel.
5 days fully guided walking with small groups of 8 maximum.
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station.
Transport to the walks each day.

Not included

Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal and lunch on the rest day

Getting to the Pyrenees

From the UK

There are direct flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza. You can also fly to Barcelona or Madrid and can catch the AVE fast train to Zaragoza. We pick up at both the train station and the airport.

From outside Europe

Most of our guests from outside of Europe fly via Barcelona or Madrid, combing a stay in one of these two excellent cities with their walking holiday. From either city there are excellent rail links to Zaragoza.

See more travel options and details on our getting here page.

Hotel Almud

You will stay in the family-run Hotel Almud in Sallent de Gállego – an ideal base from which to reach the higher reaches of the Valle de Tena. A small hotel with just 11 rooms all beautifully converted with en-suite bathrooms. Three course evening meals are taken at restaurant Casa Jaimico which is just 100 metres from the hotel each night apart from the rest day when we will visit Jaca and eat at one of the excellent restaurants or tapas bars.

Frequently asked questions

Where do you pick up from?

Pick ups are from either Zaragoza train station at 4pm or Zaragoza airport to meet the Ryan Air flight from Stansted. We drop off the following Sunday at either 12 noon at Zaragoza train station or at the airport for the flight to Stansted. See our getting here page for more details.

Which meals are included in the price?

Breakfasts and evening meals are included every day (including breakfast on the final Sunday). Picnic lunches are provided each hiking day. The only meals that aren’t included is the lunch and evening meal on the rest day.

Do the routes feature scrambling?

A couple of the summits have scrambles or a section of chain however these always optional. If you don’t fancy them you can wait while the rest of the group does the final summit scramble. Some of these days have two peaks – one with a scramble and one without. If you don’t want to do the scramble you can just choose to do the non-scramble peak.

What level is the walking holiday?

This holiday offers a strenous grade. Long days in the high mountains. These routes are steep in places and we venture into much rockier and rougher terrain. Some routes have sections of easy scrambling.

 

 

 

 

Peaks & Passes
Guided walking holiday

2018 Dates:

15 – 22 July

29 July – 5 August

9 – 16 September

 

1149 € per person

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Hotel Almud

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