At lofty heights on horseback

Pyrenees Adventure Trail

At lofty heights on horseback

2.090 € pp
+ additional services

Overview

Short Trail Description

Tip top enjoyment in the central Pyrenees of Andorra and Catalonia over 6 riding days! The Pyrenees Adventure Trail is an action-packed journey for nature lovers. It is perfect for experienced trail riders. We sleep under the stars for 2 out of 7 nights. We ride over three passes at an altitude of over 2500 metres. This offers magnificent views of the Andorran, Spanish and French Pyrenees! In Andorra, we cross a fairy-tale landscape, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Travelling on horseback in harmony with nature - an unforgettable experience!

Duration

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Riding Days
  • Up to 8 hours in the saddle per day

Participants

  • 4 - 10 Riders

Scenery

  • Pyrenees

Highlights & Facts

  • 2 nights sleeping under the stars
  • Riding on 3 passes over 2500 metres in altitude
  • Spectacular views on the Pyrenees of Spain, France and Andorra
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site in Andorra
  • In harmony with nature - an unforgettable experience!

Riding Level

  • 4 horseshoes or more (Experienced)

Recommendation

Perhaps after an adventurous week in the mountains you still have time for a stay in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Catalonia offers incomparable contrasts!

Pyrenees Adventure Trail

Trail Route

Day 1: Arrival in the Pyrenees

After the transfer from Barcelona airport, we spend the first night on a former farm in the valley of a Pyrenean village. We meet our fellow riders in the middle of this beautiful mountain paradise. What a place to start the trail ride through the Pyrenees! We get to know our guide over a delicious dinner in a cosy atmosphere.

Day 2: “Little Mongolia”

In the morning, after a briefing, we saddle up our four-legged companions. On horseback, we cross an old mining village and ride through dense boxwood forests.

During the day, some spectacular ascents over endless high alpine pastures await us! We pass herds of cattle and mountain horses that eyeball us curiously at the sound of their bells. Above us, vultures and eagles circle, their huge wingspan is incredible!

Once at the top, we are offered a magnificent panoramic view in all four directions: to the North, the high three-thousand-metre peaks rise, to the West we look at the towering stone mountains of the pre-Pyrenees, to the East the view reaches as far as the Mediterranean coast and to the South, we discover the extraordinary mountain range of Montserrat.

Satisfied by this magnificent landscape, which reminds us of Mongolia, we descend into the valley. The forests and the moss-covered ground swallow the clatter of our horses' hooves. In the evening we reach our domicile for today, a charming mountain hotel.

Day 3: Chamois in the Mongrony Massif

On the way again, we emerge from the shadows of the forest into the wide-open spaces of the mountain meadows. We observe the silhouettes of chamois on the horizon, jumping over the rocks with breath-taking speed.

Today we have plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering uphill until we finally reach the mountain ridge in a stunning final spurt. What a magnificent view we are presented with here!

Tonight, we sleep in a nicely managed hikers' hut. The sunset over the surrounding rocky mountains is a unique natural spectacle. After a tasty dinner made by our hosts, we stretch out comfortably in the sleeping room.

Day 4: Sierra Cadi - wide plateau of Cerdanya

With the sunrise we leave our night camp. In the morning atmosphere we ride through the overwhelming nature park Moixeró. We arrive at a mountain hut and revitalise ourselves with a snack and a cold drink.

As we descend, we catch a glimpse of the impressive Cerdanya plateau before cantering to our picnic spot with views of the Sierra de Cadí.

Tonight, we are accommodated "luxuriously". In a nice natural stone village, cosy rooms with a hot shower await us. In the lovely bar within our country house, we are treated to a savoury dinner.

Day 5: Land of the Cathars

We ride briskly through the lush plains of the Cerdanya. The numerous meadows and grain fields offer the opportunity for trotting and cantering. While crossing the river Ter, our horses fight against the water current.

We are entering the land of the Cathars. In an enchanting Pyrenean valley, we set up our camp. The turquoise pools of the torrent invite us to bathe and relax in nature.

High up on a rock, the ruins of a Cathar castle remind us of days gone by. Our horses peacefully savour the nourishing, lush green high mountain grass. In this ambience we come to rest and gaze at a twinkling starry sky before falling asleep.

Day 6: Hiking in Andorra

Today, we set off on a challenging climb to Andorra. It is an exciting day as we have everything we need for the next two days in our luggage! We are amply rewarded for the effort of the ascent: the view over the high mountain landscape is unique.

Here we are: at an altitude of 2500 m and we have ridden across 2 countries! Our horses graze in a pretty meadow by the river while we dangle our feet in the stream and enjoy the soothing, refreshing water!

In the evening, we reach a beautiful spot in the middle of the high Pyrenees, where we set up our camp. We prepare a rich dinner from our pack bags and come to rest, while the bells of the alpine cows spread their calming sound around us.

Day 7: The High Pyrenees of Andorra

On the way across beautiful mountain meadows and through river valleys, we keep a lookout for marmots.

After some challenging climbs we cross the pass and reach the highest point of our journey: We are at an altitude of 2600 m! From here we have a spectacular view of the Serra de Cadí and the highest mountain in Catalonia, the Pica d'Estats. We carefully make our way down through this enchanting landscape to a shining mountain lake. We have reached our destination! We are back in Catalonia.

In a nearby guesthouse, we enjoy a well-deserved hot shower and a farewell dinner together, during which we review our adventure. What a wonderful time we had!

Day 8: Hasta la vista Pyrenees!

After breakfast, farewell and transfer to Barcelona.

> Important notice to all customers!

Information & Services

Character

This trail is an incredible and unforgettable experience. To make the most of this unique adventure, you need to be aware of a few facts. It is necessary that you are as flexible and patient as nature itself on this journey. Changing and unpredictable circumstances can occur at any time and must be mastered together!

The riding terrain is very demanding and the days are long - we are often in the saddle for up to 8 hours and cover up to 50 kilometres per day. Only experienced riders will enjoy this trail. You should feel comfortable and confident at any gait. It is also a basic requirement that you can mount and dismount without assistance. In particularly difficult terrain, you must also be able to mount your horse from both sides. In very tricky places it is necessary to dismount and lead our horses. You must be physically fit for this and you should have no difficulty walking long distances downhill in the Pyrenees.

Due to the difficulty of this trail, it has a maximum weight limit of 85 kg for riders and an age limit of 65 years. If these conditions do not apply to you, please contact us to decide whether this trail ride is suitable for you.

Included services

  • Riding program as described (Due to the difficulty of the trail and unpredictable weather conditions, changes at short notice are always possible).
    • 8 days with 7 nights, 6 riding days
    • 4 nights in a double room with shower and toilet, of which 1 nights' accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet
    • 1 night in a simple cottage with shared toilets (see accommodation)
    • 2 nights in a tent (see accommodation)
  • Arrival day dinner included/departure day breakfast included
  • 6 Riding days half board (picnic lunch incl. table wine/water)
  • Tax on stays in tourist establishments
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Local transfers during the trail

Not included services

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure), taxi
  • Collective airport transfer from/to Girona/Barcelona
  • Restaurant & Catering services during the ride: payable locally at the first dinner
  • Drinks/food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • Single tent supplement for the whole stay + 75,- Euro (see accommodation)
  • Single room supplement 40,- Euro/night (see accommodation)
  • Tips for the team and other services
Transfers & Caterings

Notice

  • First day: on arrival dinner is at approx. 9 p.m.
  • Last day: before departure breakfast is at approx. 9 a.m.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodations by equivalent if necessary.
  • Due to local conditions, a route change or amendment may be necessary.
  • In order to perform the trail safely, there may be changes to the program due to unforeseen natural and weather conditions. The resulting extra cost for accommodations deviating to the program (cottages, mountain inns, hotels) are not included in the price and will be charged separately on site.

Accommodation

Double Room/Double Tent/ "Half Double Room/Half Double Tent"

Single travellers have the option to book a "Half Double Room/Half Double Tent". Half double rooms for bookings 60 days prior to departure can only be booked if at that time a same-gender customer is also waiting for a roommate. If this is not the case, we will book a single room with the regular, advertised surcharge.

  • 4 overnights in shared double rooms
  • 2 overnights in double tent
  • 1 overnight in cottage
Single Room/Single Tent

Single rooms cannot always be guaranteed though booked. If a previously confirmed single room is not available, the guest is entitled to a refund of the price paid for those nights surcharge.

  • 4 overnights in single room (depending on demand and room availability)
  • 2 overnights in single tent
  • 1 overnight is only available in multi-person dormitory

Single room/tent supplement + 40,- Euro/night (6 nights x 40,- Euro = 240,- Euro)

Transfer

Airport Barcelona
  • Collective group transfer at 5:30 p.m., meeting point at the airport is in Terminal T1 in front of the Café TRAMOYA at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite from the "Oficina de Turisme" (after customs on the right).
  • Please Note! If you arrive at Terminal T2 all five minutes a free shuttle bus brings you to Terminal T1!
  • Please book your flight on the day of departure from 2:30 p.m. onwards!


If the arranged transfer times do not fit with your arrival and departure times, we would be happy to organize a taxi for you (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start/end points). Other arrival and departure destinations provided on request.

Please Note: The transfer times can vary depending on flight arrival times/delays from other guests/traffic etc. Please be patient in these cases!

Due to the large distance between trail starting point and ending point, arrival with own car directly to the starting point is not possible. We would be happy to help with the booking of a parking place for your car near to the Airport of Barcelona.

Transfers & Caterings

Guaranteed departure

With a small group surcharge in case the minimum number of participants is not reached (only on demand).

Important notice

Important notice to all customers!

All trail itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best riding holiday experience we make occasional changes.

Depending on the number of concurrent trails, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to itineraries at short-notice, which could affect the number of riding hours per day, the route we take to any given destination or the use of alternative accommodation. Trails can also be ridden in both directions. All changes are at our discretion but when changes are made, we endeavour to ensure that our high standards of quality are maintained and reflected in the alternatives we choose.

Presentation, organization, photos and information by Rudi Stolz

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