Pyrenees High Mountain Horse Trail

Ruta de los caminos de los pastores

Pyrenees High Mountain Horse Trail

1.450 € p.p
+ servicios adicionales

Resumen

Descripción resumida

Exciting horse riding trail from the Mediterranean Costa Brava to the alpine mountain peaks of the Pyrenees!

Nowadays herdsmen still pass along the so called "Camino Real" through the north-eastern part of Catalonia. In winter, the herds stay in the mild coastal areas and in summer they make their way up towards the Pyrenees. Round polished, soft, high mountain hills build a contrast to the wild and bizarre rock formations of the Garrotxa mountains. The Mediterranean Costa Brava, deep forests and meadows of the alpine mountains determine the landscape. This diverse trail through quiet and remote herdsmen's land is an extraordinary and unforgettable adventure for sporty and ambitious horse riders.

Duración

  • 7 días / 6 noches / 5 días de equitación

Personas

  • 4 - 12 Personas

Paisaje

  • Pirineos

Puntos destacados y hechos

  • Fantastic panoramic views
  • Swimming breaks at turquoise natural pools
  • Alta Garrotxa mountains
  • Mountain pastures of the Pyrenees
  • Accommodation in the picturesque mountain village Beget
  • Ride through medieval villages

Nivel de equitación

  • 3 herraduras o más (Intermedio)

Recommendation

The Trail of Bandits connects seamlessly with the Paths of Herdsmen Trail. Hence, the Herdsmen and Bandits trail can be ridden in 15 days as a big round trail.

Itinerario

Day 1: Trail ride across the pre-Pyrenees

Arrival in Barcelona or Girona and transfer to Mas Roca. Our friend Bogi welcomes us to his home, an old mill from the 16th century which enchants us with its unique character. The South American style garden is a beautiful relaxing paradise! What a great place to start your exciting horse riding adventure into the Pyrenees mountains…

Day 2: Camino Real/Besalú

We pass through the hilly countryside of the pre-Pyrenees and follow the River Fluvia in the direction of the mountain, a route taken by old herdsmen like Juan the Shepherd.

The pretty villages of the Alt Empordà are an impressive witness of an amazing past. In a glade near the river, our friendly "Catalan Buffalo" meets us with a glass of Cava and a beautifully set table.

After our siesta, we ride quickly to the medieval town Besalú. Our accommodation for tonight is a hotel right next to the beautiful romantic bridge with a view over the River Fluvià and the town. Before having dinner in the enchanting garden of the restaurant, we have the possibility to stroll through the alleys of Besalú.

Day 3: Mountains and swimming

We ride to the wild hilly countryside of Garrotxa, passing through the medieval town of Besalu and crossing the Romanic bridge of Llierca.

We find sparkling turquoise rock pools where we can go for a refreshing swim.

Our agile Andalusian horses then carry us safely over the pass of Santa Barbara. From the top we enjoy the fantastic view of the bizarre rock formations.

Our destination is a small mountain village where we stay overnight.

Day 4: Rocky hills of the Garrotxa

The valley of the Llierca lies in front of us with its strong lime rocks. Only the clapping of the hooves, the splashing of a stream and the calm sounds of the cow bells interrupts the deep quietness of this secluded area.

Birds of prey, reptiles and butterflies accompany us on our way and with a bit of luck we will even see wild pigs or a badger.

We will stop for our picnic under two-thousand-year-old oak trees where the turquoise water of the streams invites us for a refreshing dip.

In the afternoon, we reach the picturesque mountain village of Beget, where we stay for the night. Our four-legged friends find a satisfying evening meal in the green mountain meadows.

Day 5: Ride into the high mountains

Our horses carry us deeper into the Pyrenees and an ancient medieval merchant's path takes us over the border into France.

We leave the pre-Pyrenees and ride through beech, oak and chestnut forests that cover the hills. The view of the surrounding 9000 feet high mountains is tremendous.

We ride through the lush flower and gentian meadows and arrive at our destination, the small town of Camprodon on the Pyrenees river Ter. While taking an evening walk through this pleasant place, one of the bars invites us to have a drink...

Day 6: Pyrenees – the realm of the herdsmen

We have an early start to ascend to the high regions of the Pyrenees. Our horses carry us over the immense cattle fields where we meet cows, sheep, goats and the occasional wild Pyrenean horse.

We arrive at the high regions which have alpine character, with Narcissi, iris, gentian and alpine roses that transform the hilly meadows into carpets of flowers.

We reach a mountain pass, an infinite steppe of grass and stone, at 6000 feet. The view is magnificent.

To the west we see the highest peak of Catalonia and in the east the Mediterranean glistens in a deep blue. We take a siesta and observe a vulture family rising into the sky, then ride on secluded paths through this wonderful mountain paradise on our way down to the town of St. Joan de les Abadesses. We spend the night in a small authentic mountain hotel where we let our unforgettable trip end with a dinner together.

Day 7: ¡Hasta la vista, amigos!

After breakfast we say farewell and transfer to Girona or Barcelona or continue with a trail to the sea.

> Important notice to all customers!

Información & Servicios

Character

The Path of Herdsmen Trail is something for real mountain lovers who don't want to miss out on tasteful accommodation. You will enjoy a dynamic ride from the Mediterranean lowlands to the alpine mountains of the Pyrenees. Lively canters lead into extraordinary climbing passages. Magnificent views will be our reward for the occasional steep climb. In order to cope with the daily descents easily and safely, we recommend comfortable walking shoes with a grip tread. Most days you spend 5-7 hours in the saddle and on the swimming day it is 3 hours. The mountain trail requires some stamina and your desire to be guided in a magnificent mountain world. We ride through alpine terrain, so good weatherproof clothing and suitable sun protection are needed. You do not need to have a head for heights for this trail.

Included services

  • Riding program as described
  • 7 days with 6 nights in a double room with shower and toilet, of which 1-2 nights' accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet, 5 riding days
  • Arrival day dinner included/departure day breakfast included
  • 5 Riding days half board including wine
  • 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 60,- Euro/one way; from/to Barcelona 60,- Euro/one way. Arrival with own car 60,- Euro (due to the distance of starting and ending point of the trail)
  • Restaurant & Catering services during the ride: 80,- Euro (payable locally at the first dinner)
  • Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments
  • Drinks/food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • Tips for the team and other services
Traslados y catering

Notice

  • First day: on arrival dinner is at approx. 9 p.m.
  • Last day: before departure breakfast is at approx. 9 a.m.
  • Due to local conditions, a route change or amendment may be necessary.
  • The Paths of Herdsmen Trail can be ridden in both directions.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodations by equivalent if necessary.

Accommodation

Single Room / Double Room / "Half Double Room"

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.

Single travellers have the option to book a "Half Double Room".

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.

  • Single room supplement + 30,- Euro/night

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!


Airport Girona
  • Collective group transfer at 6:30 p.m. The meeting point at the airport is in front of Café CAFFRICCIO in the arrivals hall.
  • Please book your flight on the day of departure from 1:00 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,- Euro 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!

Traslados y catering

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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