Here is an exceptionnal opportunity to discover the majesty of the Pyrenees clothed in
white.

   
With the snow-shoes, we will walk without great difficulty on the snowy coat and will benefit from the beauty of the winter landscape.

    For this week, I envisage to walk around a comfortable hostel which one will join each evening. In the middle of the trip, we will leave for a 2 days trek, and we will build an Igloo which it will be possible for you to spend the night in. However, for those most sensitive to the cold a cabane will be at our disposal.

    During the week, we will study the property of snow and the dangers which inhibit the winter mountains. We will discover the aptitudes which the local flora and fauna have developed to adapt to this hostil environment.

    The cost of this wonderful excursion is 610 Euro per person, this includes the cost of accomodation, all meals, the hiring of the snow-shoes and sticks, transport during the week, organization and guided tours. Transport to Pau, and individual insurance are at your own expense. However, I can help you to find good flight and transport deals.



Itinerary  (which is subject to change):
  • Day 1: from the meeting point at the train station of Pau, we will join the mountains for a small walk and discover using the snow-shoes. After a presentation of the week, we will join our hostel.
  • Day 2: excursion around the Aubisque pass.
  • Day 3: excursion in the zone of Anéou.
  • Day 4 and 5: we will leave for an excursion 2 days in the mountain of Aran. On our arrival to the cabane, I will teach you the construction of an igloo. For those who wish, they will be able to spend the night in one of our constructions. The others will have their place in the cabane.
  • Day 6: walk on the zone of Courzy, then return to Pau in the afternoon.


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Details :

  • Climate: in general it 's cold and wet, therefore envisage bringing warm clothing and raingear.
  • Level: the level is fairly easy and accessible for anyone in  good physical condition. 6 hours walking each day on average and the altitude is between 100m and 400m.We will walk light, carrying only a small rucksack with water, meals for the day and warm clothes.
  • Accomodation : I will choose a confortable hostel calm and convivial proposing double rooms. There will be an extra supplement for single rooms (according to possibility). We will join the hostel every evening, with the exception of one night where we'll sleep in a mountain cabane or an igloo.
  • Meals : we will taste a maximum of local dishes. We will have our breakfast and evening meals in our hostel or nearby restaurants. For lunch, we will picnic during our walk in scenic places with local products (dry fruit, salad, ham, cheese, chocolat, etc). Don't forget to tell me if you are vegetarian or if you are allergic to certain products.
  • Meeting point : day 1 at the train station of Pau at 1 p.m. Dispersion, day 6 in Pau towards 5 p.m.. If you arrive in the airport at Pau, I can eventualy pick you up.
  • Transport: transport to Pau is at your own expense. During the week, I will drive you to join the various departures of excursion.
  • Material to remember : a warm hat, a warm jacket (polar), a ski-jacket, warm trousers (ski pants) or trousers + tights, walking boots, gaiters, gloves, a flashlight for the evening, a sleeping bag, a rucksack, sun lotion, sunglasses, a pen-knife, some plastic bags, a water bottle, and if possible, a pair of binoculars.
I have a first-aid kit but it is important that everyone takes responsibility to bring their own personal first-aid consisting of: normal plasters and those which protect blisters, painkillers eg; aspirin, an antiseptic, an anti-diarrhoretic, eye drops and any personal medication you normally take.


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