Page 1

Summer 2013


Welcome to Hike Pyrenees - the specialists in walking holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees. The Pyrenees are one of Europe’s best kept secrets and combine stunning scenery with great weather. We’re based in the Aragonese Pyrenees in the heart of the range surrounded by spectacular high peaks.

Contents

2

Guided walking holidays

4

Self Guided walking holidays

5

Valle de Tena

6

Ordesa National Park

18

Posets-Maladeta Park

26

Location

30

Accommodation

32

Learn Spanish

34

Booking conditions

35

Guided walking holidays Our guided walking holidays show you the best the Pyrenees have to offer. We organise routes, accommodation, meals and transport leaving you free to relax and enjoy your holiday. We have different grades of walking holidays to suit all levels of walkers. We’ve a choice of hotels and villages for you to choose from - each perfectly placed for walkers.

Dual level guided walking Our Valley de Tena Explorer and Discover Ordesa holidays offer a choice of two hikes each day - one high level and one low level. Simply choose which walk you’d like to join each day. A fantastic option for couples or friends that walk at different levels or those that want to do a couple of harder walks but not a whole week of long hikes.

Self guided holidays Perfect if you like to explore the hills on your own but take advantage of our local knowledge to get straight to the best walks. We’ve route descriptions for over 200km of the best trails in the area. We organise your accommodation, provide detailed route descriptions, maps and picnic lunches. We’re around during the week to offer advice on which routes would suit you best and give you the latest weather forecast.

Hotel to hotel walking

Private group holidays

Our Village to Village self guided holiday lets you walk between the beautiful villages of the Valle de Tena. We transport your bags each day so you just walk with a day pack.

If you are organising a holiday for a group of friends, a walking club or charity event we can arrange a bespoke itinerary tailored perfectly to your requirements.

This is a very popular holiday and the feedback we’ve had from guests on the scenery, route directions and quality of the hotels has been great.

For groups of 6 or more we can offer group discounts, varying holiday lengths and walks as strenuous or as relaxed as you would like.

Read the full itinerary on page 16.

Call us and we can talk through your requirements or drop us an email and we’ll put together an itinerary for your group to look at.


Why choose Hike Pyrenees? Friendly personal holidays

Meet the team

Hike Pyrenees is run by Phil and Anna. We’re a small independent walking company that offers friendly and personal holidays. We’re passionate about the area and love showing people the best the Pyrenees have to offer.

We’ve a small team of experienced, qualified, professional mountain guides and leaders.

Phil and Anna live in the Pyrenees year round, know the area intimately and have sought out the best hotels and villages ensuring you have a superb holiday. We know the region’s history, it’s legends, wildlife and of course all the best walks.

Small groups

Hannah

We specialise in small group holidays - you won’t be trudging along in a long line of people on any of our holidays.

A keen climber and hiker Hannah’s been working with Hike Pyrenees for three years. During the winter Hannah works as a freelance instructor in Scotland. She’s a qualified international mountain leader with a keen interest in alpine flora.

Qualified guides We work with a small team of experienced guides that all hold professional mountain qualifications. You can rest assured that you’ll be safe on the mountain with them and that their experience will enhance your time in the Pyrenees.

Booking your Hike Pyrenees holiday is straightforward.

1

Phil & Anna Phil and Anna founded Hike Pyrenees in 2007 and have lived in the Pyrenees year round for 6 years. A qualified international mountain leader Phil leads many of the walks himself. Anna makes sure everything runs smoothly during the season manning the office while we are in the hills enjoying ourselves!

Local knowledge

HOW TO BOOK To check the availability of any of our holidays drop us an email at info@hikepyrenees.co.uk, call us on +44 (0)208 123 5049 or go to our website.

If you’d like any advice on which holiday would suit you best then please give us a call and we’d be glad to help.

2 Ken Ken has bags of experience in the Alps and Scotland as well as the Pyrenees. A member of the Association of Mountain Instructors Ken holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and in the winter runs ice climbing courses in Scotland.

Arkaitz A hugely experienced Basque mountain guide. Arkaitz speaks excellent English and joins us on several trips during the season including the Refugio Week.

Complete the booking form online at : www.hikepyrenees.co.uk/booking Alternatively complete the paper version enclosed.

We require a £75 deposit per person. Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer or by credit card via PayPal.

3

We’ll confirm your booking straight away. The balance of your holiday is due six weeks before departure - we’ll send you a reminder and your holiday information pack at this time.

Contact us:

Location

www.hikepyrenees.co.uk

The Aragones Pyrenees are home to the highest mountains and most spectacular scenery in the range and we’re right at the heart of them.

tel: +44 (0)208 123 5049

Guests return every year We’re delighted to say many of our guests come back to the Pyrenees. We love to see guests again and it must mean we’re doing something right!

info@hikepyrenees.co.uk skype: hikepyrenees

3


Guided holidays Our guided walking holidays make sure you get the most out of your stay in the Pyrenees. Our team of qualified guides have an intimate knowledge of the area. We can take you straight to the most beautiful spots, many of which are off the beaten track and often we'll have the mountains to ourselves.

Small group holidays Our policy of only taking small groups means you’ll never be in a long line of walkers. It also gives us the flexibility to alter the itinerary according to the groups needs and is key to us giving you a fantastic week of walking.

Dual Level Walking Our dual level holidays are very popular. On these we offer two guided walks each day - a shorter option and a longer harder day in the mountains. We talk through the walks for the following day in the evening and each morning you can decide which walk you’d like to join. Dual level holidays are perfect if you’re not sure which level would suit you best, if you’d like to do a couple of longer days but don’t want to commit to a whole week of hard hikes or for couples or friends that walk at differing levels.

We take care of everything

Our Valle de Tena Explorer (page 10) and Discover Ordesa (page 20) holidays offer dual level walking.

With our guided walking holidays we look after everything, meaning that you can just relax and enjoy the walking, scenery and your holiday.

Walking grades

The day starts with a choice of cooked or continental breakfast and we’ll usually take a short drive to the trailhead for the day’s hiking. A generous picnic lunch (with homemade cake!) is provided which we eat while out in the hills. After each walk we have a briefing (usually over a cold beer) where we discuss the following day. Transfers are provided to and from Zaragoza airport or train station on Sunday evenings either to meet the Ryan Air flight from Stansted or the train from Barcelona or Madrid.

4

We offer four grades of walking holidays with itineraries to suit all levels of walkers. Our grade 1 and 2 walks are at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to take in the scenery and stop to look at the wild flowers and birds. Grade 3 and 4 holidays venture into the higher mountains with rougher, rocky paths and some steep sections.

“The knowledge that Phil has about the history and culture of Spain, the Pyrenees and the fauna and flora make the walks much more than just a trip into the mountains” John

Grade 1: Relaxed

Grade 3: Strenuous

Walks: 5-7 hours Ascent: 300-500 metres Paths: Good paths, not steep

Walks: 7-10 hours Ascent: 700-1000 metres Paths: Rocky, steeper paths

Walks are at a relaxed pace (we’re big fans of two lunch breaks!). We’ll pass through areas with superb flora. If you’re a fairly fit and active person these walks should be fine for you.

For those that like long days in the high mountains. Routes are steep in places with rocky rough paths. Some routes have sections of easy scrambling. Good level of fitness required.

Grade 2: Moderate

Grade 4: Challenging

Walks: 6-8 hours Ascent: 450-750 metres Paths: Good paths with some steeper sections

Walks: 7-10 hours Ascent: 700-1500 metres Paths: Steep!

Walks are still at a relaxed pace and on good paths but are a bit longer taking in some summits and with occasional steeper sections.

Tough steep hikes on high mountain paths often spending nights in Refugios. Previous hiking experience and a good level of fitness essential.


Self guided holidays Our self guided walking holidays are designed to help you enjoy the Pyrenees on your own but still get straight to the best hikes in the area. We’ve a choice of villages in either the Ordesa National Park or the Valle de Tena. We take the hard work out of organising your holiday by arranging accommodation, providing detailed route cards, maps, weather forecasts and picnic lunches. Several times during the week we visit the hotel to offer advice and talk through your options for the following day.

Choice of hotels

Pyrenees information pack

Arrive on any day

We’ve two villages in the Valle de Tena for you to choose from - Hotel Almud in Sallent de Gállego or the 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas in Biescas. For the Ordesa National Park choose between the 4* Hotel Ordesa superbly placed at the entrance of the valley or the rural Casa Capella in the remote village of Bestue. All are excellent bases for walkers with plenty of hikes in easy reach of each hotel.

Before your holiday we'll send you a full planning pack. This contains the most accurate hiking map of the area, a hiking guide and a Pyrenees guide full of information about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the area.

Our self guided holidays are totally flexible and you can arrive and depart on any day you wish, staying as long as you like.

Choose between full board with picnic lunches provided or bed and breakfast. See page 32 for more details of the hotels.

Self Catering Apartments In Biescas we offer one and two bedroom self catering apartments in the lovely Rincon de Andrea. Each is well furnished and equipped with microwave, hob, washing machine, fridge, TV and DVD player.

The hiking guide contains summaries for over 200km of the best hikes in the area, a recommended kit list and everything you need to know about your holiday.

Easy to follow route cards On arrival you’ll receive a pack of easy to follow route cards for each trail. These give detailed directions along with the length of walk, height gain and what you’ll see on the way. We’ve a huge choice of routes ranging from easy rambles through to long days in the higher mountains so there’s something for everyone.

Two centre holidays In Ordesa we offer a two centre holiday staying in both Torla and Bestue. From Torla you can walk in the Ordesa Canyon and the western side of the park while Bestue gives you access to some excellent hiking in the east of the park - the walking is markedly different in both locations. The remote village of Bestue is a fantastic place to get away from it all and Casa Capella is a beautiful and special place to stay.

“We have really enjoyed our self guided holiday - enough independence with the knowledge we had informed experienced back up if needed. Great walks in a beautiful area” Karen and Annette

You’ll need a car to make the most of the area (apart from our Village to Village holiday). The roads are good and we provide driving directions. Zaragoza is the closest airport to hire a car from and Barcelona, Bilbao or Toulouse are all also in easy driving distance. For more information on getting to us see page 30 or give us a call.

Which base will be best? The Valle de Tena and Ordesa National Park both offer fantastic walking but the terrain varies in the two areas. The Ordesa National Park is stunning with kilometre deep canyons and cliffs. There are walks of all levels in the park from very gentle through to strenuous hikes including some vertiginous cliff hugging paths. However the peaks in the park are not accessible to day hikers as they’re too high. If you like reaching peaks then the Valle de Tena would suit you best. There are some superb summits to be reached here - some easy and some long days involving scrambling. The Valle de Tena also has excellent meadows, lakes and access to cultural walks passing medieval villages and monasteries for those that prefer gentler walks.

5


Valle de Tena From it’s alpine meadows to it’s rocky three thousand metre peaks the Valle de Tena really does have walks to suit everyone. Deep wooded valleys with streams and waterfalls give way to bare rocky high mountains scenery as you climb towards the summits. The valley stretches twenty kilometres from the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua and Tendeñera north to the French border and is flanked by numerous peaks on each side. Several deep side valleys mean you’ll discover new vistas with each corner you turn. Mountain villages with stone houses and winding streets are nestled amongst the mountains and our Village to Village self guided holiday lets you stay in some lovely spots.

1 2 3

4

Alpine meadows Wide flower-filled meadows lye under impressive cliffs and are perfect for walkers who prefer gentler days without forsaking wonderful scenery and views. Great walks follow bubbling mountain streams with waterfalls cascading down the sides of the valleys, others lead to mountain lakes or through wonderful beech and silver fir woods.

Challenging peaks One of the reasons we love the Valle de Tena is the huge choice of peaks it offers to day hikers. There are dozens of peaks between two and three thousand metres all with fantastic views. These hikes range from fairly gentle 5 or 6 hour round trips to some really big ascents up three thousand metre peaks and into wild high mountain scenery. The pointy summit of Pico Anayet is one of our favourites. It looks impossible when you first see it but an ingenious path - helped by a chain across one section - guides you quickly to the top for birds eye views across the valley.

Biescas - lively village At the southern end of the Valle de Tena, Biescas is perfectly positioned to reach several excellent and diverse walking areas including the Valle de Tena and the Ordesa Valley. Biescas makes a great base if you’d like to do a mix of walking during your week - a few higher peaks up the valley, some gentler walks between semiabandoned villages with Romanesque churches and a day over in the Ordesa Valley. It’s also an excellent option early or late in the season as there are excellent hikes south of Biescas which stay dry if the weather’s not so great further up the valley. At the heart of the village is the plaza - the centre of every Spanish village. Surrounding the plaza are several bars, cafes and restaurants. There are a few shops and all of the amenities you’ll need.

Sallent de Gállego Scenic mountain village Nestled under the high peak of Foratata, Sallent de Gállego is everything you imagine a mountain village to be. As you wander through it’s maze of narrow streets you get constant views of the mountains that surround you. With it’s twelfth century church and old stone houses Sallent de Gállego is very picturesque. There are several excellent walks that leave straight from the hotel. Although there are several good shorter walks in the area, Sallent de Gállego comes into it’s own for walkers who want to summit some of the higher peaks in the valley with lots of superb challenging routes on it’s doorstep.

7


Lakes & Valleys - 7 night guided walking holiday - Grade 1 - relaxed walking - Superb mountain scenery - 4* hotel with pool and sauna The Pyrenees are full of beautiful mountain lakes and green valleys. Our Lakes & Valleys holidays are ideal for those that prefer more relaxed days in the mountains. You’ll discover stunning secluded spots and meadows full of flowers as we show you some of the hidden treasures of the Pyrenees.

Relaxed walking This is a week of relaxed walks with the emphasis on finding quiet beautiful spots with breathtaking scenery, rather than scaling high peaks. Therefore the walks will not be overly strenuous and suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Our qualified guides are knowledgeable about the local area and in particular the flora and birdlife you’ll see while out in the mountains. The holiday is ideal for nature lovers with walks passing through meadows full of orchids, gentians and alpine flora - particularly in early summer. A number of the walks will pass through sites of historic interest such as the 10th century monastery of San Juan de la Peña. On the rest day we’ll visit Jaca, the ancient capital of Aragon, for a guided tour and an evening of tapas and vino.

Lady Slippers Orchid

4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas

The magnificent Lady Slippers Orchid is one of Europe’s rarest orchids and we’re lucky enough to have a flowering group in the Valle de Tena.

Holidays are based at the excellent four star Hotel Tierra de Biescas. The hotel has excellent facilities with a sauna, indoor pool and an outdoor pool set in lovely gardens which are great to relax in after a days walking.

The orchid’s huge flowers act as traps for insects who enter to feed on nectar and then get covered in pollen while trying to escape the slippery sides. The orchids usually flower in early June and we’ll take a trip to see the orchids on our Lakes & Valleys holidays on the 26 May - 2 June and 2-9 June and the Valle de Tena Explorer on June 9-16.

8

The lively village of Biescas makes an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Read more about the hotel on page 24. The hotel serves an excellent buffet breakfast with cooked and continental options. Three course evening meals are taken at the hotel restaurant each evening.

"Blue skies, bright sun, a bubbling brook, soaring cliff faces, snow topped mountains and the chime of cowbells; all this in the first hour of our week of walking." Iain and Mary-Anne


GUIDED WALKING

Itinerary

2013 Dates

During the week we visit several of the most beautiful areas in the region. One day will be spent exploring the dramatic scenery of the Ordesa National Park. This is a sample itinerary - the exact routes will depend on the weather and what the group would like to achieve.

Sunday 26 May - Sunday 2 June Sunday 2 June - Sunday 9 June Sunday 23 June - Sunday 30 June Sunday 4 August - Sunday 11 August Sunday 25 Aug - Sunday 1 September Sunday 29 September - Sunday 6 October

Sunday

Price

Biescas

£849 per person (based on two sharing) £89 Single supplement

Arrive in Biescas from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing over your evening meal.

Accommodation

Monday

7 nights in 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas

Ibon de Piedrafita

Included meals

Nestled in meadows under the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua lies the Ibon de Piedrafita. A gentle climb takes us out of the woodland for superb views across the Valle de Tena.

3 course evening meals (exc. rest day) Breakfast buffet each morning Picnic lunches on walking days

Tuesday

San Juan de la Peña The cliffs around San Juan de la Peña are home to colonies of griffon vultures. We get close up views of these huge birds while enjoying superb vistas across the Pyrenees.

Wednesday

Valle de Ordesa The sheer cliffs of the Valle de Ordesa are an undisputable highlight of the Pyrenees. Following the Río Arazas we pass waterfalls before the woodland gives way to spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs.

Guided Walking - Grade 1 Thursday

Saturday

Rest day

Punta del Pacino

Spend a day in Biescas exploring the old town, take a short walk or relax around the hotel’s pool. In the evening we’ll visit the local town of Jaca for vino and tapas.

A beautiful ascent through woodland and meadows to the peak of Punta del Pacino. Its position at the centre of the valley gives fabulous panoramic views of the Valle De Tena and surrounding peaks.

Friday

Villages of the Serrablo A walk linking the medieval villages of the Serrablo. These pretty villages are famous for their 11th century romanesque churches. Lunch at the semi abandoned village of Susín which has just one remaining inhabitant!

Sunday Free morning in Biescas before leaving midafternoon to catch the evening flight from Zaragoza.

5 days fully guided walking with small groups of 8 maximum. Walks are 5 to 7 hours each day. Daily ascents are between 350m to 600m on good paths that are not steep. Walks are at a relaxed pace.

Included Transfers To and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet Ryan Air flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Not included Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal, lunch and evening meal on rest day. For more information or to book visit: www.hikepyrenees.co.uk

9


Valle de Tena Explorer - 7 night guided walking holiday

Choice of 2 walks each day

- Choice of two walks each day

Each day there will be two walks on offer. Simply decide which walk you’d like to join each morning.

- Dual level: grade 1 & grade 3 - 4* hotel with pool and sauna With alpine meadows and mountain lakes lying beneath spectacular peaks the Valle de Tena is a perfect walking destination for walkers of all levels. Our Valle de Tena Explorer holiday offers two walking options each day a lower level and a higher level walk.

The easier walks explore the beautiful meadows of the valley which has spectacular flora. Some hikes will also visit cultural and historical sites such as the 10th century monastery of San Juan de la Peña. These walks will be grade 1 or 2 and at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to enjoy the views. The paths are good and aren’t steep. Each day we’ll be walking between 5 to 7 hours. The higher level hikes reach some of the fantastic summits in the area. These will be longer days in high mountain terrain which will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. These are grade 3 hikes of between 6 to 9 hours. There will be up to 1000m of ascent each day and paths will be steeper. On some days there will be some short sections of scrambling.

Marmots The Pyrenees are a great place to see marmots. Marmots became extinct in the Pyrenees around the end of the last ice age about twelve thousand years ago.

10

4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas Accommodation will be at the lovely 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas located in the centre of the village of Biescas.

They were reintroduced in 1948 as a food source for golden eagles by French hunters - the eagles were taking too many chamois.

It makes a perfect place to relax after a days walking with an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and a sauna.

With a lack of natural predators the population has exploded to over 10,000 from an initial release of just 400.

Breakfast and three course evening meals are served at the hotels excellent restaurant. See page 32 for more hotel information.

“I have had several walking holidays in France and Spain. This holiday was one of the best. I will be back!” John


GUIDED WALKING

Itinerary

2013 Dates

This sample itinerary shows the low and high level route options offered each day. The exact routes will depend on conditions.

Sunday 9 June - Sunday 16 June Sunday 21 July - Sunday 28 July Sunday 15 September - Sunday 22 September

Sunday

Price

Arrive in Biescas from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing over your evening meal.

Monday

£849 per person (based on two sharing) £89 Single supplement

Ibon de Piedrafita

Accommodation

A beautiful lake nestled in meadows under the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua. A gentle climb through woodland for views across the valley.

7 nights in 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas

Included meals 3 course evening meals (exc. rest day) Cooked and continental breakfast buffet Picnic lunches on walking days

Pic Peyreget (2487m) Starting at the high border pass we walk into France to the lovely summit of Pic Peyreget with fantastic views of Pic du Midi d’Ossau.

Tuesday

Valle de Aguas Limpias From the medieval village of Sallent de Gallego we follow the Rio Aguas Limpias (river of clean water) through woods and meadows.

Ibones de Arriel Passing through meadows and woodland we climb to a series of beautiful high mountain lakes surrounded by steep granite peaks.

Wednesday

Valle la Ripera The meadows of the valley are an excellent place to spot marmots. The valley ends in a towering headwall rising to the peaks above.

Montaña del Verde Walking under the cliffs of Sierra de Tendeñera to a wonderful summit viewpoint before passing the lake of Ibon de Sabacos on the way down.

Thursday

Rest day Spend a day in Biescas exploring the village, taking a short walk or relaxing around the pool. Evening visit to Jaca for vino and tapas.

Friday

Villages of the Serrablo These medieval villages are famous for their 11th century romanesque churches. Lunch at the semi abandoned village of Susín which has just one remaining inhabitant!

Punta Balposata (2189m)

A horseshoe ridge walk around the hanging valley of Sobremonte and over the peak of Balposata at the head of the valley.

Dual level walking

A beautiful ascent to the peak of Punta del Pacino. Its position at the centre of the valley gives fabulous panoramic views of the valley.

5 days guided walking with 2 options each day. Walks: Lower level - 5 to 7 hours each day Higher level - 6 to 9 hours each day Ascents: Lower level - 300m to 600m Higher level - 600m to 1200m Lower level walks are at a relaxed pace on good paths that aren’t steep. Higher level routes are on steeper paths with some exposed sections.

Pico Anayet (2545m)

Included Transfers

This steep and exciting peak is reached by a scramble and passing over a section of chains - a good head for heights required!

To and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet Ryan Air flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Sunday

Not included

Free morning in Biescas before leaving midafternoon for Zaragoza and a drop off at either the train station or airport.

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

Saturday

Punta del Pacino (1965m)

To book complete our online booking form: www.hikepyrenees.co.uk/booking

11


Peaks & Passes - 7 night guided walking holiday - Grade 3: Strenuous hiking - Spectacular summit hikes - Charming mountain hotel A superb week of challenging hiking on some of the best trails and peaks in the Pyrenees. We’ll scale fantastic summits each day with spectacular views and venture into the rugged, rocky wilderness of the high Pyrenees. The holiday is based at Sallent de Gállego - a beautiful village nestled amongst the high peaks.

Strenuous hiking We visit some superb rocky peaks during the week with panoramic views for miles around. If you like high mountain scenery and long days in the hills this is the holiday for you. It’s a fairly strenuous weeks hiking with some 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. Each day we’ll walk between seven to ten hours.

Charming mountain hotel Fantastic food One thing is for certain when you stay at Hotel Almud - you won’t leave hungry! All of our guests comment on the excellent evening meals served at the hotel. Mariano, the owner and chef, specialises in local ‘tensina’ dishes (meaning dishes of the Valle de Tena) and evening has his own weekly cooking show on local radio. Vegetables and salads are taken straight from his vegetable garden next door - you can’t get much fresher than that!

12

You’ll stay at Hotel Almud - a wonderful stone building set in the winding streets of Sallent de Gállego. Mariano and Marie-Jose are your hosts in this friendly family-run hotel with just 11 rooms. The hotel is fantastically decorated throughout with the bedrooms beautifully converted all with en-suite bathrooms and mountain views. There is a living room and reading area with sofas and a stone fireplace where you can relax. Meals are taken at the hotels restaurant - Mariano is a fantastic cook and the 3 course evening meals will be a highlight of your stay (don’t come expecting to lose weight!).

“This is the holiday for the serious walker who also appreciates his creature comforts. Phil and his team go the extra mile to provide a memorable vacation.” John


GUIDED WALKING

Itinerary

2013 Dates Sunday 14 July - Sunday 21 July Sunday 4 August - Sunday 11 August Sunday 22 September - Sunday 29 Sep

Walks will explore the Valle de Tena which has a great variety of fantastic hiking. This is a sample itinerary and the exact routes will depend on the weather and what the group would like to achieve.

Price

Sunday

£799 per person (based on two sharing) £89 Single supplement

Sallent de Gállego

Accommodation

Arrive in Sallent de Gállego from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing over your evening meal.

7 nights in 2* Hotel Almud

Included meals

Monday

3 course evening meals (exc. rest day) Breakfast buffet each day Picnic lunches on walking days

Punta del Pacino (1965m) Walking straight from the hotel we begin the week with a circular walk through woods and alpine meadows to the summit of Punta del Pacino for fantastic panoramic views across the valley.

Guided Walking - Grade 3 5 days fully guided walking with small groups of 8 maximum. Walks are 7 to 10 hours each day. Daily ascents are between 700m and 1200m Although walks are on paths there are some steep and exposed sections. Some days have a short scrambles and more difficult terrain.

Tuesday

Pic Peyreget (2487m) Starting at the high border pass we hike in the French Pyrenees to the superb summit of Peyreget. We walk through alpine meadows before crossing a boulderfield and reaching the summit for superb views over the iconic peaks of Pic du Midi d’Ossau, Balaitús and Los Picos del Infiernos.

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.

Thursday

Saturday

Rest day

Garmo Negro (3066m)

Spend a day exploring Sallent de Gállego, take a dip in the pool or go on a hike from the village. Evening visit to Jaca for vino and tapas.

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.

Friday

Pico Anayet (2545m) Set on a high plateau of peaty grasslands we find Ibon de Anayet. From here we can tackle the steep and exciting Pico Anayet passing a set of chains to reach the summit.

Included Transfers To and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet Ryan Air flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Not included Flights, lunch and evening meal on rest day.

Sunday

To Book

Free morning in Panticosa before leaving midafternoon to catch the evening flight from Zaragoza.

Complete the enclosed booking form or online: www.hikepyrenees.co.uk/booking

13


Self Guided: Valle de Tena - Get straight to the best hikes - Easy to follow route cards - Choice of hotels or apartments - Arrive and depart on any day The peaks, lakes and meadows of the Valle de Tena make for a walkers paradise with a huge choice of routes at all levels. There are some spectacular summits to conquer and flower filled meadows in which you can relax and take in the scenery. Our self guided walking holidays get you straight to the best hikes with our easy to follow route cards and advice.

A stress free holiday We take the hard work out of arranging your holiday by arranging accommodation, providing detailed route cards, maps, weather forecasts and picnic lunches. Our advice, recommended routes and local knowledge means you’ll be able to get to the best hikes from day one. Our self guided holidays are very flexible - you can arrive on whichever day you like and stay for as many nights as you want (minimum stay 3 nights). Although the walking is close by you’ll need a car to make the most of your time in the Pyrenees. Most of our guests hire cars from Barcelona or Zaragoza. From the UK taking a couple of days driving through France or taking the ferry to Bilboa or Santander are also good options. If you need any information on travel see page 30 or give us a call.

Pirineos Sur music festival Acts from around the world perform on a floating stage during the Pirineos Sur world music festival which takes place in the last three weeks of July. It’s a great time to visit with lots going - particularly in Sallent de Gállego. It’s a great festival attracting some of the finest artists from Africa, South and Central America. Monday to Thursday there is a free concert and a lively market each night in Sallent de Gállego with the main events taking place at the weekends in the nearby village of Lanuza.

14

Easy to follow routecards We’ve route cards for all of the best walks in the valley. There’s a huge choice of walks of all distances ranging from gentle walks in alpine meadows to long days in the high mountains. As well as easy to follow directions for each walk we give accurate distances and scents and let you know what the ground is like underfoot. We’re around during the week to offer advice on which walks would suit you best and answer any of your questions. We live in the area year round and walk these routes regularly with groups so you can be confident that our route cards will always be up to date and accurate.

“Thanks for an excellent holiday - your local knowledge, excellent route maps, hotel choice and your generous help made the very most of the 5 days we had to explore the area. Great variety of walks and plenty more to see when we come back again!” Brian and Amanda


Choice of two villages

SELF GUIDED

Choose between two excellent bases for walking, Biescas at the southern end of the valley and Sallent de Gállego nestled in the high mountains near the French border.

2013 Dates Self guided holidays are available throughout the summer.

Both villages are full of character with old churches, stone houses and winding streets. Biescas is the slightly bigger and livelier of the two. In Biescas you can either stay in the luxurious Hotel Tierra de Biescas with a pool and sauna or self catering apartments.

Prices Hotel Almud (Sallent de Gállego) 1 May - 17 July 18 July - 5 Sep 5 Sep - 31 Oct Single supplement:

Sallent de Gállego is an excellent choice if you’re looking do tackle some of the higher peaks in the valley as it’s close to all of the longer walks. You’ll be well looked after at the charming Hotel Almud.

Self Catering Apartments

Ideal for those that want to have a bit of luxury or relax by the pool after a days hiking. The lively village of Biescas has a good selection of restaurants and bars.

The spacious Rincon de Andrea self catering apartments are based in Biescas. One or two bedroom apartments are available and each has a lounge/diner, bathroom and great views.

Hotel Almud

All are well equipped with washing machine, TV, DVD player, microwave, hob, fridge, toaster and free Wi-Fi internet connection.

Friendly, comfortable, family run hotel in the high mountain village of Sallent de Gállego and an ideal base for walking holidays. Centred around the 13th century church, Sallent de Gállego is picturesque village surrounded by high mountain peaks. Being in the higher mountains, Hotel Almud makes a perfect base for those looking for long days in the higher peaks although there are plenty of gentler walks nearby too. For more details on the hotels see page 32.

Full Board £599 £649 £599

4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas (Biescas) B&B £549 £629 £549

4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas Luxurious hotel set in lovely grounds with an outdoor and indoor pool and a sauna. The hotel is at the heart of the lively village of Biescas.

B&B £449 £499 £449 £99

For food shopping there are two small Spar supermarkets, butchers and bakers within walking distance and a large supermarket just 15 minutes drive away. If you’d like to eat out there is a good choice of restaurants in Biescas. Prices shown are for one and two bedroom apartments. In addition there are several other combinations available including triple rooms, sofa beds for additional occupants and extra rooms in the same building for larger groups - call for prices.

Self Catering Prices Rincon de Andrea (Biescas) Season: Low High 1 bedroom apartment £299 £349 (based on 2 people) 2 bedroom apartment £249 £299 (based on 4 people) All prices are per person and based on either two or four person occupation. High season is the 28 July - 25 August Up to 2 extra guests can be accommodated on sofa beds and receive a 50% discount. Prices are for a 7 night stay - for longer holidays prices are pro-rata the weekly rate.

Included Prices include gas, electricity, bed linen and towels (changed midweek).

Full Board £649 £749 £649

1 May - 17 July 18 July - 5 Sep 5 Sep - 31 Oct Single supplement: £69 low season, £109 high season All prices are person and are based on two people sharing. Prices are for a 7 night stay - for longer or shorter holidays prices are pro-rata the weekly rate.

Included meals Full board option includes 3 course evening meals with wine (wine not included at Hotel Tierra de Biescas), buffet breakfast and picnic lunches each day. B&B option includes a buffet breakfast - picnic lunches can be ordered from the hotel (at additional cost).

Not included Flights, insurance, airport transfers or transport to and from walks.

15


Village to Village - 7 night self guided holiday - Grade 2/3 - options each day - Luggage moved every day - Mountain hotels and villages Hotel to hotel walking along the length of the Valle de Tena, staying at different villages during the week. We transport your luggage each day meaning you just have to walk with a small daypack.

A wonderful route with fantastic views throughout the week and a real sense of journey as you head up the valley. You’ll stay at small traditional Pyrenean villages with narrow winding streets and stone houses centred around medieval churches.

Mid-level walking The walks cover a reasonable distance with 10km to 14km walked each day. However the routes are on good paths and ascents are not steep (apart from the optional longer routes and side trips). The itinerary has plenty of flexibility with several days offering two walking options. With two days spent at both Panticosa and Sallent de Gallego you also have the option of taking a rest day. For those that like long days two of the days have longer options that cover 19km and get into steep high mountain terrain. Detailed route cards are provided for each day which include descriptions of all the side trips and options. One the first evening or morning you’ll have a briefing to talk you through the routes, options and weather and during the week we are always available on the phone.

Accommodation Hotels are superb throughout the week, in particular the hotels in Sallent de Gallego and Sandinies are full of character.

Hotel Almud (Sallent) Charming hotel in the centre of the picturesque village of Sallent de Gállego. Fantastically decorated with a lovely lounge and dining area and 11 beautifully furnished rooms. Excellent evening meals. See page 32 for more details.

Casa Pelentos (Sandinies) It’s hard to think of a more tranquil place to stay than the tiny village of Sandinies. It’s stone buildings all have fantastic views over the valley. Another charming and friendly hotel hotel with just 7 rooms and a renowned restaurant. Please

16

note Casa Pelentos is closed in May and during this month alternative accommodation will be used.

Hotel Tierra de Biescas Your base for the first and final nights. Excellent 4* hotel with outdoor pool and sauna. See page 24 for more details.

Hotel Casa Morlans Family run hotel in the centre of the village. It’s a friendly, comfortable hotel with great food and makes an ideal base for walking holidays. The two star hotel has 25 rooms with a mixture of twins, doubles and triples. Rooms at the back of the hotel have balconies with mountain views. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower.


SELF GUIDED

Itinerary

2013 Dates

Day 1

The Village to Village Self guided holiday is available throughout the summer. You can arrive and depart on any day you wish.

Biescas Arrive in Biescas spending the night at the 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas. Briefing in the evening about the week ahead, going over the route and giving you a chance to ask any questions.

Price

Day 2

Biescas to Panticosa Heading north you pass under the cliffs of the Sierra de Tendeñera and see the valley open up before you. The route’s full of history as you pass a dolmen, the scenic church of Santa Elena and bunkers built by Franco to defend against invasion through the Pyrenees. Spend the night at Hotel Casa Morlans. Distance: 11km, ascent: 400m

Day 3

Day hike from Panticosa Today you have a choice of two circular routes. The shorter option passes through lovely woodland into the meadows of the Valle la Ripera. The longer option passes up a valley, over a 2000 metre col and back down to Panticosa past a high mountain lake. Night at Hotel Casa Morlans. Shorter option: distance: 11km, ascent: 400m Longer option: distance: 19km, ascent: 1100m

“The Village to Village hike was outstanding. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Valle de Tena each day provided a different landscape.” Phil & Sarah

Day 6 Day 4

Panticosa to Sallent Continuing your journey you head into the northern half of the valley passing through Lanuza - a village that was abandoned and then reinhabited. An easier day that can be lengthened by an optional side trip to a viewpoint above Lanuza. Night at Hotel Almud. Direct route: distance: 10km, ascent: 200m With extension: distance: 16km, ascent: 800m

Day 5

Walk from Sallent Hike along the beautiful Rio Aguas Limpias - the river of clean water. You can have a leisurely day walking to a lovely picnic spot. Alternatively head higher to a series of lakes set amongst spectacular mountain scenery. Second night at Hotel Almud. Shorter option: distance: 14km, ascent: 450m Longer option: distance: 19km, ascent: 900m

Party size 2 or 3 4 or more 1 May - 3 August £699 £649 4 August - 31 August £749 £699 31 August - 31 Oct £699 £649 Single supplement: £99 Prices are person and based on two sharing. Minimum party size is 2 people

Gállego to Sandiniés

Accommodation

Today you cross over to the western side of the valley and head south to the peak of Punta del Pacino (1965m) for panoramic views across the valley. Descend to the tiny village of Sandiniés and spend the night at Casa Pelentos. Distance: 13km, ascent: 750m

2 nights Hotel Tierra de Biescas 2 nights Hotel Casa Morlans (Panticosa) 2 nights Hotel Almud (Sallent de Gallego) 1 night Casa Pelentos (Sandinies)

Day 7

Sandiniés to Piedrafita Pass through the woods of Betato before climbing through meadows to the lake of Ibon de Piedrafita nestled under the vast cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua. The route finishes at the village of Piedrafita where you’ll be picked up for a short transfer back to Hotel Tierra de Biescas where you’ll spend the night. Distance: 14km, ascent 400m

Included meals 3 course evening meals Breakfast each day Picnic lunches

Self Guided Walking Walking is self guided and detailed route descriptions will be provided for each days walk including any optional side trips.

Transfers Transfers to and from Zaragoza airport or train station £100 return per person - only on Sundays

Day 8

Not included

Biescas

Flights and insurance. Wine with evening meal only included at Hotel Casa Morlans.

Final day spent in Biescas before departing for your homeward journey.

17


The Ordesa National Park Established in 1918 the Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido is Spain’s first national park and an undisputed highlight of the Pyrenees with some of the most magnificent scenery in Europe Kilometre deep canyons are carved into the limestone and lye beneath snowcapped peaks. At the centre of the park lies Monte Perdido - the third highest summit in the Pyrenees. Another dozen three thousand metre summits are strung along the French border along with the famous pass of Breche de Roland. In 1997 the park was made a UNESCO world heritage site for it’s incredible diversity of flora and fauna. If you’re a nature lover you’ll love the park which is famous for it’s birds of prey and one of the few remaining homes of the lammergeier one of the largest vultures in Europe. Our nature guide will help you identify what you’re seeing and let you know what to keep an eye out for.

1 2 3

4

Dramatic Canyon Walking The four deep canyons of the park offer dramatic walking and each canyon has trails of all lengths and difficulties. You can walk in the beautiful beech woods admiring the cliffs above or climb up to the dramatic ‘faja’ paths - narrow ledges that wind around the cliff faces. We offer two walking bases from which to explore the Park - Torla and Escuain. The Ordesa Valley and the western side of the park are most easily reached from Torla. Bestue is on the eastern side of the park and there is excellent walking there above the Añisclo Canyon and the Garganta de Escuain. For self guided walkers a two centre week staying in both Torla and Bestue is an excellent option and gives you access to a fantastic range of walking.

Torla - gateway to Ordesa

Bestue - tranquil & remote

Known as the gateway to Ordesa, Torla makes an ideal base to explore the western side of the National Park in particularly the walking in the magnificent Ordesa Valley.

A wonderful tiny village perched high on the mountainside. With just 9 year round inhabitants Bestue is quiet and remote and the perfect place to get away from it all.

The old town’s winding streets and stone buildings have the cliffs of Ordesa as a backdrop, Torla is a lively village in summer with a good choice of bars, restaurants, shops and a small supermarket. Hotel Ordesa is in a lovely, quiet location 20 minutes walk from the village centre.

From Bestue you get fantastic access to the eastern side of the park and as the village is so high you get easy access to the meadows above the Añisclo Canyon for spectacular views into it’s depths. The lammergeier feeding station in the Garganta de Escuain is also easily reached from Bestue.

19


Discover Ordesa - 7 night guided walking holiday

Choice of 2 walks each day

- Choice of two walks each day

There will be a choice of two guided walks each day and you can decide each morning which walk you’d like to join.

- Dual level: grade 1 & grade 3 - 4* hotel with pool The spectacular Ordesa National Park is a highlight of the Pyrenees and a fantastic walking location. Choose from two guided walks each day - a lower level and a higher level option. A perfect holiday if you fancy doing a couple of longer days but don’t want to commit to a whole week of long hikes or for couples where one partner likes to walk farther than the other.

One option will be a grade 1 or 2 walk at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to soak up the views. These walks will be on good well graded paths and visit the alpine meadows and valleys of the park. Walks will be between five to seven hours with three or four hundred metres of ascent. The second option will be a grade 3 or 4 hike on one of the spectacular high level paths the park is famous for. A good head for heights will be needed for some routes and there will be steep sections on most days. These hikes will be six to nine hours with six hundred to a thousand metres of ascent so a good level of fitness is required.

The last Ibex Sadly something you won’t see is the Pyrenean Ibex. These magnificent member of the goat family had huge curved horns and were once found throughout the Pyrenees. By the early 1900’s over hunting (there horns were prized by hunters) had reduced the population to just one herd in the Ordesa National Park. By 1990 only ten individuals remained and tragically during a storm in 1998 the last known female was killed by a falling tree in the area around the Faja de Pelay. The species became extinct shortly after.

20

Hotel Ordesa Accommodation is at the 4* Hotel Ordesa. Fantastically situated with views of the Ordesa valley the hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool, bar, restaurant, lounge and spa with steam room and jacuzzi. Three course evening meals are served in the restaurant each evening (apart from the rest day when we’ll visit the nearby town of Ainsa). The pretty village of Torla has a range of shops, bars and all of the amenities you’ll need and is less than 15 minutes walk away.

“Walking with Hike Pyrenees is a special experience - Phil and Hannah are knowledgeable, expert and friendly guides, Anna’s pack lunches are the stuff of legend and the scenery is stunning.” Sheena


GUIDED WALKING

Itinerary

2013 Dates

This sample itinerary shows the low and high level route options offered each day. The exact routes will depend on conditions.

Sunday 16 June - Sunday 23 June Sunday 1 September - Sunday 8 September

Sunday

Price

Torla

£799 per person (based on two sharing) £89 Single supplement

Arrive in Torla from Zaragoza in the evening. On arrival we’ll have a briefing over a snack.

Accommodation

Monday

7 nights in 4* Hotel Ordesa

Camino de Turieto

Included meals

A superb introduction to Ordesa along an beautiful path from the hotel into the Ordesa Valley.

3 course evening meals with wine (exc. rest day) Breakfast buffet each morning Picnic lunches on walking days

Faja Racon

The Faja de Pelay

Ordesa & Añisclo

Dual level walking

Climb into the Circo de Corrieta and then follow a stunning path around the base of the cliffs of Ordesa.

A steep start leads to a path high on Ordesa’s south cliffs. Great views over the valley and Monte Perdido.

Tuesday

Thursday

Catching a 4x4 for over 1200m ascent allows us to first walk above the Ordesa valley before crossing over and walking along the rim of the Añisclo canyon too. Bird’s eye views throughout the day!

Valle de Otal

Rest Day

Saturday

A hanging valley containing flower filled alpine meadows and a great place to spot marmots.

Free day to explore the village of Torla, take a short walk or relax in the hotel’s pool or spa. In the evening we’ll visit the medieval walled town of Ainsa for a stroll around its pretty streets followed by tapas and vino.

5 days guided walking with 2 options each day. Walks: Lower level - 5 to 7 hours each day Higher level - 6 to 9 hours each day Ascents: Lower level - 300m to 600m Higher level - 600m to 1000m Lower level walks are at a relaxed pace on good paths that aren’t steep. Higher level routes are on steeper paths with some exposed sections.

Another of the park’s spectacular valleys. Waterfalls cascade down the steep cliffs that tower above you.

Ordiso/Otal Circuit This wonderful circular walk takes in two hanging valleys linked by a high pass. Great views north to Vignemale and east to the peaks of Gabieto.

Wednesday

The Ordesa Valley Follow the valley floor through ancient beech woods, past waterfalls under the valleys sheer cliffs.

Friday

The Rim of Ordesa A 4x4 carries us high into the meadows above the Ordesa canyon. From there we walk along the rim of the canyon for spectacular views before catching the 4x4 back down to the hotel.

The Añisclo Canyon

Plana Cuasta Walking from the hotel we climb into alpine meadows and a peak with superb views along the length of the Ordesa valley.

Sunday

Torla Free day in Torla leaving mid-afternoon for your transfer back to Zaragoza airport or train station.

Included Transfers To and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet Ryan Air flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Not included Flights, insurance, lunch and evening meal on rest day.

To Book Complete the enclosed booking form or online: www.hikepyrenees.co.uk/booking

21


Refugio Week - 7 night guided walking holiday - Grade 4: Challenging hiking - Climb Monte Perdido (3355m) - 4 nights in mountain huts Staying in a mountain hut or ‘refugio’ allows you to reach the wildest areas of the Pyrenees. Following the GR11 you’ll explore trails out of the reach of day hikers and make the classic ascent of Monte Perdido. Staying at three of the best situated refugios in the Pyrenees, we’ll explore both the Valle de Tena and Ordesa National Park.

Challenging hiking This is a week of demanding hiking with long days and steep ascents. A good level of fitness and some hiking experience is essential. Trails will vary with a mixture of good paths interspersed with scree and boulderfields. There are several exposed sections. The highlight of the trek is an ascent of the ‘lost mountain’ - Monte Perdido. At 3355m this is the third highest peak in the Pyrenees. The ascents are not technical and do not require technical experience. Crampons may be required (particularly in June) but you will be instructed on all the necessary techniques during the holiday. We’ll send you a detailed kit list before arrival and can provide crampons and ice axes if required.

Ramond & Monte Perdido

Accommodation

Ramond de Carbonnieres made Monte Perdido famous when he exclaimed: “When you've seen the the most beautiful of the granite mountains (Mont Blanc), You must see the most beautiful limestone mountain: Monte Perdido”

For the hike in the Valley de Tena we will stay at Refugio Respomuso & Refugio Bachimaña. In the Ordesa National Park, Refugio Goriz will be our base. Both serve three course evening meals as well as snacks and drinks. We’ll sleep in large mixed dorms. The facilities at Goriz are fairly basic but Respomuso and Bachimaña are more modern with hot showers.

Ramond is widely credited with the first ascent of the summit in 1802 but in fact the two guides he sent ahead to scout the route reached the peak four days earlier. They in turn were shown the way by a shepherd from the Valle de Pineta who is thought to have known the route from a previous ascent.

22

When not in the mountains we stay at Hotel Almud with a final night of luxury in the 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas where it’s sauna and pool are the perfect way to end a great weeks hiking.

"The whole experience was a real adventure" Nick "What a fabulous holiday with amazing hikes, incredible scenery and wonderful knowledgeable guides. Thank you for a great time!" Karen


GUIDED WALKING

Itinerary

2013 Dates

A two and a half day hike in the Valle de Tena followed by a 3 day hike in Ordesa walking the length of the Añisclo and Ordesa canyons.

Sunday 23 June - Sunday 30 June

Price

Sunday

£799 per person (based on two sharing) £59 Single supplement

Arrive in Sallent de Gállego from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing and kit check over evening meal and vino.

Accommodation 2 nights in Hotel Almud 4 nights in mountain huts (in dormitories) 1 night in 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas

Monday

Refugio Respomuso From Sallent de Gallego we set off along the famous GR11 Pyrenean long-distance trail. The path takes us to Refugio Respomuso, situated among 3000-metre peaks. On the way we have the option of a side trip to the spectacular Ibones de Arriel.

Included meals

Tuesday

5 days fully guided walking with small groups of 6 maximum. Walks are 7 to 10 hours each day. Daily ascents are between 800m and 1400m High mountain paths that may require the use of crampons. There are steep, rocky and exposed sections. Previous hiking experience and a good level of fitness are essential.

3 course evening meals (exc. rest day) Breakfast each day Picnic lunches on walking days

Guided Walking - Grade 4

Circo de Piedrafita

Thursday

We set off early into the wild landscape of Circo de Piedrafita. Our route takes us past mountain lakes and we have the option to climb Tebberai (2916m). We head down past the Ibones Azules to Refugio Bachimaña where we spend the night.

The Ordesa Valley

Wednesday

Baños de Panticosa A short morning hike down to Baños de Panticosa where we’ll be picked up and taken back to Hotel Almud. Spend the afternoon relaxing and exploring the pretty village of Sallent de Gállego.

The Faja de Pelay is the start of our three-day hike. After an initial steep climb we follow a wide ledge in the sheer cliffs of the Ordesa valley giving breathtaking views across the valley and of the border peaks. Spend the night at Refugio Goriz beneath Monte Perdido.

Friday

Monte Perdido Our objective today is the classic ascent of Monte Perdido (3335m), the highest peak in the area. The summit views overlooking the Ordesa, Pineta and Anisclo canyons and into France are stunning. Steep in places, the route crosses a snow field that often requires the use of crampons. Return to Refugio Goriz for the night.

Saturday

Añisclo Canyon Our walk out is through the neighbouring Añisclo Canyon, another spectacular canyon carved into the limestone plateau. We pass thundering waterfalls before reaching our transport back to the 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas with it’s spa and pool for a bit of well earned luxury.

Included Transfers To and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet Ryan Air flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Sunday

Not included

Sallent de Gállego

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

Free morning in Sallent de Gállego before leaving mid-afternoon to be dropped off at either Zaragoza airport or train station.

23


Self Guided: Ordesa - Discover the best of Ordesa

Choice of walking bases

- Easy to follow route cards

Choose between staying in Torla or Bestue or take a two centre holiday and discover both sides of the park.

- Option of a two centre holiday - Arrive and depart on any day Discover the best of the Ordesa National Park - one of the highlights of the Pyrenees. Make sure you get the most of out your time in the park with our Self Guided Ordesa holidays. We get you straight to the best hikes and know not just the famous walks but many beautiful quiet paths overlooked by most visitors.

Torla is on the west side of the park and is ideally placed to reach the walking in the Ordesa Valley and Bujaruelo. Bestue is a small remote village high on the eastern side of the park and gives access to some fantastic hiking along the rim of the Añisclo Canyon and in the Garganta de Escuain. A two centre holiday visiting both villages is a fantastic option - the walking and scenery is quite different in the east and the west sides of the park and the wonderful Casa Capella in Bestue is not to be missed.

Easy to follow routecards Brecha de Rolando A line of impenetrable cliffs run along the border in the park with ‘Roland’s breach’ the only place to pass between France and Spain. The legend made famous in the ‘Chanson de Roland’ tells of the Christian general Roland being ambushed in the Valle de Roncevalles by moors and being chased into the Ordesa Valley. When Roland reached the impassable cliffs he drew his sword and cleaved a huge cleft in the cliffs through which he escaped into France.

24

We’ve route cards for all of the best walks in the valley. There’s a huge choice of walks of all distances ranging from gentle walks in alpine meadows to long days in the high mountains. As well as easy to follow directions for each walk we give accurate distances and scents and let you know what the ground is like underfoot. We’re around during the week to offer advice on which walks would suit you best and answer any of your questions. We live in the area year round and walk these routes regularly with groups so you can be confident that our route cards will always be up to date and accurate.

“Wow - can’t recommend this place enough. Relaxing hotel environment with very helpful and friendly staff. Hikes were breathtaking and the guides to walking in the park were extremely helpful.” Heidi and Neil


4* Hotel Ordesa (Torla)

SELF GUIDED

The 4* Hotel Ordesa is ideally situated for walkers with views into the Ordesa Valley and hikes straight from the hotel door.

2013 Dates

The hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool (open mid-June to mid September), bar, lounge area and a spa (additional fees apply for use of the spa).

Self guided holidays are available throughout the summer.

Hotel Ordesa Prices

You start each morning with a cooked or continental buffet breakfast. With our full board option picnic lunches are provide each day and three course evening meals are taken at the hotel.

1 May - 30 June 1 July - 31 August 1 Sep - 31 Oct

£99 low season, £129 high season Prices are per person and based on two people sharing. Prices are for a 7 night stay - for longer or shorter stays prices are pro-rata the weekly rate.

Casa Capella (Bestue) Pepé and Cristina make you feel totally at home in their beautifully converted 200 year old country house. Casa Capella has just five bedrooms - all beautiful with lots of personal touches and ensuite bathrooms.

Evening meals are a highlight with some wonderful dishes emerging from the kitchen. The views match the quality of the food with breakfast and evening meals taken outside on a big stone table with views over Monte Perdido. The delightful village of Bestue is tiny with just nine residents - it’s hard to think of a better place to get away from it all. Please note the village is remote and the roads in the area although fine are very narrow and winding so Bestué won’t suit you if you’re a nervous driver or passenger.

Full Board £599 £639 £599

Single supplement:

The village of Torla is just a short walk away. There you’ll find the National Park visitors centre, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants

While all of the bedrooms are beautiful there is the option of upgrading to a superior room which has it’s own private terrace.

B&B £479 £499 £479

Accommodation 4* Hotel Ordesa near the village of Torla

Two centre holidays Staying in both Hotel Ordesa and Casa Capella allows you to discover everything the park has to offer. A two centre holiday is a superb option allowing you to walk in all areas of the park and staying in two very different types of accommodation. We offer this as a 7 night itinerary with 3 nights in Casa Capella and 4 nights in Hotel Ordesa. You can choose which location you’d like to stay in first. It’s a scenic one and a half hour drive between the two villages midweek and there is the option of either visiting the historical town of Ainsa on the way or doing a hike in the Añisclo Canyon.

Included meals Ordesa two centre 2013 Prices Season: Low High Standard room in Bestue £699 £749 Superior room in Bestue £749 £799 Prices are for a 7 night holiday - 4 nights in Hotel Ordesa and 3 nights in Casa Capella All prices are per person and based on two people sharing. High season is the 15 July - 31 August

Included Full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and 3 course evening meal.

Full board option includes 3 course evening meals with wine, cooked and continental buffet breakfast and picnic lunches each day. B&B option includes a buffet breakfast - picnic lunches can be ordered from the hotel (at additional cost).

Self Guided Walking Walking is self guided and there is a good choice of routes of all lengths and difficulties. We’ve detailed descriptions for all the best trails.

Not included Flights, insurance, airport transfers or transport to and from walks.

25


The Posets-Maladeta Park The Posets-Maladeta Parque Natural takes it’s name from the two highest massifs in the Pyrenees and contains the largest concentration of three thousand metre peaks anywhere in the Pyrenees. Formed in 1994 the park has stunning scenery with meadows, beech and pine woods in the valleys and rocky summits with glaciers and exposed ridges. The park is split in by the Valle de Benasque with the Posets to the west and Maladeta to the east. The northern frontier of the park is a long ridge running along the French border. Our Tour of Posets holiday explores the impressive massif of Posets and we do a complete circuit of the summit during the week. Porous limestone areas form many ‘foraus’ where streams disappear into large caves and holes and travel underground. The parks granite zones have beautiful mountain lakes which lie under the rocky peaks.

3

With the Pyrenees’ two highest peaks - Aneto and Posets - contained in the park it’s no surprise that there’s some fantastic hiking in the area. We love the variety of being able to walk in a green valley in the morning and by lunchtime be scaling a three thousand metre summit. Rocky ridges are a feature of the park and there are several great airy scrambles to summits - the most famous being the ‘steps of Mohammed’ the final obstacle in reaching the summit of Aneto. It’s a great area for hut to hut hiking with well placed huts giving you access to remote valleys, dozens of peaks and allow you to really get away from it all.

Benasque The village of Benasque lies in right on the borders of the park and is the ideal place to explore the park from. It’s attractive streets all have mountain views as there backdrop and there’s a pretty plaza and thirteenth century church. A lively, fairly large village Benasque has a good collection of outdoor shops, cafe’s and bars.

1 2

Hiking in the park

4

The village has a real outdoor feel and has long been known as the place for mountaineers in the Pyrenees with the Spanish mountain school based in the village.

“Amazing week with Hike Pyrenees! The mountains, the guides and the spirit of our group were just lovely. Very well organised trip.” Sarah

27


Tour of Posets - Hut to hut walking holiday - Grade 4: Challenging hiking - Full circuit of the Posets massif - 5 nights in mountain huts A 6 day circuit of the Posets massif including an ascent of the Pyrenees second highest peak itself. An absolutely stunning week of hiking with really varied scenery from wooded valleys to bare rocky peaks and a chance to reach five 3000m summits.

High mountain scenery The scenery is superb throughout the week with a lovely mix of green wooded valleys and bare, rocky summits with panoramic views for miles around. If you like high mountain scenery and long days in the hills this is the holiday for you.

Challenging hiking This is a demanding weeks hiking with some long days and a good level of fitness is required. There are several steep climbs and you should be capable of ascents of over one thousand metres. Several of the summits are side trips so there is the option to shorten two of the days by waiting while the rest of the group do the summit or to take a rest day in the middle of the week. Paths are generally good but on the side trips there will be some exposed sections and scrambling and sure-footedness is required. Each day we’ll walk between six to ten hours.

Refugio Biados Lying in idyllic meadows in ancient summer pastures dotted with old shepherds huts, Refugio Biados is our favourite hut in the Pyrenees. Why do we like it so much? Hot showers, beds not bunks, excellent food and a superb wine list are a good start. And we’re sure that when you’re relaxing in the surrounding meadows, soaking in the magnificent views of Posets glowing red in the setting sun that you’ll agree with us that time in the mountains doesn’t get much better than this.

28

Refugio Accommodation

3* Hotel Ciria

Five nights will be spent in mountain huts or ‘refugios’. We’ll stay in three refugios during the week - Estos for the first night followed by two nights in each of Biados and Angel-Orus.

We’ll spend our first and final nights in Benasque at Hotel Ciria where a hot bath and comfy bed are usually very welcome after a week in the mountains!

All the huts serve good 3 course evening meals and have a bar/cafe where you can buy drinks and snacks.

The hotels right in the centre of the lively village of Bensaque and you’ll have time to explore it’s winding streets on the final Sunday.

You’ll sleep in dormitories. Biados and Angel-Orus have good bathroom facilities with hot showers while Estos is more basic with a toilet block outside and only cold showers.

The hotel has modern, comfortable rooms (most with balconies). Bathrooms are excellently equipped with showers and baths.

There is an excellent atmosphere in the refugios with mountaineers swapping tales of their day over a glass of wine in the evenings.

Meals will be taken at the hotels excellent restaurant and the food is great with local mountain dishes on the menu. There are pictures and more information about the hotel on our website.


GUIDED WALKING

Itinerary Sunday

2013 Dates

Arrive in Benasque from Zaragoza late evening. Tapas and vino will be waiting for us and we’ll have a short briefing about the week ahead.

Sunday 28 July - Sunday 4 August Sunday 8 - 15 September

Price

Monday

Valle de Estos

£849 per person (based on two sharing) £59 Single supplement

A full briefing will follow breakfast and our first day’s hiking will take us along the Valle de Estos visiting the picturesque lake of Ibonet de Batisielles. A relatively short first day to get everybody warmed up ends at Refugio Estos where we’ll spend the night. Distance: 12 km, ascent 700 metres

Accommodation 2 nights in 3* Hotel Ciria (Benasque) 5 nights in mountain huts (in dormitories)

Included meals Breakfast each day Picnic lunches on walking days 3 course evening meals (wine included in hotel)

Tuesday

Pico los Gemelos (3134m)

Guided Walking - Grade 4

We continue up the valley with fantastic views of the frontier peaks to our north and arrive at the Puerto de Chistau (2577m). From the pass we take a side trip for a scramble along the superb ridge of the Pico de los Gemelos to gain our first three thousand metre peak of the peak and for close up views of Pico de Posets. Back at the pass we descend down a beautiful valley to Refugio Biados which sits in an idyllic spot in the meadows. Distance: 15 km, ascent 1270 metres Without side trip to peak: 10 km, 657 metres

Thursday

Saturday

La Forqueta (3011m)

Vall de Perramo

The day starts with a long steep climb of over 1000 metres which starts in woodland and ends at the col of La Forqueta amongst rocky high mountain scenery. An optional side trip takes us on a short scramble to the twin peaks of the same name. We descend via a set of high mountain lakes to Refugio Angel Orús. Distance: 17.5km, 1400m ascent

Wednesday

Friday

A relatively gentle ascent today as climb to the Col lado de la Pllana and descend through the Vall de Perramo - a bare granite area dotted with glacial lakes lying beneath needle like peaks. We continue to descend back into the Valle de Estos and return back to the van and Benasque for a well earned slap up meal and no doubt a few celebratory beers! Distance: 16km, ascent 590m

Gran Bachimala (3174m)

Pico de Posets (3375m)

Heading north we make an ascent of Gran Bachimala - a three thousand metre peak on the French border for more stunning views. We return for a second night at Refugio Biados. If you’re tired there is the option to take this day as a rest day or to do a shorter stroll around the refugio. Distance: 20km, ascent 1550m

The second highest peak in the Pyrenees is our objective today as we make an early start for the long ascent. Our hard work is rewarded with magnificent summit views and our whole weeks route laid out below us like a map. We descend back to Refugio Angel Orús for the night. Distance: 13km, ascent 1260m

Sunday

Benasque Free morning in Benasque before leaving midafternoon to drop off at Zaragoza train station or airport.

6 days guided walking in small groups. Walks are 6 to 10 hours each day. Daily ascents are between 700m and 1400m High mountain paths that are steep and rocky in places. Some of the side peaks involve scrambling on exposed sections (although these side trips are optional). Previous hiking experience and a good level of fitness are essential.

Included Transfers To and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Not included Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meals in refugios, lunch on the final Sunday.

29


Location Where are we? We’re based in the Aragonese Pyrenees - pretty much in the centre of the range. The mountains surrounding us are some of the highest and most spectacular in the Spain. We’ve a choice of villages - Biescas and Sallent de Gállego in the Valle de Tena, Torla and Bestue in the Ordesa National Park and Benasque for the Posets-Maladeta park. Each has it’s own charm and all are ideally situated for walkers.

Sallent de Gállego Biescas Benasque

Torla Bestue

We’re roughly two hours north of Zaragoza (our pick up point) which has excellent rail links with Barcelona and Madrid and flights from London Stansted. If you’re renting a car Barcelona is four and a half hours drive. Pau, Bilbao or Toulouse are also all within driving distance.

Ferries from the UK

Driving through France

Brittany Ferries have three routes from the UK to Spain: Portsmouth-Bilbao, Portsmouth-Santander and Plymouth-Santander. The ferries are a great way to travel and have private cabins, restaurants, bars and viewing decks. All of the routes allow you to take your own car and crossings take around 24 hours.

Driving through France is a great way of coming in your own car. Allow about 15 hours driving from the northern ports. Taking the ferry from the UK one way and then meandering back through France over a few days is an excellent option.

The drive to Hike Pyrenees from Bilbao takes four hours, from Santander four and a half hours. Visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk for timetables and prices.

30


Getting Here Zaragoza transfers We provide transfers from Zaragoza airport or train station on a Sunday evening. Transfers are timed to meet the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted. From Zaragoza it is around two hours to the Pyrenees.

From outside Europe Barcelona and Madrid are the two biggest international airports in Spain and if you’re arriving from the US, Canada, Australia or other international destinations they are the best airports to fly to.

Flying from the UK Stansted to Zaragoza From the UK the simplest way to get to Zaragoza is on the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted. There are flights year round. Flights start from under £100 (including taxes) and are generally cheaper the earlier you book. Flights are on Sunday evenings and the times are currently as follows: Outbound Flight No. FR2634

There are excellent rail links from both Barcelona and Madrid to Zaragoza where we’ll meet you at the train station (see ‘rail links’ to the right).

Depart Stansted (STN)

4.45 pm

Arrive Zaragoza (ZAZ)

7.55 pm

Alternatively hire a car from Barcelona and drive to the Pyrenees. All of the major car hire companies have offices at the airport and it takes around four and a half hours to drive to us.

Inbound

Both cities are fantastic places to spend a few days before or after hiking in the Pyrenees.

Travel advice If you need any help with your travel arrangements just drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

Flight No. FR2635 Depart Zaragoza (ZAZ)

8.20 pm

Arrive Stansted (STN)

9.25 pm

Please note at the time the brochure went to print the summer 2013 flight times hadn’t been confirmed - please check flight times on the Hike Pyrenees or Ryan Air websites.

Flying to Barcelona/Madrid If Stansted isn’t convenient for you there are flights from many UK airports to Barcelona and Madrid. The AVE fast train links either of these cities to Zaragoza where we’ll meet you at the train station.

Zaragoza rail links

Renting a car

Zaragoza has excellent rail connections with both Madrid and Barcelona on the AVE high speed train. Travelling at over 200 km/h the journey takes only 1 ½ hours from either Barcelona-Sants or Madrid Puerta de Atocha stations with a return ticket costing around 90 euros. There are trains roughly every hour and they are very comfortable.

If you’re coming on a self guided holiday then there are a number of airports that are within driving distance.

For more information and train times give us a call or visit www.renfe.com - click on ‘welcome’ for the English version of the site. If you need any help with train times or buying tickets drop us an email.

Barcelona is the airport most commonly used as there are flights from many UK airports as well as lots of international flights from the USA, Canada and the rest of the world. Barcelona is about a four and a half hour drive from us. All of the major hire car companies have offices at the airport. Other airports that people use are Zaragoza, Toulouse, Pau, Tarbes (Lourdes) and Bilbao.

Bus connections The bus network in Spain is excellent and tickets are cheap. Biescas is the easiest of our bases to reach by bus - the nearest bus station is Sabiñanigo and from there you can catch a cab to Biescas or Sallent de Gállego. If you’re coming from Barcelona change at Huesca. If you’re coming from the west (Pamplona or Bilbao) change at Jaca. You can see routes and timetables at www.alosa.es

31


Accommodation Valle de Tena Hotel Tierra de Biescas The four star Hotel Tierra de Biescas is in the heart of the old village, set in lovely grounds with an indoor and outdoor pool. Each of it’s 42 stylishly furnished rooms have an en-suite bathroom. It has a bar, lounge area with sofas, a restaurant and gardens with loungers. Each morning a breakfast buffet is served with cooked and continental options. Three course evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant with a choice of starters, main courses and dessert. Guests can relax in the the hotel’s spa facilities which include a small indoor swimming pool and sauna. A full range of massage treatments are available. The outdoor pool is open between mid June and mid September.

Hotel Almud

“The welcome we received on arrival at the hotel was superb, and all the staff were really friendly and helpful throughout our stay” Marilyn & Anthony

Rincon del Andrea (Biescas) Self Catering Apartments

Hotel Almud is a wonderful stone building set in the winding streets of Sallent de Gállego. Mariano and Marie-Jose are your hosts in this friendly family-run hotel with just 11 rooms.

Excellently furnished and located self catering apartments in the village of Biescas. One and two bedroom apartments are available each with a bathroom and a good sized kitchen/diner with a sofa, tv and dvd player.

The hotel is fantastically decorated throughout with the bedrooms beautifully converted all with en-suite bathrooms and mountain views. There is a living room and reading area with sofas and a stone fireplace where you can have a coffee and relax.

All apartments are well equipped with washing machine, fridge, microwave, hob and toaster. Free wi-fi internet connection is included in each apartment.

Meals are taken at the hotels restaurant - Mariano is a fantastic cook and the 3 course evening meals will be a highlight of your stay.

32

Double, twin and triple rooms are available and additional occupants can be accommodated on the sofa bed or in an additional room with ensuite bathroom in the same building.


Ordesa and Benasque Hotel Ordesa (Torla) Our Discover Ordesa holidays are based in the Hotel Ordesa just outside of Torla - a superb location on the borders of the national park with views into the valley. The four star hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool (open mid June to mid September), restaurant, bar, reading room and a comfortable lounge with card tables and a log fire. There is a mixture of twin, doubles and family rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The Hotel Ordesa has a spa with a steam room, jacuzzi and an on-site masseuse with a full range of treatments available (there is a charge for use of the spa facilities). Three course meals are served in the restaurant each evening and you have a choice of starters, main course and dessert. Please note wine is not included in the price. The hotel is 15 minute walk from the village of Torla which has banks, shops and all the amenities you’ll need.

3* Hotel Ciria (Benasque) Casa Capella (Bestue) A really special place to stay with wonderful rooms, stunning views and total tranquility. Casa Capella has just five rooms all beautifully converted with balconies and en suite bathrooms. Meals are taken outside on a stone table with views over Monte Perdido. Your hosts PepÊ and Cristina will make you feel totally at home. The delightful village of Bestue is tiny with just nine residents - it’s hard to think of a better place to get away from it all.

A great hotel right in the centre of the lively village of Bensaque. A nice blend of an atmospheric Spanish restaurant and bar downstairs with comfortable modern rooms Most rooms have balconies and all have en-suite bathrooms which are excellently equipped with showers and baths. Meals will be taken at the hotels restaurant - the food is delicious and the restaurant specialises in local mountain dishes. There are more pictures and information about the hotel on our website.

33


LEARN SPANISH

Learn Spanish

2013 Dates

Our Learn Spanish option is perfect for those wanting to get to grips with the Spanish language and what better place to learn than the country itself.

Spanish courses run throughout the year.

Price 7 night holiday: £599 per person (based on two sharing) £79 single supplement 1 night extension to walking holiday: £89 per person (based on two sharing) £12 single supplement

You can take Spanish lessons either as a holiday on it’s own or as an extension either before or after your walking holiday. Our one week Learn Spanish holiday includes 10 hours of Spanish lessons.

Accommodation

Spanish lessons

7 nights in Hotel Puigdefabregas

Classes are in a Cervantes Institute accredited Spanish school and courses are available for absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers. There will be ten hours of lessons in the week split into five classes of two hours each. All classes are small groups and concentrate on practical skills in order to get you chatting with the locals as quickly as possible.

Included 2 hours of Spanish classes each day. Breakfast each day. Transfers to and from Zaragoza on Sunday evenings to meet Ryan Air flight from Stansted or train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Learn Spanish extension Lessons can be taken as an extension to your walking holiday. A popular option is to spend a few days in Jaca before transferring to your walking base on Sunday ready to start walking on Monday.

Transfers between Jaca and your walking base if you’re following on to a Hike Pyrenees walking holiday.

Accommodation You will be based in Jaca. Once the capital of Aragon it’s lively old town is now home to some of the best tapas bars and restaurants in the region. Hotel Puigdefabregas is a short walk from the language school and town centre. This comfortable, family run hotel has twelve en-suite rooms. There is a comfortable lounge and sun terrace.

34

Buffet breakfasts are served each day. Lunches and evening meals are not included but there are plenty of eating options to suit any budget and eating out gives you plenty of opportunity to practise your Spanish.

Not included Flights, lunches and evening meals.


HOW TO BOOK

Booking conditions A full list of our terms and conditions can be found on the back of the booking form or on our website.

Insurance It is a condition of your booking with us that you and all other members of your party are adequately insured for all of the activities that they will be undertaking and any person who is under 18 years old is accompanied by an adult. We will ask for details of your insurance prior to departure. For UK residents: The E111 form has been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). We advise all guests to obtain an EHIC before travelling (this is not a substitute for travel insurance).

Health and fitness Our holidays are active and guests should have the appropriate level of fitness. If you are pregnant, we advise you to seek the advice of your doctor before booking with us. For your own safety, you must advise us of any health conditions, allergies and regularly taken medicines such as asthma, diabetes, pregnancy, food allergies, allergies to aspirin, penicillin, etc.

Paying for your holiday A non-refundable deposit of £75 per person is required; when we have received this we will confirm your booking. The balance is due 6 weeks before departure and we will contact you at that time. If you book less than 6 weeks before departure, you will pay for the entire amount at the time of booking. No binding contract is made between Hike Pyrenees Ltd and the persons booking the holiday until the booking has been confirmed in writing by Hike Pyrenees Ltd.

Booking your Hike Pyrenees holiday is straightforward.

You can make payments by internet bank transfer or by a cheque made payable to ‘Hike Pyrenees Ltd’. Credit Card payments can be accepted securely online via PayPal. We have to charge a 4% surcharge for credit or debit card payments to cover bank charges.

Dietary requirements

Cancellations

All prices that we advertise in our brochure and on our website are accurate at the date published but we reserve the right to change our prices at any time. We will be able to tell you the up-to-date price of your chosen accommodation advertised by us before confirming your booking.

If you wish to change or cancel your holiday you must advise us immediately in writing to the Registered Office address or by email to info@hikepyrenees.co.uk. If you want to change any details of your booking (such as changing dates or changing an activity), we will do our best to help, however please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate your change. If you want to cancel all or part of your booking, to cover the cost of processing your cancellation and to compensate us for any other costs we have incurred, we make a cancellation charge dependent on when we receive your cancellation notice as shown on the scale below. The person who made the booking is responsible for paying this charge. No. of days notice given

Cancellation charge Loss of deposit

22 days or more 21 days or less

50% of total booking price

We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs but require at least 7 days prior notice. Please notify us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Alterations

All holidays and holiday activities that we advertise are accurate at the date published in our brochures and on our website, but we reserve the right to make alterations to the itineraries for reasons beyond our reasonable control such as bad weather, or failure by any of our third party suppliers.

Call charges Calls to our 0208 123 5049 phone number are charged at standard UK landline rate. Your call may be redirected to us in Spain but this will be at no cost to yourself.

Offices

If you’d like any advise on which holiday would suit you best then please give us a call and we’d be glad to help.

2

Complete the booking form online at : www.hikepyrenees.co.uk/booking Alternatively complete the paper version enclosed.

We require a £75 deposit per person. Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer or by credit card via PayPal.

3

We’ll confirm your booking straight away. The balance of your holiday is due six weeks before departure - we’ll send you a reminder and your holiday information pack at this time.

Contact us: www.hikepyrenees.co.uk

Hike Pyrenees Limited Registered No. 06452828 Head Office: 97 Sylvia Avenue Pinner, Middlesex HA5 4QN

1

To check the availability of any of our holidays drop us an email at info@hikepyrenees.co.uk, call us on +44 (0)208 123 5049 or go to our website.

tel: +44 (0)208 123 5049

Registered office: 9 The Fairway Northwood HA6 3DZ

Please send booking forms and correspondence to our Pinner head office.

info@hikepyrenees.co.uk all

skype: hikepyrenees

35


hikepyrenees.co.uk +44 (0)20 8123 5049 info@hikepyrenees.co.uk skype: hikepyrenees

Hike Pyrenees walking holidays 2013  

Guided and self guded walking holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees.Hike Pyrenees summer 2013 brochure.