Multi-Activity Holidays Pyrenees Adrenaline
Adrenaline Multi-activity holidays
A non-stop week with 5-full days of activities. This is our most popular trip, including canyoning, adventure caving, paragliding, via ferrata, rock-climbing, rafting and hiking. Not for the faint-hearted!
Who is this for?
Our “Adrenaline” multi activity holidays are aimed at adventure-lovers looking for non-stop action outdoors. This way you can discover the Pyrenees mountains from every angle – on land, in the water, above ground, underground, and even from the air. We’ve packed in as many activities as possible, to keep you busy all week, but of course you still have time to put your feet up and relax in the evenings.
This week you’ll have accommodation in the traditional French mountain village of Barèges at our 3-star catered chalet.
What will you do?
Please click the “Itinerary” tab to see a typical itinerary for an Adrenaline Pyrenees multi-activity week.
An important note about multi-activity holidays
This is an example itinerary for an “Adrenaline” multi-activity holiday in the Pyrenees. The programme is flexible if you are the first to book onto a trip. The price may vary if you select your own activities. Please consult our glossary of activities for more ideas. You must have your own insurance to cover these activities.
Please see our Summer Calendar for current prices and dates. The holiday price includes all activities with qualified guides, specialist equipment hire, local transport, food and accommodation at Chalet les Cailloux in Bareges. We offer discounts for 3 or more sharing a family bedroom, and for groups of 8 or more.
Some activities are weather dependent and may be changed at short notice. We will always offer you an alternative activity, such as more guided walking (e.g the beautiful Neouvielle lakes tour with an optional swim in a chilly mountain lake), horse riding, mountain biking and attractions such as the showcaves at Betharam, the Pic du Midi observatory, the Pic de Jer funicular and the town of Lourdes.
If you are interested in a particular activity that is not currently scheduled, please contact us, as we may be able to adapt the scheduled itinerary.
Saturday – arrival
Arrive late afternoon. We suggest a leisurely 45 minute stroll to the creperie at St Justin where you can enjoy a traditional French snack in the sunshine. The restaurant is on an isolated promontory looking out onto the lovely Bastan valley, the village of Barèges and the towering mountains on every side – it can only be accessed on foot and has wonderful views.
Sunday – guided day hike
You’ll be spoiled for choice with such a variety of spectacular walking in this area. We suggest a local classic – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cirque de Gavarnie.
Taking advantage of our local knowledge, we leave the main path behind to skirt high above the cirque on the “balcony” path – an airy trail with phenomenal views into the valley below.
The more adventurous amongst you have the chance to scramble up to the foot of the “grande cascade” – the highest free hanging waterfall in Europe, with a 400m drop down into the cirque. Then we head down through tranquil Alpine meadows, making sure we have time for dipping our feet in a cool mountain stream for a perfect end to the day.
Monday – morning: canyoning, afternoon: optional paragliding
Today we see the Pyrenees at river height with the fun activity of canyoning, with the option in the afternoon to take to the skies for a serene view from a paraglider.
One of our favourite activities, canyoning is an all-round adventure involving jumping, sliding, swimming and sliding your way along waterfalls, tunnels and pools in a racing mountain stream.
The trip culminates with a toboggan down an awesome natural water chute carved out of the rock.
The Pyrenees are a fantastic location for paragliding; with soaring peaks and deep valleys to cruise above, and stable weather conditions guaranteeing a flight virtually every day. Cool mornings and warm afternoons lead to predictable and reliable thermals rising up the mountain sides – a dream for vultures and paragliders alike!
You’ll enjoy the best views in the mountains with your tandem taster jump, accompanied by a qualified instructor, leaping over the edge to soar above the valley – truly stunning.
Due to its weather dependent nature, paragliding is an optional extra, which you pay for once you have done the flight (75€ per person, regardless of age). We will book your flight for you and provide transport to the paragliding site on the allocated day. If you are unable to fly on that day (due to the weather) we will try to book you another slot. If an alternative slot is available it will be your responsibility to get yourself to the paragliding site.
Tuesday – rock-climbing
We head to the beautiful Neouvielle Nature Reserve, the Lake District of the Pyrenees, with a UIAGM high mountain guide to tackle the granite slabs and crags above the Glere lakes.
Today you’ll learn the techniques of belaying, climbing and abseiling, with a great variety of bolted routes suitable for absolute beginners through to expert climbers.
Then, if you fancy chilling out at the end of the day – take a refreshing dip in one of the icy lakes…brrr!
Wednesday – free day
This is your free day to use as you please.
There are a range of options for your free day. You could visit Barèges’ thermal spa, the highest in France. Or perhaps take a trip to the Pic du Midi observatory.
It’s also possible to take the bus to Luz St-Sauveur or the pretty spa town of Argelès-Gazost. Here you can stock up on the delicious local sheep’ cheeses and ‘saucissons sec’ (knobbly French salamis).
The pilgrimage town of Lourdes is also accessible by public transport (about 1hr by bus).
For those who can’t sit still, there are plenty of trails to be explored on foot from Barèges, and we can arrange additional activities such as horse trekking, or even just more of your favourite activity so far. Our multi-activity glossary provides a list of what is available in the area.
Thursday – Caving
Today’s caving is anything but a tourist trip.
We start the day with an awe-inspiring 20m abseil into an echoing cavern. Looking up to the overhanging trees, the surface seems such a long way away!
We make our way down three more exciting abseils into the lower sections of the cave, where over 100m underground you’ll enjoy your most bizarre picnic ever. Then discover a 3-dimensional assault course of slithering, clambering, wriggling, sliding and climbing all the way back to the open air.
Friday – Morning rafting, afternoon via ferrata
An action-packed day with a morning rafting on the rushing Gave de Pau river. Then, after a picnic lunch beside the river, we tackle an airy via ferrata route – on rungs and cables we cling to the cliffside like spiders under the soaring Pont Napoleon.
Rafting is the classic way to descend a mountain river and is great fun for groups. The Gave de Pau river runs very fast in spring and early summer, dropping to a good fun grade 2-3 later in the season.
Your instructor comes along for the ride, pointing out the best route and making sure everyone gets a good dunking – hang on tight or you’ll soon be overboard!
Via Ferrata or “iron road”, are man-made climbing routes including fixed metal pins, cables, ladders and wire bridges.
Originally invented to aid access to the crags and caves of the Italian Dolomites during World War I, they’ve now become popular across Europe.
We offer two levels of via ferrata – an introductory trip beneath the spectacular Pont Napoleon, or a very challenging longer route in the Gavarnie valley. A head for heights is a must!
Saturday – time to leave
After an action packed week, we leave for the airport in the morning, ready to head home.
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Multi-activity Dates & PricesWe're running multi-activity trips throughout the high summer (July and August and other dates on request). If your dates or required level do not fit with the calendar please contact us to see what we can arrange. Choose your multi-activity holiday dates, then contact us to book.