HRP Stage 3: Bagneres de Luchon to Vaqueira


The third stage of the HRP is mainly in Spain, where highlights include:

  • A complete traverse of the Spanish Maladeta and Encantats National Parks a beautiful wilderness of granite boulders, pure blue lakes and great refuges
  • An ascent of the Pic d’Aneto, 3404m, the highest mountain in the Pyrenees.
Pyrenees trekking - the HRP stage 3

Timings are taken from published guidebooks. In some cases we have increased them, following several years’ experience of walking the HRP with a group. The actual day length however may be longer, depending on numbers, and the abilities and fitness of group members.

What the price includes

The price shown for this week of HRP trekking includes:

  • Seven nights accommodation in manned, catered refuges and backpacker style hostels.
  • Continental breakfast, picnic lunches and copius dinners
  • 6 days guided trekking with a qualified international mountain leader and thier accommodation and food.
  • Local transfers during the trek where required
  • Left luggage facility (please note bags will leave you the night before the trek starts), and transfer of these bags to the end point

You will need to make your own travel arrangements at the start and end of the trek but we are happy to suggest travel options.

Important note

The HRP is a high mountain, challenging and remote trek. In the unlikely event that you are forced to abandon the walk the guide is committed to remaining with the group to ensure their ongoing safety on the trek. The guide will make every effort to accompany you to a major trail,refuge, or intersection with a public highway. From this point onward the guide and companies responsibility for you is disengaged. Mountainbug does not cover the cost of your return transport or alternative accommodation after you have left the group. Please ensure that you have undertaken sufficient training and preparation for this trip, and that you have adequate travel insurance.

Please choose your HRP dates on our calendar, then contact us to book or ask for any further details.

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The week’s Itinerary for Stage 3 of the HRP is:

Saturday – Arrive at Bagneres de Luchon

Today you’ll meet your guide and the rest of the group. The newly refurbished Hospice de France just above the historic spa town of Bagneres de Luchon is our start point for this trek.

Aneto cloudscape

Sunday – Hospice de France to Renclusa (the Pic d’Aneto refuge), 6 hours

This morning we ascend steadily to the Spanish border, where we have spectacular views across to the Pic d’Aneto.

From here the route takes us down into the Benasque valley, and a final push up to the Renclusa refuge; our base for two nights.

Pyrenees hiking - Aneto summit

Monday – Renclusa refuge to Aneto; circuit, 9 hours

Today is a long and challenging day. We meet up with our “guide de haute montagne” (High Mountains Guide)for the ascent of Aneto; the highest peak in the Pyrenees.

The ascent includes time spent on a glacier and an airy final traverse to the summit. Your Guide de haute montagne will provide crampons and ice axes.

We then end our day by returning to Renclusa refuge for the night.

Tuesday – Refuge Renclusa to Hospice de Vielha, 8 hours

We have an early start for a long day heading East again.

We traverse the lower slopes of Aneto and break over the north east arete to make our way down past the source of the mighty Garonne river, the Molieres lakes and finally to the Hospice de Vielha.

HRP lake route to the Restanca Refuge

Wednesday – Hospice de Vielha to Refuge Restanca in the Aigues Tortes(Encantats) National Park, 7 hours

We head up out of the valley into the lake-land of the Spanish Pyrenees; the Aigues Tortes national park.

This is a stunning wilderness with a great refuge network that allows us to make our way through its heartland over the rest of the trek.

Heading for the Ventosa i Calvell refuge

Thursday – Restanca refuge to Refuge Ventosi i Calvell, 4 hours & optional peak

After three challenging days, we can today enjoy a relaxing section of the walk.

This is a fairly short leg, passing several lovely lakes on our way to the Ventosa i Calvell. There should be no excuse not to take advantage of the (usually!) balmy Spanish weather for a refreshing dip along the way.

You also have an optional peak ascent of the Montardo, 2833m with its unrivalled views of the National Park.

Friday – Ventosi i Calvell to pick-up above Tredos, via the Cirque de Colomers, 8 hours

In the morning, we follow a series of tiny lakes on a little-known route to the Port de Colomers.

After lunch we then explore the stunning Cirque du Colomers, with its huge granite blocks, miniature pines and crystal green lakes.

We’re then collected by minibus and transferred out of Spain to Bagneres de Luchon, France, for the evening.

Saturday – depart Bagneres de Luchon

You can leave today in your own time. There are train and coach services connecting to the Toulouse mainline, or we can give you a lift back towards Lourdes.

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Trekking - Dates & Prices

Please see below for the dates of our Trekking holidays. Our calendar is flexible at the moment, so contact us if you’re interested in a trekking week that isn’t timetabled at a date that suits you. Please click on each type of trekking holiday for a full description and photos.

Please check individual holiday descriptions to find out what the price includes.  In some cases discounts are available for groups or family rooms. For some holidays accommodation is provided in mountain refuges, or by 3rd party suppliers – please see individual holiday descriptions for details.

PLEASE NOTE - Our calendar is flexible. Please contact us if you have a different trip or date in mind to the ones shown or if you would like a bespoke itinerary (these can be organised on most dates).

Summer 2017

May 2017

Dates Holidays Price
8th May Walking – Spanish Pyrenees Explorer The Kingdom of Aragon hike £810
8th May Walking – Spanish Pyrenees Discoverer The Kingdom of Aragon hike £810
14th May Walking – Cathar country Explorer The Cathar castles £890
20th  May Walking – Valleys & views Taster  Sight seeing and walking £810
27th May Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking £810

June 2017

Dates Holidays Price
3rd June Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking £790
10th June Walking – Lakes, cirques & summits Discoverer Intermediate guided walking £790
17th June Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking £790 FULL
24th June Walking – Lakes, cirques & summits Discoverer Intermediate guided walking £790

July 2017

Dates Holidays Price
1st July Cycling – Guided Classic cols of the Pyrenees Road biking in the Pyrenees mountains £790
1st July Walking – Peaks, ridges & refuges Adventurer Unlimited trekking to the guided favourite spots, 1 night in catered refuge. £810
1st July Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking £810
8th July Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking £790
8th July Multi activity – Adrenaline Action packed non-stop adventure £915
8th July Cycling – Tour de France guided Special- supported riding for the Tour de France in the Pyrenees. FULL
15th July Discoverer level day walks and trek inc. 2 night trek, in manned refuges (NEW Pyrenees National Park trek, ask for details). £810
22nd July Catered Accommodation for independent activities £455
22nd July Walking – Peaks, ridges & refuges Adventurer  - 3000m peaks special, inc.  trek with 2 nights in high manned/catered refuges £830
22nd July Multi activity – Action £790
29th July Catered Accommodation for independent activities £455
29th July Multi activity – Adrenaline  Action packed non-stop adventure £915
29th July Trekking – HRP Stage 1 The high level traverse of the Pyrenees £810

August 2017

Dates Holidays Price
5th August Multi activity – Adrenaline £915
5th August Multi activity – Action £790
5th August Trekking – HRP Stage 2 £810 FULL
12th August Multi activity – Adventure £825
12th August Multi activity – Action £790
12th August Trekking – HRP Stage 3 £900 FULL
19th August Catered Accommodation for independent activities £455
19th August Multi activity – Adrenaline £915
19th August Multi activity – Action £790
19th August Canyoning Week A special guided week of Canyoning in France and Spain! £915
26th August Multi activity Guided multi activity holiday for any level available £—
26th August Catered Accommodation for independent activities £455
26th August Walking – Gavarnie & Ordesa Discoverer inc. 2 night mini-trek in manned refuges. £810

September 2017

Dates Holidays Price
2nd September Walking - Neouvielle Lakes – Discoverer walking (2 nights at manned refuges – Lake District) £810
2nd September Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking £810
9th September Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking £790
9th September Bespoke guided walking/trekking/climbing/activity week
16th September Walking – Lakes, cirques & summits Discoverer Intermediate guided walking  £790
23rd September Walking – Gavarnie & Ordesa Discoverer inc. 2 night mini-trek in manned refuges.  £810
24th September Walking – Spanish Pyrenees Discoverer Kingdom of Aragon hike.  £810

October 2017

Dates Holidays Price
30th September Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking £790
1st October Walking – Cathar country Explorer The Cathar Trail £890
1st October Walking - Spanish Pyrenees Explorer Kingdom of Aragon hike. £810
Choose your trekking holiday dates, then contact us to book. HRP GR10 & GR11 Bespoke Treks Kit List  

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