HRP Stage 3: Bagneres de Luchon to Vaqueira
The third stage of the HRP is mainly in Spain, where highlights include:
- a traverse of the Spanish Maladeta and Encantats National Parks a beautiful wilderness of granite boulders, pure blue lakes and comfortable refuges
- an ascent of the Pic d’Aneto, 3404m, the highest mountain in the Pyrenees.
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.
Please note that as we are trekking from hut to hut, there are no opportunities to finish the week early, except in the case of emergencies.
What the price includes
The price shown for this week of HRP trekking includes:
- Seven nights accommodation
- breakfast, lunch and dinners
- 6 days guided trekking with a qualified international mountain leader
- ascent of Pic Aneto with a UIAGM high mountain guide
Please note that in the unlikely event that you are forced to abandon the walk, Mountainbug does not cover the cost of your return transport. Anyone wishing to leave the guided group will be left at a major trail or intersection with a public highway and from that point on wards are no longer under Mountainbugs responsibility.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trekking - Dates & PricesPlease 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.
|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|
|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|
|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||Catered Accommodation for independent activities for independent walking or cycling – See the Tour de France this week||£455|
|8th July||Cycling – Tour de France guided Special- supported riding for the Tour de France in the Pyrenees, passing our door step!||£860|
|15th July||Walking - Neouvielle Lakes – Discoverer walking inc. 2 night trek, in manned refuges (The Lakeland special).||£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||£810|
|5th August||Multi activity – Adrenaline||£915|
|5th August||Multi activity – Action||£790|
|5th August||Trekking – HRP Stage 2||£810|
|12th August||Multi activity – Adventure||£825|
|12th August||Multi activity – Action||£790|
|12th August||Trekking – HRP Stage 3||£900|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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