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The 3000m Adventurous hiking week

Our first day of the “special” 3000m summits Adventurer level guided trekking trip started today with a spectacular walk up through the clouds to the top of the Pene de Pouri mountain, one of the last bastions of the Pyrenees that keeps guard over the plains of France that stretch out below it. The views […]

Snow conditions today at the Grand Tourmalet (Great!)

Em and I popped out between snow storms today to see how things are on and off the pistes. Verdit: Good and much more snow on the way (-20 and white out due this weekend Brrrrr).

The timetable for the ski transfer bus for this winter

Lourdes Airport in partnership with the villages of the Pays Toy  are again offering an at cost transfer service to the Grand Tourmalet ski area. Please find a link to the PDF below which has the timetable and information for booking your transfer. A4-NAVETTES-HIVER-2016-GB

Spring flowers and the high Estive, Pyrenees Discovery level walking holiday.

We had a fun day out in the sun today with temperature into the 20s even at 1900m. The spring flowers such as the Snakeshead Fritillari, Trumpet Gentians and Naked Globe flowers are starting to chase out the early Hepaticas up near 2000m giving a great variation in colours. We also had the chance to […]

Tour de France 2013

This morning the Tour de France 2013 route was announced at a Press Conference in Paris. After teasing us all with speeches and an excellent montage film of the highlights of the 2012 Tour (is it just us who still get goosebumps watching Mark Cavendish win on the Champs Elysees and Wiggo take the crown?), […]

Walking from France to Spain and back again

Last week our most international walking group yet (Dutch, French, British and Australian, with 4 languages between them), headed off on our three day Gavarnie and Ordesa trek. The hike began at the Col des Tentes, above the Cirque de Gavarnie, in the French High Pyrenees. We traversed on the French side above Gavarnie for […]

Summer to autumn…the times they are a changing…

Summer 2013 has been a memorable one. We started with the unforgettable Tour de France week cycling holiday, where our cyclists and walkers alike were swept up in the excitement of watching professionals at the top of their game rush past us in a blur of wheels, colour and cheering. For those of you that […]

Crisp autumn weather – perfect for hiking

We said goodbye to the last of our summer families on Saturday, sending some very tired but happy people on their way home. After some dramatic thunder and lightning storms (only at night! Our activities were never affected by them.) the weather changed over the weekend and we are now having days that are a […]

Multi-Activity holidays- keeping you busy!

We’re in the middle of our high season multi-activity holidays, keeping people on their toes, under-ground, up high, wet and speedy for a fun week. Last week we had two different holidays running concurrently, with activities from MountainBiking (MBX) to canyoning to via ferrata to rock-climbing to rafting on the schedule. The ever popular Chlorofil, […]

The Inter-Commune Games

Not to be out-done by the London 2012 Olympics, Bareges hosted this year’s inter-commune games. With teams from the local fire-fighters and neighbouring villages of Betpouey and Sers, les anglaises de Bareges felt compelled to enter. Unfortunately, Team GB only got to compete in one event, the tricky carry water while strapped to two snow-boards […]