Pyrenees Guided Day Trips
A bit of snowy magic to brighten your winter
A bit of snowy magic to brighten your winter
READY TO SNOWSHOE ?
Spend a week in the cosy Hotel Les Templiers and head out each day to discover a new face of the Pyrenean winter experience. Four days snowshoeing with a guide (outings designed to suit your level), and then two days optional activities of your choice: perhaps an excursion to Argeles market, a cable car ride up the Pic du Midi Observatory (can tie in with a day skiing at Grand Tourmalet), paragliding, cross country skiing, walking independently on trails around Luz St Sauveur or Arras en Lavedan. We are here to ensure you maximise your enjoyment here in the Pyrenees! The holiday runs from two or more participants.
Hotel Bed and Breakfast twin share: 550€pp/week, includes snowshoe rental, maps and information.
Self Catering: From 930€/week for 2P total which includes all bed and bath linen, maps and information pack, maps and snowshoe rental.
HOTEL BED&BREAKFAST TWIN SHARE : 995€pp*
*confirmed from 2p only
This price includes :
• 7 nights double/twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers
• 4 days equipment hire
• All breakfasts
• Shuttle bus from Lourdes train station (9€) or airport (15€)
• Dinners and drinks
• Activities on the two free days. There are plenty to choose from, do not hesitate to ask us for help choosing!
No showshoeing experience is required for this or any of our snowshoeing holidays. If you can walk, you can snowshoe – it is as simple as that. The Pyrenean Snowshoeing holiday combines four days snowshoeing with some great winter experiences in the Pyrenees. This trip will allow you to discover, with a qualified mountain leader, not only the mountains in their magical winter coat, but a host of other options – the thermal baths, dinner in a mountain restaurant if you choose, a cable car ride up the Pic du Midi, a trip to the local market – all things that really make the Pyrenees special in winter…
Come back each day to the hotel for a hot chocolate by the fireside, or your cosy cottage to concoct your dinner, the perfect end to an active day in the snow. If you wish you can add on some treatments at the local Spa, contact us for more details.
Your guide will choose the best outings each day given snow and weather conditions.
Day One: Arrival day. Transfer from Lourdes to Luz via shuttle, bus or taxi (we can organise this and confirm timetables for you before your arrival).
Day Two: Snowshoeing day in the Barèges valley or up on the Saugué Plateau above Gavarnie.
Day Three: Snowshoe from Gavarnie. You will quickly understand why the famous Gavarnie Cirque received its UNESCO world heritage listing as we climb above it for a birds eye view. We may see climbers on the frozen waterfalls of the cirque and walk behind other frozen waterfalls to catch the light shining through the green/blue ice.
Day Four: Today is market day in Argeles. At the junction of several valleys this authentic local market that has run continuously, every Tuesday, since the 13th century (or so they say!). Stock up on delicious cheeses, patisserie, duck confit, foie gras and other local delicacies from nearby producers. Or have a downhill ski if you’d like (free shuttle from Luz to Luz Ardiden – easy ski hire in the village – ski passes for sale at the hotel). Or sleep in and spend the afternoon at the thermal baths. The choice is yours.
Day Five: We snowshoe in either the Fruitière or Aygues Cluses valley today, depending on weather and snow conditions. We could build a fire and cook up a spread of local products including duck breast and sides on our open fire…maybe even with a little glass of wine followed by hot coffee and blueberry tourte for desert. We then wind back down the snowy valley following the semi-frozen river with its beautiful ice and snow formations.
Day Six: Another day out snowshoeing, perhaps to the Marcadau Valley, or back around Barèges. There are plenty of possibilities and we can choose according to whether you’d like to do a small summit, head up to a lake or high pass.
Day Seven: Your last day is a free day. Take a walk on the paths around Luz, go skiing, dog-sledding, paragliding. We’ll organize the activity of your choice.
Disclaimer: This is an example of itinerary that we attempt to follow depending on weather and snow conditions. The order of days may be changed to suit weather forecasts and, in all cases safety in the mountains is our main consideration.