YOGA & HIKING PYRENEES
Join Laurielle & Sacha for a week of discovery
From our base in the typical Pyrenean village of Vizos, perched above the Luz valley with it’s extraordinary south facing views and a sunny yoga terrace, we set out each day to discover a new valley or natural site. At the edge of the Pyrenees National Park, the Monte Perdido World Heritage area and the Néouvielle Nature Reserve we are spoiled for choice, and each outing will have you marvelling at the dramatic scenery. You will enjoy daily yoga in the fresh mountain air, either on the large terrace, or while we are out and about in the mountains. Refocus with meditative practices including silent sitting, silent walks, sound bath, and chanting. Take a dip in crystal clear lakes and let the mountains soak through you. During the week we will visit a local beekeeper, medicinal plant farmer, delicious cheese maker, soak in the relaxing thermal baths, and visit the breathtaking astronomy observatory and museum at the summit of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. Knowing that being in nature means we need to heed the weather, we may slightly change plans as required.
• All included meals, hiking, transport
• Yoga each day, hiking each day
• Gavarnie, Néouvielle, Pont d’Espagne
This price includes :
• Accomodation at Vizos Auberge
• Three homemade meals each day
• Entry to Pic du Midi museum & observatory
• Entry to thermal baths
• Meditation & yoga sessions
• Professionally guided mountain day walks
• Ground transport from/to Lourdes/Tarbes & Vizos
• All transfers during the week's program
• Personal insurance
• Perfect weather
Arrival: Auberge de Vizos
Sacha and Laurielle will greet you at the Lourdes/Tarbes airport or train station and take you to our base camp in Vizos. Settle into your room and meet Nanou, the owner of our picturesque lodge. Share the first of many homemade French meals cooked by Nanou and get to know our group. Relax with a yoga nidra practice and meditation before climbing into bed to rest before our first adventure.
Lacs du Néouvielle
Hike through a lovely series of lakes in the Néouvielle National Nature Reserve – and perhaps jump in?! Take in the breathtaking view of the jagged peaks. Walk the same trails the sheep use and and taste their cheese when we visit the family owned fromagerie at 2100m.
Pic du Midi de Bigorre
Climb to the summit of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre at 2877m to reach the astronomical observatory, museum, and stellar photography gallery. Sit back with a drink, take in the 360° view of the Pyrenees, and venture out onto the suspended glass walkway. Before the day is done, we will visit the apiculturist and taste local honey, a favorite for the French and a powerful Ayurvedic treatment.
Cirque d’Estaubé et le Lac des Gloriettes
Walk the green paths around the aquamarine Lac des Gloriettes and hike into the heart of the Cirque d’Estaubé, one of the four monolithic amphitheaters of rock in the Parc National des Pyrénées. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this cirque is famous for its wild flowers (and marmots). We will connect with a local medicinal plant specialist and savor the farm-to-table dinner she prepares.
Cirque de Troumouse
The second amphitheater of our trip, this one will blow you away with it’s immensity. Weathered cliffs imposingly emerge from grassy high plateau and each end curves around a gentle meadow several kilometers wide. We will bring our yoga mats and have these views as the backdrop for our practice and a leisurely picnic. Back at the lodge, we will sink into an extended meditation.
Cirque de Gavarnie
If the previous two sites haven’t yet knocked you off your feet, this final amphitheater will. Victor Hugo described it as “Nature’s Colloseum” and it is the most famous site of the UNESCO Pyrénées-Monte Perdido site. Hike up and feel the mist from Europe’s tallest waterfall with its 423m vertical drop, then turn around to watch the animals grazing below.
Cauterets, Pont d’Espagne, Lac de Gaube
Listen to the powerful waterfall that flows beneath the famous stone bridge, Le Pont d’Espagne, then hike up to the emerald Lac de Gaube and observe the perfect reflection of the layered mountain on the water’s surface. After days of walking, sink into the gorgeous thermal baths and enjoy hydrotherapy in Cauterets, a historical spa town with adorable shops.
Enjoy one last morning with our group at the lodge before Sacha and I drop you off to go your separate directions. Before you leave the area entirely, consider making arrangements to spend a day in Lourdes to visit the grotto and the chateau high on the cliff before catching your train. Or, stroll the city parks and shops in Tarbes before getting on the plane to Paris.
Saying goodbye will be hard, but you can take the memories and the sense of well-being of this trip with you, to always keep in touch with what is most important.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
Laurielle Prema is a lecturer in French language and literature at Oklahoma State University and also a talented artist, along with being a yoga instructor and the leader of this wonderful hiking and yoga trip in the Pyrenees. Have a look at the video here for some photos of her yoga in the French Pyrenees trip.
Sacha Romanoff is a certified International Mountain Guide and 200-RYT yoga instructor. He is a French native and lives in the Pyrénées, but you will often find him in every other corner of the globe pursuing his passion: walking in nature. He knows all the secrets and legends of the Pyrenean rocks, plants, animals, and people and offers an authentic experience of what France is really about.