Activity holidays and challenges in the French and Spanish Pyrenees and further afield
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Complete a desert trek to ascend Jordan’s highest peak Jebel Um Adaami and see the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, named after the book by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Try technical climbing, and scramble along ancient Bedouin routes used for thousands of years guided by members of the local Zilabia tribe and our leader. Duration: 8 days, normally start Amman Sat, end Amman Sat Price: £895 Excluding flight 2018 and 2019 Groups from £799 per person Dates & Availability: Trip Code Dates Prices Availability JOWRPET 1/18 3-10 March 18 £895 Available JOWRPET 2/18 28 April – 5 May 18 £895 Available JOWRPET 3/18 20-27 October 18 £895 Available JOWRPET 4/18 3-10 November 18 £895 Available If you are a group of more than 5 people and would like to choose your own date please do contact us. The best months are March, April, May, October, November and December. We offer group discounts. Group Bookings: Minimum 4 people and maximum 15 Individuals: Please do get intouch and we will try to accommodate you After the climb and scramble day in Wadi Rum ascending our first Jebel we begin the main challenge of trekking to Jebel Um Adaami close to the Saudi Arabia border, walking for 4-5 hours through the desert with Bedouin for 3 days including a jeep transfer. We move on soft sand as well as scrambling on the rock Jebels where we will usually be following routes which have been used for generations by Bedouin hunters and shepherds. The Bedouin guide will carry a climbing rope, which may be used on exposed sections to reassure group members who are not confident scramblers. We will be visiting in Jordan winter time so it will not be extremely hot during the day however, we will encounter day-time temperatures as high as 30 degrees centigrade so sun protection and adequate hydration are important considerations. At night we stay with the Bedouin in their traditional desert camps and the first and last nights will be spent in comfortable hotels, the final hotel being in a luxuary spa resort with ensuite facilities, WIFi and pool. There will be 1 night camping (with toilet tent, fully serviced camp) and 3 nights wild camping in the desert in 2 man tents and the group will all participate in camp chores. Facilities are basic or non existant.
Climbing and Trekking Expeditions Worldwide We offer support for climbing expeditions worldwide in areas where we have considerable personal knowledge and ground support contacts. We have established new routes in Jordan, Pakistan, Sinai, Venezuela, Madagascar and Kyrgzstan. Working with Media We have worked for the BBC in Venezuela on making programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit including: Lost land of the Jaguar with Steve Backshall climbing Umpuigma (first ascent) 2007 http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=45225 Steve Backshall Extreme Mountain Challenge series episodes 1 & 2 shown 2016 with John Arran http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b073gr87 "Series combining stunning wildlife with high octane adventure. A team of explorers search the depths of the last great unspoilt jungle on the planet" In addition for media we have supported: Gladiators climbing training, BBC childrens TV, SAS Survival secrets double role (2003-2004) Recommendations "Making the first ascent of Upuigma was a huge challenge - not only from a climbing point of view but especially how to capture it on film. John is a superb climber and his seemingly effortless approach to some very hairy pitches was nothing short of artistic and his leads gave the rest of the team a huge boost in confidence. We certainly couldn't have done it without John. Equally importantly, John is a brilliant team member with a great sense of humour and was just at home humping loads and helping to prepare dinner as he was in leading the climb. He understood all the (very frustrating) demands of filming on big walls and constantly came up with great ideas of how to overcome the technical and logistical challenges. It was a great privilege to work with John and also great fun." Steve Greenwood, BBC Film Producer Ivan Calderon video of the First Free ascent of Angel Falls main face with Ivan, Anne and John Arran, Yupi, Ben Heason and Miles. The world's highest free drop waterfall. Bespoke Adventures Our team members have provided bespoke adventures climbing unclimbed peaks in the jungle to achieve an ambition of a lifetime including teaming up with Dan Reeds and Luke Hanson in 2014 to making a first ascent on the tepui of El Soy y la Luna. Each of us have over 20 years of climbing experience and at least 10 years in remote locations in places where people rarely climb or have never climbed. How much time is needed to go on an expedition adventure? Usually it is neccessary to take two-three weeks off work as the locations can be difficult to access - but we are rewarded by doing something new and having a ground breaking adventure. You can expect to travel by light aircraft, dug out canoe, boat, helicopter, mule, 4x4 depending on the location. When can we go? Any time that is suitable for the climate and for the team. We are familiar with putting together the logistics for expedition but usually 2-3 months warning is useful! What kinds of places have we been to? Jungle - Venezuela, Columbia High Mountains - Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal Deserts - Jordan, Egypt, Sinai Other - Madagascar, Russia, South Africa, Korea, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Croatia, USA, Greece, Iran, Australia, New Zealand, most European countries Who can do it? If you have some climbing or trekking experience its possible depending on the adventure. We offer training prior to departure. Can we put a team together and carry out neccessary risk assessments? Yes. We have access to wilderness medcine experts including polar, film crew and safety personel who we have worked with before and trust. What if we can't do it? We have loads of great contacts in the expedition world and are sure to know someone who can help. Thanks to DMM, Arcteryx, Boreal, The North Face, Wild Country, Petzl and Lyon equipment who have supported some of our team members over the years on their adventures
Kalymnos Island Climbing Visit this climbing paradise with us to enjoy climbing, snorkelling, swimming and beach life in the climbing hub of Massouri and Myrties. We love this place! There is a truely fantastic diversity of routes at all grades and a charming holiday atmosphere on the islands where the rocks were once thought to a curse for locals but now bring much welcome tourist revenue to its shores. The famous grande grotte is definatley worth a look whether you are able to tackle its main overhanging nest of stalagtites or not. The routes have a quality feel to them as a perfect day's rhythm develops with an early start and finish allowing time to enjoy the coast line and other gems on the island. The crags are a short walk from the accommodation. Cost: £695 per person for a week Cost: £350 per person for a long weekend Want to boost your climbing prowess? We will work with you on your climbing development, including training for lead climbing and coaching on personal climbing techniques and styles. The crags we use are perfect for all climbing levels so you can enjoy a great holiday and climb some excellent routes. Rock climbing holidays will include bed & breakfast and an experienced guide(s) to ensure you get the absolute most out of your stay. Our guide/coach will get you to the crags and identify the most suitable routes for the climbing type and level for you. Maximum ratio is 1:6 KLY 4/18 21 -28 October 18 Kalymnos climbing Available KLY 1/19 12-18 May 19 Kalymnos climbing Available KLY 2/19 3-9 June 19 Kalymnos climbing Available Included on week trips: 5 days climbing coaching 6 nights accommodation & meals as per food plan Airport transfers from Kos Photos of your trip Included on long weekend trips: 2 days climbing coaching, meet us on the Island Evening meal What's not: Flights, insurance, snacks, phone calls Any additional transport or accomodation needed if you have to leave the group for a medical or fitness reason. If you would like extra days accomodation we can offer you contacts to arrang this as needed. Who for? Climbers should be able to tie on and belay and climb French grade 4/5 competently. If you would like to improve your grade and technical skills in a supportive atmosphere and have a great holiday this is for you. Expect to want to recalibrate your climbing horizons and goals that you have set for yourself. Equipment We recommend you have your own harness, climbing choes, chalk bag and belay device. Accommodation We will stay at the beautiful Hotel Grand Plaza or in an air conditioned appartment such as Pregos with close to the climbing access paths and town. Our coaches Are all former or current British climbing team members who are well known for their coaching prowess and experience in helping formulate training strayegy. Having climbed for over 20 years between us we have many tactics that can help relaxation on routes, prior to climbing and how to make the most of rests, both in terms of position and breathing. Helping to maintain and develop climbing areas - OUR STORY "In Ariege in the French Pyrenees we have developed a couple of crags and have contributed to the climbing community through the Rock Fax guidebook. We believe in working with locals wherever possible to preserve and maintain the crags and thier local environment and communities."
The Andorran Freedom Trail - Passeurs, fugatives and spies Duration: 6 nights accomodation, 4.5 days mountain walking with the chance to swim in high lakes, meals as in programme, comfortable accommodation and a luxurious finish. Andorra played a crucial role in the Spanish civil war and the second world war both through its location and relative neutrality. Claude Benet documented in his book several escape routes or Freedom trails crossing into Andorra via the port de Dret, col de juclar and port d'Incles, Sigeuer, Rat and Arinsal. Routes lead to either the spa town of Escaldes or to the now known famous ski resort of Soldeu. The Pat O’Leary, Dutch-Paris, Francois and the Marie-Claire Lines all used Andorran routes. Intrigued? Price: £695 Dates & Availability: If you have a minimum of 4 people we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. July to September are the best months due to snow levels. We can offer trips starting on Saturday or across the weekend Thursday to Tuesday. Please do enquire. Code Date Cost Availability FTA2/18 Andorra Freedom Trail 16-21 August 18 £695 Available FTA2/18 Andorra Freedom Trail 26-31 August 18 £695 Available Group Bookings & minimum numbers: Guide ratio is maximum 1:10 so larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. We need a group of 4 or more to run this trip. Fitness Level Needed: You should be able to walk for up to 8 hours per day in the mountains with up to 1000m of ascent in a day. Equipment: A list will be provided on booking Walk Description: Andorra played a crucial role in the Spanish civil war and the second world war both through its location and relative neutrality. Claude Benet documented in his book several escape routes or Freedom trails crossing into Andorra via the port de Dret, col de juclar and port d'Incles, Sigeuer, Rat and Arinsal. Routes lead to either the spa town of Escaldes or to the now known famous ski resort of Soldeu. The Pat O’Leary, Dutch-Paris, Francois and the Marie-Claire Lines all used Andorran routes. Having been compromised in the lower and coastal regions the lines had moved inland to take on the high level routes where, it was rightly thought, they were less likely to encounter enemy patrols as the dangerous and difficult terrain was a deterrent to their pursuers. These routes then headed on into Spain where an uncertain fate awaited the escapees. We follow in their footsteps making an escape from Ax les Thermes to Soldeu (Itinerary 1) or Auzat to Escaldes (Itinerary 2). The Pat O’Leary, Dutch-Paris, Francois and the Marie-Claire Lines all used Andorran routes. Having been compromised in the lower and coastal regions the lines had moved inland to take on the high level routes where, it was rightly thought, they were less likely to encounter enemy patrols as the dangerous and difficult terrain was a deterrent to their pursuers. Therefore the line changed direction to Toulouse, St Girons, Foix and, very often, Andorra in order to cross the barrier of the Pyrenees. Despite being neutral, Andorra was under close observation from spies and agents from all belligerent countries. Many clandestine meetings are reputed to have taken place in the Hotel Mirador, where everybody watched everybody else! Radio Andorra, a powerful radio station that aimed to remain neutral, broadcast all over Europe and was greatly coveted by the Germans who dearly wished to purchase it or at least manipulate it for propaganda purposes – all to no avail, although they did succeed in gaining access to Radio Montecarlo. However, Radio Andorra did apparently provide a platform for some refugees to send coded messages in the form of dedicated songs, to their relatives in France. Most of the guides on the Andorran routes were Spanish – often smugglers; sometimes their groups were quite large. Generally evaders were ill-equipped to take on the hazardous routes, however to dress for the mountains would have attracted unwanted attention as they traversed the lower, more populated, levels. Many routes started from Ussat les Bains (where our base www.chezarran.com is!! according to the WW2 Escape lines Memorial Society) and when there was no moon the mountain nights would be pitch-black. Sometimes the guides had their own deadlines to meet and if the evaders could not keep pace they found themselves sent back down the mountain or, at times, left behind to make their own way. Francesc Viadiu who had been recruited in Montpellier by a British agent known by the name of ‘Mr Miller’. It was Viadiu who organised guides for the evaders, one being Joaquim Baldrich who, in his twenties, was a mountain guide and smuggler who assisted several hundred refugees to enter Spain. We offer one of these routes to commemorate these escapes starting close to Ussat les Bains and just 15-20 minutes drive away. What's included: All accomodation and meals as specified in the itinerary International Mountain Leader Local transport Single timed airport group transfers at the start and end of the trip 4 days of spectacular mountain walking following, lake simming (optional), a chance to shop in Andorra What's not included: Flights Telephone calls Insurance Mountain snacks Enquire now!
Chemin de la Liberte Andorran Escape - Passeurs, fugatives and spies Activity: Trek Andorra played a crucial role in the Spanish civil war and the second world war both through its location and irrelative neutrality. Claude Benet documented in his book several escape routes crossing into Andorra via the port de Dret, col de juclar and port d'Incles, Sigeuer, Rat and Arinsal. Routes lead to either the spa town of Escaldes or to the now known famous ski resort of Soldeu. This itinerary takes us from Auzat in France over the boarder into Andorra via the spectacular soulcem valley and Port de Rat. Continuing from El Serrat to Escaldes where two escape routes converged we then head on into Spain before heading finishing our walk in Andorra. Sgt Owens spent most of his evasion time with his commander Lt Olof Ballinger in and around Orne, Normandy. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, S/Sgt Francis E Owens lost his life at Port del Rat, Andorra on or about 25 Oct 1943. Cost: £795 Duration: 5 days trekking, 7 days including arrival and departure Accommodation: During the trek we stay in a mixture of 2 * hotels or rustic gites with a pool, mountain refuge and one night of supported wild camp. If you would like to chose a luxuary start and finish 3 or 4* hotel we can create a bespoke itinerary for you to make sure your trek needs are met! What's included: Accommodation and food as specified in the programme; transport to and from Toulouse Blagnac on a single timed transfer per group; local transport as per the itinerary; and guiding by an International Mountain leader 1:10 maximum. A visit to a spa and opportunity to shop in Andorra. What's not included: Flights; insurance; mountain snacks; phone calls; or any additional transport or accomodation needed if you have to leave the group for a medical or fitness reason Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 4 people we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. Guide ratio is maximum 1:10 so larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. We do also provide trips for large tour operators. Fitness Level Needed: A challenging trip for those who can walk easily for 5-8 hours per day in the mountains. Equipment: A full equipment list will be provided on booking. You will need: waterproofs; walking boots; a sleeping bag (carried for only half a day); trekking poles; and rucksack.
Siurana Climb Climbing in Siurana Area, Catalunya: The Spanish sport climbing venue of Siurana, in the heart of Catalunya, is no great secret. With so many classic hard test-pieces surrounding this beautiful cliff-top village and seemingly just as many of the world's best climbers visiting every winter. We can help you enjoy it more! Duration: 7 Days, 6 nights apartment and refuge accommodation, 4 days climbing coaching, time to explore panta Siurana, prades and the beautiful coast of Cambrils. Price: £595 Ratio: 1:6 maximum Dates & Availability: We offer 6 night packages that mean all you have to think about is climbing and relaxing. We take you to a range of different areas according to your interests and abilities to taste the diversity of rock types and to delight in the variety that each day will bring. If you are a group of minimum 3 or 4 climbers wanting to get the most from the area and improve your grade this is for you. Holiday code Dates Course / holiday Availability Price CCAT 1/18 21-28 October 18 Costa Durada climb Available £595 CCAT 1/19 15-22 June 19 Costa Durada climb Available £595 CCAT 2/19 27 October - 3 November 19 Costa Durada climb Available £595 Dates also available on request in May, June and October 2018 and 2019 for groups of 3 or more climbers - please enquire. We can put something together for you, get in touch with the dates you want. Climbing in Siurana Area, Catalunya: The Spanish sport climbing venue of Siurana, in the heart of Catalunya, is no great secret. With so many classic hard test-pieces surrounding this beautiful cliff-top village and seemingly just as many of the world's best climbers visiting every winter. With so many completely separate sectors spread out along the village promontory and valley below, even during the busiest of periods it never feels particularly crowded. On most sectors the rock is generally very solid, bulging orange and grey streaked limestone of immaculate quality. Aesthetically it really is beautiful to look at, especially on the frequently sunny days that occur in Siurana, and you won't be disappointed when you climb on it either. To sum up the climbing in Siurana in one word: CRIMPS...and lots of them! But you'll also find pockets in abundance, as well as some incredible tufas (sector L'Olla) and even a few slopers if you venture onto one of the sandstone routes! Siurana has often been described as a classic 'old-school' destination, with stiff grades and super-technical climbing; factors which may have led to it going slightly out of vogue in recent years, in favour of the long and pumpy stamina routes available at more recently developed crags in Spain. The local area: Cornudella de Monsant is a perfect base from which to reach Siurana, Monsant, Margalef, Alberacin and Arboli. Its ancient windy streets are a mixture of bustling charm and lively bars and ancient stone buildings. The Siurana lake is a ten minute drive but the coast of Cambrils can be reached in 45 minutes for a beach rest day. If you’re in Siurana you can visit a the local wine cooperative in the village of Cornudella de Montsant with very good wine. Siurana has fabulous sport and mountain crags and you will also have the opportunity to trail run here and visit the sea at Cambrils. You will have the chance to sample a tapas during the week as well as enjoy the music and spirit of this area famous for its vineyards and beautiful coastline. Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10 we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. Guide ratio is maximum 1:6 so larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. Level?: Climbers should be able to tie on and belay and climb French grade 4/5 competently. If you would like to improve your grade and technical skills in a supportive atmosphere and have a great holiday this is for you. Expect to want to recalibrate your climbing horizons and goals that you have set for yourself. We will work with you on your climbing development, including training for lead climbing and coaching on personal climbing techniques and styles. The crags we use are perfect for all climbing levels so you can enjoy a great holiday and climb some excellent routes. Equipment: Bring your own harness, boots, chalk bag, quickdraws and rope 60m + (one between 2) Accommodation: We will stay at the beautiful Siurana refuge or in apartment accommodation in Cornudella de Monsant. It is possible to swim in the local piscina and also in lake Siurana. Both are stunning options with lively restaurants and bars close by. Accommodation at the refuge is dormitory style and the apartment accommodation is based on 2-3 people sharing a room. Single room supplement available in apartments. What's included: 4 days crag accompaniment and coaching Accommodation and food as specified in the programme Transport to and from Reus airport in a single timed transfer. There are very reasonably priced flights available with Jet2 and Ryanair from the UK. The famous architect Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus, and although none of his famous buildings stand in Reus itself, the city boasts many examples of Catalan modernist architecture. Local transport as per the itinerary Safety Equipment Photos of your trip What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Snacks, phone calls, dinners & lunches not included in the programme Why go with us? We have a team of very experienced climbing coaches to help you get the best out of your trip and love climbing in this area. Some have been national junior climbing team coaches and British team members. Our crag selection each day won't involve any more than a 10 - 15 minute drive from our base so we can focus on making the most of the weather, your arms, climbing mind and our tips. This is also a brilliant family destination and having visited the area many times we are well placed to offer you advice on trips to ancient monuments, the coast, water parks, cycling and more. Interested, would like to know more? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an enquiry through our contact page.
Coastal Freedom Trail Walter Benjamin - Pyrenees and Costa Brava 6 days, 5 nights accommodation, 4.5 days trekking A journey along the most famous Freedom Trail escape route and a voyage along the Vermillion coast of the Costa Brava where escapes were continued and where Salvador Dali later made his home in Port Lligat. Perpignan was in touching distance of freedom and was one of the final stepping stones leading to Spain and ultimately the free world beyond. Canet la Plage 12km east of Perpignan was particularly important for the evasion network where some escapees were taken away by British ships and submarines that would wait off the beach at Canet. One of the largest successful shipments of escapees and evaders of the 'PAT' line took place in the autumn of 1941 ('Operation Rosalind'). In 1940, Jewish writer and philosopher Walter Benjamin tried to escape the Nazi officers over the Pyrenees to Spain, from Banyuls Sur la Mer to Portbou, after the outbreak of World War II and at the beginning of the Spanish post-war period with the help of passeur Lisa Fittko. We will make this memorial journey along the coast and through wine country before dropping back down to the coast after crossing the Col de Rumplissa to Portbou. We have the chance to visit the camp de riversauts memorial museum near Perpignan and Salvador Dali's House museum in port Lligat at the end of the trip. Airport pick up and drop off included. If you would prefer to meet us in Collioure this is an option. Price: £775 (6 days) £895 (7 days) per person Dates & Availability: Trips available April, May, June, October & November 2018 & 2019 Comment on this trip by Peter Behr who came over specially from Canada to follow in his fathers footsteps - or as close as we could find... "Our guide provided water, fine dinners and a clear route. I realized I could not even approach the hardship of my father's trip and had to relax about that. It had to be enough to simply be in the mountain landscape they had traversed all those years ago. It's a good reminder to appreciate what we do have and how hard life was for our forebears. While the world is not safe for everyone, we can think about how Europe endured thousands of years of war and violence, and in my lifetime it has achieved an unprecedented level of peace and cooperation". Peter Behr 2016 TO ENQUIRE CONTACT US VIA OUR CONTACT PAGE OR EMAIL email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Trip Code Dates Price Availability FTC 5/17 10-15 December 18 £775 Available FTC1/18 15-20 April 19 £775 Available FTC2/18 10-15 June 19 £775 Available FTC 3/18 20-27 October 18 £775 Available * Not found your date? We can tailor a trip to suit you if you are over 4 people. Reduced price available for those arriving by car. Group Bookings & minimum numbers: Guide ratio is maximum 1:10 but larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people up to 30. Minimum trip number is 4 people for the trip to run but if you would like a celebration or luxuary trip for two people we can arrange for additional cost. If you bring a group of 4 we can offer a discount and offer trips on your requested dates when we are available. We stay as flexible as possible and also offer this trip to large tour operator groups. Fitness Level Needed: A challenging trip for those who can walk easily for 5-8 hours per day in the mountains. On the hardest day you should be able to ascend +900m in a day. Equipment: A full equipment list will be provided on booking. You will need: waterproofs; walking boots; a sleeping bag (carried for only half a day); trekking poles; and rucksack. "Imagine yourself during the war having to ask someone for help, even though you know they are risking their lives if they give it to you. If you are lucky and not turned in, there is still the long trail to negotiate, past German checkpoints and patrols with and the final climb over the Pyrenees into Spain. Most went at night just carrying what they had on them and picked up food from the land en route. Think of the Jewish families who attempted the route just one step ahead of arrest and deportation to the death camps. It has become a way of passing the idea of remembrance on down the generations” Ed Stourton What's included: Accommodation and food as specified in the programme; transport to and from Perpignan on a single timed transfer per group; local transport as per the itinerary; and guiding by an International Mountain leader 1:10 maximum. Barcelona transfer from Cap de Creus. What's not included: Flights; insurance; mountain snacks; phone calls; or any additional transport or accomodation needed if you have to leave the group for a medical or fitness reason. Transport to the airport from Barcelona on Aerobus. * In addition we provide this trek for large travel company partners, tailored to their specific needs.
Ariege & Catalunya sport climbing holiday We will work with you on your climbing development, including training for lead climbing and coaching on personal climbing techniques and styles. The crags we use are perfect for all climbing levels so you can enjoy a great holiday and climb some excellent routes. Mid way through the week we take a 2.5 hour journey from verdant France to Spain to experience the delights of Catalunyan sun rock. Climbing in Ariege and Catalunya: Ariege has fabulous sport and mountain crags and you will also have the opportunity to trail run here and visit a spa. It has limestone and granite options all within 10 minutes of where we are staying. Catalunya is home to many maga crags such as Tres Pons and Oliana. You will have the chance to drink cafe au lait and sample a tapas during the week. Duration: 7 days Price: £695 Dates & Availability: May, June & October 2018 & 19 - please enquire Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10 we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. Guide ratio is maximum 1:6 so larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. Fitness and climbing skills: Climbers should be able to tie on and belay and climb French grade 4/5 competently. If you would like to improve your grade and technical skills in a supportive atmosphere and have a great holiday this is for you. Some bouldering my be incorporated for technique depending on group needs. Equipment: All safety equipment is provided. What's included: 4 days climbing coaching, transport to fun rest day activities, thermal spa optional, Accommodation in gite/apartment with pool or hotel Airport transfers from Toulouse Local transport to and from the crag Photos of your trip What's not included: Flights Insurance Snacks Phone calls Code Date Trip Price Availability SCAC 1/18 May, June & October 18 (Dates on request) £695 Available SCAC 1/19 May, June & October 19 (Dates on request) £695 Available
Chemin de la Liberté - Freedom Trail, Ariège Pyrenees 6 Day Trek Activity: 3.5 day trek, 1 free day for spa or exploring the area, museum visit Duration: 7 days, 6 night's accommodation Price: £795 per person Dates & Availability: Groups of 4 + people please enquire for group rates and availability ASAP for 2018 and 2019 Not found the right date for you? Please enquire, we try to stay flexible and fit together small groups where possible. Our maximum group size is 25 on a maximum of 1:10 guide ratio. Trip Code Dates Price Availability FT 7/18 1-7 September 18 £795 Spaces FT 8/18 10-16 September 18 - Private trip FT 9/18 1-7 October 18 £795 Spaces Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 4 people we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. Guide ratio is maximum 1:10 so larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. Fitness Level Needed: A challenging trip for those who can walk easily for 5-9 hours per day in the mountains. You can climb up to +1500m on the hardest day of this trek in mountainous terrain so please train for it and arrive fit to maximise your enjoyment. There are some bouldery steps and a section of wire protecting a short section of path on the final day. Equipment: A full equipment list will be provided on booking. You will need: waterproofs; walking boots; a sleeping bag (carried for only half a day); trekking poles; and rucksack. Walk Description: Every year, the "Chemin de la Liberté " trail inspires trekkers in the Pyrenees to make their own journey to commemorate the 782 Allied airmen and Jewish refugees who risked their lives on a 60km route escaping Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II through Ariège. In total there were over 33,000 successful escapes by Frenchmen alone. Of these, 3,000 never returned home . 6,000 allied service men (mainly aircrew) also escaped. Having reached the mountains the men were hidden in secret collecting areas and formed into groups ready for the final night ascent to the Spanish Frontier. Many trails sprang up in Ariège, only known to the particular guide or Passeur. At the beginning of 1943 due to increased German surveillance or betrayal by La Milice, ambushes along many trails became common. Spectacular scenery makes for an inspirational experience along this famous route including seeing the memorial to the Halifax pilot and his crew and wreckage of their bomber at a height of 2200m which crashed in July 1945. A sense of sadness is felt to see the gleaming metal of the plane 80km off it's intended course. We offer four day to six day itineraries along this fascinating World War II escape route best known through "Freedom Trail" by Scott Goodall. "Imagine yourself during the war having to ask someone for help, even though you know they are risking their lives if they give it to you. If you are lucky and not turned in, there is still the long trail to negotiate, past German checkpoints and patrols with and the final climb over the Pyrenees into Spain. Most went at night just carrying what they had on them and picked up food from the land en route. Think of the Jewish families who attempted the route just one step ahead of arrest and deportation to the death camps. It has become a way of passing the idea of remembrance on down the generations” Ed Stourton What's included: Accommodation and food as specified in the programme; transport to and from Toulouse Blagnac on a single timed transfer per group; local transport as per the itinerary; and guiding by an International Mountain leader 1:10 maximum What's not included: Flights; insurance; mountain snacks; phone calls; or any additional transport or accomodation needed if you have to leave the group for a medical or fitness reason * In addition we provide this trek for large travel company partners, tailored to thier specific needs. Do contact us for August 2017/18 or 19 dates if you are interested and would like to work together.* Booking Form Private trip Private trip, DA spaces
GR10 Ariege Stage Trek (Self-Guided) Activity: Self-Guided GR10 Ariege section from Aulus les Bains to Merens les Vals, accommodation provided Duration: 7 days, 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges and gite d'etap or gite with pool Price: £695 per person, reductions for groups of more than 4 people Walk Description: The GR10, runs across the whole of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in its entirety covering around 850 km. The Ariege stage (roughly 110km) is renowned for being one of the most remote and runs across the Central and Western section of the Pyrenees. Whilst walking this section of the GR10 trail you will discover cultural heritage sites, delve into local agricultural life across the ages and encounter dramatic scenery spanning high plateau’s and soaring snow dusted peaks. Dates & Availability: We offer the GR10 self guided in Mid June, August, September and the first 2 weeks of October every week. You are welcome to contact us with your prefered dates. Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 2 people we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. Fitness Level Needed: A reasonable level of fitness is needed. You will be walking up to 17km a day on mountaineous terrain. Equipment: Upon booking a full list of suitable clothing will be provided. Warm and waterproof walking boots are essential for you to bring. What's included: Accommodation: For 2 nights in Mountain Refuges and 4 nights in Chez Arran Gite accommodation or gite d'etap at the end of your day, booked for you before your arrival. Breakfast and packed lunches. When staying in Mountain Refuge accommodation you will buy your own breakfast and dinner. We will reimburse you at the end of the trip when you produce a receipt. Local transport as specified (pick-ups after days walk and morning drop off before you start the next day of the trek). This means you can walk with just a daypack. We transport you back to your start location from the previous day as per the detailed itinerary. What else do we provide: Maps for you to find the way and detailed descriptions for each day. A local flora and fauna guide for the route. A flexible approach so if you are finding a section too tough we can make alternative plans for following days. We also provide a walkie talkie for a couple of days where there is no phone reception for pick up. Train reservation assistance. What's not included: Evening meals when not staying at refuges. Chez Arran dinners cost 20 euros/head including wine or an equivalent will be provided at a local restaurant. Insurance, flights, food not specified, drinks, airport transfers, but we can arrange them for extra cost. Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. Next day packed lunches on refuge nights can be bought at the refuge for around 10€/person.
Pyrenees Yoga Fitness Retreat Duration: 7 days (6 nights) Price: £695/person/week Join us for a magical week in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Based in the French Pyrenees we offer yoga trek retreats combining Hatha and Yin yoga classes with spectacular mountain walks and optional wild swims! This Pyrenean paradise is known as one of the most beautiful nordic ski destinations in the world and the fourth largest in France. Most days start at 8.30am and finish with dinner at 7pm. We have the chance to practice yoga in the studio, on a lakeside beach and also on the mountain side in a host of spectacular locations. Holidays run Saturday to Friday with 6 nights stylish Gite accommodation with pool and WIFI. You will stay at either Chez Arran farmhouse gites or Surya Pyrenees. Come away from this feeling fantastic and with a few more moves in your repetoire. Dates & Availability: April, May, June and October 2018, May, June & October 2019 If you are a group of 2 or more friends or colleagues do contact us. Personal long weekend breaks can be orginised by our team especially for you throughout the summer. Group Bookings & minimum numbers: Yoga teacher ratio is maximum 1:10. Larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. Fitness Level Needed: If you love yoga and love the mountains this is for you. Corinne's yoga classes are designed to be accessible to everyone, whether a true beginner or an experienced yogi. Her teaching style is laid-back yet challenging with a strong focus on alignment. Class sizes are kept small so that each person receives plenty of personal attention to help them come to a better understanding of the poses and develop their own personal practice. Equipment: Use of yoga mats, meditation blankets and straps are included. What's included: 5 x 1h30 yoga sessions with a yoga alliance teacher 5 x fitness sessions including options: trail running, wild swimming, mountain biking, trekking, circuits Airport Transfer at specific time and local transport 6 nights stylish Gite accommodation with pool and free WIFI staying at Chez Arran or Surya Pyrenees Meals as per programme Use of yoga mats, meditation blankets and straps, guided walks. What's not included: Flights, other local transport, insurance
Trail running holiday & event support Duration: We offer 5 day itineraries based around trail races. You can come the week before or the week after the race or on the specific dates below. Price: £595 What's on offer? We offer the opportunity for like-minded people to get together around the time of a fell race or trail race and meet others entering, offering a selection of activities the same week for you to take part in as well as a file of local trail running options. You book into the race and we can offer transport and accommodation plus an evening barbecue to meet other runners during the week. We can assist with race booking if you are having problems communicating with the organiser. In France it is necessary to have a recent note from your doctor that you are fit to compete which you need to take along, usually the evening before when you will collect your race number and pack. You will have the chance to run the course as part of your holiday, but at a more leisurely pace! Race selection: Trail des Cretes: Inscriptions via Midirun 4 courses : le Tour des Fontaines de 10 km , le Trail du Traoucadou de 25 km , le Trail des Crêtes 52 km See last years video here: https://youtu.be/0snwEgBPuao Marathon du Montcalm: http://www.marathon-montcalm.com/fr/inscription/ Dates & Availability: Option 1 Around the Montcalm Marathon holiday www.marathon-montcalm.com 3–7 August 2019 10–14 August 2019 Option 2 Around the Trail des Cretes holiday http://traildescretes.com/ 3-7 June 2019 10-14 June 2019 https://youtu.be/YFnFOJ2FqRc Fitness Level Needed: Running 15-30km per day This holiday is aimed at runners looking for an introduction to running trails in the Pyrenees and we have an exciting itinerary for all abilities. You will be part of the team. The trails wind along the side of the valleys, close to mountain streams as well as climbing up onto open mountainsides with spectacular views. Our experienced and qualified lead runners offer many tips along the way so whether you are relatively new to running trails, just looking to explore the valley or a more experiences faster trail runner looking for a short spectacular mountain break then this is an excellent holiday for you! Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided out of peak season at one of our comfortable Gites in Ussat les Bains with pool and WIFI or in high season you may be staying at other local accommodation that we can arrange for you or alternatively you can book independently and meet us each day at our base. Accommodation is based on 2 sharing. What is special about the area? The eastern pyrenees has magnificent peaks, mostly up to around 3000m. You can run along many of the GR10 routes as well as take advantage of some of the preprepared VTT tracks and FFA trails (French Athletics Federation trails). There are trails available straight from the door - from easy recovery running to longer, challenging, hilly routes which are great for strength or endurance training. We can advise you on routes to match your personal challenges and training goals. There is a folder of route guides with maps and profiles for guests. Most of all it is your chance to feel free amongst breathtaking scenery. Kit: Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Lead Runners, Event Director as well as appropriate emergency services (charge before use and wrap in cling film for waterproofing) Lightweight running pack Waterproof jacket & light bottoms Wicking top and shorts Sun hat / cap Warm hat and gloves Socks Trail running shoes (sufficient tread) Water Bottles / Bladder with minimum of 1-1.5 litre capacity Whistle Personal first aid kit (eg: blister packs, sunscreen) Waterproof bags to keep stuff dry Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Lead Runners, Event Director as well as appropriate emergency services (charge before use and wrap in cling film for waterproofing) What's included: Accommodation in a beautiful farmhouse apartments. Shared room or single occupancy supplement. Be shown the best local trails and be provided with maps, traces for your distance, accompanied or unaccompanied. Assistance with race entry as required Champagne or local traditional wine to finish What's not included: Transport to and from Chez Arran although we can arrange airport pick up and drop off – easily accessible from Toulouse Airport ro arrive in Tarascon sur Ariege Insurance – please have medical cover and insurance suitable for 3,000m (we can advise) Meals (except breakfasts) Trail food/snacks Group size = 4-8 people
Kalymnos Island round tour – A Greek Island paradise challenge Activity: 5 days trekking, 1 day relaxation, beach, museum visits Duration: 8 days, 7 night's accommodation in hotels or stylish apartments Price: £725 Dates & Availability: Trip Code Dates Price Availability KL2/17 28 October – 4 November 17 £725 Available KL1/18 26 May – 2 June 18 £725 Available KL2/18 6 October – 13 October 18 £725 Available Dates available in April, May, June and October in 2018 - please enquire if you are a charity or group interested in this challenge in a paradise setting. About? Kalymnos is a real paradise! We work in partnership with local Kalymnian people to provide you with a real insider experience of this beautiful island and its elegant and sometimes turbulant history - and of course Kalymnian tales. On the island we are able to tailor the trip to your group and have visited the island many times. Some trails are almost hidden and known only to the Kalymnian hunters and shepherds. Kalymnos is unusually rocky and spectacular for a Greek Island and inhabitants at first thought this was a curse. However it’s dramatic rocky vista has made it a world class rock climbing venue which you will have the chance to see. Its ridges and open mouthed stalagtite ridden caves make for a facinating blend of scenerary whilst we also take the opportunity to visit sparsley populated inlets and fine beaches. You can discover many ancient chapels and castles making a fascinating exploration and see sponge diving boats - an important part of Kalymnian life. We will take some rocky paths to circumvent the island and enjoy fresh fish and tasty Kalymnian cuisine en-route. According to legend Icarus fell to his death in the sea between Kalymnos and Levitha when flying to escape from the Minoian labyrinth. Steeped in history, the first traces of life on Kalymnos date back to the 4th millennium BC and it has been an attractive target for conquests through history, notably by the Romans and Turks. Contact us on: email@example.com Telephone: +447951058053
Pyrenees France & Andorra Snowshoe Trek, 7 days Duration: 7 days, 6 nights Price: £795 Walk Description: This trip is aimed at those who are regular summer hill-walkers and used to spending a full day in the mountains. You do not need previous snowshoe experience, but you do need a good level of fitness and be prepared to snowshoe off-piste! If you are a skier why not try way to move through the mountains and really connect with nature. You will have the chance to visit a thermal spa, go shopping and enjoy the shopping potential of Andorra's capital. Experience diverse culture and history as we cross to a country renouned gor its neutrality. This challenge takes on some fabulous routes around our Pyrenees base and ventures over into Andorra. Rather than specify in advance a prescribed schedule, each day your guide will decide on the best route based on an assessment of weather and snow conditions, an example itinerary is given further down, below Dates & Availability: Trip Code 6-13 January 19 £795 Available SNOA 2/18 Sat 17-23 February 19 £795 Available SNOA 1/19 Sat 20-26 January 19 £795 Available NB. If you don't see your preferred dates and are a group of 3 or more please ask, we are flexible! Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 3 people we are happy to offer the trip on dates suitable to you. Guide ratio is maximum 1:10 and larger groups up to 20 can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. Fitness Level Needed: It's not necessary to have the fitness level of a mountaineer to snowshoe but you do need a good level of fitness that includes being able to walk comfortably for up to 4 to 5 hours at a steady pace. Ascents and descents are comparable to walking in any rolling mountainous terrain. Equipment: Snowshoes, poles, snow shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver rental are all included in the price of the trip. For clothing bring a good layering system as it can get very warm, but equally quite cold. Essential to your normal walking clothing are: warm hat; gloves; waterproof jacket; waterproof trousers; fleece; sunglasses; sunscreen; water bottle (1 litre minimum); 3-season walking boots; 35-50 litre rucksack with the ability to attach snowshoes to the outside. Optional, but recommended, are a hot water flask and gaiters. What's included: Local transport; full-board accommodation - breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner, staying in a 2* or 3* hotels or chalets (based on twin rooms), plus one nights accommodation in a mountain refuge; services of a qualified International Mountain Leader; all the equipment hire you require on the trip - snowshoes, poles, snow shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver. What's not included: Drinks; flights; insurance; and ski-lift passes. Winter Family Holidays *One night out trips* Snowshoe to a mountain refuge for the nightand experience some warm hospitality - Husky dog sledging - Animal tracking - Alpine ski and snowboard lessons - Nordic Ski - Igloo building - Create your mix of winter fun. Enquire for our tailor made trips.
Pyrenees snowshoeing long weekend in Cathar country, Ax-les-Thermes - 5 days, 3 days snowshoeing and spa, 4 nights accommodation Activity: 3 days showshoeing based at Ax-les-Thermes including walking through magical beech woods, scaling a summit or encountering mountain "orris" ancient shelters. Cathar culture, frozen mountain lakes and waterfalls will all be part of the adventure. We start on a high mountain plateau where dog-sledding is also available! You will stay in hotel or apartment accommodation in this beautiful spa town and can have free time to visit the rejuvinating Bains de Couloubret spa after the days snowshoeing. One free spa session is included! This site has an indoor and outdoor section with many jets, pools and waterfalls to explore plus a sauna and hamman. Ax-les-Thermes is a lively spa town with a thermal spa, wine bars and a night club so our guests always have a fantastic time. You can take a little time to explore the cobbled streets, find natural thermal sources and of course sniff out local farm shops where tasty cheeses and jams are on offer. Duration: 3 days snowshoeing, 4 nights accommodation Price: £595 Dates & Availability: Trip code Dates Prices Availability SNP1/17 28 Dec-1 Jan 19 £595 Available SNP2/17 9-13 Feb 19 £595 Available SNP1/18 16-20 Feb 19 £595 Available Group Bookings & minimum numbers: If you have a minimum of 4 people we are happy to offer this trip on dates suitable to you. The guide ratio is maximum 1:10 and larger groups can be catered for if you would like to bring more people. Fitness Level Needed: It's not necessary to have the fitness level of a mountaineer to snowshoe but you do need a good level of fitness that includes being able to walk comfortably for up to 4 to 5 hours at a steady pace. Ascents and descents are comparable to walking in any rolling mountainous terrain. Equipment: Snowshoes and poles will be provided including transceivers where neccessary. For clothing bring a good layering system as it can get very warm, but equally quite cold. Essential to your normal walking clothing are: warm hat, gloves, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, fleece, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle (1 litre minimum), 3-season walking boots, 35-50 litre rucksack with the ability to attach snowshoes to the outside. Optional, but recommended, are a hot water flask and gaiters. Included: The services of a qualified International Mountain Leader and their expenses. It includes all snowshoe equipment - each client is required to have snowshoes and poles. We may also supply a snow shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver (a radio beacon allowing search and rescue) depending on walk location and conditions. 4 nights half board accommodation in a 2* hotel or chalet. Not included: Flights, airport transfers, insurance, picnic lunches and drinks. Is this for you? Snowshoeing comprises of walking in winter with snowshoes to stop ourselves sinking into the snow, and to generally make walking easier. It means its easier to explore in woodland as well as on high mountain snow fields. We may even do sections of the day just in winter boots. Anyone, who enjoys the mountains will love this long weekend. We look for the best conditons so the itinerary is changeable.You will be walking from 4-5 hours a day normally with a final day up to 6 hours and this could involve up to 600m height gain with a maximum altutude of 2500m. Interested in other dates? Just ask, we are able to organise bespoke trips for groups of 3 or more. We will be announcing 2017 dates soon. Coming to the Pyrenees as a family? We welcome families and can arrange bespoke programmes including fun additional elements such as following animal tracks in the snow, sledging, dog-sledding and igloo building. It's fun! If you have younger children we can modify the programme according to their tolerance to staying out and need to play more. In this case it is likey to be two 2 hour sessions only in the snow and age dependant. Booking Please find a booking form at the base of this page for you to complete. About Snowshoeing Using a wider surface area under foot has been used for hundreds of years to move in snow but you may not recognise these wooden shoes now! Check out this great article on all the different kinds of snowshoes. Ian is based in Switzerland and enjoys testing all these models.
Venezuela trekking & adventure challenge - Lost World & Angel Falls Challenge: Trek, climb, paddle/boat Your chance to explore largely untouched lost world of Venezuelan jungle by boat, trek to climb a table topped tepui peak and experience the fabled lost world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel. Trek, boat and climb to reach a remote area and fly by Angel Falls the world’s highest free drop waterfall. Without a doubt a once in a life time trip. Duration: Venezuela trekking & adventure challenge - Lost World & Angel Falls - 12 days, nights Venezuela trekking & adventure challenge - Lost World & Angel Falls + Los Roques - 2 x day jungle canoe / boat journey, 3 x savannah and jungle days trekking, 2 x days climbing, 2 x days Los Roques Price not including Los Roques: £1750 Price including Los Roques extension: £1995 Dates & Availability: Please enquire, we run this trip in February and Novemberfor groups Your chance to explore largely untouched lost world of Venezuelan jungle by boat, trek to climb a table top tepui mountain and experience the faibled lost world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel. We are able to touch the lives of the indigenous Pemon indian population whose home you will be exploring. Experience a light aircraft fly by of Angel Falls the most spectacular and highest freedrop waterfall plume in the world which has been climbed by your hosts behind the actual water fall. It was first spotted by aviator Jimmy Angel in who spotted the falls and flew over them on November 18, 1933 while searching for a valuable ore bed. He famously almost landed successfully on the top but after damage to the plane he managed to descend in 11 days to the nearest village Kamarata after being unable to take off again. Take up this challenge to travel through Canaima national park by boat as locals do and make an ascent with them. Without a doubt a once in a life time trip. If you would like to see what Angel Falls or Salto Angel looks like close up check out our climbing images and article about our ascent of the Angel falls main face climbed in 2005 (first free ascent): Face of an Angel http://thefreeclimber.com/articles/tfcAngelFace.htm or here Journey into the Lost World: http://thefreeclimber.com/articles/tfcLostWorld.htm Get ready for your trip with a powerpoint presentation evening? Power point presentation available delivered by one of the frst ascentionists? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Included: An experienced English-speaking local leader Single timed airport transfer on day 1 Internal flights and associated airport transfers All land transport Hotel, lodge and camp accommodation as indicated Meals as described in the Meal Plan Not included: International flights - we provide a ground only package from a single timed flight arriving in Caracas Travel insurance Entry fee for the Cainaima National Park approx. 15 EUR and Los Roques park fee and any waterfall entrance fees Alcoholic drinks The airline for the Angel Falls part allows personal baggage up to 10 kg + handbag. But you can store some luggage with us Telephone calls Visas A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport. Visa Venezuela UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Transit via USA You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA Accommodation All accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single person supplements are available in hotel and some lodge accommodation.