Trek + Adrenaline

Three day trek + three days of adrenalin rush activities

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Do it all in the same holiday… Take your pre-teens/teenagers or your friends up to sleep in a real mountain refuge at altitude for a couple of nights (trekking between refuges each day), swim in the mountain lakes and streams, climb a summit for the big 360° view. Then spend a couple of days doing higher adrenalin activities like via ferrata and canyoning. This holiday is a great balance between walking and other mountain activities.

Where: Marcadau and Oulettes Valleys, Luz St Sauveur.
When: start any day, finish any day in July-August.
What
: A three day trek followed by three days of mountain adventure activities
Why: To introduce your teenagers to the joys of trekking and sleeping in the mountains, and reward them with the more obviously exciting activities at the end of the week.
Price: 955€ pp twin share based on a family of four, 975€pp for a family of three, 875€pp for a family of five.  This includes five nights half board hotel accommodation, two nights full board refuge accommodation, three days guided trekking, high ropes course, mountain scooter descent, via ferrata, canyoining and caving.
How: Book through Sian.

Itinerary

MarcadauDay 1: Arrive in Lourdes, we collect you and transport you to Argeles-Gazost for the first night. Briefing with the guide to make sure your packs and trekking equipment are complete. Have a walk around this pretty mountain town.

S_Wallon Marcadau Refuge webDay 2: Your guide will collect you and transport you up to the Pont d’Espagne where you begin your trek. You either have a relatively easy four hour walk up to the Refuge Wallon in the Marcadau Valley, or, if you’d like something more challenging, a longer walk via the lakes.

Day 3: From Refuge Wallon you have a fabulous high mountain day, first over Vignemaleinto Spain, then back into France and down to the Oulettes Refuge, looking onto the north face of the Vignemale (3298m). This is a spectacular day’s walking on the Pyrenean High Route.

Day 4: Today we summit the Petit Vignemale (3032m) for a fabulous 360° view onto the Ossoue Glacier, the Lac de Gaube below and into Spain. We return to the Pont d’Espagne and our van. Transport around to Luz for the tonight and the remaining three nights.

High Ropes webDay 5: Today is reward for the adrenalin lovers – the challenging high ropes course (with two huge zip wires over the gorge) in the morning and the mountain scooter in the afternoon.

via ferrata coumely1Day 6: After your training on the high ropes course today is the more serious via ferrata in the morning and canyoning in the afternoon. Prepare for some excitement.

Day 7: For your final day, use all the skills you’ve gained during the week and head out caving. And then enjoy a rest after all that Cavingactivity!

Day 8: Transfer back to Lourdes. Take the chance to visit the pilgrimage sites or the castle.