Pyrenean Adrendaline

Canyon, Climb, Zip, Paddle, Ride…

Canyoning

Get out and about with an action packed week of activities in the mountains. The standard pack gives you five different activities, which leaves you time to explore, and also choose a couple of others should you wish.  Perfect for those looking for a bit of a challenge, and families with teenagers keen to test themselves (and parents who’ve forgotten they could do all these things!).

Staying in Hotel Les Templiers, or in a self catering apartment in Luz St Sauveur the classic multi-activity week has the following activities offered on an ‘a la carte’ basis:

Choice of Activities

IMG_1064High Ropes: With green, blue, red and black routes this high ropes course in the trees has something to build confidence or challenge as desired. The green area is for kids from 4 years and up. Starting only 1m off the ground this is the space where young ones learn how to use the harness and carabiners, all while making their way through 20 different games and 170m of zip wires (flying foxes). For older kids the blue area is the place to start. Tarzan jumps, rope bridges and climbs along with 130m of zip wires. Move into the red zone for more challenges, before reaching the black with its booby traps and obstacles. The grand finale is two very impressive zip wires across the gorge (about 60m up).

RaftingWhite water rafting: You have the option of white water rafting, canoeing if you have a bit more experience, lie-lowing. Plenty of fun for everyone, the whole family is into a wetsuit and into the water. A bit of speed and a splash. Enjoy the sensation of floating down the river and the buoyancy afforded by the wetsuit and life jackets when you are tipped out! Plenty of thrills and spills for those who like them. The rafting is great preparation for canyoning if you are doing that later on, and a lovely way to see the world from a different angle. For 7 years and up with parents.

Gavarnie view peopleGuided Walking: A day out with a qualified International Mountain Leader introduces you and your children to walking in a high mountain environment. The leaders are full of information about the mountain surrounding you, and adjust the pace of the walk so everyone remains comfortable. There is no hurry, and plenty of time to reach the summit or the high point of the walk, stopping on the way for a drink and a snack, to look at flowers, discuss local culture, flora and fauna. We often tackle an achievable summit for the thrill of the 360° view. Everyone will be pleased by the end of the day.

via ferrata coumely1Via Ferrata: There are two via-ferratas in the valley – one underneath the Napoleon Bridge in Luz, and one, more challenging, between Gèdre and Gavarnie. We recommend completing the high ropes course before tackling the via-ferrata so everyone is well trained using carabiners and clipping in and out of the security rings. Basically the via-ferratas are rock climbing made easy – you can head across a cliff face relatively easily with foot and hand holds on the metal rings. The thrill of the height and a physical challenge without requiring the technical skills of rock climbing. A great sense of achievement guaranteed at the end!

Canyon_GedreCanyoning: Into your wetsuit and ready for the ride of your life. Like a roller coaster but here you are in charge, or you try to be as the river sweeps you along and down. You walk, and swim, slide and jump. The height of the jumps increases as you descend the river. Taking up to two hours you’ll enjoy being warm in your wet suit in the cold water, the various obstacles to move through, and the adrenaline of the big jumps. All are optional and you can walk around if you don’t fancy them. Thrills guaranteed. There are more challenging options in the valley so ask about these if you’d like something extra.

Luz Tyroline: 16 zip wires (flying foxes) from 40-250m in length, 4 Nepalese bridges connected by 11 mini sections of via-ferrata take you down 2 kilometers of extraordinary gorge, finishing right under the Napoleon Bridge in Luz St Sauveur. The most physically difficult part is the walk up from under the bridge, but a head for heights and thrills is required. All the necessary equipment is provided (hard hat, harness, pulleys) and you are taken through the safety basics before you begin. All groups are accompanied by a guide.

 

Caving: If you’d like more abseiling and to discover the wonders of the underground then caving is a great option. If you have previously done other mountain activities, and are comfortable in a harness then this is the next thing to try. Either full day or half days are possible. 

 


Deval_montagneMountain scooter:
Fun for everyone and for all levels. None of the technical skills of mountain biking are required – just basic balance, like for riding a normal bike. You descend 1000m from the high pastures down through through villages, fields and barns to the bottom of the valley, accompanied by a qualified guide, and followed by a van, so if you’ve had enough you can jump in the van for the rest of the way.

 


Horse riding:
up on the Lienz Plateau the riding centre offers two hour rides around the mountain, or one hour lesson and a one hour ride. It’s a gorgeous setting and right next to the renowned restaurant “Chez Louisette”, which is open for afternoon tea and coffee, along with lunch and diner.

 

 


Paragliding:
the weather determines whether you can do this or not. But book in and then we all adjust and reschedule around the wind direction. A truly extraordinary experience. 

Staying in Luz also gives you easy access to the four “Grand Sites” of the Hautes-Pyrenees (see map).

You will also have some time to explore the area by yourselves or undertake extra activities (mountain biking, tackling the high passes of the Tour de France on a road bike).  We are within easy walking distance of the local pool, the Luzéa thermal baths or the river swimming hole (for the brave!) as well as a network of lovely walking paths starting straight from Luz village.

If parents wish to undertake some but not all activities then our guides can take your children without you being required to go along.  You will of course only be charged for activities that you actually undertake.

All in all, this is a great fun filled activity holiday, with something for kids and parents alike.

 

Accommodation Price:

Self Catering: Price depends on your choice of accommodation, but roughly 795€-1500€/week. Ask us for options. We provide bed linen, bath and tea-towels, an information pack with some short self guided walks and a 1:25000 topographical map. All activities can be organised on an ‘a la carte’ basis so you can choose as you please. You need to bring swimming towels and leave the apartment clean as you found it.  Cleaning can be provided on request (usually 60-100€ depending on the apartment/house).

 

Hotel Les Templiers B&B: Start any day, and come for more or less than a week if you choose. Family room 4P, 105€/night, Triple room 95€/night, Double/Twin rooms 85€/night. Breakfast and activities can be added on as you please. Check availability www.hotel-luz.com.

 

 

Les Templiers Apartment: Large open plan kitchen, living and main bedroom. Kids bedroom with bunk beds off this main room. Gorgeous views from all sides as you are on the third floor above the Hotel Les Templiers. Check availability www.hotel-luz.com.

Suitable for children over 12 years old, under 12 years some activities are suitable, others less so – discuss with us.

Price Guide Activities ‘A la Carte’

High ropes course, including two zip wires over the river – 25€pp
20 zip wires in the gorge – 45€pp.
1/2 day Rafting: 35€pp
1/2 day Via Ferrata: 45€pp
1/2 day Canyoning: 45€pp
Full day guided walking: 45€pp
2 hours mountain scooters: 25€pp
1/2 day Caving : 45€pp
2 hours horse riding : 35€
Paragliding : 70€-140€

Dates: July and August, outside this on request (and not all activities are available every day).

Contact: Sian.