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Pyrenees, Madiera, Corsica, Crete, Camino…

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Walk from a central base each day, walk hut to hut on a trek, or from hotel to hotel with your bags transported, with a guide or independently.  From relatively easy valley and high plateau walking that is accessible by car, to serious mountaineering – you’ll find it all here in the Pyrenees, or on one of our guided trips further afield (Madiera in May, or Crete, Corsica and on the Camino.

Pyrenean Odysseys is based in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park on the French side of the Mont Perdu World Heritage Area.  Many of our treks (Mont Perdu Tour + Pyrenean High Route 3 & 4) and our guided day walks (Pyrenees Discovery, Pyrenees Biodiversity) take place within this protected universe.  We are very close to the Spanish border and our hut to hut treks criss-cross back and forward across the border allowing you to discover the very different Spanish side; on both the Mont Perdu trek and the fourth week of the Pyrenean High Route, we also spend several days in the Ordesa National Park.  Our Neouvielle Lakes Trek allows you to discover the paradise of the lake filled Neouvielle Nature Reserve, and both the Valleys of the Lavedan and Pyrenees Biodiversity weeks take you into the Pibeste Nature Reserve.  This multitude of protected areas gives you an idea of the diversity and importance of the natural landscape on offer here.

The Pyrenees are home to more than 250 unique plants and flowers as well as being one of the few places in Europe that you can see the famous bearded vultures (Lamergeyer) and golden eagles. Walking with a guide gives you a much better chance of spotting the unique Pyrenean flora and fauna.

Pyrenean Odysseys also venture further a field into other mountain areas. In 2016 we are offering trips to Madeira, Corsica and Crete – spend the end of the summer in the Mediterranean!

Small Groups in the Pyrenees and beyond

Walk with one of our qualified (UIMLA), professional mountain leaders in a small group (eight or less per guide).  The security and information provided by the guide allows you to appreciate the mountain environment in all its splendour, and learn more about making your own way in the mountains.  If you are a group of four or more, and you are first to book, you can either choose to have a private group, or to receive a discount and allow others to join your group.  Talk to us about this when you enquire.

Guided walking generally takes two forms: treks, where you walk from one place to another with all your gear in a backpack, and more relaxed holidays where you are based in one place, head out for day walks, and where walking is often mixed with other activities (wellbeing, french lessons, culture, history, science). We also offer mini-treks for shorter breaks.

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Independent Walking Holidays

If you have some experience walking in the mountains and would like to walk independently we have hut to hut treks, hotel to hotel treks, and walks from our base on offer. We book all accommodation, organise bag transfers where included/possible, provide marked maps and route notes which allow you to discover the many wonderful walking itineraries in this area.  Available from May through to late October.

Why use our independent walking packages? When you want to make the most of your holiday local knowledge is indispensable. What is the best walk to do each day if the conditions change? If the cloud level is low, where do you go to be above it in the glorious sunshine? Fancy a day sightseeing with a shorter walk? Each day we discuss the weather for the coming days, and how you are feeling in order to suggest an appropriate walk for the following day.  In the morning we check the weather again, various webcams, and use our ten years of experience living and walking here to suggest the optimal itinerary for the day. The options a endless – and our advice means you find the best one for you. For our independent treks we brief you fully on conditions at the start of the week and are always on the end of the telephone for questions and advice.

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