Day 1: Arrive in Saint Girons
You'll be transferred from Toulouse Airport to the quaint town of Saint Girons, where we'll stay in the stunning 19th century Chateau de Beauregard, famously requisitions during WW2 by the Germans. This is just a flavour of the history to come... Our first dinner and briefing together will be at the Aubberge d'Antan, a delightfully rustic and traditional Michelin guide restaurant. Santé!
Day 2: Saint Girons (391m) - Aunac (766m)
We'll kick our first day of hiking off dutifully with a huge fresh breakfast, before making our way to the start point of the trek, the Pont le Chemin de la Liberté. It was by this bridge that trains would slow down to allow evaders to escape into the woods and join the resistance.
We'll follow their footsteps, meandering through the trees until we reach the rustic Gîte d'Etape... so rustic that one of it's main selling points is it has sit down toilets! We'll eat a home cooked meal outside on the terrace together and fall asleep to the sound of the trees whistling and the donkeys braying. Bliss!
Day 3: Aubac (766m) - La Cabane de Subera (1,499m)
We start tackling some real ascent today hiking through Beech forests and up various easy cols before taking shelter in a shepherd's hut. It's wild camping with a roof and a shepherd's fire, with nothing but goat bells and crackling embers to send you off to sleep. Isn't this what it's all about?
Day 4: La Cabane de Subera (1,499m) - La Refuge des Estagnous (2,245m)
Another big old ascent day and today is marked by the visiting of a WW2 Halifax bomber crash site, where we'll pay our respects and imagine what its must have been like all those years ago.
Climbing up the Col de Craberous (2,382m) we'll pass boulders, ales and maybe even some snow. It can get a bit scramble here but you'll be safe in the hands of your guide and the sight of mountain ponies, Griffon vultures and the view at the top are sure to make it all worth it!
Our end point for the day is the Réfuge des Estagnous, where we'll enjoy another hearty dinner, hopefully a spectacular sunset and one hell of a good sleep.
Day 5: La Refuge des Estagnous (2,245m) - Pont de Perosa (1,500m)
We begin the day with a descent (woohoo!) down to Lac Rond before traversing to the Etang Long and the Frontier Col (2,522m). After some summit selfies we'll head down towards Lac de Claire for a potential wild dip and some lunch and then down to the river where we'll pick up a transfer if the road conditions are good.
We'll end up in the stunning Spanish mountain town of Arties where we'll enjoy some light tapas before continuing on to Bagnères-de-Luchon, the spa town we end our trip in. We'll have a bit of down time then get all jazzed up for our end-of-trek celebratory meal together.
Day 6: Departure
We'll have the morning free to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and a wander around the magnificent town of Vielha until it’s time for our transfer to Toulouse Airport for our flight home.
Hopefully you'll be fully rested and restored and plotting your next trekking adventure!