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Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees

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Snowshoe through unexplored areas where you are likely to see Chamois, Deer and Stoats

Fully qualified local guide who can get you places others can't

All food, equipment, accommodation and transport to and from the start and end

Ariege, France ‍

4 days

12

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Mountain hut

Moderate

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 : Arrive Toulouse

We’ll pick you at Toulouse Airport and then head to Lesparrou Retreats to begin our adventure.

On arrival we’ll get kitted out with our snowshoes and gear followed by a brief from the guide on snowshoe technique and safety. 

Then it’s time for a chilled dinner ahead of the fun to come.


DAY 2 : Snowshoe to Refuge Chioula

It’s here! Time to get out and about and explore, after a decent breaky that it is of course. We’ll take the mini-bus to our starting point where we will don the snowshoes and head over the Plateau de Saluts for today’s destinations Refuge Chioula. It’s then time for dinns, sharing tales and snaps from the day.

Altitude gain: 600m

Time on the move: approx  5 hours


DAY 3 : Snowshoe to pick up point

After a good feed to start the day we’ll whack on the snowshoes and get back out there. Today is a real treat with some truly awesome views and hopefully some winter wildlife. After soaking up all the goodness the mountains have to offer we’ll head back to Lesparrou for cake and a well earned hot shower.

In the evening we’ll head out for our last meal together (for now) at la Theatre in Lavelanet before heading back to enjoy our last night at Lesparrou.

Time on the move: approx  5-6 hours


DAY 4 : Return UK

After breakfast we’ll bring you back to Toulouse Airport to get you home safe and sound after another amazing weekend adventure.

REVIEWS

What Adventurers are Saying

The organisation was impeccable and the support all through was amazing.

Paula, Snowshoe Pyrenees

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Great hospitality all round! I wouldn’t hesitate to do more trips with you in the Pyrenees. Thank you for everything

Kathryn, Snowshoe Pyrenees

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 2 full days of guided snowshoeing with qualified local Leader
  • Transfers from Toulouse airport
  • 2 nights shared chalet accommodation with breakfast and dinner (wine included)
  • 1 nights shared accommodation in mountain refuge with breakfast and dinner (wine included)
  • Packed lunches during trek
  • Snacks will be provided as part of your lunch, but bring a few extras.
  • All specialist equipment (snow shoes, poles, avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel)
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Monthly payment plan, on request

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Return flights to Toulouse airport
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages (excluding wine at dinner), additional snacks and other items of personal nature
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving expedition early

RECOMMENDED KIT LIST

Recommended Kit List

  • Day pack - approx 40-50L capacity
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Sleeping bag – 2/3 season
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Full length sleeping mat
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Buff/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock & lip salve
  • Base layer
  • Mid layer eg fleece
  • Waterproofs
  • Duvet jacket
  • Warm gloves
  • Trekking trousers - the ones that convert to shorts are ideal
  • Underwear
  • Long johns
  • 4 season waterproof walking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking socks
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Evening clothes
  • Basic wash kit and travel towel
  • Alcohol gel
  • Personal first aid kit/medication
  • Trekking poles with snow baskets
  • Head torch
  • Passport
  • Copy of passport
  • EH1C – formerly E111
  • Travel insurance

Optional

  • Ear plugs
  • Pen knife
  • Snacks - you'll be well fed but bring any additional favourite snacks
  • Camera
  • Sewing kit

GETTING THERE

We haven’t included flights as this gives you options from the UK. There are many flights that come to Toulouse daily from different airports.

For our snowshoeing expedition we suggest you book the following flights:

  • EasyJet Gatwick – Toulouse 0840 arriving at 1130
  • EasyJet Toulouse –  Gatwick 1805 arriving at 1900

We will be at the airport at midday on day one of the itinerary.

On the day you leave, we will be dropping the team off at Toulouse airport for 3 pm. Please find flights that work for these timings.

If there are any issues with this please let us know and we’ll try to help however it might mean getting a hire car/train or taxi to your start/finish point.

Luchon is 1h 40 mins drive away from the airport.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Guides

Are your guides qualified?

All the guides working on our courses hold the International Mountain Leader(IML) which is equivalent to the French ”Accompagnateur de Montagne”. We are all also registered to work in France which is a legal requirement in France.

Food and Water

Where do we get drinking water from?

You will fill your bottles before we leave Lesparrou. There is drinking water at the refuge.

What is the food like in the refuges?

The food in the refuges is plentiful and of very good quality, often using locally sourced ingredients. Breakfasts consist of pastries, fresh bread and jams and you can expect a three course meal in the evenings.

Can allergies be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergies or intolerance’s and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the trek.

What if I run out of snacks? Are there places to buy them?

It's best to bring enough snacks for the 2 day snowshoeing expedition with you.

Accommodation

What are the gîtes and refuges like?

The sleeping arrangements are large shared rooms with up to 6 mattresses on large platforms. You will have your own pillow and blankets but it is very cosy and all part of the “mountain hut” experience.

Can I have a hot shower there?

Yes, hot showers are available. There may be a small supplement for hot water.

Health and Safety

What happens if there is a problem on the mountain?

Your guides are suitably qualified for such situations and have access to rescue services.

Am I likely to suffer from altitude sickness on this trip?

Not on this one.

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

Yes, all our trips are for people of 18 years of age and older.

Kit

Can I bring my own snow shoes and/or poles?

If you have your own snow shoes which you like, this is fine. We strongly recommend that you have heel raisers and please also bring some spare items such as straps which are specific to the snow shoe in case you need to repair them. We carry a generic snow shoe repair kit for breakages but the specific ones are much better.

The Trek

What do I do if I arrive early on the pickup day?

Toulouse centre is easily accessible from the airport by buses which run every 15 minutes. There is left luggage facilities at Toulouse train station, where the bus drops you. Toulouse is a beautiful city to explore.

The Weather

What’s the weather like up there?

The climate of the Pyrenees is generally better than the UK, lovely and sunny, and reasonably warm (pretty hot lower down).  But there is still the risk of inclement weather, so we advise in the kit list to pack accordingly. And just like any other holiday, having a quick last minute look at the forecast before you come out can be a useful pointer of what’s in store.

Travel

What flights would you suggest?

For this expedition, you will need to book flights to Toulouse Blagnac Airport.  You can fly with any of the following airlines from several major airports in the UK: Easyjet, RyanAir and British Airways.

We will meet you at a fixed pick up point at Toulouse airport with a meeting time that coincides with British Airways (BA), RyanAir (FR) and Easyjet (EZY) flights arriving from London. Please contact the office for flights arriving from non-London airports so we can arrange a suitable meeting time.

Insurance

Do I need insurance?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip, including medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. We will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Do I need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for this expedition?

As the trip is based in France it is also worth having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as this “gives card holders the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would be to a resident of that country and is provided either at reduced cost or, in many cases, for free.

The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until the card holder returns home. This includes treatment for pre-existing medical conditions.” If you don’t already have one, you can apply for one here and it is free.

Many travel insurers won’t cover your medical costs in the unlikely event that you need medical treatment whilst you are away which could have been covered by an EHIC.

Brexit may affect this though so you'll need to check.

Training

What training do we need for this if any?

For this snowshoeing weekend we advice you to spend time on general fitness training for walking. With some hill training.

Finance

What additional spending money will we need?

You can buy beverages at the refuge a beer will be around 3 euros. They will not except cards so please bring cash.

There is also an honesty bar in the accommodation at Lesparrou, beer and wine are 2 euros each. Winning!

Electronics

Can we charge our phones and cameras at the refuges?

Yes it will be possible but the number of sockets will be limited.

Do we need a travel adapter for the plug sockets in the hotel or are they the same as the UK?

The voltage is 220v / 50Hz like the UK. Rectangular or round three-pin plugs are used. It is possible to recharge your electronic items and batteries for a small cost at all the lodges.

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