The Best Of The Pyrenees - Rafting, Hiking, and Canyoning

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Adventure Hosted by Rolfe

Rolfe, Guide
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Aigüestortes, France
6 days
Max 12 per group

Adventure overview

Mountains await - think a week of pure, unadulterated adventure. We're talking heart-pumping canyoning, wild swimming in crystal-clear lakes, and rafting through landscapes so stunning, you'll wonder why you haven't been here sooner. It's not just about the world-class canyoning, hiking, and rafting; it's about discovering the untamed wildness of the Pyrenees.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Toulouse
    • Meet guide at Toulouse airport.
    • Transfer to a hotel in Luchon.
    • Evening meal in picturesque Luchon.
  • Day 2: Rafting Adventure
    • Rafting 52km through stunning gorge.
    • Two rafts, with both exciting and calm parts.
    • Evening in Vielha with amazing tapas.
  • Day 3: 1000 Lakes Trek (Col de Caldes, 2,200m)
    • Early breakfast and transfer to Banos de Tredos.
    • Trek through Pyrenean black Pine and alpine meadows.
    • Evening at Ventosa refuge with dinner and games.
    • Approx. trekking time: 5-6 hours.
  • Day 4: 1000 Lakes Trek Continued (Col de Colomers, 2,605m)
    • Trek above the tree-line, spotting wildlife and alpine flowers.
    • Reach Col de Colomers for panoramic views.
    • Approx. trekking time: 7-8 hours.
  • Day 5: Canyoning in Aiguestortes National Park
    • Canyoning in the limestone canyon of Viu.
    • Activities include jumping, abseiling, swimming, and scrambling.
    • Picnic lunch in the canyon.
    • Celebratory dinner in Luchon.
  • Day 6: Departure from Toulouse
    • Optional activities in Luchon (e.g., paragliding, mountain biking, spa, or café - not included in price).
    • Airport transfer arranged based on flight times.

Day 1: Arrival in Toulouse

Your adventure begins with a warm greeting from your personal guide upon your arrival in Toulouse. You'll be escorted to the charming town of Luchon, where you'll check into a centrally located hotel.

The first day is beautifully rounded off with a delicious meal, giving you a taste of the local cuisine in this picturesque mountain setting.

Day 2: Thrilling Rafting Experience

Day two promises an exhilarating experience as you embark on a 52km rafting journey through a breathtaking gorge. The thrill of navigating the white waters on two rafts is matched only by the spectacular views of Pallars and the Noguera Pallaresa River, landscapes that inspired the likes of Gaudi.

The day’s adventure wraps up in the lively Spanish town of Vielha, where an evening of amazing tapas provides the perfect end to an action-packed day.

Day 3: 1000 Lakes Trek – Col de Caldes (2,200m)

Your third day begins early with a trek starting at Banos de Tredos, leading you through native stands of Pyrenean Black Pine and alpine meadows.

The ascent over the Col de Caldes brings you past picturesque lakes and rugged landscapes to the Ventosa refuge. This spot is known for its spectacular location in the Pyrenees, where you'll spend the evening enjoying dinner and the simple pleasure of stargazing.

Day 4: Continue 1000 Lakes Trek – Col de Colomers (2,605m)

The adventure continues on day four as you trek above the tree-line, discovering the rich flora and fauna of the mountains. The highlight is reaching the Col de Colomers, where at 2,605 meters, you're rewarded with an incredible panoramic vista. The sight of the Cirque de Colomers and its surrounding peaks is an unforgettable experience that you won't forget!

Day 5: Canyoning in Aiguestortes National Park

Day five is dedicated to exploring the magnificent limestone canyon of Viu in Aiguestortes National Park. Led by your guide and a canyoning specialist, you'll navigate a series of jumps, abseils, and swims through this beautifully sculptured slot canyon.

The journey is as picturesque as it is thrilling, with a picnic lunch in a sunny spot before heading back to Luchon for a celebratory dinner.

Day 6: Departure from Toulouse

The final day offers a flexible itinerary before you depart for Toulouse. Depending on your flight times, you can choose from a variety of activities in Luchon, from the adrenaline rush of paragliding and mountain biking to the tranquil relaxation of a spa visit or a quiet coffee in town.

Your guide will assist with transfers and ensure you're on time for your flight home, rounding off a week of unforgettable experiences in the Pyrenees.

  • Comfortable hotels in Luchon.
  • In the mountains, basic refuges with running water, flush toilets, and sometimes hot showers.
  • Dormitory sleeping arrangements, so earplugs are advisable.


  • Leaders - Highly experienced and fully qualified.
  • Transfers - To and from Toulouse Airport, along with all local travel.
  • Equipment - Provided for canyoning and rafting.
  • Accommodation - Shared in guest houses, hotels, or refuges.
  • Meals - As specified in the itinerary.
  • Discount - Cotswold Outdoor special offer.
  • Payment Plan - No extra cost payment plan (select at checkout)

Not Included:

  • International Flights - To and from Toulouse.
  • Mountain Taxi - Local service available, if required.
  • Personal Gear - Equipment and supplies to be provided by participants.
  • Personal insurance - Required. We recommend Campbell Irvine
  • Personal Expenses - Includes alcohol, laundry, and similar items.
  • Additional Meals - Not stated as included in the itinerary.
  • Early Departure Costs - Associated with leaving the expedition early.
  • Optional Activities - Additional cost for activities mentioned in the itinerary (details on request).
  • Meet us at Toulouse Airport
  • Departure on the 14th must be late because the Tour du France is going through Luchon


Where do we get drinking water from?

  • Bottled or filtered water is provided. Carry your own bottle to reduce plastic waste. Streams are available for refilling, but bring purification tablets.

What is the food like during the trip?

  • The food is plentiful, high-quality, and uses local ingredients. Breakfast includes pastries and bread, while dinners are hearty. Packed lunches are simple but filling.

Do you provide snacks during this expedition?

  • Some snacks are provided, but it's recommended to bring favorite snacks for energy and enjoyment.



What is the accommodation like?

  • Comfortable hotels in Luchon. In the mountains, basic refuges with running water, flush toilets, and sometimes hot showers. Dormitory sleeping arrangements, so earplugs are advisable.



Do I carry my own gear?

  • Carry your own bag for two days on the trek, including essentials. Leave excess items in the minibus.

What bag do I need?

  • A 30-40L rucksack. Pack only essentials to keep it light. Ensure it's waterproof or covered.

Do we need any technical gear for this? Is equipment provided?

  • Standard walking gear is enough. For canyoning and kayaking, all necessary equipment is provided.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

  • No. Blankets are provided in the refuge, but a sleeping bag liner is recommended for warmth and hygiene.



How fit do I need to be?

  • Moderate fitness is required for two days of trekking. Prepare for long days with altitude changes.

Can we swim in the lakes?

  • Yes, wild swimming is an option, though the water will be cold.

Are your instructors qualified?

  • All instructors hold appropriate qualifications.

What experience do I need to take part in the canyoning?

  • No previous technical experience needed. Canyoning guides ensure safety and provide basic training.

How long are we in the canyon for?

  • The descent takes 5-6 hours, including a picnic lunch.

I am scared of jumping. Can I use a rope?

  • Jumping is optional. Guides can lower you with a safety line if preferred.



What’s the weather like up there?

  • Generally sunny and warm, but mountain weather can be unpredictable with rain, thunderstorms, and chilly nights.



Flights aren’t included what time should I arrive and depart to Toulouse?

  • Flight schedules impact pick-up and drop-off times. Coordinate with the team for timings and consider staying extra nights in Toulouse if necessary.




Do I need special insurance for this trip?

  • Yes, individual travel insurance covering medical evacuation and adventure activities is mandatory. Insurance details are required 8 weeks before departure.




Will my mobile work?

  • In cities, yes. Coverage may vary in the countryside.

Will there be somewhere to charge my phone and camera?

  • Charging points available in hotel rooms, but unreliable in refuges. It's advised to bring a power pack.


  • Free cancellation or date change up to 65 days before departure
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by us, then you'll get a full refund

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