Monday, 1 December 2008

La Senda de Camille - New Trek in the Pyrenees

6 day circular trek hut to hut
Stunning mountain scenery in France & Spain
Guided or Independent
Start any day June – September

A trek set to become a classic - La Senda de Camille follows the footsteps of Camille, one of the last Pyrenean Brown Bears, on a 6 stage hut to hut trek in fabulous, wild mountain country on both sides of the border in the Spanish Parque Natural de los Valles in and the French Parque National des Pyrenees.

After each days stage you can relax, enjoy a good dinner and a get a good nights sleep in the huts which are all set in breathtaking scenery.

Each stage is 6 -7 hours long with an average daily climb of 800m and you need a good level of fitness to enjoy the walks.


The finest scenery in the Western Pyrenees. Limestone predominates with alpine pastures, blue glacial lakes, jagged ridges and layer on layer of hills stretching into the distance.

Birds, flowers & wildlife. Camille the Pyrenean Brown Bear usually keeps well out sight but there´s no better area to see a huge range of alpine flowers, birds of prey and many wild animals. There are striking contrasts between the flora on the north and south sides of the border.

The Refuges are great places to stay. They all provide good meals with generous portions to keep you refuelled along the route. You sleep in bunks in a dormitory or in small 4 person rooms. There is a friendly atmosphere in the huts and you´ll likely find yourself making friends with fellow trekkers. All huts except Arlet have hot showers. Blankets are provided so you only need to carry a sheet sleeping bag.

The Route

FROM GABARDITO TO LIZARA Gabardito – Salto la Vieja – Plandániz - Col de Foratón –Refugio de Lizara. Optional ascent of Bisaurín. Walking time: 3:30 h.With ascent of Bisaurín: 6:30 h Total height gain: + 620 metres Total height loss: - 500 metres. With ascent of Bisaurín: + 1320 / - 1200 metres

FROM LIZARA TO SOMPORT Lizara.- Mistresa- Valle de los Sarrios- Ibón de Estanés- Col de Somport. Walking time: 6:30 hours Total height gain: + 700 metres Total height loss: -700 metres

FROM SOMPORT TO ARLET Col de Somport – Gave de Aspe – Cabaña de Escuret – Cabaña Espelunguère – Col de Lapachouae – Refuge de Arlet. Walking time. 7:00 hours Total height gain: + 600 metres Total height loss: - 100 metres

FROM ARLET TO LESCUN Arlet – Puerto de lo Palo – Cabañas de Bonaris – Cabaña de Penot Pont d’Itchaxe – Lescun Walking time. 7:00 hours. Total height gain: + 100 metresTotal height loss: -1.000 metres

FROM LESCUN TO LINZA Lescun – Pont de Lamary – Cabañas de Ansabère – Col de Petrechema – Refugio de Linza. Walking time: 7:00 hours. Total height gain: + 1000 metres Total height loss: - 700 metres.

FROM LINZA TO GABARDITO Linza, Zuriza, Achar de los Alanos, Collado Baxo de Lenito, Puente de Santana, Gabardito. Walking time: 8:30 h. a 9 h. Total height gain: + 1200 metres Total height loss: - 1100 metres
On this day you have the option of making the route 3 hours shorter by getting picked up and taken to Gabardito by minibus.


Fri 24 July – Fri 31 July

Sat 22 Aug 27 – Sat 29 August


£775.00 Land Based only

No Single Supplement

The price includes: Airport transfers, qualified mountain guide (english/spanish speaking), 7 nights full board (Bed, breakfast, good picnic lunches from Alto Aragón and dinner with wine and coffee included) map and route notes, a sheet sleeping bag, a booklet to be stamped on completion of each stage and an exclusive Senda de Camille T shirt.

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