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This adventurous trail ride covers the Mediterranean coast into the Pyrenees Mountains, riding in Spain, France and Andorra along the way. During the route you will climb a total of 11,000 m. You need to be physically fit to enjoy the challenges this journey brings along the way.
The Pyrenees are older than the Alps and this trail ride takes you into some remote areas only accessible on foot or by horseback. Starting from the coast you make your way towards the main crest of the Pyrenees which is the massive divider between France and Spain. You finally end in the tiny country of Andorra which is sandwiched in between. This is an expedition for those with a great spirit of adventure and love of nature and the wilderness.
Please note that you are often required to get off and lead your horse on all days of this trail. Sometimes the ground can be rocky and uneven and you will be required to hike both up and downhill over difficult terrain. It is essential that you ride in hiking boots that provide ankle support and have non-slip soles that you can safely and comfortably walk long distances in.
Please note that the ride operator in Spain, who provide these holidays, are not happy with air jackets being worn on their riding holidays. They are concerned that the air jacket going off will spook others horses on the trail.
The horses are mainly Andalusian and Spanish horses ridden in English or Spanish tack. They are fit and forward going.
To join this challenging trail you should be an experienced rider fit enough for between 4 to 8 hours (and more if there are problems) in the saddle each day. You should be confident at all paces riding a forward going and responsive horse outdoors. The trail goes at a fast pace and there are plenty of trots and canters where the terrain permits. You are guided by an experienced mountain guide but there is no back-up rider to assist and so each rider must be capable of looking after themselves independently and keeping up both on foot and on horseback.
Please note that you are required to get off and lead your horse on all days of this trail. Sometimes the ground can be rocky and uneven and you will be required to hike both up and downhill at times. It is essential that you ride in hiking boots which provide ankle support and have non-slip soles that you can safely and comfortably walk long distances in.
You are expected to groom, tack up and untack your horse each day and you must be able to mount unaided from the ground. Rider weight limit is 85 kgs.
On the rides in Catalonia you are welcome to bring your own body protector, but please note that the Ride Operator does not permit any rider to wear an air jacket.
Accommodation is very basic and you stay in a combination of guesthouses, shepherds refuges and wilderness outdoor camps made up of simple dome tents with a backup crew transporting the camp luggage by vehicle.
Shower facilities are only available on 5 of the 12 nights and 1 night is spent dormitory style alongside your fellow riders.
Each day you will be fully involved ‘mucking in’ with your fellow guests and helping with the horses. You will also need to pitch and take down your own tent and participate in general camp chores such as preparing and clearing away the meals, as there is a small back-up crew.
INCLUDES 5 nights in hotel/guesthouse accommodation; 7 nights in tents or mountain refuges; horse and guide; 11 days half board (picnic lunches including water and wine); dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT The supplement for a single tent for 3 nights is $91.99. A single tent supplement is recommended if a single person books. A single tent for 3 nights and a single room for 5 nights on the trail is $275.98.
Please note in additional the accommodation above, 1 night is spent in a multi-person tent and 3 nights are in shared room in mountain refuges, etc.
Single rooms cannot always be guaranteed though booked. If a previously confirmed single room is not available, the guest is entitled to a refund of the price paid for those nights surcharge.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Lunches or dinners €200.
NEAREST AIRPORT Barcelona.
TRANSFERS Shared transfers (set time only). The Andorra trail transfers are are payable locally at €75 per person each way from or to Barcelona. The collection at Barcelona airport is at 17.30. The return transfer will arrive in time for flights departing after 14.30 from Barcelona. If you cannot meet these transfer times taxis can be arranged at a cost (payable locally by you).
NOT INCLUDED Flights to Barcelona.
There are organised transfers from Barcelona Airport.
The standard collection time from Barcelona Airport is 17:30 (so flights should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30). Return flights at the end of the ride should depart Barcelona after 14:30.
Please note: If you need to take a Covid-19 test before travelling home, these can be pre-booked here: https://trustoneapp.com/registration/eurofinsmegalab/ In this case, flights should depart 17:00 or later to allow time for your test results to be issued.
The cost of the standard transfers is €75 per person each way from Barcelona and is payable locally.
If the standard transfer times do not fit with your arrival or departure flights a taxi can be organised (€200-€250 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start / end points).
This ride starts and ends in Catalonia the easternmost part of Spain at the Mediterranean coast. The trail then continues into the Pyrenees Mountains via France and then Andorra.
This is a mountain ride and so the weather is changeable; you need to be prepared for all weathers and we provided a detailed equipment list.
Really well trained horses. It was a really hard ride - but one could feel that the horses were fit for the trail. The level of information before the holiday was really on a high level Fantastic Riding Holiday. Superbly organised, really challenging terrain, incredible horses - stunningly beautiful nature! YOU do not sit so much in the saddle (as you climb up and down all the time), so don't be afraid of a sore bottom.
A great adventure to choose if you love being outside and really relish all that the wilderness and these mountains offer.
Like any exepdition, weather conditions can change quickly, so a flexible and open approach to the trip is essential. Really comfortable footwear is a must have and don't forget your swimsuit for those mountain lake swims.