PYRENEES ENDURO TRIP
Price 1850€ per person
The Central Pyrenees (Huesca), straddling the National Park of Ordesa and the Natural Park of Posets – Maladetas, are unique. Snow-capped peaks and glacial valleys sculpted by rivers over time, centuries-old forests climbing impossible slopes and spectacular landscapes shaped by centuries of livestock use will accompany us on this journey through the most authentic and pure Pyrenees, where Nature and Man have found their balance. And of course, the helibike… In Spain, the unique experience of flying over the Pyrenees and descending 2000 m of cumulative elevation gain along an endless path, from the rocky and rugged peaks to the bottom of the valley, crossing meadows, rocks, forests and rivers. A tremendous historical heritage and an exquisite gastronomy will complete the menu to create a unique and unrepeatable experience.
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next dates available
2-9 OCTOBER 2021
17-24 JULY 2022
10-17 SEPTEMBER 2022
What is included
- Round trip airport transfer.
- 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis (breakfast and lunch included).
- A dinner in a very special place.
- 1 HELIBIKE ascent.
- Ascents in 4×4 van to access the riding sectors.
- Guided visit to a local winery with wine tasting.
- 2 local guides per group.
- Support vehicle.
What is not included
- Drinks outside of meals.
- Optional activities.
- Helmet rental and protection items (optional).
- On board type GoPro camera rental (optional).
- Accident insurance.
This is an example of what a typical trip program would be, although it may be modified without prior notice depending on the weather or other factors. Data are given for meters of cumulative elevation gain of descent and ascent, because inevitably some ascent will have to be pedaled, despite the use of 4×4 ascents … On average we will combine descending between 1000 and 1500 m of negative elevation, and trying not to ascend more than 300 – 350 m. On the helibike day it will be around 4000 m of descent.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION
Transfer from the airport to Aínsa. Welcome, presentation of the team and trip briefing.
DAY 2: RIDING IN AINSA – ZONA ZERO
Get accustomed to the terrain, discovering the BTT center Zona Zero of Aínsa, where we will do some of the most famous trails in the area, including the mythical descents of the Enduro World Series.
DAY 3: RIDING IN AINSA – ZONA ZERO
We will start the day in Aínsa and its mythical trails and in the afternoon we will climb the high valleys of the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido to explore the most attractive trails in the area.
DAY 4: HELIBIKE IN BIELSA – PURO PIRINEO
Today is the day for Helibike, the star activity of the trip without a doubt. We will fly to Punta Suelza at about 3000 m from where we can contemplate the beating heart of the Pyrenees. We will take the opportunity to stop, look around, observe and understand a little how this mountain range has been formed. The descent of 2000 m of cumulative elevation gain, across meadows and forests, crosses all the habitats present in the Pyrenean mountain range, from the rocky and arid peaks to the green and fertile valley bottom.
DAY 5: RIDING IN FABIAN BIKE CENTER (FRANCE)
After the thrills of the helibike, today we will visit our French neighbors to try their fantastic trails carefully prepared for maximum enjoyment. A more relaxed morning of riding to release tension and regain strength. In the afternoon, we will go up to the collado de Sahún, at 2000 m, to enter the Valley of Benasque, a new territory to discover.
DAY 6: RIDING IN BENASQUE – PURO PIRINEO
The Valley of Benasque is known for Aneto (3404 m), the highest peak in the Pyrenees, but also for the more than 100 summits more than 3000 m high that are concentrated in this valley of glacial origin. The development of cycling tourism in the area led to the creation of the BTT center Puro Pirineo, with long lifts and endless descents as varied as you can imagine.
DAY 7: RIDING IN BENASQUE – PURO PIRINEO
The mountain landscape is mixed with the tradition and history of the peoples who settled in this originally cattle-raising valley. Times change and today the economy of the valley is based mainly on mountain tourism, and the Valley has established itself as the cradle of Mountain Guides in the Pyrenees. The Valley goes a long way and we will continue exploring and traveling the slopes, accumulating meters of elevation until our arms ask us for the well-deserved rest.
DAY 8: FAREWELL AND RETURN TO THE AIRPORT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Is the travel program fixed?
No, the program is tentative and the order of the riding zones is not fixed. Because we are in a mountain area, the weather is very changeable and we may be forced to change the riding zones depending on the weather forecast.
- Do I have to bring my breakdown tools?
You don’t need to bring tools. Our bikes are equipped with the minimum essential spare parts kit, and our guides carry everything you need for quick fixes on the road. We also have a support van for more complex breakdowns and spare bicycles if necessary.
- What kind of clothes do I need?
In the Pyrenees, the weather is very changeable, so we must always carry a waterproof jacket in our backpack. In addition, on this trip we will visit both high mountain areas as well as valley bottoms and warm areas, so we will need short and long equipment, depending on the area we are in. You may also need a thermal shirt in case it is cold in the higher areas.
- Do I have to bring my protection items or can I rent them at the destination?
It is highly recommended to bring your own protection items for reasons of comfort and hygiene. But if you need to rent them, contact us and we will see how we can manage it.
- Do I need a full face helmet?
We do not consider it mandatory to wear a full face helmet, although the removable chin guard option seems highly recommended, given the variety of trails that we will find during the trip.
- What can I do if one day I don’t want to ride a bike?
In the riding zones there are multiple options for adventure sports adapted to all levels (rafting, canyoning, climbing, via ferrata, hiking, etc.). We will help you to book these activities.
- If one day I don’t want to ride a bike, is the cost associated with that day refunded?
No, the price of the trip is fixed, so no refunds are made for reasons of voluntary rest.
- If I can’t travel with my bike, can I rent one at the destination?
Yes, we can manage it without problem.