Hiking in the mountains is the best way to get back to nature and recharge the mental batteries whilst enjoying some good physical exercise.
Practise mindfulness as you hike to a picturesque mountain lake and go hiking off the beaten path with an experienced local hiking guide.
On a multi day hiking experience you may encounter some of the Pyrenees exceptional wildlife who are perfectly at home in these rugged mountains.
A hiking adventure in the Pyrenees mountains is sure to leave lasting memories.
Summer is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore the mountains in France. There are many benefits to hiking in autumn - this golden time of year really is ideal for walks and hikes. Hiking in autumn can often be better than the summer season hike. From cooler days, colourful quiet hiking paths, and mountain scenes with a light dusting of early snow, there are many reasons why you’ll want to swap out your summer hiking holiday for one in the autumn. Experience golden moments throughout autumn in the French Pyrenees, with guided mountain hiking adventures, walks in the wilderness watching wildlife, and more. We’ve got so many reasons why you’ll love autumn hiking in the Pyrenees mountains. In this blog post, we asked our expert hiking guides what their favourite bits are, as well as give you some top tips for the cooler (and sometimes unpredictable) autumn climate. The tranquil trails Did you hear that? That's the sound of silence! The depths of the French Pyrenees are blissfully peaceful, even in the peak summer season. The vast mountain range that makes up the border between Spain and South-West France always has plenty of space for tourists from all over the world, but in the autumn, it’s even quieter! You and your hiking group will often be the only one’s up there too, making for a truly unique experience when you reach the peak, find that glistening lake, or magnificent waterfall. And it’s not just the mountains trails and popular paths that are free from tourists. Even the shepherds and their animals will start to descend the mountains in preparation for the winter months too. Blissfully cooler days The autumn temperatures are much cooler, making the physical activity of hiking slightly easier than during the ...
Summer is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore the mountains in France. There are many benefits to hiking in autumn – this golden time of year really is ideal for walks and hikes. Hiking in autumn can often be better than the summer season hike. From cooler days, colourful
The modern world is a stressful place and the average person's lifestyle does nothing for their mental health. It's all about instant gratification and transient pleasures these days as we scroll left and right on our mobiles and tablets, waiting for something to catch our eye before we pause, just for a moment, and then carry on scrolling. Add to that the worries and stresses over our health, our jobs and our loved ones and we have a worrying recipe for a serious deterioration in our mental state and ability to cope. So how can we go about restoring some balance in our lives? What do we need to do to regain control of our minds and reduce the stress? It starts in the great outdoors Everybody recognises that Mother Nature is one of the greatest if not the greatest healer on the planet. There have been numerous studies and reports in recent years that highlight the huge benefits that we gain from spending time outdoors. Whether it's pottering in the garden, going for a walk or taking to 2 wheels, fresh air and exercise makes us feel good not only physically but mentally too. But when you're out walking, do you actually notice your surroundings, I mean really notice what's around you? Take my brother's visit to the Pyrenees a few years ago. He's the perfect example. It was an especially stressful time of life for him. When we went out for a walk, he'd shuffle along, head down, lost in his own little world of busy thoughts, distracted by worries and the pressures of life. He was going through the motions and oblivious to his surroundings. In his mind he was somewhere else and he was mentally exhausted. He wasn't in a good place, but more about him ...
The modern world is a stressful place and the average person’s lifestyle does nothing for their mental health. It’s all about instant gratification and transient pleasures these days as we scroll left and right on our mobiles and tablets, waiting for something to catch our eye before we pause, just for a moment, and then
We're continuing our mini series in which we introduce you to some of the key activity partners, guides and instructors that you may meet on your Pyrenees holidays. Today, we're delighted to introduce you to hiking guide Marc. Marc is a qualified international mountain leader and our hiking guide of choice for some unforgettable off the beaten path hiking adventures in the Pyrenees mountains. As you'll see from his answers below (translated from French), he's absolutely passionate about the wildlife of the area. Q1 - In your view, what makes the Pyrenees such a special part of the world? The Pyrenees offer such incredibly diverse landscapes through the changing seasons. From the valleys up to the highest peaks, these mountains provide the opportunity to observe and even to be in direct contact with amazing flora and fauna, which is often not possible in other mountain ranges. The Pyrenees remain a preserved landscape. They are not affected by mass tourism and offer the possibility to discover an authentic cultural and natural heritage which is unique in Europe. The mountains here are perfectly suited to active families and to those who are seeking peace and quiet and wish to make some surprising discoveries in nature. Q2 - What gives you the most pleasure about guiding people on mountain hikes? For me, making people happy is what gives me the greatest pleasure. Sharing amazing moments off the beaten path is such a special experience! Q3 - Tell us one surprising fact about you that will make people smile Do you know the Pyrenean chamois? That's the nickname by which I'm known! Do a quick Google to understand why! Q4 - Do you have any pet hates/things that annoy or irritate you? I can never understand people who destroy the environment. Nature is so ...
We’re continuing our mini series in which we introduce you to some of the key activity partners, guides and instructors that you may meet on your Pyrenees holidays. Today, we’re delighted to introduce you to hiking guide Marc. Marc is a qualified international mountain leader and our hiking guide of choice for some unforgettable off