Walk the GR11 with Collett’s
Hiking & Trekking in the Pyrenees at its most dramatic
- Five consecutive stages on this world renowned long distance footpath
- Arguably some of the best high level hiking in the Pyrenees
- 3 – 10 September or 10 – 17 September 2016 – £750 per person (excluding flights)
Join Collett’s for a week on the GR11
When Wainwright devised his coast to coast walk in 1973, one can only ponder whether he was in any way inspired to do so by news reaching England of a similar coast to coast route through the mighty Spanish Pyrenees, known as the Gran Recorrido 11, or GR11. Walking in the Pyrenees is a joy for anyone who seeks out a quieter alternative to the more developed areas of the Alps. A combination of spectacular peaks, glistening tarns, deep valleys and expanses of wild beauty unseen by many visitors makes the Pyrenees an excellent choice for the adventurous walker. Indeed, much of the Spanish Pyrenees remains relatively undeveloped and it is still possible to get a true wilderness experience as you leave the trail heads and civilisation far behind.
In early September Collett’s Mountain Holidays is offering you the chance to walk 5 consecutive stages of the awe-inspiring GR11 high in the Pyrenees. Click the tab above for more information.
A Collett’s Walking Holiday on the GR11
In early September Collett’s Mountain Holidays is offering you the chance to walk 5 consecutive stages of the awe-inspiring GR11 high in the Pyrenees.
Your base for 5 nights will be the delightful 3* Hotel Sabocos in Panticosa, but you will also spend one night at the dramatic Refugio Respomuso and one night in the picturesque village of Torla, gateway to the Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park.
The itinerary is specifically designed so that you can enjoy the high mountain wilderness of a world-renowned route, whilst being able to return each evening (bar two) to the comforts of the Hotel Sabocos, where a hot shower, a cold beer and a delicious three course evening meal (with wine included) await you.
Each day (except Wednesday, your rest day) a dedicated Collett’s Walk Organiser will take care of your transport to and from the GR11 as well as provide you with a hearty packed lunch. The price of £750 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room – Single Supplement £85) will include all your transport on walk days together with an airport transfer at the start and end of your holiday.
Be warned! Each stage involves between 700-1000m of ascent, 100-1200m of descent and 11-20km of walking, so this particular holiday is not for the faint-hearted and has a Collett’s grading of hard and long!
At your own risk
You join our organised itineraries and make use of our ideas & information at your own risk. It is important that you understand that whilst our own walkers have substantial local knowledge and are familiar with the routes which our organised walks follow, they are not qualified mountain guides.
In pictures – A Collett’s Walking Holiday, Hiking the GR11
We arrived just after office hour had started. We were met by a staff member, shown to our room, left our cases and immediately proceeded to join office hour. Well under way by then. Routes for next day explained etc. However we did not receive an actual briefing re the hotel amenities and Collett's initial intro. We did ask lots of subsequent questions and did eventually have all the info we needed. This is not a reflection on Collett's staff but more to do with our late arrival. Definitely looking forward to our first walk.
All in all accommodation and meals were first class. However the hotel website indicated there was a minibar. There was none in our room. The fridge element would have been an asset in the extreme heat. That and a room safe would have been helpful. Didn't ruin our holiday in any way though. When booking, albeit a bit late in the season we asked for a room with a balcony. Advised in advance that this may not be possible. Imagine our surprise to have a room with a terrace. Well done Hotel Sabocos and Collett's! Only problem was it was so hot we couldn't make full use of it. Some folk are never satisfied.
No pressure for anyone to go on the organised routes of the day. Alternatives readily suggested. We were looking for a walking holiday in the Pyrenees esp one that covered the Ordesa Valley and the surrounding area. My wife and I Were last in the area 36 years ago. The Ordesa valley did not disappoint!
All in all we had a very enjoyable week both walking and socially. I must congratulate Collett's' staff for the interaction they had with the guests. It must be hard to always be chatting to different people each week, not knowing how they would be accepted or what was expected of them over and above the walking side of things. Our thanks to Will, Remy, Claire and Kiwi Clare for a very enjoyable week and wish them all well wherever they decide to go in the future.