Pyrenees Important Information
Walking Holidays in Western Europe’s last great mountain wilderness
- All you need to know about our holidays in the Pyrenees
- Seasons & Services, Day Off, Insurance, Booking Conditions, At Your Own Risk, Making a Booking…
Please refer here for any further information concerning your walking holiday in the Pyrenees. If you have any further questions that aren’t covered here, please feel free to get in touch by calling 01799 513331 or make an accommodation enquiry here.
Organised Walks - At Your Own Risk
You join us on our organised walks at your own risk, responsible for your own safety, as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other.
You will be asked to sign a disclaimer in this respect. This is an explanation of the status of our organised itineraries whether they involve walking, snowshoeing or skiing. We refer to such itineraries as organised, not guided. They are available on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy an itinerary you might not otherwise discover. They are nothing more than an opportunity to go out in beautiful scenery in company. It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett's will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.
In these days of litigation it is important you know that every time you (and each member of your party) join us on an organised itinerary you do so at your own risk as part of an autonomous group, in which each member of that group has a duty of care to the other. This is no different from the responsibilities you have on a casually arranged weekend walk with friends or family in the UK. Our hosts all have experience of the mountains, some more than others. Some have qualifications relevant to mountain activities, but they are not qualified mountain guides. We recruit and train our outdoor staff in line with a Health & Safety Policy, which is based on risk assessment and recognised mountain safety procedures.
Not being professionally responsible for you on organised itineraries does not mean we ignore safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to each person who joins us on an organised itinerary. Your safety is paramount and we therefore take our own measures to maximise safety. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care. We apply Codes of Practice to the procedures carried out by our outdoor staff. We assess, manage and communicate risk. We try to make people aware of the importance of mountain safety and to highlight their responsibilities when part of a group.
Our Codes of Practice should not really be taken into consideration by you when deciding to join an organised itinerary, for at the heart of our procedures are basic mountain safety measures, which should be undertaken by every individual when preparing for a day in the mountains. Finally, during your stay you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our hosts or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area. Thank you for your understanding on all of the above.
Our Day Off in the Pyrenees
Wednesday is our day off in the Pyrenees. There are no organised walks nor Office Hour. However, there is somebody to meet and settle in new guests who arrive on this day. For guests staying at Hotel Sabocos, breakfast is served as normal. Dinner is available at Hotel Sabocos but it is not included in your holiday price, so you pay locally. Many guests use this as an opportunity to eat out locally in one of the many restaurants in Panticosa, and our team of staff will be on hand on Tuesday evening to help you with recommendations.
Seasons & Services
In the Pyrenees, if you plan to join us on a self-guided holiday, a car is essential. The geography here dictates that we need to take short drives of between 10 – 50 minutes to the start of walks. Cable cars etc. are frankly of limited use to us on our favourite walks. The walks from the village are limited and the one cable car in the area is only open during July and August. Driving is the only way to walk in the ‘must‐do’ areas such as the Pic du Midi or Ordesa National Park.
Transport during your holiday
A key part of the charm of the Pyrenees is its under-developed nature which makes it such an alluring destination for walkers who crave a wilderness whatever the season. But certainly there is more activity in Panticosa and more on offer in the area in terms of lifts and activities ‐ from late June through to early September. There is also less risk for residual snow still lying around from the winter on the higher paths and peaks. That said the early bird might see the flora at its most startling.
With your own car or a hire car you will be free to visit local places of interest a short drive away on the day off. Our destinations are majestic; driving conditions are generally excellent and every journey should be a pleasurable part of your day. Naturally, having a car also gives you complete flexibility on your days of arrival and departure, instead of joining our transfers from Zaragoza Airport. If coming independently by car, Collett’s will send directions to your destination about 3 weeks before your holiday.
Special Dietary Requirements & Severe Allergies
We are happy to cater for ‘special’ dietary requirements and minor intolerances (vegetarian, gluten free etc.) Our kitchens are of a domestic standard and we endeavour to maintain good food preparation practices.
However, due to the limited size and specifications of these kitchens we would advise anyone with a ‘severe food allergy’ which, represents a health threat, serious or otherwise, that we cannot guarantee that traces of some commonly used ingredients (such as nuts, mushrooms etc.), will not make their way into meals, which are not meant to contain such ingredients. Our booking conditions require all guests to inform us at the booking stage of any matters concerning diet or allergies. However, if your intolerance or allergy represents a health threat of any sort, we would strongly recommend that you are carrying the necessary medication during your stay with us.
Our offices are open today from 9am to 5.30pm. To book, please call 01799 513331, Or click here to make an enquiry. We will reply within 24hrs. Or 48hrs at the weekend.
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