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High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holidays


HIGH PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAYS

Our High Pyrenees mountain bike holiday takes you on the best mountain bike trails, high in the Pyrenees mountains. During this amazing mountain bike holiday we search out the best mountain biking from the north to the south of the Spanish Pyrenees. We ride in five different locations and descend around 15,000m on perfect, natural, high mountain trails. If you like your mountain biking high, physical and technical then this is the mountain bike holiday for you.


An absolutely awesome trip! Exceptional trails, great accomodation and meals and superb guides. I can’t speak highly enough of the week and would return in a heartbeat!

Garth (NZ)

We will ride high in the Pyrenees mountains, often using special 4×4 uplifts to access the very best trails and link up this amazing mountain bike adventure. The biking is tough and this is definitely a trip for fit and skilled riders who are looking for a challenge. This is a multi center holiday, using five locations, designed to ride the best, and most diverse, trails high up in the Spanish Pyrenees.


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High Pyrenees
Mountain Bike Holiday
High Pyrenees
1250
/person
  • 7 nights
    2 people sharing
    6 days guiding
    Transfers
    All shuttles
    Breakfast, 2 lunches, 4 evening meals
    Single room €300


HIGH PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAY DETAILS

Overview

High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: What’s Included

  • 7 Nights High Quality Accomodation
  • Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 6 Days Guiding
  • Transfers from San Sebastian or Biarritz Airport
  • Small Groups of 6 or occasionally 7
  • Local, Experienced Guides
  • Full Van Support and Unlimited Shuttles
  • Around 15,000m of descending
  • Around 3,000m of climbing

 “Probably the best mountain bike holiday in the world”

Rod (UK)

Biking

High Pyrenees MTB Trip: The Biking  


All of our mountain bike holidays in Spain are focussed on riding the best singletrack for your group. All our weeks are tailored to the guests and during the booking process we will discuss your requirements and make sure you are put in with a suitable group. Having groups with similar levels is key to our mountain bike holidays and something we spend a lot of time sorting before you arrive.

We rate our holidays for fitness and skill levels and, to find out more about how we do this and an overview of the grades we use, check out our mountain bike holiday skills and fitness guide.

Each week we aim to run two groups with a guide, driver, van and trailer each to allow people to choose the group which best suits their level.


Skill Level  

The terrain on our High Pyrenees mountain bike holiday is really only suited for advanced to expert. You can expect unrelenting technical singletrack, rocky switchbacks and some exposure.

Fitness  

A good to excellent level of fitness is required. This trip has one day where we have a two hour hike-a-bike. What is most tiring though are the descents, some of which are very long, with up to 20km of singletrack.


The sort of rider who will get the most from this tour will be very comfortable on any of the trail centre trails in the UK and maybe already have tried the Basque Coast mountain bike holiday. The trails aren´t as tough as the toughest trails on the Basque Coast, however there aren´t the options for easier trails like on the Basque Coast.


Logistics

High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday Logistics


Arrival

Most people arrive to Bilbao Airport however Biarritz is also good. If you are flying via Madrid or Barcelona and be able to fly on to Hondarribia Airport for the shortest transfer.

If you are coming by car then the ferry to Bilbao or Santander is a good option from the UK. Additionally you can contact us for the most up to date advice.

From Paris you can take the TGV direct to Hendaye.  

For the High Pyrenees mountain bike holiday you need to be with us before around 14:00 on the first Saturday.


Departure

Departures are very flexible. We can usually get you to San Sebastian in time to get a flight around 10:30am. Midday makes it a lot more relaxing for you though.


Accommodation

Accommodation

The accommodation we use for our High Pyrenees mountain bike holiday will be a mixture of high quality local bed and breakfasts, upmarket hostals and stunning, “rider owned” apartments, all chosen for their character and to keep us closest to the very best mountain bike trails.

All accomodation has secure bike storage. We will have WiFi every night and we will have access to clothes washing facilities on one night in the middle of the week.

Eating

We pride ourselves on the high quality of eating that you will experience on our mountain bike holidays! We love to eat and also enjoy trying the good wines and we relish the chance to share the great traditional Spanish places that we have found with our guests. We can’t guarantee that you will lose weight on our trips!

We include two packed lunches and four evening meals, on other days lunches will cost around €5-10 each day and dinners will cost from €10 to €25 each night.

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Average rating:  
 11 reviews
 by Ray Varley
Great Week

Just a great week. We had bad luck with the weather, but everything else was so good that it didn't matter - had six fantastic days on the bike, all different and all memorable, through snow, rain and sunshine. Roll on next year.

 by Brian Chambers
Epic

Epic. I know thats not useful for the site but thats all I have right now.

 by Mark Maaskant
Awesome Week

I did the High Pyrenees trip. Had an awesome week with Doug, Antonio, Igor, Carlos and Borha. Good accommodation, well skilled guides, good uplifts. Everything is very well organized. The trails are insane! Rocky, fast, steep, switchbacks, enormous descents and some climbing. It’s just pure enduro heaven. Take care that as a rider you must be fit and experienced to take part in a trip like this. It’s intense (as well as the amounts of delicious dinners). I will definitely be back next season.

 by Jamie Pierce
7th Trip

After coming on six Basquemtb trips thought we might try somewhere else this year for a change.... then we saw the photos of the high Pyrenees trip and signed up immediately. Amazing new trails and a few favourites from previous trips too. As always we got the usual high standard of Basquemtb service. Great riding, guiding, company, food and wine and well looked after for the week. And yep, as a result just booked on for next year too!

 by Laurens Varel
Best so Far!

This has been by far the best mountainbike holiday I've been on! For me, this trip belongs right up there with the big names such as Whistler and Rotorua!

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FAQs

Do you have an itinerary for your High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holidays?

We don’t have set itineraries for any of our mountain bike holidays, we believe that the trails should be matched to the guests, however to give you a great idea of what our High Pyrenees mountain bike tour looks like you can see some video from each day here High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Tour Itinerary.

I don’t want to do a week’s mountain bike holiday, can I do a shorter break?

Unfortunately for our High Pyrenees holidays we can’t offer shorter tours due to the fact that at times during the trip we will be a long way from the airport.

What are the group sizes on a typical mountain bike holiday?

Our High Pyrenees mountain bike holidays run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12. Up to 6 guests we would operate with one van and trailer and either one or two guides depending on the make up of the group. There would always be the option of adding another guide if we needed to split the group up. With 7 or more guests we would run with two vans, two drivers and two guides. Some days we don´t need the drivers and they would be acting as back markers.

What is the weather like in that part of Spain?

The weather in the Spanish Pyrenees allows year round mountain biking. In winter the days are generally cold, however the skies are generally clear and this is a very dry part of Spain with around 330 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures are higher in autumn and spring, but you can expect general temperatures of around 10-20degC.

What bike / tyres / brake pads do you recommend for this part of Spain?

To try and make this subject a bit interactive we have a facebook page dedicated to this. Please have a look here, (and we always appreciate people liking our page!).


Our High Pyrenees mountain bike holiday is an intense trip. We move between 4 locations to allow us to access the best mountain biking in the Pyrenees. The weather in October allows us to go as high as we want and we will take advantage of that to ride high mountain singletrack. It is very comparable to the Backcountry Pyrenees. There is some challenging hike-a-bike but around 85% of the riding is downhill. If you like the idea of challenging yourself with high mountain trails then this could be the mountain bike trip for you!


Riding

The riding in the Pyrenees is spectacular. With the High Pyrenees you get very long descents, taking you from high in the mountains all the way to the valley floors.

Uplift

On the High Pyrenees we have long standing deals with lots of uplift companies. Uplifts are epic and they aren´t limited. If you want another uplift then we will take you! We need to carefully manage energy levels though as it is a long, tough week!

Environment

For wide open, high mountain views you can´t beat the High Pyrenees. We ride around the highest mountains in the Pyrenees. Tough climbs and endless descents. Nobody would say that the High Pyrenees was anything other than epic.

Ride High

The High Pyrenees has climbing. It is mostly downhill but the climbs are tough. Expect to be carrying your bike on occasion. This is a reason to book for some and a reason to avoid for others!




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