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 DETAILS
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)
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.
High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: 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.
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.
High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: Required Fitness
The climbing will be challenging in places, although we will use around 80% of van uplift, and expect to be pushing or carrying your bike for some sections. 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.
High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: ARRIVAL
For our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holidays we pick up in San Sebastian, or Biarritz airport around 2pm on Saturday.
Bilbao Airport is the best. Biarritz is also good. If you are flying from outside Europe you might arrive to 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.
High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: 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.
High Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: TRANSFERS
We pick up on Saturdays, (other days by arrangement), from San Sebastian, Hendaye or Biarritz Airport. 90% of our guests arrive to Bilbao and take the regular transfer bus from there. We will provide full instructions for the transfer bus and don’t worry, it really is very easy, even with bike bags!
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.
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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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.
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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs intense (as well as the amounts of delicious dinners). I will definitely be back next season.
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!
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!
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 an idea of what our High Pyrenees mountain bike tour looks like you can see an outline itinerary 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.
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5 REASONS TO BOOK THE HIGH PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAY
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 holiday for you!
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