Join UIMLA-certified leader Emma on stage 1 of the great GR10 Pyrenees trek. Ascend through picturesque green pastures, lovely seascapes and antique Basque villages.
Jun - Sep
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Set among the stunning peaks of the Pyrenees, join me on stage 1 of the GR10. Roll with the hills past green pastures, seascapes and beautiful Basque villages. Reach the peak of Cresta d’Iparla at 1,049m, and ascend superb red sandstone ridges.
The GR10, short for Grande Randonnée (Big Walk), is a classic long-distance route along the Pyrenees, past stunning scenery and picturesque villages.
Stretching from the Basque shores off the Atlantic to the southern French beaches of the Mediterranean, the GR10 covers 538 miles (866km). The entire trek would take 2 months! That’s why we broke the whole route into 8 1-week sections.
Stage 1 covers around 7-13 miles (11-22km) each day, lasting around 4 to 8 hours. We begin in the French Basque country commune of Hendaye, and follow the footpaths among beautiful sea views and rolling hills. Walking past picturesque villages the terrain becomes more mountainous as we reach Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
This 8-day trip contains 7 nights in hotels and 6 days of trekking. And with luggage access throughout the trip, we only need to carry day packs.
Due to the length of walks each day, and the ascents ranging from 300m to 1,260m, a good fitness level is required.
Reserve your place for an unforgettable opening trek on the GR10 in the French Pyrenees.
- Accommodation included
- Luggage transfer
This is the price to join one of our Group Tours.
Accommodation is on a twin-share or dormitory basis.
Breakfasts and evening meals are included (except on arrival day).
Insurance (mandatory for every participant)
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
I will brief you about the coming days and answer any questions you may have at the hotel in Hendaye.
We begin in style by dipping into the sea at Hendaye Plage, the start of the GR10. We then pass through the village of Biriatou, rising rapidly above the Atlantic. We cross several cols before descending towards the village of Ascain. Depending on availability of accommodation we may need to take a transfer to our hotel.
Today we will pass through the villages of Sare and Ainhoa, noted as “plus beaux villages de France”, and we’ll see a lot of traditional Basque houses dating back to the 17th century.
A shorter day but is almost entirely uphill! We have a fantastic climb as we wind our way around Mount Errebí (583m), and then further past the Col des Trois Croix to Soporro (617m). We finally join the spectacular Gorospil ridge, and if the weather is good we can divert from the GR10 and take the ridge walk to the summit. In bad weather we’ll stay on the GR10 to reach the Col des Veaux.
We pass underneath the Pic Iguzki to reach the Col de Mehatse (716m). We have a series of cols before we begin our steep descent to Bidarray. We’ll pass the Harpeko Saindua cave on the way down, whose limestone walls are said to have healing properties.
As we ascend to the superb red sandstone ridge, we reach the peak of the Cresta d’Iparla, at 1,049m. The view is exceptional, stretching from the Atlantic over 62 miles (100km) to your west, to the Pic d’Anie in the southeast.
Today’s climb takes us up to the Col d’Urdanzia (872m), followed by the Munhoa peak (1023m), with a panoramic view of Basse-Navarre down below. We descend through green pastures to the town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, which is also the starting point for the Camino Francès, the most popular version of the Camino de Santiago.
Our trip finishes after breakfast.
It is compulsory that you take out adequate travel insurance, and it is a condition of booking with us that your insurance covers the following as a minimum: medical expenses, injury, illness, death, repatriation, personal accident, mountain rescue including helicopter evacuation, along with cancellation and curtailment. Your insurance must be valid for the duration of your tour.
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I'm a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and I have been leading expeditions for the last 15 years. I have led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and I have also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others. I work together with qualified mountain leaders like me, If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take care of you.
I'm a passionate skier, in 2009 I made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).
Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, I also work as an interpreter and love to chat.
Russian | French | English
Emma was very easy to communicate with (once we we able e in the same time zone, of course!). Our guide Phil was fabulous. Thanks to all.
We were Very pleased With Emma guiding us through the hikes. We really enjoyed the entire trip:) As we were just our family we would have loved a little more flexibility hiking in our own pace - felt we were rushed a bit too much. We should have informed Emma about this but we were too compliant:) The explore-share platform was a bit rigid/ formel - it was not clear that exploreshare hired another firm to do the job. Also quite a High fee to explore share We were first told to have an (expensive) extended travel insurance (with mountain rescue) up to departure / after we had plaid. We should have been told this before signing up. Another mistake were that explore share had told us last payment were due closer to departure - so in a rush we had to pay up 60 days before as this is cloud9advenures policy. This made us uncertain if it was fraud. But it wasn’t:) overall pleased with our trip
Bruno our guide was very helpful and profesional
AMAZING! This was a last minute decision and my first multi day trekking tour and it far exceeded my expectations. The communication and preparation was comprehensive and accurate. Our guide (Lindsay) was phenomenal. The route was the perfect mix of challenge and comfort. I will definitely be booking my next hiking trek thru Emma.
Emma is a very humble guide in a good way. Always in a good mood full of laughter who puts safety first and in for a good story about her previous adventures. We enjoyed her company a lot! Thanks Emma we had a wonderful time. Greetings Frank
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