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Balaitus-Vignemale 5 day hut to hut splitboarding trip

traverse Pyrenees

Explore some of the most charming mountain refuges in the Pyrenees. Join this 5-day hut to hut splitboarding traverse from Balaitus to Vignemale with Nacho, an IFMGA certified guide.

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Pyrenees

5 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Come with me on this adventure in the Pyrenees. Let’s explore this vast land, splitboarding hut to hut from Balaitus to Vignemale, and uncover all its beauty!

The Pyrenees is one of the most stunning places in the world. And due to its multiple peaks that stand over 3,000 meters, it is one of Europe’s most popular spots for winter activities. Also, the many pristine lakes, magnificent glaciers and beautiful valleys that cover this land, make it a wonderful splitboarding destination. Moreover, the area that we’ll explore, between Spain and France, is incredibly rich in natural and cultural features.

One of the places I’ll take you to is the Balaitus massif, located in between the Azun Valley in France and the Tena Valley in Spain, two of the biggest valleys in Europe.

The highest peak in the Balaitus massif is the Balaitus Peak (3,144 m). But we’ll visit other equally impressive mountains, such as the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees: Vignemale Peak (3,298 m).

On this 5-day trip, we’ll visit what many consider the most beautiful and charming mountain refuges in Europe. Standing in the middle of the mountains, some of these magical places are:

  • Respumoso Refuge (2,220 meters)

  • Bachimaña Refugio (2,220 meters)

  • Oulettes de Gaube (2,150 meters)

  • Wallon (1,865 meters)

Please note I recommend this trip for snowboarders of advanced level, and folks with previous experience in hut-to-hut tours. However, we can come up with other options in case you wish to visit other places, or depending on your snowboarding level.

So don’t hesitate and send me a request. Let’s plan together this wonderful adventure in the Pyrenees. It will be an unforgettable experience, that I promise!

But, if you want something completely different. I recommend you this Climbing trip in Los Mallos de Riglos, Spain that I also guide.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bachimaña Refuge

During our first day, we’ll explore the Tena Valley. Then, we’ll ascend from the Panticosa to the Bachimaña Refuge.

Day 2: Respumoso Refuge

Starting at the Bachimaña Refuge we’ll have a full day of wonderful splitboarding. After a whole day of excitement, we’ll get to the Respumoso Refuge.

Day 3: Wallon Refuge

We’ll cross to the French side of the Pyrenees. And  we’ll spend the night at Wallon Refuge.

Day 4: Oulettes de Gaube Refuge

On this day we will ascend the Alphonse Meillon Peak (2,923 meters). Then, we’ll head to the Oulettes de Gaube Refuge (2,150 meters), where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Last day of skiing

This will be our last day. But we’ll still make sure we have a lot of fun. We will enjoy the best descents from the Oulettes de Gaube Refuge until the Panticosa resort.

 

Details

Accommodation

Bachimaña Mountain Refuge Respumoso Mountain Refuge Wallon Mountain Refuge Oulettes de Gaube Mountain Refuge

Meeting point

Penticosa

About the guide

IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide and Canyoning Guide from Spain

Although I was born in the city, I was always in contact with the outdoors. My first steps on the mountain led me to the vertical world, rock climbing. Then came the ice climbing, mountaineering and skiing. These activities allowed me travel all over the world, especially Asia, Europe and Africa.

I consider The Pyrenees as the perfect place to live and a great field with the necessary ingredients to enjoy great wild activities. But I also enjoy and travel to other massifs, mainly to the Alps, also to the Atlas, and ocassionaly to other ranges around the world.

I’m an international UIAGM mountain guide, canyoning guide and ski instructor as well. I work as independent guide, which allows me to work following my own philosophy and values.

So far I have 16 years of experience as guide, and a few more as mountaineer. I enjoy all the mountain-related activities, but for guiding and as a sport. That’s why I’d like to show you the mountains the way I see them, without fixed structures but enjoying them with freedom and in a pleasurable way.

Languages

French | English

Certificates

AEGM

Residence

Pyrenees spain


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1289 Each

Group of 2

EUR 722 Each

Group of 3

EUR 516 Each

Group of 4

EUR 413 Each

Group of 5

EUR 336 Each

Group of 6

EUR 336 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Personal insurance

Price details

The price doesn't cover additional costs as support, transport, etc.




 

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