This beautiful and demanding trek in the Pyrenees follows the Freedom Trail, or ‘Chemin de la Liberté’, one of the toughest WW2 escape routes from Nazi-occupied France into Spain. Local people risked their lives to help thousands of allied servicemen and Jewish refugees fleeing to safety, and we pass plaques and memorials dedicated to their bravery.
The trek is arduous and steep, taking us through spectacular scenery on remote trails reaching approx. 2500m. Whenever the going gets tough, we have only to think of those who undertook the same paths in fear of their lives to find the determination to continue. This is an incredible trek with a poignant undertone – a personal challenge which commemorates the bravery of others. Are you ready to take on this 6-day challenge for your industry?

What's included:

  • Return flights from London to Toulouse
  • All meals except where specified and accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Charity branded t-shirt
  • Fundraising page set up assistance
  • Recognition on all charity social media platforms and online publications

Itinerary (6 days, 5 nights):

  • Day 1: Fly London to Toulouse

  • Day 2: St Girons - Aunac:
    We drive out of town to the start of our trek, taking a scenic road that winds through the valleys. This is a half-day walk to save our energy for the strenuous days ahead, but it’s not an easy stroll as we climb to 760m before pitching up camp for the evening.

  • Day 3: Aunac - Cabane d'Eychelle:
    We head off through forest on a long day of trekking. Our path takes us steeply up to the Col de le Core (1395m) – this is a fairly demanding ascent but the views around us are spectacular as we gain height.

  • Day 4: Cabane d’Eychelle - Estagnous Refuge:
    A challenging day lies ahead of us today, as our trek takes us into serious mountain terrain. We climb and descend – much of it steep – through fields of boulders and around rocky crags getting us to 2245m.

  • Day 5: Estagnous - Spanish Border - Ax les Thermes:
    We start our day with a downhill trek to the lovely Lac Rond (1929m), stretching out any aching muscles in anticipation of the next challenge. Lac Long lies only about half an hour away, but is 200m above us, and the path to it is extremely steep; in places there’s a fixed cable to assist us.

  • Day 6: Vielha - Toulouse - Depart:
    Time to wander and explore this historic town; depending on flight schedule times; we then transfer to Toulouse Airport for our flight home (lunch not included).


Kate Adamczyk
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