The Benasque Valley is a valley in the middle of the highest mountains of the Pyrenees, in the region of Aragon which borders France. The landscape is spectacular and varied, including riverside vegetation, mixed forest, black pine forest, alpine meadows and the high mountains with their summits, glaciers and perpetual snow. These wild habitats are also home to protected species such as capercaillie, bearded vulture and brown bear.
The ride takes you over the natural park of Posets-Maladeta where there are three massifs which have been declared as Natural Monuments of the Pyrenean Glaciers. Those glaciers modelled the valley over 40 million years ago and you will witness and ride through the landscape they created. The massif of Maladeta is crowned by the highest mountain in the Pyrenees, Aneto (3404m), as well as Posets (3371m) and Perdiguero (3222m). You will also see the massif of Turbon (2492m) and several other high mountains and lakes.
During the ride you pass through some interesting medieval villages such as Ansils, Cerler, Sahun and Solano where you can learn about the history, architecture and way of life in the mountains.
Your host is a qualified 'Accompagnateur du Tourisme Equestre' and has spent many years working as a guide in France and Iceland as well as Spain. He has a PHD in Art, Nature and Landscape so loves to share his passion and explain about the landscapes as you cross the mountains. He is ably accompanied by another guide who spends his time instructing in Barcelona when he isn't in the mountains.