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Reviews



This holiday was the most wonderful I've ever experienced! Beautiful, relaxing, exciting and invigorating. I lead a very challenging life bringing up a disabled son and this is the first time in 11 years that I have totally switched off. I've returned a different person! All the accommodation was fantastic, clean and comfortable. The food was amazing and plentiful. Horses were very well suited to all our needs, fit and well-cared for. All tack was great, saddles comfy, we didn't ache at all. Our guides/hosts made this holiday! Very relaxed and warm and friendly. Wonderful people! It was perfect! We just wish we could of stayed for longer!

Lisa M.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Spanish, Hispano-Arab, Anglo-Arab & Quarter Horses.

Nature of horses:

Calm but forward going, experienced over difficult terrain.

Height of horses:

15-16.2hh on average.

Weight limit:

95kg / 210lbs / 15 stone.

Tack type:

English or trekking saddles with snaffle bridles. Saddlebags provided.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

These trails through the Pyrenees mountains of Catalonia are run from an equestrian centre established in 1989. The owner, Xavier, has been guiding trails for more than thirty years and is an expert when it comes to the Catalan Pyrenees, the Alta Garrotxa and Emporda regions. Teaching and guiding are his great passions and he is also involved with equestrian competitions such as horse ball and racing, as well as being an examiner. Whilst Xavier speaks both French, Spanish and English he is also joined by back-up guide Paula, fluent in Portuguese, who is an experienced instructor and trainer of endurance horses.

There are several trails on offer here - the High Pyrenees Trail, the Pyrenees to Sea Trail and the Smugglers trail. These rides are suitable for fit riders able to ride at all paces and with experience of rough terrain and long hours in the saddle. When tackling the diverse terrain and mountain paths you may need to dismount and lead your horse for short stretches. The High Pyrenees trail offers a more comfortable option with relatively fewer hours in the saddle each day. It takes you on a loop over high peaks and into the mountains... the scenery is spectacular! The Pyrenees to Sea Trail offers longer and more demanding days in the saddle, starting in the mountains, riding through wine-growing country and finishing on the coastline of the Costa Brava and its beautiful beaches. Provided that the weather is warm enough, you will have the opportunity to swim in lakes and the sea with the horse, a special experience. The Smugglers trail offers a more challenging option for those who want to discover the high mountain routes. Longer hours in the saddle, coupled with more demanding terrain make this ride a great option for the adventurous - though still retaining a similar level of comfort and the same great Catalan cuisine as the other rides.

Also on offer is the Pyrenees summer short break - offer decent hours of riding each day and the chance to explore this beautiful area during the warmer months of the year.

Xavier and his team offer a selection of horses who are experienced with mountain terrain and work well as a team. They have been trained using natural horsemanship techniques and you are sure to find a horse to suit your build and experience.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The accommodation during the week does vary and you will stay in small hotels, apartments and guesthouses. The hotels are usually 2*-3* and may have a swimming pool. In the remote areas, the accommodation is simple but with local character and many are small guesthouses or even mountain refuges. Rooms have generally have their own bathroom, though not always - do keep in mind that if you book a single room you may still need to share a bathroom at some of the accommodations.

The food on this trail will offer a real taste of Catalonia, with plenty of local and speciality dishes to sample. Catalonia produces an extraordinary variety of foodstuffs: wild mushrooms and game from the Pyrenees, the trinity of olives, grapes and wheat from the hilly heartland, all manner of fruits, vegetables and nuts from the irrigated lowlands, rice and fish from the river deltas and a great variety of fish and shellfish from Catalonia's 500 km of coastline.

Breakfast is usually Spanish style - bread, butter and preserves with cheese and cold meats. Fresh orange juice, a choice of teas and coffee are available to drink.

Lunch is often a picnic out on the ride, either a simple lunch of bread, ham and cheese etc, carried in saddle bags or served on tables and chairs out in the countryside. However, on the trails you may have lunch at restaurants en route depending on the itinerary.

Dinner is generally two or three course cooked meal with plenty of local specialities often on offer. Seafood, in particularly, will be readily availabel on the rides to the coast, and also game such as wild boar for the rides inland.


Speciality diets can be catered for with prior notice.

 

Activities

As these are point-to-point trail rides, activities other than riding are not generally available.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.

Health requirements: Good health recommended - you must be fit and able to walk and lead your horse over difficult mountain paths.

Age limit: 12+ for trails.

Tuition: No.

Included: Accommodation, meals, drinks with meals and guided riding as per itinerary, set-time Barcelona and Girona airport transfers.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, tips or extra drinks.

 

Travel Information

Set-time group transfers are arranged from Barcelona airport on arrival day and back again on departure day for each trail. Transfer costs from Barcelona are included in the trail prices. It may be possible to transfer from Girona airport too - please check with us.

Arrival Day
Barcelona airport: pick-up at Café Jamaica Terminal 1 on Sunday at 18:00

Departure Day
Pick-up at the hotel at 09:30 with the drop-off at Barcelona airport terminal 1 at 12:00. Please don't book flights leaving before 13:00!

On the Pyrenees summer ride, there is an option to take your own car/hire car to the riding centre if preferred as you will begin and end the ride in the same location If this is something you might be interested in doing please od let us know as we can discount transfers costs from the total trip price for you.

For the other trail ride options, you will begin and end in different locations and so it is far more practical to take the group transfers. You are welcome to take your own car - if preferred - but we will need to organise an additional transfer for you, back to the start point of the trail on the final day.

Airport: Barcelona

Alternative Airport: Girona

 

Programmes


High Pyrenees Trail



This is a trail for experienced fit riders who would love the challenge of riding through the diverse Pyrenean scenery with its spectacular views. The trail will take you to peaks up to 2800m. The views from the mountains are indescribable. This route requires a reasonable level of fitness. You should be able to cope with long hours in the saddle and be fit enough to walk along side your horse when necessary on some mountain trails.

Itinerary 

Day 1. Arrival

You will arrive at Abella on the Pyrenees, a small Catalan village in the middle of the mountains with traditional old stone houses. Before dinner, you will go over the week's programme. You will be told about the special characteristics of the trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the programme with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation to make sure that the right horse has been chosen for you. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!

Please note: during this night in Abella, guests are accommodated in apartments which have two or three rooms each. This means that whilst single rooms are possible (on paying the single supplement), guests still need to share a bathroom on this one night. If you prefer not to share a bathroom then it's possible to accommodate you in another accommodation 3km away. 

Day 2. The journey begins

After an early start from Abella, you will begin to climb up the three peaks; Puig Billici, Puig Cerverí and Black Stone Peak. You will be able to catch your first spectacular views of the mountain range as you ascend high into the clouds. Towards the end of the day you will descend again, into Querals, crossing several rivers in the Vall de Nuria valley. On this day, the views over the Pyrenees are breathtaking. It is very common to see eagles, vultures and herds of wild goats and deer. You will leave your horses and the head to your accommodation for the evening, which is a lovely hotel in Queralbs. You can enjoy some relaxation and free time until dinner.

c. 4-6 hours in the saddle

Day 3. Up to the highest peaks

Today you will meet for an early breakfast  -  an early start today to prepare the horses for the long trail. You are going to ride through a spectacular landscape of high mountains, with peaks of between 2600m and 2800m. After lunch, you climb up to the Pic de l’Infern from where you can admire the beautiful lakes of Carança and the valley of Coma de Vaca. The next step is Nou Creus peak, located at an altitude of 2800m, your highest peak in this trail. During the descent, you will enjoy long canters until you reach La Molina and your accommdoation for the night. Again, fee time to relax before a dinner of typical Catalan Gastronomy.

c. 4-6 hours in the saddle

Day 4. Natural Park Cadí-Moixeró & Sanctuary of Falgàs

You will begin this day passing by some spectacular valleys with outstanding views of the Cadí Moixeró peaks in the distance. This route will take you through several charming mountain villages typical of the area. One such village is La Pobla del Lillet which built up to house the families of the workers in the lyme mines of the region. You will see the remains of the old lyme train line - now used to ferry tourists to the cement museum in the next village - and the 15th century bridge, before crossing the Llobregat river to the Sanctuary of our Lady of Falgàs. Overnight at a rural hotel in Falgàs.

c. 5  hours in the saddle

Day 5. Llobregat Falls & Castellar de n'Hug  

Today you are going to have a more relaxing day with fast gallops and canters. You will ride across Carlleràs mountain range, following the course of the Llobregat river until you reach it's origin; the Llobregat falls. In the afternoon, you will ride your way to your overnight stop in the peaceful mountain village of Castellar de n'Hug.

c. 5 hours in the saddle

Day 6. The Ribes valley and Ripoll Mountains

Two great mountain valleys today, Ribes and Ripoll. Your route will take you across the Sierra de Montgrony national park, heading towards the Ripoll mountains in the pre-Pyrenees. Again, the landscape will be crossed by rivers and pine forest, as well as meadows where cattle will be grazing. The flat areas will invite long canters and gallops with a spectacular backdrop. In the afternoon you will descend through fields, keeping an eye out for wild deer, and head towards the small mountain hamlet of El Baell where you will spend the night.

c. 5-6 hours in the saddle

Day 7. L'Abella Serra Cavallera

Today will be your final day of riding, completing your loop of the Pyrenees and returning to l'Abella from where your journey began. Your route will see you cross the Serra Cavallera mountains with phenomenal views of la Llagona lake and the Gorgs plains below. In the distance, the Campradon valley and your final destination. In the late afternoon you will arrive back at the stables and will transfer by road to your accommdoation in Setcases, next to the river Ter.

Day 8.

Breakfast and departure



Accommodation: Apartamentos Rurales Abella
www.casaruralcamprodon.com

Hostal Roquetes
Ctra.Ribes,5
17534 Queralbs
www.hostalroquetes.com

Solineu
Avinguda Supermolina, 7
17537 Alp
www.hotel-solineu-la-molina.com

Santuary de la Mare de Déu de Falgàs
Falgàs
www.falgars.com/benvinguts-al-hostal-rural

Hotel Les Fonts
BV-4031 Km 8 - 08696
Castellar de n'Hug
www.hotellesfonts.cat

Hotel Terra Alta
El Baell
Campelles, 17534
www.hotelterralta.com

Hotel La Cabanya
c/del rec, s/n
17869 Setcases
www.lacabanya.net
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Experienced fit riders, capable and confident at all paces.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 4-6 hours a day
Departure dates: 2020:
12-19 April, 31 May-7 June, 13-20 September, 4-11 October, 11-18 October.
 
Pricing: 2020:

Standard season (May - October): £1513 per person (sharing)
Low season (April): £1349 per person (sharing)

Single Room: £212 (single person willing to share no supplement)

Price includes 7 nights shared room accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals and 6 days of riding as per the itinerary.
Set-time Barcelona airport transfers are included in the above prices.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Pyrenees to Sea Trail



A fantastic trail for fit experienced riders, riding fit trail horses from the mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. You will start the trail in the Pyrenees and enjoy the mountain landscapes through the leafy forests of Garroxta passing wine and olive groves until you arrive at the beach. You will be able to swim with the horses!

The climate is mild and your ride takes you past the landscapes of Empurda, covered with vineyards and olive groves. This fabulous trail will take you to the beach where you can really enjoy the beauty of the coast, soaking in the Mediterranean ambience.

The gastronomy in this area of the country is absolutely fantastic with plenty of variety and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. Meals will often include fresh fish and delicious seafood, typical of this region, all accompanied by some great wines.

Itinerary (Sunday to Saturday)

Day 1. Arrival.

You will arrive at Abella in the Pyrenees, a typical and small Catalan village in the middle of the mountains with stone houses. Before dinner you will be told about the special characteristics of the trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the programme with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation designed to find every rider their perfect horse. Then you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!

Please note: during this night in Abella, guests are accommodated in apartments which have two or three rooms each. This means that whilst single rooms are possible (on paying the single supplement), guests still need to share a bathroom on this one night. If you prefer not to share a bathroom then it's possible to accommodate you in another accommodation 3km away. 

Day 2.  From the Pyrenees

The group will meet early for breakfast to prepare for the trail. The trail will start from l'Abella and head towards the scenic Salarsa valley characterised with large landscapes and many centenarian oaks. You will descend to Sant Vanenti de Salarsa church of Romanesque design and continue down the valley to the road between Beget and Oix, here you will find Pont de Bolassell, a Romanesque cottage. In this picturesque and tranquil spot you will have a picnic. 

In the afternoon, you will continue on horseback on a narrow but comfortable path in a dense forest until Coll de Salomo where you will reach the highest peak of the day (850m). You will continue on the hill for six or seven kilometres to Sant Andreu de Bestacra, and onto a descent where you will be able to see a hundred year old holm oak wedged between rocks. You will continue downhill to Oix, an area full of natural incredible beauty. Accommodation in a rural house.

6-8 hours riding in the saddle

Day 3. Trail to the highest Peaks

Today you saddle up and ride out through the mountains. During the morning you pass through the scented oak forests above beautiful ravines that so characterise this mountainous region known as the Alt Garrotxa. You will ride towards Vall d'Hortmoier passing gorges that will allow riders to dismount and enjoy a swim in hot weather.  Crossing the Llerca River and continuing up to the Talaxa peak, a picturesque place with an old quarry from where you will be able to see the route you took the day before and to enjoy a snack. From this point, you will start the descent to Vall de Sadernes, where you will have to dismount and walk for one kilometre. You will go back up to Coll de Bassegoda where you can enjoy a picnic with panoramic views at 1200m. Through the afternoon, you will continue along the top of the mountain range and will eventually descend to Albanya, a land of orchards, forest and hunting, to overnight.

6-8 hours riding in the saddle

Day 4. Swimming with the horses

A day of lively riding and excitement because you are going to swim with the horses! You will meet for breakfast and prepare your horses as usual. You will set off from Albanya and ride down along the Muga river. You will stop at Boadella lake, surrounded by a breathtaking mountainous scenery, for a refreshing swim with the horses. Always a cooling pleasure for both the riders and horses during het weather!

Afterwards you get back onto the trail, this time you cross the GR2 and a landscape full of vineyards and olive groves. You will ride to the Albera Natural Park, a perfect area to observe the impressive rock formations and unspoilt flora and fauna of the Mediterranean.

You will arrive in Peralada, a charming medieval village, famous because of its cava sparkling wine. You will have some free time to be able to stroll around Peralada and even try your luck at the village Casino.

6-7 hours riding in the saddle

Day 5. L’Albera and coastal vineyards

Today you will leave the mountains behind and ride through the Albera wine growing region and towards the coastal area of Costa Brava and the sea. From Peralada you will head to Llançà, a nice little historical village built close to the sea but quite hidden inland, making it easier for the inhabitants to protect themselves from marauding pirates back in the 9th century! The medieval church and tower are the two characteristic monuments which can be seen from anywhere in the village.

Your hotel is in the old city centre and only a 20 min stroll from the beach. Llançà has 23 beaches so you're sure to find one you love! Dinner and overnight in Llançà.

6-8 hours riding in the saddle

Day 6. To the sea!

Today you will ride out of Llançà to a scenic little bay where you can enjoy swimming with the horses in the amazing landscape. You will ride through the Natural Park of Albera and then back to Llançà for a farewell dinner and to overnight.

6-7 hours riding in the saddle

Day 7. Departure

Breakfast and transfer to Girona or Barcelona.

Please note the itinerary may change occasionally due to local circumstances



Accommodation: Apartmentos Rurales Abella
Abella
www.casaruralcamprodon.com
(shared bathrooms)

Beget
Hostal el Forn de Beget
www.elforndebeget.com

Albanyà
Camping Bassegoda
www.bassegodapark.com/es/camping_bassegoda_park_home.aspx

Peralada
Cal Rajoler
www.cal-rajoler.com

Hotel Beri (2 nights)
Llançà
www.hotel-beri.com
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Experienced fit riders able to gallop, canter and trot for long distances
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 6-8 hours a day
Departure dates: 2020:
19th-25th April, 3rd-9th May, 17th-23rd May, 7th-13th June, 14th-20th June, 20th-26th September, 27th September-3rd October, 18th-24th October, 25th-31st October.
 
Pricing: 2020:

Standard Season (June - October): £1446 per person (sharing)
Low season (April and May): £1282 per person (sharing)

Single Room: £217 per person (single person willing to share no supplement)

Price includes 6 nights shared room accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals and 5 days of riding as per the itinerary.
Set-time Barcelona airport transfers are included in the above prices.


Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Pyrenees Summer Ride



This fantastic ride in the Pyrenees mountain range allows to enjoy the area on horseback during the summer months. During the stay, you will be based in the same accommodation in Abella and will ride out from there each day. 

Day One: Welcome to Abella (Wednesday)

You will arrive at the rural village of Abella in the afternoon. It is located in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, surrounded by the beautiful nature of this part of the world and in a secluded situation. During your first dinner, you will be able to learn of the special characteristics of the horses and you can talk about the week's programme ahead of you. You will be able to ask  your knowledgeable guide questions and hopefully you will find the perfect horse to suit you.

Day Two: Abella to Pardines (Thursday)

This trail is well known because of the diverse terrain you will ride through. The first ride takes you over vast open plains where animals graze and you ride deep into the forest. You will enjoy some wonderful canters. The day starts riding at 1240m high and onto  Bac d'Abella through the foot of Serra Cavallera, reaching the end of the Camprodon Valley and into the Vall de Ribes in the Coll el Pal.  From here you will be able to see the peaks of Puigmal, La Molina, Collada de Tosses and Taga. You will now be riding at 1500m. From this high point you will descend and arrive at Pardinas 1300m high at around 2.30 pm. 

Lunch will be in a family restaurant and will be a traditional Catalan mountain meal.  There will be some free time after lunch to take a dip in the pool if you wish (remember to bring your swimming costume!).  At around 4pm you will remount your horse and continue the ride towards Collada Verda where you will ride through the Camprodon Valley once again. You will go through Roques Blanques (from where you will have great views over Abella, La Roca, Llanars or Camprodon). From here is a steep descent back to the riding centre.

c. 6 hours riding.

Day Three: Abella to Tregura (Friday)

Today's ride takes you over lovely rolling countryside where you will be able to enjoy a trot and canter. You will ride up the Solana de Abella towards Roques Blanques. From here you will leave the path and ascend to the pines until you reach 1950m  At the top of the hill you will reach a wide path through the forest perfect for a long canter. You will reach Pel de Ca from where you can even see the Montserrat Mountain on a clear day. You continue the ride through a flat path and cross the track from Tregura to Pardines. You ride up the mountain range of Canya from where you will see Queralbs, Vall de Nuria, Ribes de Freser, Tregura, Llanars and Camprodon. 

You will enjoy some amazing views of the Pyrenees from this view point whilst you continue on your ride down the slope to Tregura. You will cross El Castle dels Moros (Moors Castle) where you can see Setcases village eventually arriving at Tregura where you will enjoy lunch in a restaurant.  After lunch the ride continues towards Vilallonga de Ter and from there you continue up to L'Abella.

c. 6 hours riding

Day Four: Around Serra Cavallera (Saturday)

Your ride from Abella today will see you heading north where you may see the wild horses and cattle grazing on the higher slopes. The trail gives you spectacular views of the Ripolls Mountains. You will cross Coll del Pal where you can see many villages in the valley. You ride back crossing the Espinauga and arriving at the centre at around 3pm and you can then enjoy a last barbecue accompanied by delicious local wine.

c. 4 hours riding

Day Five: Departure (Sunday)

You will enjoy a last breakfast and prepare for your onward journey - perhaps another trail, a city break in Barcelona or transfer back to the airport.

The itinerary may vary due to local circumstances.



Accommodation: Hostal La Cabanya
Setcases
Camprodon
http://laCabanya.net/es/
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Riders should be confident in all paces and fit for long hours in the saddle
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 4-6 hours per day
Departure dates: 2020:
Dates to suit throughout the summer, with arrival on Wednesday and departure the following Sunday.
 
Pricing: 2020:

Price: £955 per person, in a shared room

£133 single supplement

Price includes 4 nights shared room accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals and 3 days of riding as per the itinerary.
Set-time Barcelona and Girona airport transfers are included in the above prices.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



The Smugglers Trail



This trail will take you through the 9th-century history of smugglers and pirates in the Pyrenees as they ferried contraband over the mountains from the Costa Brava coast into France.

This is a trail for experienced and fit riders who love the challenge of diverse Pyrenean terrain. The trail will take you through the mountains, along hidden tracks and trails used by smugglers centuries before. This route requires a reasonable level of fitness and the views from the mountains are spectacular. You should be able to cope with long hours in the saddle and be fit enough to walk alongside your horse when necessary on uneven, mountain trails.

Itinerary 

Day 1. Arrival

You will arrive at Abella on the Pyrenees, a small Catalan village in the middle of the mountains with traditional old stone houses. Before dinner, you will go over the week's programme. You will be told about the special characteristics of the trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the programme with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation to make sure that the right horse has been chosen for you. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!

Please note: during this night in Abella, guests are accommodated in apartments which have two or three rooms each. This means that whilst single rooms are possible (on paying the single supplement), guests still need to share a bathroom on this one night. If you prefer not to share a bathroom then it's possible to accommodate you in another accommodation 3km away. 

Day 2. From the Pyrenees to the Alto Garrotxa Natural Park

Your trail ride will begin from the stables in Abella, heading towards the Pyrenean mountains and the Salarsa valley. The valley is characterised by a typical large-scale landscape dotted with centenarian oaks. Descending to Sant Vanenti de Salarsa church with its typical Romanesque design you will continue down the valley until you reach the road between Beget and Oix. Here, you will stop for a picturesque picnic lunch by the Pont de Bolassell, a Romanesque cottage. 

In the afternoon, you will head along narrow but comfortable path through a dense forest until you reach Coll de Salomo and the highest peak of the day at 850m. Riding along the top of the hill for 6-7 kilometres you will reach Sant Andreu de Bestacra, and descend to a spot where you will see a 100 year old holm oak growing determinedly between the rocks. You will follow the trails down to Oix, an area full of natural incredible beauty. Accommodation will be in a rural house tonight.

c. 6-8 hours riding.

Day 3. Espinavell Valley & the French Border

Departing from Beget after breakfast, you will begin the ride by heading in the direction of Rocabruna - a small mountain village with just 70 inhabitants. The village has a charming romanesque church - Sant Feliu - and a ruined castle which you will cross on horseback before beginning your climb up to 1600 m. At this altitude you will be close to the French border in the Pyrenees.

Descending once more, you will start to head towards your destination for this evening at Espinavell - a town where some of the most important Pyrenean cattle fairs are held each year.

c. 6-8 hours riding.

Day 4. Costa Bona mountains & the High Pyrenees

Your day will begin with an early breakfast and preparations for he trail. Departing from Espinavell, today will see you riding through some of the tallest peaks of the Pyrenean mountain range. The highest points measure 2600m, 2800m and 2000m at Vallter peak - the sort of landscape to offer up spectacular views of the whole area.

At the end of the riding day you will leave the horses and be transferred by road to Setcases and the hotel of La Cabanya to overnight.

c. 6-8 hours riding.

Day 5. Pic de L'infern & Carança

After breakfast, you will climb into the car and transfer the short distance back to the horses. Picking up the route where you left off, you will continue your journey through the mountains, including Vallter peak (2000m). You will then traverse through the Pic de L'infern - literally translated as the "peak of hell". You'll enjoy breathtaking views over the majestic Pyrenees and the Carança glacial lakes from your vantage point. In the afternoon you will cross the lake district, passing close to these pools of crystal clear, blue water, and the Ter river before descending to Setcases where you will spend another night.

c. 6-8 hours riding

Day 6. Puig de sastre, Vall de Ripoll & L'Abella

Today will be a shorter day of riding. You will depart from Setcases after breakfast and enjoy an exhilarating day of long trots and canters across the meadows of the Ripoll valley. Crossing a variety of landscapes which range from open meadows to wooded forests, you will descend in the afternoon from the Puig de Sastre (at 199 m) to the village of L'Abella. Finally, you will arrive back at the riding centre, where everything will be ready for a farewell BBQ with your guides, hosts and fellow guests.

In the evening, you will transfer back to Setcases to stay overnight at the hotel.

c. 6 hours riding.

Day 7. Departure

Breakfast and transfer to Girona or Barcelona.

Please note the itinerary may change occasionally due to local circumstances



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Experienced fit riders able to gallop, canter and trot for long distances
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 6-8 hours per day
Departure dates: 2020:
12-18 April, 26 April - 2 May, 10-16 May, 24-30 May.
 
Pricing: 2020:

Standard season (May - October): £1402 per person (sharing)
Low season (April): £1239 per person (sharing)

Single Room: £191 (single person willing to share no supplement)

Price includes 6 nights shared room accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals and 5 days of riding as per the itinerary.
Set-time Barcelona airport transfers are included in the above prices.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.