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  • Spain 
  • Pyrénées 
  • Guara et Bardenas 

From the Sierra of Guara to Bardenas

The whole trip in MTB

From
890€/person

Presentation of your trip

On the other side of the Pyrenees, the landscape is different. Mountains offer deep calcareous canyons in the Sierra de Guara. You ride in gorges, discover wild animals and climb up to crests to discover incredible villages.
You leave the Aragon lights to change your surroundings and start to ride in the desert of Bardenas. 
In this region, the time had made a fabulous decor, and the stone is perfect to have fun in MTB. It looks like Colorado and you enjoy your ride in this part of Spain.

Zero transfer, all in MTB; go for a great adventure, the crossing of two mythical massifs in MTB.

  • DestinationSpain, Pyrénées, Guara et Bardenas
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesMountain Biking
  • Physical level
  • Technical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • An must-do in MTB: technical and amazing landscapes
  • Between calcareous canyons and desert of clay: 2 different worlds
  • The whole crossing of two mountains massifs WITHOUT TRANSFER

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights including 7 days of MT

Program

  • Day 1

    From Ainsa to Nocito

    • Distance : 53 km
    • Elevation gain : 1370 m
    • Negative gradient : 830 m
    • Type of accommodation : Auberge

    (Option to shorten the stage: Las Bellostas - Nocito (30km +640m -680m), please let us know when you register. Allow an extra charge for the transfer from Ainsa to Las Bellostas).
    Warm up on a wide track before climbing to a plateau and entering the heart of the Sierra de Guara. With the Mont Perdu massif as a backdrop, we ride through a wild landscape towards small abandoned villages. We set foot on land to admire the famous Mascun canyon and the villages of Bara and Nocito, villages at the end of the world. Night in a hostel in Nocito.

  • Day 2

    From Nocito to Bolea

    • Distance : 50 km
    • Elevation gain : 1040 m
    • Negative gradient : 1460 m
    • Type of accommodation : Auberge

    We pedal along a rolling track that leads to an easy pass before setting off on a wild descent towards the Carruaca gorges and the Belsué lake. At the foot of vertical walls, we watch the impressive flight of griffon vultures. Climb up to the Trabesada pass for a guaranteed spectacle: to the north, the peaks rise to over 3000m; to the south, the Salto de Roldan rises up against the plain of Huesca. All that's left to do is glide through the almond groves to Bolea, a typical village of High Aragon. Overnight in a hostel.

  • Day 3

    From Bolea to Riglos

    • Distance : 40 km
    • Elevation gain : 890 m
    • Negative gradient : 1030 m
    • Type of accommodation : Auberge

    We climb up to reach the balcony paths of the long spine of the Sierra Caballera. We approach the Anies hermitage nestling in the cliffs, then pass by Loarre castle (optional extra), one of the most beautiful in Catalonia. We reach Riglos via narrow gorges and lookouts over the sugar loafs of the Mallos. Single-track descent at the foot of the cliffs to the narrow streets of the village of Riglos. Night in a hostel.

  • Day 4

    From Riglos to Luesia

    • Distance : 60 km
    • Elevation gain : 900 m
    • Negative gradient : 1050 m
    • Type of accommodation : Auberge

    We leave the Mallos de Riglos on a track and climb up to the Mallos d'Aguero, overlooking its charming village. We take the path that gradually rises towards the Sierra de Santo Domingo. The track passes at the foot of a long natural wall over which vultures soar! A wild route through Aragonese stone villages, followed by a beautiful descent into the Pigalo valley. A cool dip in the turquoise waters of the Rio de Luesia awaits us. The stage ends peacefully in the village of Luesia.

  • Day 5

    From Luesia to Figarol

    • Distance : 60 km
    • Elevation gain : 700 m
    • Negative gradient : 1100 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hostal

    We climb the long ridge of the Sierra de Santo Domingo one last time and enjoy lovely views over the Zaragoza plain. Crossing fields and then following a ridge track, we leave Aragon to reach Navarre and its famous desert. In the distance, a change of scenery as the Bardenas come into view. We descend to the plain and spend the night in a hostel in Figarol.

  • Day 6

    From Figarol to Arguedas

    • Distance : 50 km
    • Elevation gain : 520 m
    • Negative gradient : 620 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hostal

    Here we are: the Bardenas desert lies before us. The "Mecca" of mountain biking, which we're going to cross in its entirety from north to south. We're following the oldest transhumance route in the Bardenas on hard sand tracks. We reach the Rallon plateau via the steppes of the Bardena Blanca before tackling a mythical descent at the foot of the Pisquera walls. A long single-track down the Barranco Grande to the Castildetierra castle. Last climb on a wide, stony track to admire the Hermitage of the Virgin of Yugo, before heading back down to the village of Arguedas to recharge our batteries. Overnight in a hotel.

  • Day 7

    From Arguedas to Sancho Abarca

    • Distance : 46 km
    • Elevation gain : 680 m
    • Negative gradient : 330 m

    We get back on the bikes for one last day of fun along the barrancos and steppes. We reach the vertical walls of the Rincon del Bu nature reserve, at the foot of the main viewpoints in the Bardenas. We approach the Bardenas Negras and the Sancho Abarca hermitage. From its summit, we can admire the Zaragoza plain and say goodbye to the Navarrese desert before a final descent.
    Transfer back to Ainsa and end of the tour.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Food

    Your trip might not be the best time to diet, as it's an occasion to taste the local cuisine. We assign great importance to the quality of the food we provide: well-balanced and nutritious and providing ample energy, the specialties of the region are incorporated into each meal.

    The picnics are included in the price, made by cookers of you hotel. To avoid the production of unnecessary waste, we ask you to bring a plastic box that we could fill everyday of delights. 
     

  • Luggage

    You only carry the business of the day and the picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle (or assistance vehicle). 1 piece/person and limited to 15kg/piece.

  • Accompanying

    Four formulas to choose from:

    Mountain bike in freedom with carrying luggage by taxi: From 2 people.

    Equipped with the orientation material we give you: digital topo-guide and GPX tracks, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

    ATV with assistance vehicle (from 6 people):
    The assistance vehicle joins you at different times during the day’s stage, and transports your picnic, water, extra clothes and a complete toolbox in case of mechanical problems. Enjoy your day with a light bag. The driver of the vehicle also gives you advice for each step, helps you manage your effort, and can most of the time answer your questions about the region visited.

    Mountain bike with state certified instructor with luggage carrying by taxi (from 6 people):
    Accompanied by a professional mountain bike certificate, you ride without worrying about the route to follow. Our instructor, specialist of the region, guides you and gives you, if you wish, the right advice to make you outstanding mountain bikers. Thanks to his knowledge of the route, he adapts to your group to manage schedules and effort throughout the day. Freed from group management, your only concern is to please you on your mountain bike.

    ATV with state certified instructor and assistance vehicle (from 8 people).

  • Attendees

    • Departure from 2 people for the freedom formula with luggage carrying by taxi.
    • Departure from 6 people for the formula freedom with assistance vehicle.
    • Departure from 6 people for the formula with mountain bike instructor with luggage carrying by taxi.
    • Departure from 8 people for the formula with ATV instructor and assistance vehicle.
  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Ainsa
    Free start for the formula freedom and groups.

    How to get there:
    By car: from Tarbes or Toulouse, take the N117 to Lannemezan, take the D929 to the Bielsa tunnel and continue to Ainsa.
    By train: Lannemezan train station.
    By plane: Toulouse airport then train to Lannemezan.

  • Options

    Formula 3 days in Sierra de Guara or Bardenas,
    Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
    Single room supplement.

  • Accommodation

    6 nights in gîte, hostal and full board hostel (picnics provided).
    Selected in particular for the quality of their welcome, you will find in the cottages, hostals and inns a friendly atmosphere. You sleep in double or sometimes triple rooms. Sheets and towels are provided.

  • Difficulty level

    Physical level: 2/3
    You have a good physical condition and regularly practice mountain biking. From 50 to 60 kms per day with maximum positive differences of 1000m.

    Technical level: 2/3
    You master well the braking in descent and the trajectory of the bike. You will ride on paths or paths sometimes rolling, sometimes technical (steeper, with small obstacles).

  • Formalities

    • Valid identity card,
    • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC): this is a card certifying your entitlement to health insurance (care in case of need is covered) anywhere in Europe. Individual and nominative, it is free and valid for one year. You can obtain it on request from your Caisse d'assurance maladie (by telephone or at the counter); no documents are required. You will receive your card within 15 days. If the delay is short, you can obtain a certificate,
    • Repatriation insurance is compulsory.

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transport by cab
Registration at 2 people1230
Registration at 3 people1020
Registration at 4 people960
Registration at 6 people890
Freedom formula with assistance vehicle
Registration at 6 people1150
Registration at 8 people1095
Formula with qualified instructor and luggage carrying by taxi
Registration at 6 people1170
Registration at 8 people1095
Formula with qualified state instructor and assistance vehicle
Registration at 8 people1290

The price includes

The reservation of accommodation,
The digital topoguide for freedom formulas,
Half board + picnic from the dinner of J1 in the evening and until the picnic of J7,
The transport of luggage,
The transfer back,
For the formula with assistance vehicle: 1 vehicle 9 places follows the group throughout the stay,
For the formula with guide: no more orientation, the qualified guide takes care of everything during the entire stay.

The price does not include

  • Accommodation the day before departure and at the end of stay in Ainsa,
  • Drinks and personal expenses,
  • The picnic of the J1,
  • Mountain bikes and personal mountain bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Entry into the tourist sites,
  • Transportation to the meeting point and insurance.

The destination

  • Pyrénées

    The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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  • Guara et Bardenas

    The Natural Park of the Sierra de Guara and its canyons, and the desert of Bardenas-Reales are a playground dreamed for nature lovers. A melting pot of landscapes between canyons and quasi-lunar atmosphere!

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