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  • Pyrénées 

The entire Cathar Trail on foot - From mountains to sea - 2nd part

From Quillan to Durban-Corbières

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495€/person

Presentation of your trip

The castles proudly stand on rocky peaks. You follow the path, carved out eight centuries ago, to reach the summit. Initially serving as military posts guarding the Spanish border, these majestic buildings served as refuges for the Cathars. These are true fortresses where one would live, train, defend and worship. From the summit, you’ll take in a wide panorama, all the better to spot the enemy arriving…Following in the footsteps of hundreds of faithful men and women, you walk along paths soaked in heritage. 
Visit the most remarkable Cathar chateaux, nestled in magnificent landscapes: from the limestone foothills of Plantaurel, the mountainous Ariégoises forests and the Plateau de Sault to the garrigue, vineyards of the Corbières and the smells of the Mediterranean. 
 

  • DestinationPyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesHiking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
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Trip details

Highlights

  • A complete trail on foot.
  • Diverse landscapes: from the Ariege forests to the Mediterranean garrigue.
  • A string of châteaux from the Middle Ages, nestled in stunning scenery.
  • The return transfer is included.

Complementary informations

  • 7 days, 6 nights, including 6 days of hiking

Program

  • Day 1

    From Quillan to Quirbajou (or Labau)

    • Distance : 16 km
    • Duration : 4h30
    • Elevation gain : 820 m
    • Negative gradient : 320 m

    Following the River Aude, we arrive in Quirbajou via the chalets of Carach.
     

  • Day 2

    From Quirbajou to Aigues Bonnes

    • Distance : 26.5 km
    • Duration : 6h30
    • Elevation gain : 400 m
    • Negative gradient : 550 m

    Starting from the Gorges du Rébenty, we leave behind the green meadows and mountains in search of the Mediterranean climate. We stop at a real jewel of medieval architecture, the Château de Puilaurens  (optional), perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Vallée de la Boulzane. Night stay on a farm.
     

  • Day 3

    From Aigues Bonnes to Labastide

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Duration : 5h30
    • Elevation gain : 780 m
    • Negative gradient : 875 m

    We continue our hike towards Caudiès de Fenouillèdes and cross the magnificent Gorges St. Jaume. The smells of the garrigue follow us as we continue on to the little village of Labastide. 

    Night stay on a farm.

  • Day 4

    From Labastide to Peyrepertuse

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 690 m
    • Negative gradient : 860 m

    We walk on to reach the start of the Gorges de Galamus. Then, passing between holm oak trees and juniper bushes, we arrive on the Corbières ridge, where we come across the imposing Château de Peyrepertuse (optional visit). Night in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse. 
     

  • Day 5

    From Peyrepertuse to Tuchan

    • Distance : 23.5 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 650 m
    • Negative gradient : 750 m

    This stage starts with a descent through the garrigue towards the village of Cucugnan,  famous for its legendary parish priest. We then arrive at the Château de Quéribus, guardian of the form Spanish border. Finally another pleasant descent to the château and village of Padern. Night in Tuchan. 
     

  • Day 6

    From Tuchan to Durban

    • Distance : 28 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 450 m
    • Negative gradient : 800 m

    In the morning, we pass by the Château d’Aguilar and walk on through the land of a thousand Mediterranean smells. The vines gradually take over the scrubland. 
    Return transfer and night in a hotel in Quillan (or in Foix for those who follow the 2 circuits).
     

  • Day 7

    Quillan

      End of trip after breakfast.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Food

      This is not the time to go on a diet! Instead, it is an opportunity to taste local cuisine and specialities. The quality of your food is paramount and we take great care to ensure a good dietary balance, sufficient calorie intake and that each meal includes local specialities.You will eat in the hotel.

      Picnics (for lunch) are not included.

    • Luggage

      Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

    • Attendees

      From 2 people.

    • Formalities

      • Valid identity card.
      • Repatriation insurance recommended.
    • Key information and support

      On your own :

       

      You go on your own, as a couple, with family or friends. We take care of your accommodation, meals, luggage transfer and group.

      You have good hiking experience and can find your way with a map and compass. From one stage to the next, you'll follow our My LaRébenne app on your phone, where you'll find your complete file with maps, tracks, accommodation and transporters, as well as all the information you need for your stay. If you don't want the digital folder, but prefer the paper version with the classic navigation tools such as maps, map holder, topo-guide and printed information, please let us know.

       

      If you wish to receive both the digital and paper versions of your file, please allow for a supplement.


      Freedom means hiking lightly, at your own pace, and enjoying the pleasures of nature to the full, without worrying about the logistics of your stay. It also means being free to interpret and imagine what the Pyrenees have to say.

    • Accommodation

      As our accommodation is small, please book as early as possible.

      Half-board (dinner, overnight stay and breakfast included)

      Accommodation options to choose from :
      Gîte d'étape: selected for the quality of their welcome, these gîtes offer a friendly atmosphere. In most cases, you'll share 4/6-person dormitories. Sheets and towels are not provided.
      Double room option (subject to availability): you sleep in comfortable 2-person rooms in hotels, B&Bs and sometimes gîtes. Sheets and towels are provided.

    • Options

      We've developed our digital navigation application for you to download onto your phone, where you'll find your complete file with maps, tracks, accommodation and transporters, as well as all the information you need for your stay. If you don't want the digital folder, but prefer the paper version with classic navigation tools such as maps, map holders, topo-guides and printed information, please let us know.

       

      If you wish to receive both the digital and paper versions of your file, please allow for a supplement of 40€.

      Accommodation the day before departure in a gîte or hotel,
      Picnic supplement from D2 to D6,
      Single room supplement.

    • Difficulty level

      From 4h to 7h walking per day. No technical difficulties. 900m maximum ascent. You must be in good physical condition and be prepared to hike for several days.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Meet on Day 1 at Quillan (SNCF train station)

      How to get there:

      • By car: Motorway to Carcassonne then D118 to Quillan. 
      • By train : Carcassonne SNCF train station, then TER bus to Quillan.
      • By plane : Carcassonne Airport then shuttle bus to Quillan bus station.

       

    Dates and price

    Information

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

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Freedom package with luggage carried by cabs - stopover gîte
    Registration at 2 people720
    Registration at 3 people595
    Registration at 4 people540
    Registration at 6 people495
    Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
    Registration at 2 people795
    Registration at 3 people715
    Registration at 4 people620
    Registration at 6 people595

    Options

    Single room option: €120 

    The price includes

    • Half-board accommodation,
    • Luggage transport,
    • Transfer back to starting point,
    • Digital topographical guide,
    • Or the paper file with IGN maps with the route highlighted, map holder and detailed topo-guide,

    The price does not include

    • All drinks,
    • Insurance,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Picnics,
    • Accommodation the day before departure,
    • Visits to castles.

    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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