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  • Spain 
  • Pyrénées 

The path of the “Good Men” : Integral

Cross-border from Montségur to Berga

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640€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Ariège to the Spanish Catalonia, cross the Pyrenean passes and follow the tracks of the last Cathars… During the Middle Ages, the Pyrenees - far from the French and Spanish kingdoms - was a region of commercial and cultural exchange. Goods, peoples and ideas have crossed the mountains and made the lords of Ariège and Catalonia become powerful.
In this time of spiritual freedom, the Cathar religion’s expanded itself in southern France. But the Catholics have intervened. A few years after the fall of Montségur, the Bonshommes – who were the last Cathar apostles – ran away from Ariège and the « Holy Inquisition”, to finally find refuge in Catalonia.
The Bonshommes path follows the tracks taken by the Cathars. Along this path you discover the Pyrenean culture, hospitable villages, Romanesque churches as well as the grandiose scenery of the Pyrenees.
We invite you to follow the footsteps of the “Good Men” along this border path from France to Spain. Emotions and beautiful landscapes guaranteed.
 

  • DestinationSpain, Pyrénées
  • 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.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Discover a fascinating story
  • Path from north to south of the Pyrenees
  • Ariege and Catalogne :different culture and landscapes

Complementary informations

  • 7 days - 6 nights - including 7 walking days

Program

  • Day 1

    MONTSEGUR- COMUS

    • Distance : 14.5 km
    • Duration : 4h
    • Elevation gain : 746 m
    • Negative gradient : 475 m

    In the morning you'll visit the castle, then an easy transition stage from Ariège to the pays de Sault where the Mediterranean influence begins. After the forest, we pass through the superb gorges de la Frau to arrive at Comus on the plateau de Sault. 
    Overnight in Comus
     

  • Day 2

    COMUS – AX LES THERMES (or ASCOU)

    • Distance : 21 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 721 m
    • Negative gradient : 1171 m

    Departure from Comus for a beautiful stage over the Col de Balaguès, which offers superb views of the entire central Pyrenees chain. We pass through the village of Montaillou and its castle, which was the last Cathar stronghold in the Haute Ariège.  Arrive and spend the night in the centre of Ax les Thermes or in the village of Ascou.

  • Day 3

    AX LES THERMES (ASCOU)- MERENS

    • Distance : 18 km
    • Duration : 5h30
    • Elevation gain : 1100 m
    • Negative gradient : 1100 m

    Ascent to the Col de Joux via the Orlu valley (360° panorama). Arrive at Mérens to enjoy the hot springs nestling in an unspoilt setting. In the village, we discover the 11th-century Catalan-style Romanesque church. Overnight in an inn in the heart of the village. 

  • Day 4

    MERENS-PORTA-BELLVER DE CERDANYA

    • Distance : 18 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 1011 m
    • Negative gradient : 1000 m

    In the morning, we take the famous train (spiral tunnel through the mountains) or transfer by vehicle to Porté-Puymorens and the Mediterranean Pyrenees.
    We climb up the pastoral Campcardos valley to reach the 3-nation border (2517m) at the Portella Blanca (France, Spain, Andorra), then the Isards pass and the Negres d'Envalira peak.
    Transfer and overnight in Bellver de Cerdanya.
     

  • Day 5

    BELLVER DE CERDANYA – REFUGE SANT JORDY

    • Distance : 15 km
    • Duration : 5h30
    • Elevation gain : 750 m
    • Negative gradient : 300 m

    After crossing the Sierra del Cadi, the vegetation becomes more Mediterranean and the smells change. The terrain becomes gentler in the Cadi National Park.
    Overnight in a mountain refuge (no luggage and no double room this evening).

  • Day 6

    REFUGE SANT JORDY– GOSOL

    • Distance : 24 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 950 m
    • Negative gradient : 1050 m

    Passing at the foot of the Pedraforca, a mineral fortress, there is an undeniable parallel with the castle of Gosol, which protected an area where the Cathars took refuge.
    Overnight in the ancient village of Gosol, nestling in the heart of the Cadi-Moxero Natural Park.
     

  • Day 7

    GOSOL-Fumanya-BERGA

    • Distance : 15 km
    • Duration : 4h30
    • Elevation gain : 420 m
    • Negative gradient : 866 m

    Transfer from Gosol to Fumanya. The final leg takes you to the sanctuary of Queralt, through the Mediterranean forest and on to Berga. Many Cathars from Languedoc took refuge here. The Montserrat mountains can be seen in the distance.
    Transfer back to Montségur. End of the tour.
     

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • 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. 
     

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Luggage

    You only need to carry your personal belongings necessary for a day at a time. Bags will be transported by vehicle (except day 5). Please respect the luggage limit of one bag per person, maximum weight of 15kg/bag.

  • Difficulty level

    Physical level 3/5

    You have a good physical shape and are prepared to go walking for several days. 
    Sustained hiking on trails. Steps between 6 and 7 hours with an average elevation change from 400 meters to 1000 meters maximum. 
     

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure from Montségur.

    How to get there:
    By car: RN 20 from Toulouse and exit to Foix. Follow the direction of Lavelanet and then Montségur.
    By train: SNCF train station of Foix.
    By plane: Toulouse airport and shuttle to reach the centre town and train to Foix.
     

  • Options

    Arrival the day before departure and overnight in Foix or Montségur in a gîte or double room,
    Single room supplement.

  • Accommodation

     5 nights in hotels or gites, 1 night in refuge, FULL BOARD FORMULA

    2 formulas to choose from :

    Double room formula (except on day 5): you will sleep in comfortable 2 person rooms in hotels, bed and breakfasts, and sometimes hostels. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom will also be reserved for you at certain locations.

    Gîte formula : we choose our group cottages according to their Hospitality and Welcome. You will find a friendly atmosphere there. In most cases, you will share a small 4-6 beds dormitory with other people. Sheets and towels are not provided in most of cases.

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 people860
Registration at 3 people705
Registration at 4 people670
Registration at 6 people640
Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
Registration at 2 people895
Registration at 3 people780
Registration at 4 people720
Registration at 6 people660

Options

Single room supplement +€105

The price includes

  • Full-board accommodation: from dinner on day 1 to picnic on day 7, 
  • Luggage transport, 
  • Transfers during your stay,
  • Transfer back to departure point,
  • maps with route highlighted
  • Detailed digital roadbook
     

The price does not include

  • Drinks, 
  • personal purchases, 
  • picnic on Day 1, 
  • accommodation the day before departure, 
  • personal material,
  •  visits of monuments 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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