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1. Preparing your trekking / backpacking through the Pyrenees
Most important: stay dry and warm and don't carry unnecessary weight. Your rucksack should not weigh more than 17 kg at the start of a 14 day hike, food included. This checklist and some books (see below) can help you. 15 Kg is better and possible (depends only on the weight of your rucksack and tent)
1.1.1. PYRENEES: HIGH LEVEL ROUTE, by Georges Veron, West Col Publications (ISBN: 0906227488).
A description of a backpacking route crossing the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in 45 days. In practice there this is not really possible: you would have to add at least one day a week for resting and a further day to go down to buy food (replenishing supplies would take at least 2 days every fortnight for a single descent-ascent, as shops are generally now only in the small towns). This route is the one that likes the highest and most important peaks of the Pyrenees (Aneto, Mont Valier, Estats, Carlit and Canigou peaks)
SENDA: Grande traversée des Pyrénées espagnoles par le GR11, by
Jean-François Rodriguez. (ISBN:2.905521.43.0 - in French, Spanish
or Catalan; the English edition should be out soon).
1.1.3. THE PYRENEAN TRAIL:
GR10, by Alan Castle, Cicerone Press (ISBN: 1852842458).
GR routes are indicated throughout with these markings . High Level Routes are not indicated, they need very good map reading and orienteering abilities since footpaths that still existed some years ago may have disappeared with the decline of shepherding.
The more beautiful, higher and wilder parts of the Pyrenees are (from west to east) the Northern parts of the Spanish counties of Huesca, Val d'Aran and Lleida, the French county of Ariège and Andorra. There is also the western half of the French county of Pyrenees Orientales. This means the Pyrenees between the N134 (France)/ N330 (Spain) relying Pau in France across the Somport pass to Jaca and Huesca in Spain to the West and the N116 road in France to the East. These areas include the parks of Monte Perdido, Maladeta and Aigues Tortes and the beautiful wild Ventelao massifs in Spain, the Pica (= peak in Catalan) d'Estats massif on both sides of the border, the Pic des Trois Seigneurs (Ariège) and the parks around the Carlit peak (Ariège/Pyrenées Orientales) massifs in France and the Grau Roig massif in Andorra.
owever, if you really want to get to know the Pyrenees and the people who live here, our suggestion would be to explore these regions over a period of years from two "base camps", one somewhere north of Lleida (e.g. the campsite at Ixeia, cfr day 20 of the Senda route), the other being the house of "Friends of the Pyrenees" at Miglos (tel +32.60.456.497)
This website is the international Pyrenees mountains information website of Vriendenkring Amitié Européenne asbl a Belgian small is beatifull non profit association.
Our other websites are:
www.pyrenees.be for more information in French. This website also contains a 2 weeks trail description, an alternative high route through the French and Andorran Pyrenees.
Similar information in Dutch about our Pyrenees house, family holidays, guided treks and extended information on our mountain retreat is on
As you may guess we cannot earn the necessary money to run our organization, the house, our trekkings and hikes only through membership fees.
That's why since 2003 we joined in DialoguE, according to The Wall Street Journal one of the best European language schools, to provide high level crash courses Dutch for executive managers and the higher educated.
Richard our former senior benevolent is working full time as our employee now.
Richard has a background in Organizational Development, expertise in learning and personal development strategies (he teaches that topic at Continuing Studies of Lille II University).
He's fluent in English, German and French.
Richard loves teaching his mother tongue in an efficient one to one setting and is a real expert in client- and dialogue centered learning.
Richard commits himself fully you learn Dutch in 1 single week even starting from scratch more levels up in an amazing minimum time.
A special website in German dedicated to this Dutch courses for the higher educated is www.sprachkursniederlaendisch.de
Same information to our French full immersion private Dutch courses can be found on www.apprendre-le-neerlandais.com
responsible editor :
Richard van Egdom
office & contact : Lutiau 53, B-6500 Beaumont
Friends of the Pyrenees House : Le Castel, F-09400 Miglos
phone +32 60 456 497