french pyrénées

Nestled in the foothills of the Ariège region, this running retreat will guide you through lush rivers, valleys, and high mountainous single tracks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the magnificent mountain scenery of the Pyrénées and its natural surroundings.

Ariège, France

6 days, 5 nights

Activity level: Dynamic Challenge (Advanced)

Running experience

From $3,149 USD

Ranging daily from 10 to 16km

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Your Adventure Itinerary

We will meet at our friend Hugo’s cafe, Minifundi. Hands down, the best coffee in town.

We will then drive to Gaudies, where Mike and Joss, resident owners of Zero Neuf, will welcome us.

The afternoon will see us go out on a chilled run through the farm lands and an introductory yoga session with Solenne.

Later we will gather for a home cooked welcome dinner prepared by our hosts.

 

Accomodation: Zero Neuf – Twin or triple share

Dinner: Included

We kick off the day with an early start, diving into a meditation session and enjoying a wild swim right in front of the lodge in the L’Hers river.

After a cozy homemade breakfast, we come together for our first run, where we’ll get acquainted with trail running in the area. This 6 km loop starts from our house, taking us over rolling farmlands and along the L’Hers River.

 

In the afternoon, it’s time for a delightful lunch followed by our second yoga practice with Solenne.

 

Accomodation: Zero Neuf – Twin or Triple share

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

On this day our local mountain guide, Thomas Galpin, will take us through untouched forest and up to what will be our home for the next two nights. This refuge perched high above 2,000 m overlooks three small lakes, and those that wish can have the opportunity to swim in their waters.

 

During this part of our adventure, we will be carrying our own belongings up to the refuge, so please remember to pack smartly and lightly, and be sure to use a suitable hiking bag.

 

 

Accomodation: Shared occupancy in a mountain refuge – Twin or Bunk style

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

Today, we ascend beyond the Refuge following a looped course that takes us over two mountain passes and across the Tristagne mountain range. This day will present the most challenging terrain, and we’ll take care in our preparations to ensure that everyone has a fulfilling experience.

 

 

Our meals will be served once more in the refuge, with the resident Guardian preparing our food.

 

 

Accommodation: Shared occupancy in a mountain refuge – twin or bunk style.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

As we hike down from the mountain range, we’ll arrive at the historic Roman town of Foix, where we’ll enjoy lunch. Afterward, we’ll journey back to Gaudiès for a farewell dinner and our concluding yoga session.

 


Accommodation: Zero Neuf – twin or triple share.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

In the morning we’ll gather for a final run and share a farewell breakfast to mark the conclusion of our journey.

 

Breakfast: Included

Shuttle to Airport or City Centre included

Our team

Who to follow

Our Hosts

George Bauer is a Melbourne-raised runner who now lives in the Highlands of Scotland, fulfilling a dream to explore single track trails from his doorstep. George’s inspiration comes from the vast and varied experiences that running has brought him.

He is a project designer focused on creating community through his love of plant-based food, and the exciting ways in which we can exercise the body and mind. 

 

You can find him on Instagram at @__georgebauer

Solenne, the trail is a true revelation, and combines my wish to exercise and also recharge my batteries. She is studying a diploma of French mountain guiding and I supervise activities such as hiking, running and yoga. 

«Running yoga is a wonderful process to practice and I’m excited to share it with the group».

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Immerse in this adventure that involves a powerful blend of running and hiking, all set amidst the tranquil foothills of the Ariège region. You’ll traverse lush rivers, tranquil valleys, and challenging mountain tracks. Conquer the Tristagne mountain range, revitalize yourself with invigorating wild swims in the L’Hers river, partake in guided birdlife walks, and savor the unforgettable experience of staying at a mountain refuge with breathtaking views of three picturesque lakes.

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French Pyrénées

Join us for an exhilarating journey that combines the thrill of running and hiking, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Ariège region’s tranquil foothills. Immerse yourself in the beauty of lush rivers, tranquil valleys, and challenging mountain tracks!

In collaboration with

For nights 1, 2, and 5, your accommodation awaits at Zero Neuf, a beautifully transformed 1800s riverside farmhouse nestled in the heart of the village of Gaudies.

 

Nights 3 and 4 at the mountain refuge offer twin or bunk-style accommodation, providing a cozy rest. Positioned at an elevation of over 2000 meters, the refuge offers a mesmerizing view of three small lakes.

You have the choice to enhance your experience for nights 1,2 and 5 by upgrading to private accommodations at check-out. No Single Supplement available for nights 3 and 4.


Please refer to the itinerary for detailed information about the capacity available for accommodations on each night of the trip.

 

In June, Ariège transforms into a splendid summer haven. As spring fades away, the region enjoys comfortably mild to warm temperatures. You can expect daytime temperatures to hover around 18°C to 25°C (64°F to 77°F), making it just right for outdoor adventures. Although occasional light showers might pass by, most days in June are sunny and inviting, urging you to enjoy Ariège’s stunning landscapes under the gentle embrace of the early summer sun.

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation throughout the whole experience.
  • Specially designed trails along the magical landscapes of the  French Pyrénées mountain range.
  • Carefully curated culinary experiences.
    *We can accommodate all dietary preferences.
  • Exclusively designed yoga and meditation sessions.
  • All meals and accommodations for the duration of the experience.
  • Knowledgeable and professional local guides.
  • Aire Libre & partner brands merchandise.
  • Complimentary La Familia Global Community Membership ($ 25 USD value)
  • Dedicated sports and action photographer to capture your moments.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • Airfare for your inbound and outbound flights to Toulouse / France.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend securing personal travel insurance for your peace of mind.
  • Alcoholic beverages and any additional meals beyond the provided ones.
  • Currently, France’s international borders remain open.
  • A valid passport is required for entry.
  • ETIAS visa might be required depending on nationality.
  • Foreigners might be required to present a return ticket.

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