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in the Pyrenees

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  • Altitude


  • Duration

    7 days

  • Weather

  • Physical


  • Technical


  • P2 - Prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

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  • T2 - Consider this a trek, although there may be occasion to use hands for short sections of easy scrambling. No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQ's


The Areige region in the central French Pyrenees is a snowshoeing paradise laced with hundreds of kms of snowshoeing tracks amongst breathtaking views of the high snow capped Andorran peaks.  A perfect fun winter getaway, 360’s majestic 5 day snow shoeing trek visits the quiet and less frequented areas of the Plateau de Sault, Mont D’Olme massif  whilst also climbing 2,000 m peaks such as Mont Fourcat and Pic de Han.

From cosy and quirky Lesparrou Retreats you will venture out every day in to this magical winter wonderland with our expert 360 guides where you are likely to see Chamois, Deer and Stoats as they dart through this magical winter wonderland of beech forests and rolling terrain. All food, equipment, accommodation and transport to and from the start and end points is provided. So all you need to do is walk, soak up the views and breath in the fresh clean Ariege mountain air.  The walks will be chosen to get the best experience for you based on weather, snow conditions on that day.

This trip is for fit summer walkers or those with some snow shoe experience who want to explore a new less traveled area.  Accompanying you will be a highly experienced guide with vast local knowledge who know the routes intimately and take care of every detail allowing you to fully experience the magic of this incredible winter adventure.

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Date & Prices

Departure & Return


Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight)

Start: 02 February 2019
End: 08 February 2019

Price without flights:  €960

02 February 2019

08 February 2019

7 days




  • 5 days of guided snow shoeing with 360 Leader
  • All transfers
  • 6 nights shared accommodation based on 2/3 sharing with breakfast and 3 course dinner (wine included)
  • Packed lunches during trek
  • Afternoon tea and cake
  • All specialist equipment (snow shoes, poles, avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel)

Not Included

  • International flights to Toulouse airport
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages (wine at dinner is included), snacks and other items of personal nature
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving expedition early

Pics & Vids


DAY 1 : Arrive at Lesparrou

Arrive in Toulouse airport late afternoon and meet with you 360 guide and transfer to BnB in Lesparrou . Evening spent at friendly French Restaurant ‘Theatre’.  360 Brief on the week ahead.


DAY 2 : Equipment and skills day

Today is the first of our five days of snow shoeing in the beautiful Ariege region.  Each day the walks will be chosen to get the best experience for you based on weather and snow conditions.

Every day begins with a continental breakfast and making your own packed lunch from an large choice of bread, meat, cheese, fruit and snacks at the accommodation.

Today we will issue safety kit and fit snowshoes before a short transfer to the start of the days activities. A full day of skills acquisition and a journey on snow shoes in the capable hands of your 360 guide.

On return tea and cake will be served. Evening dinner at friendly French Restaurant ‘Theatre’.

Approximate time out on the hill 5-6 hours.


DAY 3-6 : Full day snow shoeing in the mountains in the Ariege

Full day snowshoeing with possible venues for the day: the rolling nordic terrain of the plateau de Sault, Mont Fourcat, Pic de Tarbesou, Rocher de Scaramus.

On return tea and cake will be served. Evening dinner at friendly French Restaurant ‘Theatre’.

Approximate time out on the hill: 5-6 hours.



DAY 7 : Return UK

Today we will return to Toulouse airport in the morning in time to catch our flight back home.


These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.

Kit List

Bags & Packs


Approx. 40-50L rucksack. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials, fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt

Waterproof rucksack cover

To protect rucksack from rain


Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head


Worth spending money on good UV filters. Category 4 wrap around style are essential due to the strength of UV rays at altitude.  Julbo is our preferred supplier


Lip salve

Sun cream will not work on your lips and they are very susceptible to burn without proper protection

Upper Body

Waterproof jacket (Outer layer)

Gore-Tex or event seam sealed are recommended and big enough to fit over a couple of layers. This jacket will also serve as a great windproof too

Base layer

This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion

Quantity: 2-3

Mid layer (Long sleeved fleece tops)

These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack

Duvet jacket

Synthetic jackets recommended as they stay warm if wet. Arc’teryx recommended

Warm gloves

Consider liners or a light polartec pair for lower altitudes and evenings, and a thicker waterproof pair like ski gloves for higher altitudes

Lower Body

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Quantity: 1-2

Waterproof trousers

A lightweight pair of Goretex/eVent trousers that will act as a great windproof too

Long Johns

Thermal insulation for the lower body


Merino or wicking material, not cotton. How many pairs you take is entirely up to you


Walking boots

Well worn in 4 season waterproof boots with mid to high ankle support


Gaiters are essential for keeping the snow out of your boots

Trekking socks

Single layer or wearing 2 pairs is a personal choice and lighter weight merino wool is a good option


Water bottles / bladder

2L capacity either in a combination of bladder and Nalgene bottle or just Nalgene bottles

Evening Wear

Evening clothes

Comfortable clothes for the evening


Wash kit

Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!


Personal first aid kit

Blister patches, plasters, antiseptic, painkillers; (see FAQ’s)

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack


Head torch

Bring spare batteries


Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Lunch box

To put your lunch in so your sandwiches don’t get squashed, un-squashed ones are much more appetising!


You will be fed very well and given snacks each day as part of your lunch. However if you have something you particularly like please bring it with you.


If you run out of snacks do not worry as we can stop at the nearby supermarket.



Don’t forget this! Your passport should have at least 6 months validity.  With your passport expiry date at least six months after the final day of travel.

Copy of passport

Just in case

Travel insurance

Copy of own travel insurance details.  And relevant contact numbers.

We have a partnership with True Traveller and would recommend that you contact them when looking for travel insurance for your trip with 360. However, it is vital that you ensure that the insurance cover they offer is suitable for you, taking your personal circumstances (items to be insured, cancellation cover, medical history) into account. Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip.  To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Dental check up

We recommend you have a dental check-up before your trip. New fillings can be an issue at altitude if there is an air pocket left in the gap

EH1C (formerly E111)

While you do have travel insurance, this can save you paperwork and reduce upfront costs should you have a minor ailment or need to see a local GP if you already have one



Are your guides qualified?

All the guides working on our courses hold the International Mountain Leader(IML) which is equivalent to the French ” Accompagnateur de Montagne”. We are all also registered to work in France which is a legal requirement in France.

Food and water

Where do we get drinking water from?

All tap water from the Chalet is drinkable.

What is the food like?

The food at Lesparrou is plentiful and of very good quality, often using locally sourced ingredients.  Breakfasts consist of pastries, fresh bread and jams and you can expect afternoon tea and cake and  a three course meal in Local restaurant ‘Theatre’in  the evenings.

Can allergies be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergies or intolerance’s and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the trek.

What if I run out of snacks …are there places to buy stuff?

Yes we can stop at a supermarket, but if you have something you particularly like please bring it with you.


What are the gîtes like?

The gite accommodation at Lesparrou Retreats and Adventures is simple warm cosy and welcoming. Your hosts live on site and are always around to answer your queries.

Can you get a hot shower there?

Yes, hot showers are available with plenty of hot water.

Health and Safety

What happens if there is a problem on the mountain?

Your 360 guides are fully qualified “accompagnateurs de montagne” / International Mountain Leaders with a large amount of experience and plenty of local knowledge. They are therefore well equipped to deal with any problem on the mountain.

Am I likely to suffer from altitude sickness on this expedition?

At this altitude it is unlikely that you will suffer from altitude sickness.


Can I bring my own snow shoes and/or poles?

If you have your own snow shoes which you like this is fine. We strongly recommend that you have heel raisers and please also bring some spare items such as straps which are specific to the snow shoe in case you need to repair them. We carry a generic snow shoe repair kit for breakages but the specific ones are much better.

Trekking poles need to go in checked in luggage and can not be carried in hand luggage.

The Trek

What do I do if I arrive early on the pickup day?

There are regular buses and trams into Toulouse centre from Toulouse airport. They can drop you right outside Toulouse central train station where there are left luggage facilities. Toulouse is a beautiful city to explore and it is definitely worth the 20 minute journey.


What’s the weather like up there?

The climate of the Pyrenees is generally better than the UK, lovely and sunny, and reasonably warm (pretty hot lower down).  But there is still the risk of inclement weather, so we advise in the kit list to pack accordingly). And just like any other holiday, having a quick last minute look at the forecast before you come out can be a useful pointer of what’s in store.


Do I need insurance?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. 360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Will i need an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for this expedition?

As the trip is based in France it is also worth having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as this “gives card holders the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would be to a resident of that country and is provided either at reduced cost or, in many cases, for free. The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until the card holder returns home. This includes treatment for pre-existing medical conditions.” If you don’t already have one, you can apply for one here and it is free.  Many travel insurers won’t cover your medical costs in the unlikely event that you need medical treatment whilst you are away which could have been covered by an EHIC.


What training do we need for this if any?

Some fitness training is a good idea if you do not walk regularly in the mountains. Any cardio vascular training and hill work will stand you in good stead and make your holiday much more enjoyable.


What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Please read our terms and conditions careful before you depart. 360 Expeditions highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits we must adhere to a stringent refund policy.

What additional spending money will we need? (Are there places to spend money? Like what’s the cost of a beer? Do they except card?

There is an honesty bar in the accommodation with wine and beer. We may stop at a café at the end of the day’s snow shoe.


Can we charge our phones at accommodation?

Yes there are plenty of sockets at the accommodation: in your bedroom and in the public spaces.

Do we need a travel adaptor for the plug sockets in the hotel or are they the same as the UK?

The voltage is 220v / 50Hz like the UK. Rectangular or round three-pin plugs are used. It is possible to recharge your electronic items and batteries for a small cost at all the lodges.

Great instructors with extremely good teaching techniques – both have different styles of teaching/leading but i think the balance worked really well to increase my learning.

Jack Price, General, 2017
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