Bergtoppers hiking in the French and Spanish Pyrenees
Bergtoppers is a Dutch hiking organization and since 2004 we offer a various prorgram of hiking holidays from the Ariege. Hiking in the Pyrenees.
We offer hiking holidays for:
Self-lead or self-guided hikers;
Families hiking with children;
For them we have made several programs but it is also possible to make a tailor made program. We also funcion as a travel agent for the whole Pyrenees. You can develop a program for yourself and we organise the accommodations and the luggge transport.
We have live hered from 2000 until 2012 with our 2 children. Now Jeanne (2000) and Luc (2001) go to college in Holland. Every year they come several weeks to help me with Ireen.
All the hikes we offer in the Ariege (from refuge Etang dáraing till Bassies) we walked this year. The GR10 is walked once, some years ago.
From 2000 till 2012 we have lived here, so you can see us as specialist of the French and Spanish Pyrenees. We are familiair with the customs of this area. The Ariege is a very beautiful area where you can walk a lot of different hikes, from very simple till very tough and difficult.
We offer an adventurous holiday for a fair price. If you have special wishes please let us know because we offer also tailor made programs.
Experiences of a hiking holiday
What do you do when you want to go hiking but have no time to buy the maps, plan the routes, decide where to sleep…..Furthermore, your knowledge of the French language is so elementary that making a reservation at the renowned ‘gite’ seems like an insurmountable task.
Actually the answer is easy, just do what we did and send ‘Bergtoppers’ an email. Within 24hours you will have a day by day itinerary of possible hiking routes, including hours (very accurate!!) & elevation, and proposal for places to stay overnight.
Having seen our itinerary we didn’t have much to comment as we didn’t know the area anyway so we just went with it. All our expectations were surpassed.
Two weeks ago, four of us, my husband and I with our two kids aged 14 and 12, had a great 4 day hiking holiday all planned and arranged by the Bergtoppers. The hikes varied in distance from 4 to 7 hours , each very different, but always beautiful scenery. We received a map and detailed instructions, so there was no way we could get lost. The fourth day hiking was the best when Roelof took us up to Lake ‘…..’ The path was still covered in snow in places, making progress a little more difficult but the effort was worth it and we enjoyed our lunch at the lakeside.
The first two nights were spent in an auberge in Seix and the other two nights in gites in the mountains. One of the gites, owned by the Bergtoppers, is situated in an absolutely stunning location and, as my daughter commented, has ‘million dollar view’. Ireen is an exceptionally good cook , and even catered for my daughter’s rather difficult preferences. To make life even easier Bergtoppers supplied us with a packed lunch every day. There was no way we would be hungry during the hikes!! (I think we even put on weight …)
So for those looking for a hiking holiday with no worries about food, accommodation or route planning, I can highly recommend Bergtoppers!