France, Pyrenees Mountains




The Pyrenees Mountain Range is physically beautiful, culturally varied and less developed than the Alps. Stretching 491km from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea, it forms a natural border between France and Spain. At the heart of the range is the Pyrenees National Park stretching 100km from east to west, from the Aure Valley to the Aspe Valley covering some 50,000 hectares.

With peaks rising to over 3,000 metres, an abundance of waterfalls and mountain torrents, 230 high-altitude lakes, vast areas of forest and masses of wildlife, the Pyrenees National Park is a stunning venue to have an adventure.



The expedition itinerary is a progressive phased programme of familiarisation/acclimatisation, qualifying expedition, rest and relaxation ensuring teams have the best chance of success on their qualifying expedition as well as ensuring they have an opportunity to get the most from their overseas expedition.


Day 1 - 2 : Acclimatisation

Teams arrive at Lourdes Airport and transfer to our base camp located in the Ski village of Cauterets in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park. They then get settled in before then venturing out into Cauterets to source the supplies they will need for the duration of their expedition. After a good nights sleep and an early start teams are taken out onto the local hills to get know the area and do specific in country training.


Day 3 - 6 : Qualifying Expedition

On day 3 teams wake up early and begin their 4 day Gold DofE qualifying expedition into the very heart of the Pyrenees. Going through and over the mountains they will follow sections of the world famous GR10 route and have stunning views of some of the route climbed by Tour de France cyclists including the legendary Col de Tourmalet, they will wild camp by high mountain lakes in the shadow of spectacular mountains such as the Pic du Midi. Each day as they journey they will have the opportunity to pursue their aim and discover the breath-taking views that the mountains have to offer. Each night they will camp in either a typical French valley-based campsite giving them an opportunity to practice their French with the locals or higher up in the mountains at a wild camp amongst towering mountains and emerald green lakes allowing them to fully absorb their surroundings.

Day 7 - 8 : Rest and Relaxation

On completion of their qualifying expedition and after a well-earned rest the teams will make a leisurely start to the day, they will have the opportunity to take in the local sights and attractions that the alpine village of Saint-Lary has to offer or if they are keen to do something a little bit more active then there are many other exciting options available. After a celebration meal in Saint-Lary we wake the following day to pack up and say goodbye to the Pyrenees. Teams then complete the short transfer from our campsite to the airport for their  flight home.


What's Includes;

  • Pre expedition planning meeting
  • Comprehensive Participant Information Pack
  • Qualified and experienced UK guide (International Mountain Leader)
  • Qualified and experienced D for E Supervisor/Assessor
  • In country transport
  • All accommodation fees
  • Radio communications
  • Mobile base camp providing expedition support
  • Comprehensive base camp medical support
  • Team equipment : high quality tents, stoves and cooking pans, fuel, group shelters, team first aid kits, maps, compasses, radios.

What's not include;

  • Meals
  • Personal expedition equipment
  • Cost of rest and relaxation activities
  • UK transport








A.A.P. DofE