July 2nd
Departure day
France, Spain
Difficulty level

First of all mountain biking in the Pyrenees is an amazing experience for those that fancy travelling on mountain paths and singletracks. This bike trip is developed on gravel roads, lonely trails and singletracks and some few paved roads. Like in a masterpiece they link beautiful valleys and Romanic and medieval towns of the Catalonian and French Pyrenees. The tour starts in “Vielha”, Catalonia, the door entrance to the famous “Val d’Aran”. Here we find lots of ski resorts nearby. The tour finishes in Toulouse, capital of Languedoc Province, aone of the most important cities in the south of France.
Along the ride we’ll have all sorts of possible weather. This is absolutely normal in the Pyrenees between springtime and summer. The tour combines nice and calm rides with very demanding up hills and down hills.
It’s remarkable that most of the singletracks and trails are extremely lonely.  Really off the beaten track and that help us breathing nature every time. The beauty of this trip is not only given by the magnificent mountainous views and pristine fir trees and pine forests, but also for the Romanic towns and churches and old constructions that make us dream about centuries ago.
The cuisine of the Pyrenees is inspiring: Mediterranean flavours that really worth to be tasted plus the will of the locals to make us feel comfortably “at home” are a recipe not to resist. This is an unforgettable experience; we look forward to ride together in the next upcoming tour!

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE CITY Barcelona / Toulouse-Blagnac
DEPARTURE TIME: 12 p.m. at “Camp Nou” in Barcelona
Tracks to load in your GPS
Trilingual guide Spanish/English/French along the tour
All breakfasts and dinners included
Eight nights in Hotels (2 stars) double based, breakfast and dinner included
One night in refuge in communal rooms, breakfast included
Medical insurance
Mechanical assistance
Van transfer Barcelona – Vielha
and van transfer St. Bertrand de Comminges – Toulouse
Daily transportation of your luggage
Lunch and drinks, air tickets and taxes, transfers not detailed in the program, mechanical parts, laundry and personal expenses
MTB aluminium frame, front fork and disc brakes (to be rent)
Relaxed afternoon at thermal pools “Termas Baronía de Les”

Additional information

LocationSt Bertrand de Comminges, Vielha
Duration10 days
DatesJune, July

Pyrenees mtb tour, starting in “Vielha” in north Spain up to “St. Bertrand de Comminges” in south France.


Day 1:

We meet in Barcelona’s “Camp Nou” stadium and our van will drive us to “Vielha”, Catalonia. The transfer takes four hours, so once we arrive to the hotel we’ll receive and prepare the bikes and introduce the trip to everybody before enjoying a delicious dinner

Day 2: Vielha - Gotarta

The meeting will be in Vielha’s main parking from where we’ll take a shuttle of 20 minutes to drive us to the other side of the tunnel of Vielha, a tunnel that has 3.20 miles length and links the “Alta Ribagorza” with “Val d’Aran” and where is not allowed to ride a bike. Our luggage will remain in the hotel to be transported by our organization, so we’ll only carry a small backpack with us, with the most important gear to use during the day. During the first five days of the tour we’ll cycle bordering the national park “Aigüestortes i estany de Sant Maurici”. On the first haul we ride over a gravel road with moderate difficulty, with short technically demanding stretches. This side of the Pyrenees has a Mediterranean weather which means it’s a little bit better than the French side of the mountains. After passing by a water reservoir named “Embassada de Senet” we’ll arrive in “Viñal” and the old small Romanic “San Martín” church, built in the XI Century.
Another few miles and we are in “Vilaller” where we’ll have lunch and the downhill is finished. The following challenge will be the “Col de Serreres” a tough uphill of 3,2miles and 400meters elevation gain and once in the top we start an outstanding millenary “Alta Ribagorca” singletrack to “Val de Boi” that will challenge our riding skills and where we’ll find an original Romanic cross.
Another serious uphill is waiting for us and will take us through “Iran” where we’ll have our lunch and “Irgo” where we’ll find the lonely “Chapel of Sant Salvador d’Irgo” from where we’ll get great views of the valley. After achieving the “Coll de Sant Salvador” there will be some few remaining miles to arrive in “Gotarta” a very small town where only thirty seven inhabitants live. Merce, the owner of the house, will be in charge of a lovely and homemade dinner.
27 miles and 4500ft elevation gain

Day 3: Gotarta - Espui

A short downhill will be the start of the day, but it won’t last for long, as after passing by “Malpás” we start a strong uphill of five miles and 1970 feet to gain the “Collado de Peranea”. The tough ride makes up because of the beautiful surrounding views. Along the trip we’ll find drinking fountains, although we advice to cycle with at least two water bottles. Finally the first ride down starts, crossing old little towns like “Erta” and “Sas”, and lunch stop will be in “Les ‘Esglesies”. There’s a pending challenge for the afternoon: The “Coll d’Oli”, which is steep and hard, although will give us some short stretches to recover. In the top there are non cycling parts, so we’ll need to push the bike for a while until the “Chapel of Coll”.  “Astell” we’ll be the last town where to get fantastic views of the valley before arriving in Espui.
31 miles and 4300ft elevation gain

Day 4: Espui - Espot

Today we start with one of the main attractions of the trip: The “Coll del Triador” and “Coll de la Portella” the highest Peak in the tour at 7.440 feet. We won’t have an intermediate spot where to buy our lunch, so the best will be to carry our picnic from the beginning. The uphill is steady and moderate, that allows us to find our pace while we ride up surrounded by lots of pines and magnificent scenery. As soon as we go up we leave the forest and views open to let us admire the “Val Fosca” and the snowcapped peaks. After riding up and down we start the incredible downhill to Espot and “Vall de Espot”, and in the last stretches it will be necessary to take care, as the singletracks of “Super Espot” ski resort have some technical difficulties. Thanks to the accurate signposting plus the support of the GPS we’ll safely arrive to our hotel. When entering the town we’ll pass by the “Pont de la Capella”, a Romanic styled bridge of medieval times over the “Escrita” river, built between XI and XII centuries. The town is a framework of very old houses, and it’s easy to get lost while walking the tiny but charming streets.
27 miles and 4200ft elevation gain

Day 5: Espot - Montgarri

The day begins with a moderate singletrack parallel to the asphalt road. In the Pyrenees is not easy to find flat land, so little after the start we gradually start going up. From a viewpoint at 4.900 feet we get great views of “La Guingueta d’Aneu” reservoir and the town “Esterri d’Aneu”.  Eight miles after we arrive to “Son” a dream town and architectonic Romanic set where the “Sant Just i Sant Pastor” church, built between XI and XII centuries stands up. Just by the church we leave the asphalt and start a fantastic trail named “Camí del Calvari” bordering the national park “Aigüestortes i Lago de Sant Maurici” prelude of the incredible “Bosque del Gerdar” the biggest fir tree forest in Spain, the place we probably imagined in our childhood when listening to fairy tales. The forest is so dense that sunrays hardly hit the ground, but the lush green mosses, blueberries and raspberries give the perfect colours to turn the landscape into a perfect palette.
Once we are away from the forest we keep riding over a dramatic downhill until “Sorpe” and “Isil” another medieval rock town. From there and ahead we face a steady uphill, overcoming 1600 feet in more than 13,70 miles, following the narrow “Vall d’Aneu” valley and the “Noguera Pallaresa” river, tributary to the “Ebro” river.
The views of the pristine mountains covered by green and black pines, on the way to “Refugio de Montgarri” are again overwhelming. This refuge is a recycled building used by the priests when the “Santuario de Montgarri” was built in the 1.117 year.
33 miles and 420ft elevation gain

Day 6: Montgarri - Vielha

After breakfast we start a short but beautiful uphill to “Baqueira – Pla de Beret” one of the ski resorts of the “Val d’Aran” and the source of the “Garona” river. After crossing the parking of the ski resort we’ll find the Menhir “Peira roia” a giant standing rock, probably showing any sort of sacred place from the Stone Age. From 6.000 feet over the sea level we start a fantastic way down to Vielha, using different trails and singletracks with several difficulty levels while we passing by “Unha”, “Arties” and “Garos”. We’ll have a free afternoon to rest and walk in the town.
15 miles and 1000ft elevation gain

Day 7: Vielha - Les

We leave riding a slow and hard uphill, achieving 1.000 feet elevation gain in three miles through a demanding trail, and immediately we loose the same altitude in more than a mile! After crossing International road N-230 we start riding a beautiful gravel road surrounded by lush vegetation, which means we are leaving the Mediterranean weather influence to dive into the Atlantic one. We’ll pass through “Arròs”, “Vilamos” and “Arres Dessus”, we’ll get great views of the valley and then rush into the desired downhill to “Bossost” in the border with France.
From “Bossost” to “Les” is only a couple of miles to get there, following the Garona’s river course. We’ll have a second free afternoon to rest and enjoy the roman thermal baths of Les that rise at 37° degrees. Great oportunity to recover in the thermal pools.
20 miles and 3000ft elevation gain

Day 8: Les - Aspet (France)

After breakfast we leave Les to enter in France. In the first miles we’ll follow an easy gravel road parallel to the main road. Then in “Saint-Béat” we leave the gravel to start a hard uphill road that will lead us to the “Col de Menté” gaining 2600 feet in six miles. The “Col de Menté” is normally one of the “Cols” used in the “Tour the France” and in the top we’ll enjoy a soft drink and a snack before matching a fantastic downhill gravel road with lots of viewpoints of the rural farms of this side of France. The trail is surrounded by green deep forests until arriving in “Juzet d’Izaut”. We finish the ride in “Aspet” the first French town of this tour.
31 miles and 4200ft elevation gain

Day 9: Aspet - St. Bertrand de Comminges

After breakfast we leave “Le Bois Perché” towards “St. Bertrand de Comminges” on a paved road. Shortly after we match a trail, and if there’s any rain, we’ll probably have to deal with mud. The surroundings are pretty attractive, little coloured sown fields, carefully preserved farms, cattle of the mountains always carrying a bell from its necks and the Pyrenees in the horizon. The first town will be “Izaut de l’hôtel” and after six miles we’ll ride up to gain 1300 feet in four miles at “Col des Ares” and then one of the last great way downs of the trip to arrive in “St. Pe d’Ardet”.  The rest of the day will be undulated while crossing “Barbazan” and “Loures-Barousse” rural towns of the “Haute Garonne”. Almost getting there, we’ll be able to sight the incredibly fortified “St. Bertrand de Comminges” and its fabulous cathedral. Originally named by Romans “Lugdunum Convenarum” in the year 72 b.c., it changed its name in the year 1.100 a.c. after bishop Bertran de l’Isle-Jourdain had lived there improving the quality of life of the inhabitants by helping the town to develop. The city preserves the old medieval style, it keeps the walls and the “doors” that allow communication, and hosts the immense gothic Cathedral “Santa Maria”.
21 miles and 2500ft elevation gain

Day 10: Adieu Pyrenées - transfer to Toulouse-Blagnac airport

You can choose to be transferred to “Toulouse-Blagnac” airport, from where you can connect flights to different European and international cities, or to Toulouse City, where the tour ends.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 35 reviews
April 22, 2016

Hola Marian!! Te cuento que lo pasamos hermoso, después de la travesía que realmente supero nuestras expectativas, fue maravillosa la pedaleada, estamos muy contentos y agradecidos con vos, tu profesionalismo esta siempre presente y hace que todo sea de la manera deseada, ahora estamos viendo para donde haremos la próxima!!!

July 12, 2016

Primer viaje a Europa y la conocí de la mejor manera, andando en bici por lo Pirineos. Hermosos lugares que dejaron los mejores recuerdos con personas maravillosas.
Excelente la organización, todo muy cuidado y pensado para tener una confortable estadía. Todo fue una gran experiencia como todas las que ya realice con Mariano, quien disfruta cada una de sus travesías como si fuera la primera vez.

July 12, 2016

Simplesmente top uma “viagem” a não perder…organização tipo de gama…profissionalismo com boa disposição e atenção máxima a cada detalhe.
Mariano sempre de parabéns…até sempre.
Um abraço

July 12, 2016

Fiz a travessia de 2016. Tem trilhos e paisagens deslumbrantes. Muitas subidas, mas também muitas descidas para quem gosta de velocidade!!! Organização muito boa. E fiz novos amigos!!!

July 12, 2016

Luego de una año agitado necesitaba desconectarme de todo y descargar tensiones. En este viaje, como en el Cruce de los Andes, lo conseguí con el agregado de recorrer paisajes y caminos que solo había visto en películas, pueblos escondidos y toda la estructura que esta preparada para disfrutar del ciclismo sin limite.
La categoría de “Experto” esta bien definida. La travesía pasa del esfuerzo de la subida a la adrenalina del descenso (ambos son excelentes para todo el que busque aventura). Aprendí a transitar senderos muy técnicos y a pedalear libre siguiendo un simple GPS (que no es tan sencillo como parece en estos senderos).
Fueron 10 días inolvidables con un excelente grupo, conviviendo con personas de Brasil, Portugal, Costa Rica y Argentina.
Ya el 2 día no recordaba nada del estrés de la ciudad, solo importaba salir a pedalear.
El recorrido es INTENSO, pero no imposible.
Es una travesía para repetir…

July 13, 2016

Mariano: Primero que todo, quiero agradecerte el hermosísimo tour que has organizado en los Pirineos. Para cada uno de nosotros cuatro en la familia Hernández Cubillo fue una experiencia inolvidable que recordaremos el resto de la vida. Gracias por proveernos de oportunidades para tan buenos momentos. Todos hemos apreciado tu cuidado, organización y enfoque en el pequeño detalle que ha permitido un exitoso viaje para nosotros y el resto de “pitucos” del grupo.

July 14, 2016

Pedal deslumbrante! A cada dia, uma paisagem diferente, percurso muito técnico com dificuldades variadas, muito desafiador!
Tudo foi muito divertido e bem organizado, apesar da diferença de níveis entre os ciclistas, o grupo sempre se manteve bem unido.
Acabei de terminar a viagem e já estou com saudades. Foram dias incríveis. 🙂

July 14, 2016


February 16, 2017

Fizemos esta travessia em 2013 e creio que fomos o primeiro grupo a faze-lo. Mariano é um excelente sujeito e sempre apoiou o grupo. Foi uma boa experiência e espero repeti-la. E as paisagens? Deslumbrantes.

August 1, 2017

Mariano: es la primera vez que realizamos un viaje a Europa, la verdad faltan las palabras para expresar tan hermoso viaje, excelente organizacion como todas las travesias que hemos realizado con vos, hermosos paisajes, excelente grupo de personas hemos conocidos. La verdad nos sentimos como en casa, nos hiciste sentir como los unicos de la travesia, siempre atento a todos , la verdad Excelente organizacion, atencion y contencion humana!!! Te felicitamos de parte mia y Ramon!! Nos vemos la siguiente travesia. Buen LIDER!!!!

August 1, 2017

Estimado Mariano, como en las demas travesias que hemos hecho a tu cargo, solo puedo expresar nuestra gran satisfaccion de haberlo realizado.Como es tu estilo, todo perfectamente previsto con total reponsabilidad, sin por ello dejar de lado la alegria y el humor, ademas de el consejo certero en el momento preciso a quien lo necesitaba.El unico reclamo seria el cambio de apodo que me otorgo la travesia ,ja ja ja.
Bromas aparte, recomiendo a todos los aficionados al MTB
se unan a cualquiera de tus travesias.
Satisfaccion garantizada !

August 1, 2017

Very personal and professional the way you have organized the Pirineos Tour. You took care of every detail and that made us feel very comfortable and at ease. The experience of riding through two different countries (Spain and France) through romanic trails and old medieval towns gave us a chance to enjoy a variety of cultures and cuisines.

August 2, 2017

Excelente esperiencia …inolvidables recuerdos…Recuerdos que van a quedar siempre en nuestra memoria y corazón.El cuidado de cada detalle ,todo muy estudiado y acompañado para que salga cómo lo que esperamos…perfecto. Gracias Marian por darnos siempre tan gratos momentos y experiancias compartidas lejos de casa ,que año tras año buscamos volver por una experiencia más.Gracias y hasta el próximo viaje…nos vemos pronto.

August 2, 2017

Very personal and professional the way you have organized the Pirineos Tour. You took care of every detail and that made us feel very comfortable and at ease. The experience of riding through two different countries (Spain and France) through romanic trails and old medieval towns gave us a chance to enjoy a variety of cultures and cuisines.

August 2, 2017

pirineos fue mi tercera travesia con Mariano en este 2017, despues del cruce andes y nevado de aconquija . como siempre excelente organizacion, servicios y responsabilidad hasta en el ultimo detalle.
gracias Mariano , hasta la proxima travesia!!!!

August 3, 2017

Agosto 3, 2017
El Cruce de LOS PIRINEOS es mi tercer travesía con la excelente guía y profesionalidad que ya conocemos de Mariano; compañero de caminos, de charlas, de fotos, de consejos y de todo lo que comprenden los detalles de compartir varios días pedaleando por lugares únicos, elegidos para disfrutar, con un grupo de personas persiguiendo el mismo objetivo: pedalear, conocer lugares,climas, compartir momentos, buena onda,respeto, ricas comidas, buen descanso, lindos sueños, calidez humana. Qué más Mariano!!! Objetivo cumplido! Emocionada y positiva de principio a fin, otra gran aventura, más amigos, un Gran Desafío, otro aprendizaje más! FELICITACIONES a Mariano y a todo el grupo! HASTA LA PRÓXIMA LOCURA AMIGOS, SALUD!!

August 3, 2017

Un viaje mas con Mariano: Cruce de los Pirineos. Experiencia maravillosa, de excelencia como siempre estoy acostumbrada a vivenciar en todos los viajes. Desde 2002, que hago viajes con vos, y siempre recalco tu gran profesionalidad, el gran respeto y compromiso con el que te tomas lo que haces que haga que no falle: siempre se vuelve feliz, satisfecho y pensando o deseando la próxima! En este caso, grupo de lujo, diversión y risas asegurada, buen clima, buena hotelería, la comida ni hablar. Los lugares espectaculares, terrenos y recorridos de todo tipo. Todo excelente, obvio que te recomendaría una y mil y veces como espero viajar mil veces mas. Gracias por todo!

August 4, 2017

El viaje…¿que se yo?, bien, pero aprovechó este espacio para plantear algunas quejas que han afectado mi vida post- Pirineos.

Para empezar responsabilizo a Mariano y a los Pirineos por la ruptura de mi largo romance con mis sierras de córdoba, que pasaron de ser “de Puta madre” a “mmmse, lindas las sierras, …que se yo”

Ahora, y por culpa de este viaje estoy pensando en vender el Duna a Gas para poder ir a Sicilia en el próximo tour de MTB Tours. Un problema que no tenía en agenda.

Luego aprovecho para exponer una queja sobre la gastronomía. ¿A quien se le ocurre poner dentro de una travesía deportiva paradas en restaurantes que ofrecen jabalí, variedad de jamones y pulpo catalán? Para colmo, a dos mangos. Yo, que esperaba ser un ejemplo de disciplina alimentaria terminé pareciendo el protagonista desbarrancado de un reality de “el Gourmet TV”.

Finalmente, como si esto fuera poco, ahora me doy cuenta que tengo 13 amigos más, con lo cual mis compromisos sociales (incluyendo asados y visitas a otros países) se han incrementado en más de lo razonable . Ya hay organizados dos asados y un viaje a Uruguay. Un kilombo que nadie necesita a esta altura del año.

Exijo la devolución de mi dinero! (Así pago Sicilia 2018)

August 5, 2017

Ayayay! Que problemon que tengo! Como me esta costando volver a trabajar! Una de las pocas cosas que me motivan a hacerlo en la necesidad de generar los fondos para poder realizar otra travesía con vos Mariano!
Sabes que soy de lágrimas fáciles y al solo ver alguna foto de lo que hicimos me emociono! Sos un capo Mariano! Gracias por tanto!
Y al grupo les transmito a cada uno de ustedes un gran agradecimiento por la camaraderia, los buenos consejos y por el apoyo en cada momento recibido. Todos, absolutamente todos me han dejado un gran afecto.
Mariano vamos por más y esperamos Sicilia 2018!

August 16, 2017

Hola Mariano! La verdad que disfrute mucho la travesia, los lugares muy lindos y variados, mucho verde. Encontre todo como me lo imagine antes de ir gracias a toda la info q me distes antes de anotarme para la travesia. No pense q el grupo fuera tan bueno como resulto siendolo.Probablemente el formato de la travesia favorece la interaccion con los distintos miembros del grupo un poco mas q en otras travesias o al menos yo lo senti de esa forma. La organizacion impecable( de todas formas no esperaba menos de vos). bueno hasta la proxima.
Andres Peluffo.

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