Western Pyrenees

  • A magnificent 7 day guided trip to the wonderful western valleys of the Pyrenees.
  • An impressive high mountain environment but within reach of any hiker.
  • 5 beautiful hiking routes in a natural environment that remains almost intact
    with breathtaking landscapes and beautiful villages.
  • Enjoy these mountains and, in addition, an area that remains authentic, as in the past,
    with hardly any pressure of tourism.
  • Tour led by a guide with more than 25 years of experience in this beautiful area of the Pyrenees.
  • Stay in two different valleys to get a better knowledge of the western part of this beautiful mountain range.
  • Accommodation in two comfortable and welcoming rural mountain hotels.
  • Possibility of adapting certain elements of the trip according to the preferences of the clients.

The Pyrenees is a 430-kilometre-long mountain range running from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, along the border between Spain and France. The mountain range is formed by countless beautiful mountains and deep valleys, being the Aneto (3,404 metres) its highest peak.

Our trip takes place in the western part of the Pyrenees, one of the most beautiful areas of the chain because, in addition to its impressive landscapes, it has beautiful villages that have hardly changed over time. It is, therefore, an authentic area that remains largely unchanged and whose economic resources remain, above all, in livestock and timber. The scarce tourism also brings some income to its inhabitants although, contrary to what happens in other valleys of the Pyrenees, the tourist pressure is hardly felt here, which has helped to keep this area almost intact, making it even more attractive. The abundant fauna that lives in its forests and mountains is a good example of this: wild boars, foxes, chamois, roe deers, marmots, eagles, vultures, even some of the last bears of the Pyrenees.

They are high mountains, but at the same time they are humanized mountains where flocks of sheep and cows graze peacefully during the summer. Their peaks offer a challenge for mountaineers, but they are gentler and more accessible than the large peaks of the central Pyrenees, where only ice and rock abounds. However, here we find forests and grass to the top of its peaks, which lie between 1,500 to the 2,668 metres of the highest peak, the Bisaurin. Therefore, it is a high mountain environment but accessible to any hiker accustomed to walking.

Once we arrive in San Sebastián, we will head for the beautiful valley of Hecho where we will spend the first three nights of the trip and we will make a couple of beautiful excursions in the surrounding area. In addition, we will visit the two villages of the valley and enjoy the fantastic gastronomy of the region.

Then we will change valley and move to Belagoa Valley. This is a day of rest when we will take advantage of the transfer to visit some very interesting places on the way. Once we arrive to the town of Isaba, we will be accommodated in another charming rural hotel where we will stay the next four nights. There are also many beautiful hiking routes in this area. We'll choose three of them for the next few days. During the daily excursion, we will have a picnic in the mountains and, once back in the hotel, we will rest a little or visit the village, before enjoying a fantastic dinner during which we will comment on the extraordinary day we have spent.

  • Day 1: Arrival day
    The person from our organization in charge of guiding this trip will meet you in San Sebastián and take you to the rural hotel in the Hecho valley where we will stay the first three nights. Information meeting to talk about the activity to be developed in the next few days, especially about the routes that will be carried out around this area, and answer any questions you may have. Dinner and overnight stay in the rural hotel.
  • Days 2 and 3: Two different mountain hikes in the Hecho valley
    Each day and after a good breakfast, we will leave the rural hotel for a hike across the mountains around this beautiful valley. The route of each day will be chosen from the wide range of different possibilities you can find in this area, taking into account the preferences of customers in terms of distance and height gain, as well as the expected weather conditions. Lunch will consist of a picnic in the mountains. After each hike, we will return to the rural hotel for a short rest and then visit the village before enjoying dinner and a lively conversation about the day’s events
  • Day 4: Transfer day with some sightseeing during the journey
    Day spent moving from the rural hotel in the Hecho valley to the other one in the Belagoa valley which will be our base for the remaining days. It is a day for resting in which we will not do any hiking, but take advantage of the trip to visit some of the many places of tourist interest that are on the way. Once we arrive at our destination, we will begin our stay in a cozy rural hotel for the next four nights and we will meet before dinner to talk about the routes we will take in the following days.
  • Days 5, 6 and 7: Three different mountain hikes in the Belagoa valley
    This area also offers many different hiking routes, all of them very beautiful and spectacular. Depending on the clients' preferences and weather forecast, three of these routes will be chosen for these days. They will be full day hikes, so we will have a picnic in the mountains. A short rest before going out to visit the village and having dinner to recharge our batteries.
  • Day 8: Transfer and departure day
    After breakfast, we will return to San Sebastián from where each person will continue their journey according to their plans (possibility of organizing additional nights of accommodation in this city or in Bilbao).

This is the summary of the programme:
Day 1: Arrival to San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural hotel in the Hecho valley
Days 2 and 3: Two mountain hikes around this area
Day 4: Rest day and transfer to the second rural hotel in the Belagoa valley with some sightseeing during the journey
Days 5 to 7: Three mountain hikes in this area
Day 8: Departure day

The order of this programme could be changed for different reasons, such as the availability of accommodation or weather forecasts. Any change would be communicated to customers in advance.

One of the many reasons why this trip is so attractive is because it takes place in two valleys that do not have a strong tourist presence. For this reason, there are not many hotels, although most of them offer a good service and are very welcoming.

We ourselves have spent many years of our life hiking in these valleys and we have been regular customers of these accommodations for a long time. We have been able to compare and choose them personally. That's why we know that they are good quality accommodations and that they are the ideal places for our trip.

The chosen rural hotels in both valleys are very small, with very few rooms, which makes the customer service more direct and personalised. These accommodations have everything you need to make the stay truly comfortable and pleasant and their beautiful rustic decoration makes them very cozy. Most of them have their own restaurant where you can enjoy a fantastic dinner after having hiked a wonderful route in these beautiful mountains.

The dates for this trip are flexible and depend on two factors:

  1. The available dates of the client
  2. Whether the guide who organizes and leads the trip is also available on the same dates

The procedure to arrange the trip is as follows:

  1. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Walking North Spain (info@walkingnorthspain.com) indicating the dates when you wish to come. Ideally, you should indicate as broad a date period as possible, that is to say, as long as possible:
    • If you can only set very specific dates, indicate exactly what they are but,
    • If you are flexible over a longer period of time (e. g. several weeks, several months or even any time of the year), please indicate this in your request.
  2. The objective is to be able to form a group from the people who are interested in making a particular trip. Therefore, the greater the flexibility in the dates you indicate, the easier it is to match up the dates available, both of the guide and of other clients.
  3. When Walking North Spain receives the first request for a trip, it will check the availability, both for the accommodation, and for a guide for those dates. One of the following two cases may occur:
    • There is no accommodation and/or guide available for those dates: in this case, Walking North Spain will inform the interested clients about this event and ask as to what other dates might be possible.
    • Both the accommodation and guide are available for those dates: in this case, in principle, the trip will be made on the requested dates by those clients who first sent their request to the agency but:
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is 4 or more people, then those dates can be considered confirmed and the trip will be made on the requested dates.
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is less than 4, the agency will try to organise the trip for those dates, but will not be able to confirm this until after some time has passed in which it will try to add other potential clients. Once a minimum group of 4 people has been reached, or if Walking North Spain has decided to make the trip, even if it is with fewer clients, the trip will be confirmed to the clients who have signed up for it.
  4. As can be seen, in principle, the minimum number of people is 4 but, even if your request is for fewer people, we recommend sending us your request as early as possible because, depending on the availability of the guide, it is possible that the trip can be made for a smaller group, even for just one couple. In addition, if you are the first to request the trip for specific dates, the agency will do everything possible to meet your request.
  5. For this reason, it is important that you send us your request as soon as you can, indicating the widest possible period of time in which you could make the trip.
  6. If a group of 4 or more people sign up at the same time, it would be possible to adapt the trip to their preferences, for example, regarding its duration or the number of days to stay in each place.
  7. Finally, it is quite possible that, if there are enough requests, this trip will be made several times in the same year, so there may be a better chance of finding dates to best match your schedule.


SEASON DATES Price per person Single supplement
Low November to March 1,295 € 150 €
Mid April, May and October 1,350 € 150 €
High June to September (**) 1,375 € 150 €

(*) Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room

(**) Easter and other special days are also considered high season


This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:

  • Pick up in San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural hotel.
  • Information meeting to explain the programme of the trip, show the routes to be followed and resolve any possible doubts.
  • 3 nights accommodation in the rural hotel in Hecho valley.
  • 2 guided hiking routes in Hecho valley.
  • Transfer to the second rural hotel in Belagoa valley, with a sightseeing visit along the way.
  • Lunch in a restaurant on transfer day.
  • 4 nights accommodation in the rural hotel in Belagoa valley.
  • 3 guided hiking routes in Belagoa valley.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunches on walking days.
  • All dinners (3 in Hecho valley and 4 in Belagoa valley), menu including house wine and other drinks.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations.
  • Transfer back to San Sebastián at the end of the trip.

Not included:

  • Flights or any other means of transport to/from San Sebastián, starting and ending point of the trip (*). For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.
  • Insurance.
  • Tickets to visit places of tourist interest, if any of these additional visits are made.
  • Any extra drinks, apart from those already served on the menus of the 7 included dinners. These additional drinks should be paid for directly at the restaurant.
  • Any extra night in San Sebastián or Bilbao, at the beginning or end of the trip (**).

(*) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz or Bilbao, at an additional charge

(**) Possibility to organize additional nights of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested.

Do I have to make any reservation or do anything myself?
The only thing you have to look after is your round trip to and from San Sebastian (remember that we can advise and help you with the arrangements). Everything else is included so you don't have to worry about anything, we look after everything. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the fullest.

How can I get to the area?
Today, the Basque Country is a highly developed area that has very good communications by land, sea and air making it easy to get to San Sebastian. There are several options to fly to our different airports and our cities are connected by modern motorways. You also have the option of coming by bus, train and even by boat if you come from Great Britain. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab. Once in San Sebastian, we pick you up and take you to the valleys of the Western Pyrenees where this trip takes place. At the end of the trip, we bring you back to San Sebastian so that you can return home or continue on your trip from here.

What currency and language is used in the area?
As in the other countries of the European Union, the currency used is the euro. With regard to languages, Spanish is widely spoken in these valleys of the Pyrenees. However another language is also spoken in each of them:

  • In the Hecho valley, Cheso is spoken, a dialectal variant of Aragonese that is still spoken by a mere thousand people.
  • In the Belagoa valley, Basque is spoken, the language of the Basques, one of the oldest and most mysterious languages in the world. While you are here, you will often hear and see Basque and we will tell you some curious facts about this ancient language.
English is not generally used in these areas and, when it is, the level may be basic. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any problems in understanding the locals.

Is it a safe area?
Yes, fortunately this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip.
However, we recommend taking the usual common sense precautions against theft.

Can I book a single person trip?
Yes, as long as there are other people on that same trip. Walking North Spain cannot offer guided trips for a single person. There will be an individual supplement for single person reservations.

What is the best time of year to make this trip?
This trip can be made at any time of the year although the best dates are probably from May to October

What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
Both the Hecho and Belagoa valleys offer many different routes of different lengths and levels of effort. In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 12 and 16 kilometres, with a height gain of between 600 and 1,000 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonably fit can hike our routes without any difficulty. Walking North Spain is also able to choose those routes that best suit the preferences and characteristics of the group.

Will it be possible to shorten some routes?
The group will be led by a single guide if there are 8 or fewer clients. With just one guide the group cannot be divided and everyone will have to follow the same itinerary. There will be 2 guides leading if there are 9 or more clients in the group making it possible to shorten the routes for part of the group.

I have some dietary restrictions, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, although one of the main attractions of this area is its gastronomy, every year we welcome people who have dietary restrictions. In these cases, we inform all the accommodations and restaurants we visit so that this is taken into account.

If you have any other questions, please click here and send us an email with your query. Thank you very much.

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