Day 1. Arrival ( Sat)
Meet at Toulouse Airport, transfer to town of Foix. Free time to visit town or the medieval castle.
Night in hotel. Dinner included
Day 2. Foix to Chateau de Roquefixade
17km, 1000m ascent, 600m descent, max altitude 935m, 6 hours
Trekking through forests and open pastures to the village dominated by a ruined clifftop Chateau.
Night in gite d’etape. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3. Chateau de Roquefixade to Chateau de Montsegur
Climb through tranquil pastures and woodlands to reach the Chateau de Montsegur, site of the famous siege and enduring symbol of Cathar resistance to the Inquisition.
Night in hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4. Chateau de Montsegur to Comus
13.2 km, 850m ascent, 576m descent, max altitude 1190m, 5 hours
Via the deep limestone Gorges De La Frau we access the remote Plateau de Sault.
Night in gite d’etape. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5. Comus to Ascou.
21km, 900m ascent, 1100m descent, maximum altitude 1650m, 8 hours
We cross the agrarian Plateau de Sault passing villages left behind by the onwards march of time. Then we cross the Col d’ljou with panoramic views of the high mountains we’ll soon approach.
Night in gite d’etape or transfer to Ax les Thermes and night in hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6. Ascou to Merens
17.5km, 1050 m ascent, 915m descent, max altitude 1770m 7 hours
We descend into the Oriege valley before tackling the ascent of the Col de Joux (1702) and descend to the charming village of Merens in the Ariege valley.
Night in gite d’etape. Breakfast lunch and dinner.
Day 7. Merens to L’Hospitalet pres l’Andorre
14.5km, 1220m ascent, 897m descent, max altitude 2333m, 7-8 Hours
We encounter natural hot springs where we can dip our feet in the soothing pools. The big mountain days are upon us, a hanging valley leads to our challenge of the day- overcoming the Porteille des Besines (2333m). Once over the pass hidden lakes and mountain forests lead to the village of Hospitalet, constructed to shelter travellers from the storm on the high passes.
Night in Hotel or gite d’etape. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 8. Hospitalet to Porte- Puymorens
10km, 600m ascent, 540m descent, max altitude 2045m 4 hours
Our final push takes us over the Col de Puymorens a pass on the main divide of the Pyrenean ridge which separates Catalunya from the northern Pyrenees. A trade route for 1000 years the col which offered escape to the fated Good Men, signals an end to our pilgrimage.
After lunch we take a train to Ax-les-Thermes, historic spa town with its Roman style thermal baths. For an afternoon of recovery and a celebration evening meal.
Night in a hotel at Ax-Les-Themes.Breakfast lunch and dinner.
Day 9. Tranfser to Toulouse airport (Sun)