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The MTB route of the BASQUE PYRENEES forests

4 Stages of Pure Mountain Bike in Spain through the Atlantic Pyrenees

SELF-GUIDED CYCLING IN STAGES ROUTE

BASOAK Baztan - Irati - Mountain Bike

Spectacular "cencellada" in the secluded and magical place on the North face of Adi Peak. 3rd stage
Ascending to Okabe, Stage D of BASOAK MTB - Irati Mountains -
The mountains of Basque mythology saturate the horizon
Descent of Burdindogi in stage M. Section in common with the "Carboneras" route of the EREMUA BTT Center.
Horses in freedom in the vicinity of Roncesvalles
Scenes on the route
Slopes of the Adi mountain in the stage C. Maximum expression of "flow"
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Stage C: Eremua/Zubiri - Burguete/Irati - Distance: 55 km   Unevenness: 1.960 m

Stage J: Burguete/Irati - Baztan - Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.210 m

Stage K: Baztan - Eremua/Zubiri - Distance: 47 km   Unevenness: 1.725 m

Stage Option D: Circular Irati - Distance: 59 km   Unevenness: 1.265 m

Stage Option L: Circular Baztan
Distance: 52 km   Unevenness: 1.820 m

Stage Option M: Circular Eremua
Distance: 42 km   Unevenness: 1.470 m

Stage C: Eremua/Zubiri - Burguete/Irati - Distance: 55 km   Unevenness: 1.960 m

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On some occasion we will have to push the bicycle, but the usual thing will be to flow.

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We are changing the valley and the Navarrese Pyrenees begin to occupy our horizon.

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Descent towards Lekunberri. If the snow paints the summits of the Malloak of Aralar, the cycling season in BASOAK MTB ends.

   
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Stage J: Burguete/Irati - Baztan - Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.210 m

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Already in the first kilometers the forest -BASOAK- takes center stage.

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Etxaleku, "type" town in the Ultzama Valley.

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Top of Itxondoa, ecuador of the stage and heart of La Ultzama.

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The prairies of the Ultzama Valley end abruptly in the forest front of the Quinto Real. We could say that here we enter the Pyrenees.

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Typical "carpeted" trail of the Navarrese Pyrenees.

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Descending the route "Carboneras" on "cencellada" day.

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End of day at Eugi lake.

   
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Stage K: Baztan - Eremua/Zubiri - Distance: 47 km   Unevenness: 1.725 m

If we had to choose a Queen Stage for BASOAK MTB we would surely decide on this stage C.
"Camouflaged" in the green line of the profile we find 2 descents of type "Eremua". The 1st deposit us in the vicinity of Zilbeti, and the 2nd, the so-called Balseta, on the equator of the stage in Sorogain. On the way we will have left behind the almost disappeared "Gernika de Picasso" painted on the trees, the bunkers of P Line - built during "Franco's Spain" to repel a possible Allied attack after World War 2 - and all the almost "magical" environment of the northern slope of the Adi Peak that we will have bordered while we contemplate - if time permits - the small rural cores of the Basque-French Pays at our feet.

We leave the territory "Quinto Real" and we go into "Roncesvalles" territory. The P Line keeps emerging sporadically, the information panels and QR codes that also arise sporadically in specific places, interpret the "Archeology of war" and tell us about the battles that developed on these same slopes during the French withdrawal in the War of Independence - slopes in which we, fortunately in our own bike way, also fight -. The sheep, which have been where you see them for more than 5,000 years, tell us about the shepherd past. Roncesvalles, which also appears there, tells us about centuries of pilgrims and battles between Franks and Vascones.
The descents are here more "flows" than in the 1st part and after descending the "avenue" that suddenly deposits us in the Weapons Factory of Orbaitzeta, we have almost finished the stage and we can to go back in time again and imagine the frantic activity that developed between those now old walls during the years in which the cannonballs came out of their furnaces and workshops and made it possible to create an empire "where the sun never set".

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Forest roads, usual in valley bottoms

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"Fauna" typical and abundant in the environment. With us we are all already.

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Cencellada, bunker of the P Line and Pirineum Navarrorum flow. Magic at BASOAK MTB

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Col de Aratun, geographical reference of the Adi massif.

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Path along the eastern slope of the Adi. We are at the highest point of the route.

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Demanding climb between the Sorogain Lodge and the Txasperro summit-

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Spectacle under the slopes of Mendiaundi.

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The descent to Roncesvalles begins on the slopes of Mendiaundi Peak.

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The Colegiata de Roncesvalles in its environment.

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We leave Roncesvalles and head back towards the Irati Forest, crossing the southern slopes of the Pyrenees.

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Sections of "flow" on the descent to the old weapons factory of Orbaitzeta.

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Weapons Factory of Orbaizeta, we are very close to the end of the stage, so we can "get lost" for a while between its ruins and its history.

   
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Stage Option D: Circular Irati - Distance: 59 km   Unevenness: 1.265 m

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Stage D of BASOAK MTB is the "SELVA DE IRATI" stage, the final icing on the excess of forest that we have already accumulated from the previous stages.
A tarmac road helps us quickly get into the heart of the "matter." The pace slows down while we perimeter the Irabia Swamp along the technical paths of its southern slope, and it is accelerated again by the succession of pistes and wide paths that define the track as we go forward "crossing out" objectives. Casas de Irati, The Cubo Fall... a wall that makes us stand up, and we enter the Irati of the northern face, the Basque-French, where the asphalted roads reprint rhythm to the track.
The character of total forest and wood environment predominant until now begins to combine with areas of pastures and livestock environment culminating in the wide top of the Okabe. This, if the fog does not prevent it, will become a practically unforgettable 360º viewpoint only blocked to the east by the imposing mass of the Ori Peak - the first 2000, on this side, of the Pyrenean mountain range - which we almost seem to be able to touch. The megalithic complex of Hilarrita appears on the side of the road, which with its waste of 26 cromlechs constitutes one of the most important funerary groups - if not the most - of Pyrenean prehistory.

We are already going down. Until the end of the stage - except for a slight comeback to "relocate" - everything will be down or flat. Grassy hills ... stretches of "singletrack" ... tracks and pastoral shepherds, maybe some boring dog ... Bridge of the Question ... Swamp of Irabia again ... more trails along the sometimes uncomfortable Channel Betolegi, through which the waters that begin to give shape to the Irati River are channeled ... and we have finished BASOAK Aralar - Irati.

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Daily scenes on the slopes of Okabe Peak.

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One of the most impressive megalithic complexes of the Pyrenees. The 26 cromlechs of Hilarrita in the vicinity of the top of Okabe.

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Some technical trails bordering the lake of Irabia.

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The route alternates wooded areas with others of a more pastoral nature.

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We reached the top of the Okabe without getting off the bike. When the fog does not prevent it, its 1466 meters of altitude and its location in the center of the Pyrenean axis make up a spectacular viewpoint.

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Descent of the Okabe Peak.

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Dam of the Irabia reservoir in the heart of the SELVA de IRATI.

   
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  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year except in winter.
       Summer and autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; in the spring there may be mud at certain points of the route. In any case, we have to say that the punctual weather of the days in which we are going to make the route is more important than the time itself.

       At the end of Autumn the days are short, but more than enough for our purpose. The Quinto Real and Irati forests "burn" with reds and ochres in those days, and the experience of pedaling during the day and taking a walk at sunset in that sea of colors reinforces the experience.
  • Type of tracks: In general, trails and tracks with more physical than technical demand, both uphill and downhill.
       For the technically demanding sections - that sometimes there are - we offer alternative tracks, although the simplest way not to distort the route is to get off the bike.
  • Ideal bike: Any mountain bike.
  • Orientation: The route is followed by a GPS track.
  • Ciclability: Depending on the technical skills and the strengths of each one, the route is 98% cyclable.
  • Philosophy: The route is designed so that the stages can be completed and we still have a large part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
  • Provisioning: Although sometimes we find refreshment points, depending on the time of the year we can find that some establishments are closed. In the services waypoint file that we deliver at the beginning of the route the information of each stage is given.

   
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TARIFFS
4 Stages / 4 Nights

432 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

456 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

529 € Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

Single room supplement: 135 €

And you can add a Night with Breakfast at the end of the route -in the same hotel where you started it- - for 56 € per person in a double room or for 85 € in a single room

In these proposals when the groups are odd, the accommodation is offered in double rooms and a single room.
- TRIPLE ROOMS ARE NEVER USED -


Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.

INCLUDED

  • 1 night of accommodation with breakfast
    Corresponds to the 1st night as usually the groups prefer to choose themselves where to dine during the arrival trip to the destination
  • 3 nights accommodation in half board
  • Shower and luggage reception at the end of the last stage despite you don’t spend the night at the finalising point of the route
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
    1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person
    If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal

  • Tracks of the route in GPX format for mobile phones or GPS devices and printed map with each day routes options
  • Explanatory printed map-sketch of the different route options for each stage
    One per stage
  • Link to services that may be necessary along the route
  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day when groups are of 6 or more people
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity

   
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NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc
  • Mechanical Assistance during the activity
    If possible, we will try to help you in case of a breakdown, but in many situations this help can be very limited due to lack of specific spare parts or other circumstances. The cost of the service if it can be done is € 18 per hour + € 0.40 per kilometer.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

OPTIONS

  • Hire assistance vehicle during the route
  • Airport/station pick up
  • Bicycle rental
    We put you in touch with a rental service in the nearest place to the route start point
  • Hire Asistance / Accident Insurance
    and / or Trip Cancellation Insurance
    Franchise of 15% of the cost of the Pack for the Free Withdrawal option
  • Single room supplement: + 135 €
    When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement
  • If your need is different from what we propose here, if for example, you have fewer days than the required ones for the route and do not know how to trim off, or if instead, you have more days and you want to stay a whole day in one of the lodges, pedaling or touring the area and continue the next day, do not hesitate to contact us. We will send you options and alternative routes for these or any other variable you can think of.

   
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7 Stages / 7 Nights

Option of 7 stages, 1 Pamplona to Sakana Valley through the Urbasa Range, 4 more from West to East between the Aralar Range and the Irati Forest and one more stage back to the Quinto Real going down first to France, and a final stage in which we will first cross the Anué Forest and end up descending the paths of Mount Ezkaba - already above Pamplona - and giving the last stop at the door of the hotel.

The name really says it all, BASOAK TOTAL. An authentic "drunkenness" of beech and trails from which we can simply say that of:
If you find something better, buy it.

TARIFFS
7 Stages / 7 Nights

710 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

740 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

844 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

Single room supplement: 186 €

The concepts included and excluded in these prices are the same as those of the 4 days option but adapted to the corresponding number of days



And you can add a Night with Breakfast at the end of the route -in the same hotel where you started it- - for 56 € per person in a double room or for 85 € in a single room

In these proposals when the groups are odd, the accommodation is offered in double rooms and a single room.
- TRIPLE ROOMS ARE NEVER USED -


Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.

If you have doubths, do not hesitate and use some of the buttons below, we respond quickly.

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