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4 Stages of Cycle Tourism through the Forests of Irati and Roncesvalles

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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING ROUTE

4 Stages / 5 Nights

SELVA de IRATI - Mountain Bike

SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE is a cycle touring point to point staged route for mountain biking. It is located to the West of the Pyrenean mountain range in what is known as the Basque Pyrenees. Its path is divided equally between forest tracks and mountain trails of medium difficulty.

The PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE proposal to pedal the route is
in broad strokes, a Self Guided Pack which includes the Half Board Accommodations, the Tracks of the route and the Luggage Transport from hotel to hotel.

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Pedaling on the bank of the Urbeltza (Black River). Irati Forest
Standard landscape of the SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE route
Reaching the top of the Okabe peak in the PLUS option of stage A
Autumnal waters on the river Urbeltza. From the dam of Irabia the river will be called Irati.
Horses in freedom in the vicinity of Roncesvalles
Descent from Lindus to Roncesvalles on the slopes of Mendiaundi. 2nd stage of the route.
Pedaling through the Abodi's range. Stage C of SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE
Among forests and pastures the route goes on
Sierra de Abodi, main axis of the track of stage C.
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SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE route is located in the central part of the PIRINEO NAVARRO and is nestled between the 2,019 meters of the Ori Peak in the East and the forests of the "Quinto Real" and the Adi Peak in the West.
Its geography is made up of a series of compact forest masses in lower altitude areas that combine with other deforested areas since ancient times and that present a clear pastoral component, with extensive mountain pastures dotted with shepherds' huts and important megalithic sets that take us back to the ancient occupation of these mountains in prehistoric times.

The eastern part of the route (stages A and C) corresponds to the SELVA de IRATI itself. There, a strong influence of logging and water resources is visible. This translates into extensive forests, and water "everywhere" except in the autumns that happen to dry summers (rare). In the most eastern end the mountain begins to look "high mountain".

The western part of the route (stage B) corresponds to the Pyrenees that surround RONCESVALLES. It is perceived in them an important influence of the Way of St. James that crosses the Pyrenees from North to South in this area and that leaves its mark especially in the atmosphere of the towns and mountain passes through which it passes.

Stage D allows us to add a stage of different style to the proposal. It is a circular stage through the southern area of the Salazar Valley that introduces us to one of the most incognito and unknown territories in Navarra, the Areta Mountains and the Urraul Alto Region. If in the usual Navarrese Pyrenees we meet 100 people, here we will meet barely one.
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The route in stages SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE is structured around 2 accommodations, as can be seen in the map above. One of them in the Salazar Valley and the other in the Irati / Roncesvalles area, in the Larraun neighborhood or in the town of Burguete.
The tracks starting from the Salazar Valley always begin at the Ochagavía car park. When our accommodation in this valley is in one of the nearby towns, we can decide whether to do the kilometers between the hotel and the parking lot by traveling with our vehicle to the parking or using our own bicycle and the appropriate track segments, which are delivered when purchasing the pack. The distances vary between 2 and 10 kilometers depending on the assigned hotel.

To get the idea of what you can find if you decide to know the SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE click and browse below in any of these tabs.

Stage A:
Ochagavía - Burguete: Distance: 67 km   Unevenness: 1.405 m
Ochagavía - Larraun: Distance: 50 km   Unevenness: 1.110 m

Stage B: Circular Roncesvalles
Burguete: Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.260 m
Larraun: Distance: 43 km   Unevenness: 1.295 m

Stage C:
Burguete - Ochagavía: Distance: 53 km   Unevenness: 1.275 m
Larraun - Ochagavía: Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.055 m

Stage D: Circular Salazar Valley - Mirador de Urraul Alto
Distance: 59 km   Unevenness: 1.440 m

The standard option
Option Burguete - Distance: 221 km   Unevenness: 5.555 m
Option Larraun - Distance: 195 km   Unevenness: 5.100 m

We have tracks with a reduced version of the route for those who prefer a slightly smoother route.

Stage A: Ochagavia - Larraun
Distance: 38 km   Unevenness: 1.050 m

Stage B: Circular Roncesvalles
Distance: 31 km   Unevenness: 860 m

Stage C: Larraun - Ochagavia
Distance: 34 km   Unevenness: 775 m

Stage D: Circular Salazar Valley - Mirador de Urraul Alto
Distance: 42 km   Unevenness: 915 m

The SOFT option
Distance: 145 km   Unevenness: 3.585 m

And for those who prefer something more demanding we also have a PLUS proposal.

Stage A: Ochagavía - Burguete
Distance: 69 km   Unevenness: 1.780 m

Stage B: Circular Roncesvalles
Distance: 52 km   Unevenness: 2.060 m

Stage C: Burguete - Ochagavía
Distance: 62 km   Unevenness: 1.645 m

Stage D: Circular Salazar Valley - Mirador de Urraul Alto
Distance: 61 km   Unevenness: 1.615 m

The PLUS option
Distance: 243 km   Unevenness: 7.100 m

   
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Stage A:
Ochagavía - Burguete: Distance: 67 km   Unevenness: 1.405 m
Ochagavía - Larraun: Distance: 50 km   Unevenness: 1.110 m

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During the 1st part of the stage the Pyrenean peaks take importance on the horizon.

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The initial climb to the Abodi´s Range will be the most demanding of the day.

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In the high part of the mountain, the slope softens.

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SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE in its purest state

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Forest paths at the bottom of the valley

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

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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. We will have to dare with the PLUS option of the route to reach them.

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Some technical trails bordering the lake of Irabia.

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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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Stage B: Circular Roncesvalles
Burguete: Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.260 m
Larraun: Distance: 43 km   Unevenness: 1.295 m

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The first kilometers of the day pass by the vicinity of the forests that surround the old weapons factory of Orbaitzeta.

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Arnostegi Mountain Pass under the remains of the Roman tower of Urkulu. If we have made the official track (avoiding the paved track) in some section we will have to push the bike to get here, but the show will be well worth it. On the horizon the 2000 meters of the Pico de Ori. We will have it again on the last day of the route.

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In the vicinity of Lepoeder we will share the route for a while with the pilgrims of the Way of St. James.

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Port of Ibañeta between Orreaga-Roncesvalles and Valcarlos. Its condition of natural passage used since prehistory between the two slopes of the Pyrenees make it the collective imaginary in a place linked to the Battle of Roncesvalles.

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Ascent to Col de Lindus from Ibañeta. We move away from the Way of St. James...

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... and we enter the "deep" Navarrese Pyrenees.

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Between the Col de Lindus and Mendiaundi the landscape will not be wasted. We are in one of the "strengths" of SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE

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We begin the descent towards Roncesvalles by the slopes of the Mendiaundi Peak.

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The Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles in its environment. Above, to the right, you can see the Port of Ibañeta through which we have traveled in the morning.

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Collegiate church of Roncesvalles, one of the most important places in the history of Navarre.

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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 C:
Burguete - Ochagavía: Distance: 53 km   Unevenness: 1.275 m
Larraun - Ochagavía: Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.055 m

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The last stage covers almost the entire Abodi Range. This often becomes the limit of the "hat" of clouds that emerges from the northern slope.

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The first kilometers of the route cross typical villages of the Navarrese Pyrenees. In the image, Orbara.

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Different types of trees on the southern slopes of the Navarrese Pyrenees.

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In order to reach the Tapla Mountain Pass and finally climb to the top of the Abodi Range, we will have to overcome demanding stretches of cattle tracks.

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When the foggy "hat" makes an appearance the landscape changes.

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During a short section of the track, over the Tapla Mountain Pass, we will have to push our bikes.

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On the slopes of Pico Idorrokia we can keep pedaling.

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Mountains of the northern slope of Irati seen from the Abodi Peak. In the valley below them you can guess the SELVA de IRATI.

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Sections of "All Mountain" in the high part of the mountain range. Moments difficult to forget.

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Arrival at 1,532 meters of altitude of the summit of the Abodi, maximum height of SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE

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Spectacular panorama from the top with the Pico de Ori - first 2,000 of the mountain range - on the left, and the main mountains of the Atlantic Pyrenees monopolizing the rest of the horizon.

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Last meters by the axis of the Sierra de Abodi under the supervision of the increasingly present Pico de Ori.

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Descent to Otsagi by the Nordic ski routes of Pikatua.

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Otsagi, authentic prototype of the Navarrese Pyrenean town. Many narrow streets where you can "get lost" for a while and place of end of the route SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE

   
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Stage D:
Circular Salazar Valley - Mirador de Urraul Alto:
Distance: 59 km   Unevenness: 1.440 m

Circular Salazar Valley - Mirador de Urraul Alto SOFT:
Distance: 42 km   Unevenness: 915 m

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Track ready

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Abodi Range, the northern frontiere of the stage.

   
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  • Day 1
    • Arrival to Salazar Valley
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
    • 1st night: Depending on availability we will stay in one of the following accommodations.
      • Oronz - Hostal Rural Salazar
      • Jaurrieta - Hostal Rural Eseverry
      • Jaurrieta - Hostal Rural Irati
      • Ochagavia - Hotel Rural Auñamendi
  • Hostal Rural Salazar

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    Hostal Rural Eseverry

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    Hostal Rural Irati

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    Hotel Rural Auñamendi

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  • Day 2
    • Stage A: Ochagavia - Burguete / Larraun
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
    • 2nd and 3rdnight: Burguete / Larraun
      • Hotel Loizuif we are lodging in Burguete
      • Hostal Rural Urkixokoa or Mendilatzif we are lodging in Larraun
  • Hotel Loizu

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    Hostal Rural Mendilatz

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    Hostal Rural Urkixokoa

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  • Day 3
    • Stage B: Circular Roncesvalles
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
  • Day 4
    • Stage C: Burguete / Larraun - Ochagavia
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
    • 4th night: Same hotel of the 1st night
  • Day 5
    • Stage D: Circular Valle de Salazar
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
    • 5th night: Same hotel of the 1st night
  • Day 6
    • After breakfast: End of the PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE services unless a subsequent transfer service has been hired.

   
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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 beech forests of the Irati "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.
  • Ideal bike: Any mountain bike. There are no particularly technical descents, so you can prioritize the lightness of the bike more than its potential in the descent.
  • Orientation: The route must be followed with a GPS device or with the mobile phone App that you are used to using for the same purpose.
       It is not advisable to try to learn how to use an App on the fly.
       There is no on-site signage.
  • 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: It will be necessary to check the availability of supplies along the way depending on the dates we have chosen for our trip. The availability of restaurant services is very changing in the Navarrese Pyrenees.

   
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TARIFFS 2022

SELVA de IRATI PUNTO BIKE

4 Stages / 5 Nights

2 circular and 2 point to point stages

572 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

606 € Price per person for groups of 5 people

590 € Price per person for groups of 4 people

646 € Price per person for groups of 3 people

620 € Price per person for groups of 2 people

Single room supplement: 168 €
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

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


If you want the price of the Pack to be cheaper, perhaps we can lower the level of one of the chosen hotels. And also, if the number of participants is odd; request a triple room.
- This management is only done once the Pack has been contracted -


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

  • 5 nights accommodation in half board
  • 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

  • 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
  • Delete if not necessary the night at the starting/finalising point of the route

   
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