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Trekking walking or running through the forests and mountains of the most remote and unknown Pyrenees of Navarre

- with variants between 2 and 6 stages -

SELF GUIDED ROUTE WITH GPS

5 Stages / 5 Nights

IRATI - RONCESVALLES

IF YOU NEED TO LOSE YOURSELF, YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Autumn begins in the pastures of Irati
Bunker of the P Line under the summit of Adi on spectacular "Cencellada" day
Posing for the camera under the summit of Txangoa
Autumnal waters on the Urbeltza river. From the Irabia dam it will be called Irati.
Arrigorria viewpoint over the Irati basin
Intense Spring on the northern slope of the Navarrese Pyrenees of Valcarlos
When the cows are absent, the deer recover their territory. End of route in Aurizberri.
The cable line updates the old Roman road to La Galia.
Zaldua, site of the Roman city of Iturissa
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NAFAR BASOAK TRAIL is a trekking route in stages for walking or running. It is located West of the Pyrenean mountain range in what is known as the Basque Pyrenees.

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

Apart from the main lines that we present here, there are other options of less or more days available as variants. Some of them are already listed in the "Variants and their rates" tab and others are prepared in a customized way to those who request them.

It will be strange to see the stages classified by letters instead of numbers. The reason is simple; We wanted to maintain the identity of the stage regardless of the combination we make. This factor, combined with the different numbers of days that make up the different proposals, and the possible variation of the starting point of the same, causes the effect that what for one group is stage 1 for another is eg 3. And this will ultimately make the final order of the tracks of a given proposal a letter code of type eg G-C-D-E, something more understandable than 7-3-4-5.
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NAFAR BASOAK TRAIL | IRATI - RONCESVALLES route is located is located in the central area of what already belonging to the Atlantic Pyrenees, comes to be known as PIRINEO NAVARRO. This is characterized by lower levels and softer shapes than the incipient abrupt Pyrenees that begins in the Pico de Ori - first 2,000 of the mountain range if we look at it from the Atlantic - and point from which few peaks will be below that altitude.

In the area that concerns us, the Pyrenean landscape has its own identity; immense forests - of beech forests in the highlands, and oak and boxwood in the lowlands - cleared fields - the result of the ancient pastoral and livestock activity - and small villages settled on the slopes, make up an easily recognizable landscape, settled in an older Pyrenees - and therefore more eroded - than the rest, and whose peaks range between 1,000 and 1,500 meters of altitude.

We are talking about a territory so vast that we dare to assure that despite being in such a well-known and frequented environment as the Selva de Irati and Roncesvalles, it hides trails, traces of ancient roads and even mountains unknown by a large part of the people accustomed to the area.

All the lands have their history and stories, and the PIRINEO NAVARRO obviously was not going to be less. This also has the added component of having been, in different historical waves, the entry point to the Iberian Peninsula of the different human groups, genes and culture - all in the same Pack - that make up the society that we have today.

Halfway between the humanized and the "wild", this geography allows us to perceive bits of the past accompanying our journey. Without much effort, stone totems - dolmens and cromlechs - from the Bronze Age come into view, the sheep you see are grazing on those slopes since the Neolithic ... in the Aizpea cave - next to the hotel where you stay. in Aribe - the remains of the "grandmother of Navarra" appeared, a woman who lived here 8,000 years ago.
The Roman past emerges on top of Urkulu in the form of a tower and in the Zaldua meadows - 2 kilometers from the hotel in Aurizberri - in the form of a recent excavation of the Roman city of Iturissa. The obligatory road that accompanied any Roman city is also emerging through the entrenched Valles de Arce, to the South, and Luzaide to the North.
In our descent from the peaks that fly over Roncesvalles towards Luzaide and in the subsequent ascent the next day on the other side of the valley, it will be difficult not to imagine the line - due to the narrowness of the valley - Charlemagne's army being attacked by the Vascones ambushed in the slopes in which it has come to be known historically as "Roncesvalles Battle".
In practically all the peaks, the remains of old military fortresses are visible. The well-structured insitu interpretation called "War Archeology" developed by the RAK Project, which we will occasionally find in the form of panels and QR codes along some sections of the route, will help us understand the importance of these fortresses in those moments of the history.

The westernmost part of the route corresponds to the Pyrenees that surround Roncesvalles. An important influence of the Camino de Santiago is perceived in them. The Camino crosses the Pyrenees from North to South in this area and leaves its mark - sometimes with scenes close to surrealism - in the environment of the towns and mountain passes through which it passes.
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Stage A:Aurizberri - Aribe - Distance: 24,6 km   Unevenness: 1.095 m

Stage B:Aribe - Mendilatz - Distance: 20,9 km   Unevenness: 950 m

Stage C: Circular Selva de Irati - Distance: 26,3 km   Unevenness: 760 m

Stage D: Mendilatz - Luzaide - Distance: 20 km   Unevenness: 900 m

Stage E: Luzaide - Aurizberri - Distance: 20,6 km   Unevenness: 1.320 m

The complete route
Distance: 112,4 km   Unevenness: 5.025 m

Stage A: Aurizberri - Aribe - Distance: 24,6 km   Unevenness: 1.095 m

Corona Mountain

View of the semi-desert Valle de Arce from the broad summit of the unknown Monte Corona.

Gorraiz de Arce

Landscapes from the mountains. Deep in the Valley and semi hidden by the density of the forest, Gorraiz de Arce, maximum exponent of the Deep Navarre.

Horses in freedoom

Little accustomed to contact with people, the animals here have a "point" of savages.

Irati river

The Irati River strives to be seen in the forest density that it itself produces.

Berrendi Mountain

Aezkoa and Mount Berrendi - tomorrow's work - seen from the Ariztokia viewpoint.

Irati basin

The Irati River makes its way to the South accompanied by a forest mass that does not make any attempt to disappear.

Aribe Baths

The abandoned Aribe Bathhouse scatters around it the memory of social life - in not so remote times - of the Irati Valley.

   
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Stage B: Aribe - Mendilatz - Distance: 20,9 km   Unevenness: 950 m

Aezkoa paths

Daily landscape of the Aezkoa Valley in the first kilometers of the stage.

Villanueva de Aezkoa

At the base of the Berrendi, the first summit to the East of the Sierra de Abodi, Hiriberri / Villanueva de Aezkoa, "standard" population of the Navarrese Pyrenees.

Berrendi Mountain

Rocky barrier characteristic of Berrendi in today's geography.

Berrendi woods

After the break on the southern slope, the forest takes control again on the descent down the northern slope of Berrendi.

Orbara in winter

The white of Orbara stands out in the winter forest of the high zone of Irati.

Intense forest

ometimes the forest will be confusing, attention to GPS!

Territorio Irati

The natural viewpoint of Mount Ugaibel shows us the "Irati Territory" as few places know how to do it.

   
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Stage C: Circular Selva de Irati - Distance: 26,3 km   Unevenness: 760 m

Presa de Irabia

Dam of the Irabia swamp in the heart of the Irati Forest.

Autumn in Irati

Ocher colored station at NAFAR BASOAK TRAIL.

Irati pastures and Oir Pic

Eastern limit of the route, in the background, the 2000 meters of Pico Ori, close the horizon.

Vacas curiosas

At least curious.

Irati pastures

Autumn begins in the grasslands of Irati.

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Sheep protecting themselves from the wind on the slopes of the Mendizar (old mountain).

Errozate Mountain

The mass of Errozate will become a company for a long time if - not having fog - we decide to follow the Mendizar top line instead of the GR 12 along which the route runs.

   
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Stage D: Mendilatz - Luzaide - Distance: 20 km   Unevenness: 900 m

Col de Arnostegi

Urkulu tower on the Col de Arnostegi - a colossus among the road bike mountain passes of the area -

Fuerte de Bentarte

Remains of military fortifications on top of Bentarte.

Leitzarateka hut

Leitzarateka. surroundings. A long descent begins towards Luzaide.

Astobizkar Mountain

"Intense" forest on the North slope of Astobizkar.

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago bursts into the route with force. For a couple of kilometers - the ones that we will travel in the opposite direction - the show is guaranteed.

Descenso a Luzaide

Descent to Luzaide / Valcarlos from the top of Leitzarateka.

   
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Stage E: Luzaide - Aurizberri - Distance: 20,6 km   Unevenness: 1.320 m

Mehatze Pic

Mehatze, first peak of the day, in this stage we will have many.

Valle Valcarlos

Hidden corners in the abrupt valley of Valcarlos.

Laurinaga panorama Ariztoi Pic

The stage runs almost entirely through the chain that cuts the Pyrenean axis from North to South with a union at the top of Lindus. If the weather does not prevent it, the views on both sides of the Atlantic Pyrenees are unique.

Aldaparri Pic

The day tour continues in sight as we ascend to the Mendiaundi (big mountain), the last summit of the stage.

Bunker in Mendiaundi

Archeology of War on Mendiaundi summit.

Bunker al atardecer

Use the zoom. Machine gun bunker in the center of extreme beauty.

Ori seen from Mendiaundi

We descend Mendiaundi observing how the summit of the Ori puts a stop to the Irati Forest.

Ciervos en Aurzberri

When the cows are absent, the deer regain their territory. End of stage in Aurizberri.

   
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Adi Mountain

Forceful mass of Adi seen from the Aratun pass.

Bunker en el GR 12

NAFAR BASOAK TRAIL section coinciding with the GR 12 on the north side of the Adi. In the foreground Bunker of Line P, built throughout the Pyrenees to defend a possible allied attack on Spain at the end of World War II.

Cencellada en el Adi Cima del Adi

The powerful "Cencellada" - process during which the humidity of the trees freezes - helps us to visualize that the north face of the Adi constitutes the first remaining glacial basin on this side of the Pyrenees.

Bunker de la Linea P en Mendiaundi

The well-structured insitu interpretation called "War Archeology" developed by the RAK Project in the mountains near Burguete will help us understand aspects related to Line P bunkers - like this one in the photo - and others related to the remains of the forts that are intuited in the tops of many of these mountains and linked to the different wars with the French.

Izandorre,Camino de Santiago

Some variants of NAFAR BASOAK TRAIL ascend the mountains near the Ibañeta mountain pass. From the top of Astobizkar the Camino de Santiago, aptly named "The European Highway" will not cease to amaze us.

Arqueología de la Guerra en Astobizkar

Astobizkar summit with its signage of elements of "Archeology of war" and remains of military forts.

   
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Panorama-Astobizkar-Adi

Growing old is not always bad. As the wine shows!
The antiquity of the Navarro Pyrenees with respect to the rest of the mountain range is the cause of those soft and allomated forms simply eroded by the elements.

   
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  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year except in winter unless you are looking for an adventure through snowy mountains. To the probability of snow, the hotel limitation is added due to the closure of many establishments on those dates, which drastically limits the number of feasible proposals.
       In any case, we have to say that the precise meteorology of the days on which we are going to travel is more important than the time itself.

       In late fall the days are short, but more than enough for our purpose. The beech forests of Irati and the Quinto Real "burn" with reds and ochres in those days, and the experience of touring its forests and mountains during the day and taking a walk in that sea of colors around the hotel at dusk especially reinforces the experience.
  • Orientation:GPS is required. It is essential since sometimes the route runs through mountains through places where trails disappear.
  • Philosophy: The tour 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. If you are looking for more toughness, contact us or consider the possibility of chaining 2 stages.
  • Provisioning: The tour takes place entirely through forests and mountains. At all stages we must be completely self-sufficient.

   
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TARIFFS 5 Stages / 5 Nights Base Route

460 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

440 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

420 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
390 €

Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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
  • 4 nights accommodation in half board
    The rooms may be double or triple when the accommodation is a hotel and shared when it is a hostel or a mountain shelter
  • 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
    Warn us if you prefer them in another format
  • 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
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

OPTIONS

  • Airport/station pick up
  • Hire Accident Insurance
  • Single room supplement: + 115 €
    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

   
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WEEKEND OPTIONS

ORREAGA EXTREM

2 Stages / 2 Nights

This is the 2-day Running Challenge option for those who want to "prove themselves" in the field of great mountain races by stages. The proposal includes the entire route of NAFAR BASOAK TRAIL | IRATI - RONCESVALLES except the circular stage through Irati.
In his profile, a simply spectacular proposal.

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TARIFFS
2 Stages / 2 Nights

205 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

220 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

245 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
180 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

ORREAGAKO GATAZKA

2 Stages / 2 Nights

The Roncesvalles Battle Trail

WALK THE MOUNTAINS AROUND THE BATTLE AREA

No historical vestige marks the exact place of the events. Taking into account the narrowness and intricacy of the valley through which the remains of the ancient Roman road towards Burdigala (Bordeaux) are already appearing, it is logical to think that an ambush throughout the valley floor was what allowed the Vascones to inflict in the 8th century a defeat to Charlemagne's army of sufficient caliber to avoid being forgotten by history and thus be transmitted in the collective imagination as the Battle of Roncesvalles; ORREAGAKO GATAZKA in the language of those Vascones.

If, as we say, we do not know where it happened, what we are sure of is that the watchtowers that make up the mountains that we are going to cover during the 2 days that this proposal lasts, are the same from which those Vascones controlled the movements of the army of the francs and the same ones from which they sent via "horn message" the instructions for the action, all this provided that there was no fog that day, of course!

We are facing a route that apart from the historical vicissitudes has an exceptional geographical and sports appeal. The fact that its layout is oriented perpendicular to the Pyrenean mountain range and geographically somewhat separated from its central axis, makes the views at all times exceptional. On the other hand, the clean terrain of the high areas allows to run - for those who choose to do it - with comfort in practically the entire route except for some sections during the ascent to Mehatze Peak at the beginning of the 1st stage.
As far as toughness is concerned, the measurements are those of an authentic mountain marathon - 43,1 kilometers - spread over 2 stages, and without excessive unevenness; 2.380 meters.

During the entire 1st stage it is difficult not to go back in history more than 1,000 years after the events that have given this route its name and thus find ourselves with the columns of Napoleon's army making our own journey in an attempt to reach and break Siege of Pamplona at the end of the War of Independence in which it came to be called The Battle of the Pyrenees. These events are reported on the route by the QR codes that we will find in various places on the route.
This method of information will also accompany us during the first kilometers of the 2nd stage in which we will also add to our route the factor "Camino de Santiago" which will quickly make us understand its nickname "The European Highway" with its transfer of pilgrims who occasionally they can become authentic "columns" that fortunately we will cross without consequences.

Above all these environments, it would be a mistake not to warn that what is currently going to monopolize the character of the route is the pastoral environment, which despite all the described vicissitudes, has been giving shape and human character for at least 5,000 years to this landscape.
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TARIFFS
2 Stages / 2 Nights

175 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

190 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

205 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
160 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

ORREAGA INCÓGNITA

2 Stages / 2 Nights

Option of 2 stages in the geography that its name indicates; the Orreaga Incógnita, a journey through an almost unknown territory in which we will combine the unknown Sierra de La Corona / Erratzu and the Irati River Basin in the South, with the almost unprecedented ascent to Ortzantzurieta on the South face from the Aezkoa Valley.

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TARIFFS
2 Stages / 2 Nights

158 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

170 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

182 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
145 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

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VARIANTS from 3 to 6 STAGES

RONCESVALLES - ADI

3 Stages / 3 Nights

Option of 3 stages, 2 of them surrounding Roncesvalles and the Luzaide / Valcarlos Valley, one of the historically most important entry routes to the Iberian Peninsula and the 3rd around the Pico Adi, the most emblematic peak of Quinto Real.

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TARIFFS
3 Stages / 3 Nights

245 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

265 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

285 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
222 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

RÍO IRATI - RONCESVALLES

3 Stages / 3 Nights

Option of 3 stages joining the classic territory adjacent to the Camino de Santiago, Roncesvalles and the Valcarlos Valley in the North, with the unknown Sierra de La Corona / Erratzu and the Irati River Basin in the South.

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TARIFFS
3 Stages / 3 Nights

270 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

290 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

310 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
240 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

IRATI - RONCESVALLES

3 Stages / 3 Nights

The 3-stage version of total Roncesvalles territory and total Selva de Irati.

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TARIFFS
3 Stages / 3 Nights

256 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

273 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

285 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
235 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

RÍO Y SELVA DE IRATI - RONCESVALLES

4 Stages / 4 Nights

The complete version of the route adapted to 4 stages, eliminating the mountain ranges that communicate with Luzaide, and replacing them with the peaks of Txangoa and Astobizkar on the central Pyrenean axis.

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TARIFFS
4 Stages / 4 Nights

342 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

360 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

370 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
315 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

SELVA DE IRATI - RONCESVALLES

4 Stages / 4 Nights

The standard version of the route adapted to 4 stages. Eliminating the Irati River Basin and replacing it with an almost unprecedented journey through Ortzantzurieta, the King of the mountains in the surroundings of Roncesvalles.

Link to Base Route

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TARIFFS
4 Stages / 4 Nights

360 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

388 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

415 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

WITHOUT LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
320 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or more people

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

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