Offline and off the beaten track.
Campfires. Stargazing. Thermal hot springs & 3000m peaks.
Peaceful, eco-accommodation. Seasonal, local food.
Time to reflect, connect & get inspired.
Welcome to the end of the road, where all good adventures begin.
A truly unique, soulfully crafted experience of meaningful outdoor living. With modern eco-yurts as our base and an immersive one or two day hiking and wild camping expedition into the mountains; there’ll be time for exploration, discovering new perspectives and personal reflection along the way.
We’ll visit the local French market for delicious seasonal supplies, discover and soak in wild hot springs (where water bubbles miraculously out of the hillside at 58 degrees celsius!), and cook together over the campfire, sharing stories under dark starry skies.
Our base is a beautifully restored, high eco-spec farmhouse, bunkhouse and wild camping area in a quiet village at 1550m altitude. On the edge of pine and spruce forest, hiking trails lead straight up into 3000m peaks of the surrounding Catalan Pyrenees.
Accommodation will be twin-occupancy in the simple and comfortable custom built eco-yurts, set slightly away from the main buildings next to the river, where we’ll have sole use of the outdoor kitchen, fire pit and waterless eco-toilets. Showers are in the nearby bunkhouse and when not cooking over the fire we’ll eat ‘out’ together in the lodge’s dining room, where they serve 3-course meals of amazing organic food and wine from local producers. The entire venue is offline, providing the perfect opportunity for a digital detox.
Dates + Prices
There are two opportunities to join us in the Pyrenees in 2018. We are running a 5-day pilot trip in June at the start of Summer, when the alpine wildflowers are in their splendour, and a full week trip later at the beginning of Autumn when wild mountain blaeberries are at their juiciest. Come solo, with a partner, or apply with friends, for a restorative and inspiring mountain experience.
20th – 24th June 2018 *Pilot trip*
Full price £550
Earlybird price £495
Deposit to secure your place £220
This is a unique, low-cost opportunity to be an ‘early adopter’ at Living Alive. A photographer will be joining us during the pilot trip, and we will enjoy a shorter, but equally high-quality version of the full week itinerary.
23rd – 30th September 2018
Full price £1250
Earlybird price £1125
Deposit to secure your place £500
- Earlybird deadlines: 31st March for June trip & 30th June for September trip.
- Don’t forget to check out our 10% off Eco-travel discount!
- All food and accommodation (based on twin occupancy)
- Transport during the week
- Guiding & facilitation
- Basecamp equipment for the expedition
- Your personal flights/travel to the rendezvous points
- Trekking and outdoor specific travel insurance
- Personal outdoor equipment
What People Say…
“Your kindness, thoughtfulness, knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement have made this trip so enjoyable. Thank you for making us believe that no matter how distant it appears, every mountain top is within reach!”
“I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe the wonderful job you did for us on our trip. Thank you for making this such a memorable and enjoyable time.”
“Thank you for an amazing trip! Thanks for your patience, your humour, your positive energy, endless enthusiasm and willingness to teach, to talk, to share and to listen. It’s been wonderful.”
“Thank you for your support, guidance and professionalism during our first mountain adventure. We enjoyed your approach and skill while managing our group & thought your explanation of the “little blue dot” was particularly poignant and thought-provoking.”
– Ron S
“Thank you very much for leading us on such a wonderful adventure. Your professionalism was outstanding and I just loved your stories & sense of humour! I will treasure memories from this trip for the rest of my life.”
– Julia H
Meeting Point + Practicalities
Where to meet + How to get there
We will be providing return transfers from Perpignan airport and Latour de Carol Enveitg train station to our base and back (see map for locations).
Perpignan can be reached by from the UK by air from London Stansted, Birmingham and Southampton. Other nearby airport options are Toulouse, Carcassonne, Beziers, Girona & Barcelona.
Latour de Carol Enveitg is a small but internationally connected mountain train station, where you can arrive by train in 3-hours from Toulouse or Barcelona, and overnight directly all the way from Paris.
At Living Alive we offer at 10% off eco-travel incentive when you choose to replace a flight with a train journey. You could take an afternoon Eurostar from London to Paris, enjoy dinner out in the city, then jump aboard the overnight train and wake up in the mountains.
If you wish to make your own way to the accommodation, please make it clear in the booking form and we will provide you with the information you need to find us.
What to bring with you
All the essentials to keep yourself comfortable both out in the mountains and back at basecamp. Full equipment list and travel information provided on booking.
What to expect
Although we won’t be hiking long distances every day, it’s important that you feel comfortable walking on generally good but sometimes rough mountain trails with a light day pack for up to 6hrs.
Depending on the needs of the group and weather conditions, there will also be the opportunity for a slow-paced 1000m ascent up onto the Spanish border and a nearby mountain summit for spectacular 360-degree views.
This would be equivalent to a summer ascent of Snowdon in North Wales.