The departure of this trek is the small mountain village of Camurac (1300 m), a wild and unspoiled place on the Plateau of Aillou, a Pyrenean plateau where the climate, the animals and the flora are similar to the high mountain environment.
At the beginning of our trip we enjoy the wide open spaces of the Aillou Plateau - the soft, green, mountainous landscape invites us to enjoy our surroundings at a faster pace ...
The continuing panorama of high mountains so close leads us to explore further. Soon the paths become narrow and steep to access the higher mountains. Away from any sign of civilization we set off to discover an unspoiled landscape.
Arrival of the riders at the gite in Camurac, a small village on a high mountain plateau at the heart of the Pays d’Aillou.
Camurac (gîte) – Espezel (gîte)
We leave Camurac and cross the Pla du Boum. From the Pas de l’Oours we can see the chateau of Montsegur as we look down over the Gorges de la Frau. We enter the Langarail where the herds spend their summer grazing freely. From the Langarail crest, the view is magnificent. We drop back dozn onto the Plateau de Sault and follow the Cathar routes. After several gallops, we arrive at our gite. 27Km and 4.5 hours in the saddle.
Espezel – Pic d’Ourtisset (refuge or bivouac)
We take advantage of the rolling tracks of the Plateau de Sault to enjoy our paces, then drop dozn into the small valley of Rebenty. We cross Belfort de Rebenty and then head up towards the village of Rodome from where we stat to climb towards the higher moutains. We enter the grazing lands of Mazubi, where our foals spend their summer each year. We stop just below the Pic d’Ortisset (1933m), where our refuge is situated in the middle of the grazing lands. The views of the surrounding peaks is stunning.
22Km with 1000km of ascent and 4 hours on horseback.
Pic d’Ourtisset – Col of Chioula (maintained refuge)
We leave our refuge and continue across the pastures following the tracks of the herds who live there, heading towards the Col de Pailhères at 2000m altitude. From this pass, we find ourselves on ridges from where we have a great view of the Dent d’Orlu (2222m) and of the Ariège mountains. We cross the Pradel Pass and after a magnificent day at high altitude, we drop back down and arrive at the refuge of the Chioula Pass at 1600m. 26Km, 1200m of ascent and 5.5 hours in the saddle.
Col du Chioula – gîte d’Appy
We descend from the refuge ro the Marmare Pass, then on foot through the valley of Caoussou before crossing several village perched on the cliffs above the Ariège valley. The Roman churches of these villages are quite remarkable. We spend all day on tracks across the Massif de Tabes and spend the night at the gite in Appy. 20Km, 600m of climb and 4 hours on horseback.
Gîte d’appy – Mont Fourcat – Montferrier (gîte)
We take a steep trail towards Mont Fourcat on which the surefootedness of our horses becomes most apparent. We quickly gain altitude and attain the summit of Mont Fourcat at more than 2000m. Le view is breathtaking as this peak is seperate from the rest of the moutain chain and allows us to see the central Pyrenees on one side and the whole valley on the other. We then descend on foot towards the Couloir before continuing on horseback towards Fremis. We drop down into the valley to arrive at our gite, from where we have an amazing view of the chateau or Montsegur. 28Km, 1500m of ascent and 6.5 hours in the saddle.
Montferrier – Montségur – Camurac (gîte)
We leave Montferrier and climb the valley to the foot of the Chateau of Montsegur. This vertiginous citadel was the scene of the end of the crusade against the Cathars, where more than 200 of them were burned. We drop down into Montsegur village and after crossing another pass, we arrive at the hamlet of Pelail and begin the climb through the Gorges of Frau. The cliffs ower almost 400m above us. After this final climb, we return to the Plateau of Aillou, where we can enjoy some final gallops before returning to Camurac. 30Km, 1400m of ascent and 6 hours on horseback.
Departure from Camurac after breakfast.
- Navette gare SNCF la plus proche (dépendant de la randonnée merci de nous contacter pour l’heure et la gare d’arrivée)
- Navette aéroport Toulouse Blagnac (rdv 14h au meeting point de l’aéroport Toulouse Blagnac) (75,00?)
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