A Trip To The Pyrenees Mountains Is The Gains Getaway You Always Needed

Build strength and cardio fitness on this majestic mountain.


Jazz Kuschke |

Take On The Pyrenees

Europe’s ‘other’ mountain range is too often overshadowed by the Alps. Head to Andorra – adventure central, in the Pyrenees. Nestled between France and Spain, this mountainous region offers a host of activities to build strength and improve your cardio fitness, all while having one heck of an adventure. Think mountain biking, hiking, trail running and white-water rafting…

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The guided trips start out of Soldeu, at an elevation of 1 710 metres above sea level (about the same as Joburg, so you won’t struggle with the effects of altitude). From there you’ll venture into Siscaro reserve (where you’ll climb Circ de Pessons, which reaches about 2000m above sea level), cycle along the scenic trails of Port de Cabus (the mountain pass on the Andorran-Spanish border) and raft some serious rapids with experienced guides.

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It’s not all adrenaline, however, and the tour also includes biking the Iron Route, which takes in everything related to Andorra’s iron production process, from mines and forges to steelworks.

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