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In the footsteps of ibex in Ustou

Ustou, France

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Experience hosted by Michael

8 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, French

What you'll do

Hiking to discover the ibex and the great wild fauna of the Pyrenees with possible accommodation in a very comfortable stopover gîte in the Ustou valley or in my renovated barns before or after the experience.
We will go to the secret valley of Ossèse where the ibex, the isards, the deer and the brown bear live together. The ibex have been reintroduced into the sector for the past 5 years ... they had completely disappeared from the Pyrenees.
The hikes are open to anyone who enjoys walking in the mountains. It is not useful to be a great sportsman.
During the hike a long view will be available. I will also present the ibex kit.
This day is in partnership with the Ariège Regional Natural Park.
It is possible that I provide your transport by minibus from Saint Girons, Salies du Salat or Cazères.
Hiking to discover the ibex and the great wild fauna of the Pyrenees with possible accommodation in a very comfortable stopover gîte in the Ustou valley or in my renovated barns before or after the experience.
We will go to the secret valley of Ossèse where the ibex, the isards, the deer and the brown bear live together. The ibex have been reintroduced into the sector for the past 5 years ... they had completely disappeared from the Pyrenees…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    spotting scope available
From $62
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 1 Review
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Accompanied mountain guide, I organize hikes for ten years. Member of the association Les Accompagnateurs en montagne du Couserans, as a small upward travel agency in the Ariège Couserans we travel through the French and Spanish Pyrenees from Couserans where we live or from neighboring Aran Valley to the Béarn mountains or those of Catalonia and the Serra de Cadi. We also cross these same mountains on snowshoes. We are passionate about naturalism and also organize themed hikes on the ibex or the brown bear. An important part of our activity also concerns the organization of discovery classes for schoolchildren or camps for leisure facilities.
Finally my renovated barns in the heart of the Ossèse valley are a great starting point for hikes.
Accompanied mountain guide, I organize hikes for ten years. Member of the association Les Accompagnateurs en montagne du Couserans, as a small upward travel agency in the Ariège Couserans we travel through the French and Spanish Pyrenees from Couserans where we live or from neighboring Aran Valley to the Béarn mountains or those of Catalonia and the Serra de Cadi. We also cross these same mountains on snowshoes. We are passionate about naturalism and also organize themed hikes on the ibex or the…
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Where you'll be

The Ossèse valley (a stone's throw from the Cagateille cirque classified as World Heritage) and its secret corners in a more forested and little known universe. Former village of barns downstream. It is crossed by the torrent of Ossèse (known for the presence of the desman and the calotriton). Higher up, the beech forest took over. Holly meadows (summer pastures) lead to a small plateau from where it is often possible to observe ibex

1 review

Laurence
July 2020
Michael est très attentionné et passionné. Il a une attitude parfaite auprès des enfants, ils raconte beaucoup d'histoires et contes qui font vivre la ballade. Il a de très bonnes connaissances de la faune et la flore, sans oublier la géologie, ce qui rend très intéressante la sortie aussi pour les adultes. Il sait répondre aux attentes de tous avec simplicité et semble-t-il avec plaisir. Ce fût un très beau moment partagé sans compter les magnifiques paysages où il nous a amené.
Michael est très attentionné et passionné. Il a une attitude parfaite auprès des enfants, ils raconte beaucoup d'histoires et contes qui font vivre la ballade. Il a de très bonnes…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 9 and up can attend.

What to bring

Hiking clothing

Spare clothes