Altitude Adventure has been established to offer holidays with a relaxed atmosphere for active guests.
Accommodation for Altitude Adventure holidays is based in our own super spacious five bedroomed chalet “Mouli del Riu” within the hamlet of Le Mouli, on the edge of the village and ski station of Saint Pierre dels Forcats.
We welcome families, groups and couples and offer entirely en-suite accommodation in either double, twin or family suites to suit your needs. All rooms have MP3 compatible speakers and free WiFi access. All linen and towels are provided.
A comfortably furnished lounge with a wood burning stove gives guests the ideal place to relax in the evenings, whilst the pool table is the scene of many evening battles! There is library of novels and non-fiction which guests are welcome to borrow from whilst staying with us if they are short of something to read. Or you can try relaxing in our hot tub.
The large garden and barbecue area is bordered by a stream.
The large garage is equipped with a workshop for basic equipment repairs whilst on holiday and equipment storage area.
The Mouli has a non-smoking policy.
To make everyone's stay more comfortable, we ask you to bring suitable indoor footwear, as we try to keep snow and mud outside where it belongs!
For non-active days or just something different there is plenty to see and do:
The Catalan region can be explored by means of the famous “Petit Train Jaune”. This mountain railway (the highest electrified train in Europe) runs the length of the Cerdagne, from Villfranche de Conflent to Latour de Carol, with stops at many places of interest. As a spectacular journey in its own right it is hard to beat.
At nearby Mont Louis see the suns power harnessed and used in ways you wouldn’t believe possible. The Grand Four Solaire of Odeillo is worth a visit.
Park Animalier des Angles
On the edge of the village of Les Angles is an animal park specialising in the local species, including Bears, Wolves, Bison, Deer and various types of mountain antelope.
Gorges de la Caranca
These nearby incredibly narrow gorges offer a great walk using narrow bridges, ladders and aerial walkways to negotiate the chasm.
The area is famous for its thermals where the water comes out of the ground at 40 degrees. For a relaxing day or session why not try out one of the local spas or search out your own mountainside pool (we know of 3 "wild hot springs").
Locally, Font Romeu has some good outdoor shops and clothing boutiques, or you could venture further afield to Puigcerda just across the border in Spain. A day trip to Andorra to take advantage of its tax free shopping is great for those looking for a bargain.
Historical Sites of Interest
At the foot of the valley is the fortified town of Villefranche-de-Conflent. It is well worth an afternoon especially if you combine it with a meal in one of the local restaurants. It also has some show caves worthy of a visit. If we are not in a hurry we sometimes stop here for a café on the way to or from the airport.
There are many local ancient churches to explore and for those with their own transport the amazing city of Barcelona is a good trip.
If you need treatment or just fancy treating yourself, then we can arrange appointments during your stay. This could help with current injuries or weakness but can also prevent injury and improve recovery time to get the most out of your mountain activity holiday.
As well as this area offering classic biking from our base in Saint Pierre Dels Forcats, there is also the opportunity to take part in many other Alpine activities using local guides and payable locally, these include; -
This week could include a 2 day mountain walk staying overnight in a mountain hut, via ferrata, canyoning and more...contact us for more details!
Walking and Hiking
The Mouli del Riu is situated on the GR10 and surrounded by fantastic walking. It is possible to take a day hike over the Cambra D’Aze massif, walk one of the many beautiful mountain valleys to a high “Etang” or take a more gentle stroll in the woods.
There are a couple of local spots where you can try this exciting mountain activity.
We can arrange days out with local companies doing this fun sport, a great day out for a day off the bike. To watch a video of one of our canyoning days click "Here".
Tandem flights can be arranged with one of the local centres.
Sailing and Windsurfing
The nearby Lake Matemale has 2 sailing centres where lessons can be arranged or equipment hired.
This area is well known for its excellent trout fishing. We can arrange days out with a local guide.
We can arrange ½ day or day sessions with a local centre where you can try your hand at being a “musher” under the guidance of experts.
For non-bike riding partners or just a change of scene we can arrange riding at the equestrian centre situated next to our chalet. (Subject to seasonal opening dates)
There is a great open air complex at Err open during the summer months, with a wave pool and slides, or you could take a dip in one of the mountain lakes where in summer the water temperature can reach 25 degrees.
With perfect Pyrenean cols on our doorstep we are in an ideal position to help you maximise your training for this years Etape, or any other mountain sportives that you may be considering. We can offer fully catered long weekend or week training camps with training and route advice.
With a base altitude of 1450m and roads heading out in all directions, this is the ideal base for road riders who want to ride in the mountains. Classic day loops can be arranged riding over high mountain cols in France, Spain and Andorra with passes reaching altitudes of 2400m. Road only weeks can be arranged for groups of 6 or more riders where full backup and guiding will be offered. At other times route plans will be supplied using MemoryMap mapping giving clear details of the days ride including elevation charts, recommended lunch stops and emergency details. Where possible a guide will also accompany you or vehicle backup will be arranged for point-to-point rides.
To get the most out of your holiday we recommend that you should be capable of riding in arduous terrain for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Many of our rides can take all day and can pass over some remote alpine roads. Be aware that as we are based at an altitude of about 1500m and that a lot of your riding will be above this altitude you will feel the effects of the thinner air but benefit from the altitude training.
A year round activity in this part of the French Pyrenees. On the sun blessed south facing crags and boulders during the winter and higher in the mountains during the heat of the summer.
The main climbing attraction here are the world class granite boulders of Targasonne about 20 minutes’ drive from our location. Here we can use our local knowledge to negotiate the maze of boulders and show you some of the best circuits and problems. In total there are over 900 recorded problems which range from introductory romps right through to tendon snapping nasties. The international status of the area has been confirmed through the visits of climbing stars such as Chris Sharma and Lisa Rands.
The region is also blessed with a number of well bolted granite crags offering excellent climbs in the lower grades (4+ through to 6c). One of the best of these stands just outside the Mouli itself offering about 20 quality routes on excellent granite, ideal for an afternoon’s entertainment.
For the mountaineering inclined there are also epic summer and winter adventures to be had in the mountains of the region. The mountains of the Cambre d'Aze host a number of excellent, long and demanding ridge walks, and the Cambre d'Aze itself offers several winter gulley lines including the classic Vermicelle Couloir.
Please note - Altitude Adventure is not able to offer guided rock climbing activities, but we have contacts with local guides and can make arrangements if requested.
Danny Milner reports after an April biking visit to us...." I'm guided along alpine singletrack beneath limestone bluffs the spitting image if the Dolomites or the Canadian Rockies, along precipitious terraces overhung by ochre rock formations that resemble parts of Colorado, and through pine forests scattered with huge granite boulders that remind me of Lake Tahoe. It's like a journey through the world's best singletrack, condensed into a 25km radius."
"High Life in the Pyrenees" by MBR Magazine
Mouli del Riu, 66210, St Pierre dels Forcats, France.