Western Pyrenees, from the Mountains to the Ocean

French Bask country
Self-guided walking
Self-guided Walking
7 Days
6 Nights
6 Activity Days
From 535,00 €

This hike, which will take you from the Basque mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, follows the famous GR10 route, the great Pyrenees Crossing (415km from one sea to the other). It features a variety of landscapes specific to the Basque Country, nestled in the heart of the Atlantic Pyrenees. Here, perhaps more than elsewhere, when heading towards the coast, the landscapes crossed have an originality and an entity that are unique. The Basque Country is not to be defined in terms of high mountains and peaks, but rather by describing exceptional charms and cultural originality. From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the historic capital of the Basque Country, you will walk towards Saint Etienne de Baïrorri, with the sumptuous Iparla crest in the background, and then towards Bidarray. From rolling hills to small peaks, you will then cross villages with magical names, such as Ainhoa, Sare, Dancharia, with bright and shimmering tones, built in the purest Basque tradition. You will taste the Spanish atmosphere when reaching the border at the Col d'Ibardin, before descending towards Hendaye, to enjoy the charms of this lively coastal town bordered by the superb bay of Txingudi.

Dates and Prices


Every day from the beginning of April to the end of October (according to availabilities).
Booking from 2 people (solitary traveller: consult us).


From 01/04/2024 to 31/10/2024 :

Prices with luggage transfer :

Price per person for a group of 2 persons


Price per person for a group of 3 persons


Price per person for a group of 4 persons


Price per person for a group of 5 persons


Price per person for a group of 6 persons



Prices without luggage transfer :

Price per person for a group of 2 persons


Price per person for a group of 3 persons


Price per person for a group of 4 persons


Price per person for a group of 5 persons


Price per person for a group of 6 persons



Extras :

- Extra comfort version (6 nights in room) : 80€/pers
- Extra for a single room (if comfort version) : 120€/pers
- Extra departure in July/August/September : 25€/pers
- Extra 6 picnics : 75€/pers
- Transfer back from Hendaye to St Jean Pied de Port on week days : 160€/transfer
- Transfer back from Hendaye to St Jean Pied de Port on Sundays or public holidays: 180€/transfer
- Extra night in St Jean Pied de Port Bed & Breakfast shared dormitory : 35€/pers
- Extra night in St Jean Pied de Port Bed & Breakfast double room : 50€/pers
- Extra night in St Jean Pied de Port Bed & Breakfast single room : 80€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast shared dormitory : 40€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast double room : 65€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast single room : 95€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast double room July/August/September : 75€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast single room July/August/September : 105€/pers

Price includes

- Half-board except day 1 in BB

- Luggage transfers depending on the option chosen

- Dossier containing maps, route notes (1 for 4 persons, given in 1st accommodation)
- GPS tracks if you ask us + access to the detailed itinerary on the Mhikes GPS mobile application

Price doesn't include:

-Holiday and travel insurance

-Evening meal day 1

-15€ for booking fees

-Drinks and picnics

Day 1 : Start of holiday in Saint Jean Pied de Port

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the capital of the Pays Basque region. It lies in a circle of hills at the foot of the Roncevaux pass into Spain. After checking into your hotel you may choose to do a walk in the surrounding area. A chance to discover the many delights of this seductive region.

Explore St Jean and its surroundings

Walk through the Irouléguy vineyards and the village of Ispoure, in the surroundings of the capital of the Basse Navarre - a region with many touristic assets.

Kurutxamendi loop

The Kurutxamendi is a small hill dominating Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This pedestrian loop can be the object of a pleasant short and easy stroll at the side of the pilgrims who go to St Jacques de Compostelle. Despite the low altitude, you will have good visibility on the peaks of Navarre, and even Labourd. Distance : 8km, duration : 3h, altitude gain : +280m, descent : -280m. OR Distance : 5km, duration : 1h30, altitude gain : +145m, descent : -145m

Day 2 : From Saint Jean Pied de Port to Saint Etienne de Baïgorry

A challenging first stage in the heart of the Basque Country, with the ascent of the Mont Munhoa, culminating at 1021m, and the Oylarandoy massif, before reaching the wonderful village of Saint Etienne de Baïgorry. Distance : 19,5km, duration : around 7h, altitude gain : +950m, descent : -950m.

Day 3 : From Saint Etienne de Baïgorry to Bidarray

Today is another challenging walk that will lead you to Bidarray through some breath-taking scenery, such as extraordinary red sandstone cliffs along the famous crest of Iparla and its culminating peak at 1044m. From there, you will enjoy an immense panorama... Then you will go down towards the charming village of Bidarray. Distance : 18,5km, duration : around 7h30, altitude gain : +1250m, descent : -1250m.

Day 4 : From Bidarray to Col des Vaux

From Bidarray, you'll quickly reach Harpeko Saindua, a famous miraculous cave with curative virtues. Then, as you climb towards the Col de Méhatché and the Col des Veaux, you'll pass the Peñas de Ichusi, into a rocky landscape that is home to the griffin vultures that circle high above. As the stage is short, a return trip to the top of Artzamendi is possible, giving you a wide panorama: from the ocean to the first high peaks of the Pyrenees. Distance : 11,5km, duration : around 4h30, altitude gain : +750m, descent : -350m. OU Distance : 14km, duration : around 5h30, altitude gain : +950m, descent : -550m (via Artzamendi)

Day 5 : From Col des Vaux to Sare

Passing small summits and passes, the itinerary winds its way through the Zuccuta Pass, a superb lookout, and bypasses the Atxulegi (617m), and further on, the Ereby (583m). Then, you descend to the magnificent village of Ainhoa, a 12th century bastide village. Finally, via the pleasant and preserved Basque countryside, you will reach Sare, another pretty village in the Basque Country. Distance : 22km, duration : around 6h45, altitude gain: +300m, descent : -800m.

Day 6 : From Sare to Ibardin

During this stage, the trail will pass through the massif of La Rhune (larrun: place of grazing, in Basque language), considered as the first Pyrenean summit of the chain and which, with its 905m, remains the sacred mountain of the Basque people and a place full of history. You spend the night at the Col d'Ibardin, located on the border, with its ventas. An opportunity to taste the Spanish atmosphere and admire the superb views over the valley. Distance : 16,5km, duration : around 6h45, altitude gain : +1000m, descent : -700m.

Day 7 : From Ibardin to Hendaye

From the border, through lush green landscapes against the backdrop of the ocean and sites with a strong Basque imprint, you will gradually leave the first foothills of the Atlantic Pyrenees, leaving the Rhune behind you, to reach the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Hendaye, a lively coastal town bordered by the superb bay of Txingudi. Distance : 15km, duration : around 5h, altitude gain : +450m, descent : -850m 
End of your tour in Hendaye, where your luggage will be waiting for you. Opportunity to visit the city and enjoy its sandy beach.

This program is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. It may be necessary, if situations arise that are beyond our control, for the itinerary to be modified.


At your accommodation in Jean Pied de Port (64).


In Hendaye (64), after your walk.


Level 3/5
Regular walker, in good physical condition with experience of mountain hiking. Hiking 6h-7h per day on average, altitude difference 700m-1000m on average, on fairly easy trails, with some small technical difficulties. The walking times mentioned are given as an indication, they are average times that only take into account the duration of the actual walking without counting the break times. Depending on the weather conditions, the walking pace can also vary, ranging from +300m to +500m of climb per hour


Half board except day 1 in Bed and Breakfast    
1 night in Spanish venta in room day 2
1 night in gite in room day 4 
4 nights in gite in shared dormitory days 1, 2, 3 and 5

COMFORT VERSION (with extra) :
4 nights in hotels** in room days 1, 2, 3, 5
1 night in Spanish venta equivalent hotel** in room day 6
1 night in gite in room day 4 

For nights in shared dormitory, bring a sleeping bag liner (blankets are provided).

- Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam) 
- Evening meals, often based on local specialities include a starter, a main and a dessert. Evening meal in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port not included, restaurants available. 
They can be reserved in advance (with extra). Or you can buy them directly at your accommodation or at the grocery stores, mini-markets and bakeries listed in the roadbook.
- Drinks not included.

Luggage porterage

You will need to carry a day backpack only. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks. Your main luggage (that should please be easily transportable) will be transported by vehicle between the different night stops, unless you have chosen the version without luggage transport. 


Self-guided walking, without guide.

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