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The MTB route of the BASQUE PYRENEES forests

4 Stages of Pure Mountain Bike through the Atlantic Pyrenees

SELF-GUIDED CYCLING IN STAGES ROUTE

BASOAK Aralar - Irati - Mountain Bike

BASOAK Aralar - Irati MTB is a mountain bike route in its purest form for mountain biking. It crosses the North of Navarre from West to East joining in its walk the Aralar Range, in the 1st stage and the Selva de Irati, in the last one. These two first quality Natural Spaces, join in the central stages, the Ultzama Valley (the Navarre Switzerland) and the endless forests full of trails of "flow" of Quinto Real and Roncesvalles recently reinterpreted by the modern philosophy of tracks of BTT developed in the area by the MTB and Trail EREMUA Center.
The result is an online cycling route with a quality difficult to overcome throughout the peninsular territory.

The PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE proposal to pedal the route is in broad strokes, a Self Guided Pack which includes the Half Board Accommodations, the Tracks of the route and the Luggage Transport from hotel to hotel.
As an option, if the cyclists use their own vehicle, we take care of transferring them in Taxibike to the starting point of BASOAK on the morning of the first day so that at the end of the tour their vehicles are at the end point of the route.
In the proposal can also participate non-cyclists as companions.
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Typical pastoral shepherds in the Sierra de Aralar
Spectacular "cencellada" in the secluded and magical place on the North face of Adi Peak. 3rd stage
Ascending to Okabe, last stage of BASOAK MTB - Irati Mountains -
Sierra de Aralar - BASOAK Aralar - Irati, Environment in the 1st stage of the route
The mountains of Basque mythology saturate the horizon
Descent of Burdindogi in the 2nd stage. Section in common with the "Carboneras" route of the EREMUA BTT Center.
Horses in freedom in the vicinity of Roncesvalles
Scenes on the route
Dolmen of Trikuharri watching BASOAK Aralar - Irati
Slopes of the Adi mountain in the 3rd stage. Maximum expression of "flow"
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Stage 1: Arbizu - Lekunberri - Distance: 41 km   Unevenness: 1.200 m

Stage 2: Lekunberri - Eugi - Distance: 54 km   Unevenness: 1.850 m

Stage 3: Eugi - Larraun - Distance: 49 km   Unevenness: 2.160 m

Stage 4: Larraun - Larraun - Distance: 56 km   Unevenness: 1.900 m

The complete route
Distance: 200 km   Unevenness: 7.110 m

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Stage 1: Arbizu - Lekunberri - Distance: 41 km   Unevenness: 1.200 m

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The 1st stage of BASOAK Aralar - Irati MTB is "Sierra de Aralar" from beginning to end.
The track of the route is clearly differentiated in a 1st ascending part in Gipuzkoa and a 2nd part in Navarra. Here after several kilometers above the mountain range we will proceed to descend to the valley in Lekunberri.
With an ancient pastoral tradition, Aralar is currently a Nature Reserve that maintains that tradition despite being in the vicinity of some of the most industrialized areas of the Basque Country.

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Comfortable route start in the vicinity of Alto de Lizarrusti, starting point of BASOAK Aralar - Irati.

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Lareo lake, the first important geographical reference on the route.

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On some occasion we will have to push the bicycle, but the usual thing will be to flow.

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Ondarre II Megalithic Complex

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Shepherds huts in Pikuta

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Cyclist blocking between the forest and the meadows

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Another moment, the same place. Oidui pastoral shepherds.

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Winding paths in the shepherds of Oidui. Lareo's lake is shrinking in the forest.

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Igaratza refuge, forced rest, the climb is over.

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Horses in Errenaga, 1,287 meters, the highest point of the 1st stage.

Basque Mountains in the background

The BASOAK line cuts the slopes of Aralar. The Aizkorri Range and the mountains of the deep Gipuzkoa close the horizon.

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Relaxed Cycling in the Unakoputzua camps.

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We are changing the valley and the Navarrese Pyrenees begin to occupy our horizon.

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Descent towards Lekunberri. If the snow paints the summits of the Malloak of Aralar, the cycling season in BASOAK MTB ends.

   
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Stage 2: Lekunberri - Eugi - Distance: 54 km   Unevenness: 1.850 m

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For almost 40 kilometers the profile of this 2nd stage is made up of an unbroken succession of meadows and forests regularly interspersed with the typical villages of the Ultzama Valley.
Without large slopes but with constant ups / downs we cross a territory that is "friendly" but in which it begins to be present the isolation that is gradually spreading throughout all the peninsular rural territories.
If we relax a lot we will face the last section of the day. A constant "wall" with more than 700 meters of unevenness completely alters the profile of the stage and requires us to stand firm. After one last effort, surely setting foot on the ground, we reached the top of Burdindogi Peak and we carefully fitted the helmet to drop us by the 600 meters of the "Carboneras" route - of the new EREMUA Trail / BTT Center - to the lake of Eugi.
Lovers of the toughest descents may choose, if they wish, to descend other more demanding routes such as Magnun or King Goitean. Regardless of the chosen descent it will be difficult not to arrive at the hotel with a smile on your mouth.

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The 2nd stage begins and the Sierra de Aralar begins to become a horizon.

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Already in the first kilometers the forest -BASOAK- takes center stage.

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Etxaleku, "type" town in the Ultzama Valley.

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Top of Itxondoa, ecuador of the stage and heart of La Ultzama.

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The prairies of the Ultzama Valley end abruptly in the forest front of the Quinto Real. We could say that here we enter the Pyrenees.

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Typical "carpeted" trail of the Navarrese Pyrenees.

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Descending the route "Carboneras" on "cencellada" day.

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End of day at Eugi lake.

   
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Stage 3: Eugi - Larraun - Distance: 49 km   Unevenness: 2.160 m

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If we had to choose a Queen Stage for BASOAK MTB we would surely decide on this third stage.
"Camouflaged" in the green line of the profile we find 2 descents of type "Eremua". The 1st deposit us in the vicinity of Zilbeti, and the 2nd, the so-called Balseta, on the equator of the stage in Sorogain. On the way we will have left behind the almost disappeared "Gernika de Picasso" painted on the trees, the bunkers of P Line - built during "Franco's Spain" to repel a possible Allied attack after World War 2 - and all the almost "magical" environment of the northern slope of the Adi Peak that we will have bordered while we contemplate - if time permits - the small rural cores of the Basque-French Pays at our feet.

We leave the territory "Quinto Real" and we go into "Roncesvalles" territory. The P Line keeps emerging sporadically, the information panels and QR codes that also arise sporadically in specific places, interpret the "Archeology of war" and tell us about the battles that developed on these same slopes during the French withdrawal in the War of Independence - slopes in which we, fortunately in our own bike way, also fight -. The sheep, which have been where you see them for more than 5,000 years, tell us about the shepherd past. Roncesvalles, which also appears there, tells us about centuries of pilgrims and battles between Franks and Vascones.
The descents are here more "flows" than in the 1st part and after descending the "avenue" that suddenly deposits us in the Weapons Factory of Orbaitzeta, we have almost finished the stage and we can to go back in time again and imagine the frantic activity that developed between those now old walls during the years in which the cannonballs came out of their furnaces and workshops and made it possible to create an empire "where the sun never set".

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Forest roads, usual in valley bottoms

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"Fauna" typical and abundant in the environment. With us we are all already.

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Cencellada, bunker of the P Line and Pirineum Navarrorum flow. Magic at BASOAK Aralar - Irati

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Col de Aratun, geographical reference of the Adi massif.

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Path along the eastern slope of the Adi. We are at the highest point of the route.

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Demanding climb between the Sorogain Lodge and the Txasperro summit-

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Spectacle under the slopes of Mendiaundi.

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The descent to Roncesvalles begins on the slopes of Mendiaundi Peak.

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The Colegiata de Roncesvalles in its environment.

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We leave Roncesvalles and head back towards the Irati Forest, crossing the southern slopes of the Pyrenees.

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Sections of "flow" on the descent to the old weapons factory of Orbaitzeta.

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Weapons Factory of Orbaizeta, we are very close to the end of the stage, so we can "get lost" for a while between its ruins and its history.

   
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Stage 4: Larraun - Larraun - Distance: 56 km   Unevenness: 1.900 m

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The last stage of BASOAK is the "SELVA DE IRATI" stage, the final icing on the excess of forest that we have already accumulated from the previous stages.
A tarmac road helps us quickly get into the heart of the "matter." The pace slows down while we perimeter the Irabia Swamp along the technical paths of its southern slope, and it is accelerated again by the succession of pistes and wide paths that define the track as we go forward "crossing out" objectives. Casas de Irati, The Cubo Fall... a wall that makes us stand up, and we enter the Irati of the northern face, the Basque-French, where the asphalted roads reprint rhythm to the track.
The character of total forest and wood environment predominant until now begins to combine with areas of pastures and livestock environment culminating in the wide top of the Okabe. This, if the fog does not prevent it, will become a practically unforgettable 360º viewpoint only blocked to the east by the imposing mass of the Ori Peak - the first 2000, on this side, of the Pyrenean mountain range - which we almost seem to be able to touch. The megalithic complex of Hilarrita appears on the side of the road, which with its waste of 26 cromlechs constitutes one of the most important funerary groups - if not the most - of Pyrenean prehistory.

We are already going down. Until the end of the stage - except for a slight comeback to "relocate" - everything will be down or flat. Grassy hills ... stretches of "singletrack" ... tracks and pastoral shepherds, maybe some boring dog ... Bridge of the Question ... Swamp of Irabia again ... more trails along the sometimes uncomfortable Channel Betolegi, through which the waters that begin to give shape to the Irati River are channeled ... and we have finished BASOAK Aralar - Irati.

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Daily scenes on the slopes of Okabe Peak.

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One of the most impressive megalithic complexes of the Pyrenees. The 26 cromlechs of Hilarrita in the vicinity of the top of Okabe.

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Some technical trails bordering the lake of Irabia.

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The route alternates wooded areas with others of a more pastoral nature.

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We reached the top of the Okabe without getting off the bike. When the fog does not prevent it, its 1466 meters of altitude and its location in the center of the Pyrenean axis make up a spectacular viewpoint.

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Descent of the Okabe Peak.

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Dam of the Irabia reservoir in the heart of the SELVA de IRATI.

   
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TARIFFS

490 € Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

440 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

410 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.


In the COMFORT format, accommodation is offered in single beds in the rooms each hotel assigns. These may be for 2, 3 or more people.

INCLUDED

  • 1 night of accommodation with breakfast
    Corresponds to the 1st night as usually the groups prefer to choose themselves where to dine during the arrival trip to the destination
  • 3 nights accommodation in half board
  • Taxibike

    Transport of luggage between destinations
    1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person

    Transport of non ciclists participants
    If not needed, the cost of the Taxibike will be deducted from the proposal

  • Transfer to the starting point of the route

    The morning of the first day we move the group to the starting point. So at the end of the tour their vehicles are at the end point of the route.
    If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal

  • Tracks of the route in GPX format for mobile phones or GPS devices
    Warn us if you prefer them in another format
  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day when groups are of 6 or more people
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity

   
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NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc
  • Mechanical Assistance during the activity
    If possible, we will try to help you in case of a breakdown, but in many situations this help can be very limited due to lack of specific spare parts or other circumstances. The cost of the service if it can be done is € 18 per hour + € 0.40 per kilometer.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

OPTIONS

  • Hire assistance vehicle during the route
  • Airport/station pick up
  • Bicycle rental
    We put them at the starting point of the route together with a mechanic to adjust them to your sizes
  • Hire Accident Insurance
  • Delete if not necessary the night at the starting/finalising point of the route
  • Single room supplement: + 120 €
    When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement
  • If your need is different from what we propose here, if for example, you have fewer days than the required ones for the route and do not know how to trim off, or if instead, you have more days and you want to stay a whole day in one of the lodges, pedaling or touring the area and continue the next day, do not hesitate to contact us. We will send you options and alternative routes for these or any other variable you can think of.

   
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