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3 Stages of Cycle Tourism through the Forests of Irati and Roncesvalles

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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING ROUTE

5 Days / 4 Nights

SELVA de IRATI - Mountain Bike

SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES is a cycle touring point to point staged route for mountain biking. It is located to the West of the Pyrenean mountain range in what is known as the Basque Pyrenees. Its path is divided equally between forest tracks and mountain trails of medium difficulty.

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.
In the proposal can also participate non-cyclists as companions.
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Pedaling on the bank of the Urbeltza (Black River). Irati Forest
Standard landscape of the SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES route
Reaching the top of the Okabe peak in the PLUS option of the 1st stage
Autumnal waters on the river Urbeltza. From the dam of Irabia the river will be called Irati.
Horses in freedom in the vicinity of Roncesvalles
Descent from Lindus to Roncesvalles on the slopes of Mendiaundi. 2nd stage of the route.
Pedaling through the Abodi's range. 3rd stage of SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES.
Between forests and pastures the route is advancing
Sierra de Abodi, main axis of the track of the last stage.
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The SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES route is located in the central part of the PIRINEO NAVARRO and is nestled between the 2,019 meters of the Ori Peak in the East and the forests of the "Quinto Real" and the Adi Peak in the West. Its geography is made up of a series of compact forest masses in lower altitude areas that combine with other deforested areas since ancient times and that present a clear pastoral component, with extensive mountain pastures dotted with shepherds' huts and important megalithic sets that take us back to the ancient occupation of these mountains in prehistoric times.

The eastern part of the route (stages 1 and 3) corresponds to the SELVA de IRATI itself. There, a strong influence of logging and water resources is visible. This translates into extensive forests, and water "everywhere" except in the autumns that happen to dry summers (rare). In the most eastern end the mountain begins to look "high mountain".

The western part of the route (stage 2) corresponds to the Pyrenees that surround RONCESVALLES. It is perceived in them an important influence of the Way of St. James that crosses the Pyrenees from North to South in this area and that leaves its mark especially in the atmosphere of the towns and mountain passes through which it passes.
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Stage 1:Ochagavia - Larraun - Distance: 47 km   Unevenness: 1.470 m

Stage 2:Larraun - Roncesvalles - Larraun - Distance: 43 km   Unevenness: 1.400 m

Stage 3: Larraun - Ochagavia - Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.170 m

The standard version
Distance: 130 km   Unevenness: 4.040 m

We have tracks with a slightly reduced version of the route with a total distance of 100 km and a unevenness of 3.500 m for those who prefer a slightly smoother route.

On the contrary, for those who prefer something more demanding we also have a PLUS proposal with a route of 166 km and a unevenness of 5.820 m

Stage 1: Ochagavia - Larraun - Distance: 47 km   Unevenness: 1.470 m

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During the 1st part of the stage the Pyrenean peaks take importance on the horizon.

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The initial climb to the Abodi´s Range will be the most demanding of the day.

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In the high part of the mountain, the slope softens.

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SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES in its purest state

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Forest paths at the bottom of the valley

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

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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. We will have to dare with the PLUS option of the route to reach them.

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Some technical trails bordering the lake of Irabia.

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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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Stage 2: Larraun - Roncesvalles - Larraun - Distance: 43 km   Unevenness: 1.400 m

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The first kilometers of the day pass by the vicinity of the forests that surround the old weapons factory of Orbaitzeta.

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Arnostegi Mountain Pass under the remains of the Roman tower of Urkulu. If we have made the official track (avoiding the paved track) in some section we will have to push the bike to get here, but the show will be well worth it. On the horizon the 2000 meters of the Pico de Ori. We will have it again on the last day of the route.

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In the vicinity of Lepoeder we will share the route for a while with the pilgrims of the Way of St. James.

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Port of Ibañeta between Orreaga-Roncesvalles and Valcarlos. Its condition of natural passage used since prehistory between the two slopes of the Pyrenees make it the collective imaginary in a place linked to the Battle of Roncesvalles.

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Ascent to Col de Lindus from Ibañeta. We move away from the Way of St. James...

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... and we enter the "deep" Navarrese Pyrenees.

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Between the Col de Lindus and Mendiaundi the landscape will not be wasted. We are in one of the "strengths" of SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES

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We begin the descent towards Roncesvalles by the slopes of the Mendiaundi Peak.

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The Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles in its environment. Above, to the right, you can see the Port of Ibañeta through which we have traveled in the morning.

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Collegiate church of Roncesvalles, one of the most important places in the history of Navarre.

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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 3: Larraun - Ochagavia - Distance: 40 km   Unevenness: 1.170 m

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The last stage covers almost the entire Abodi Range. This often becomes the limit of the "hat" of clouds that emerges from the northern slope.

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The first kilometers of the route cross typical villages of the Navarrese Pyrenees. In the image, Orbara.

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Different types of trees on the southern slopes of the Navarrese Pyrenees.

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In order to reach the Tapla Mountain Pass and finally climb to the top of the Abodi Range, we will have to overcome demanding stretches of cattle tracks.

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When the foggy "hat" makes an appearance the landscape changes.

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During a short section of the track, over the Tapla Mountain Pass, we will have to push our bikes.

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On the slopes of Pico Idorrokia we can keep pedaling.

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Mountains of the northern slope of Irati seen from the Abodi Peak. In the valley below them you can guess the SELVA de IRATI.

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Sections of "All Mountain" in the high part of the mountain range. Moments difficult to forget.

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Arrival at 1,532 meters of altitude of the summit of the Abodi, maximum height of SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES

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Spectacular panorama from the top with the Pico de Ori - first 2,000 of the mountain range - on the left, and the main mountains of the Atlantic Pyrenees monopolizing the rest of the horizon.

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Last meters by the axis of the Sierra de Abodi under the supervision of the increasingly present Pico de Ori.

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Descent to Otsagi by the Nordic ski routes of Pikatua.

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Otsagi, authentic prototype of the Navarrese Pyrenean town. Many narrow streets where you can "get lost" for a while and place of end of the route SELVA de IRATI - RONCESVALLES.

   
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  • Day 1
    • Arrival to Ochagavia
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
    • 1st night: Depending on availability we will stay in one of the following accommodations.
      • Itzalzu - Hotel Rural Besaro
      • Ochagavia - Hotel Rural Auñamendi
      • Ezcároz - Casa Otsoa
  • The three accommodations available are very close to each other and are equally valid to start the route. If you have any preference, indicate it in the application. If possible, we will try to satisfy it.

    Besaro-ext Besaro-hall Besaro-room

    www.besaro.es

    Aunamendi-ext Aunamendi-hall Aunamendi-room

    www.hotelruralaunamendi.com

    Otsoa-ext Otsoa-terrace Otsoa-room

    www.hostalcasaotsoa.net

  • Day 2
    • Stage 1: Ochagavia - Larraun 47 km
    • Dinner in: Restaurant Mendilatz
    • 2nd and 3rd night: Larraun - Hostal Rural Mendilatz
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    www.mendilatz.com

  • Day 3
    • Stage 2: Larraun - Roncesvalles - Larraun 43 km
    • Dinner in: Restaurant Mendilatz
  • Day 4
    • Stage 3: Larraun - Ochagavia 40 km
    • Dinner in: the hotel where we are staying
    • 4th night: Same hotel of the 1st night
  • Day 5
    • After breakfast: End of the PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE services unless a subsequent transfer service has been hired.

   
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  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year except in winter.
       Summer and autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; in the spring there may be mud at certain points of the route. In any case, we have to say that the punctual weather of the days in which we are going to make the route is more important than the time itself.

       At the end of Autumn the days are short, but more than enough for our purpose. The beech forests of the Irati "burn" with reds and ochres in those days, and the experience of pedaling during the day and taking a walk at sunset in that sea of colors reinforces the experience.
  • Type of tracks: In general, trails and tracks with more physical than technical demand, both uphill and downhill.
       For stages 1 and 2 we have more demanding variants in which the path sections are increased at the same time as the difficulty of the route.
  • Ideal bike: Any mountain bike. There are no particularly technical descents, so you can prioritize the lightness of the bike more than its potential in the descent.
  • Orientation: The route is followed by a GPS track.
  • Ciclability: Depending on the technical skills and the strengths of each one, the route is 95% cyclable.
  • Philosophy: The route is designed so that the stages can be completed and we still have a large part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
  • Provisioning: In the 1st and 2nd stage we have intermediate points where we provide food and water. In the last stage (shorter) we must be self-sufficient.

   
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TARIFFS

Minimum group 2 people

520 € Price per person in double room

490 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people in double room TWIN

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.

INCLUDED

  • 4 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

  • 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
  • PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE Welcome Pack

   
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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
  • 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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