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LUXURY CLIMBING HOLIDAYS

LUXURY CLIMBING HOLIDAYS

Week long climbing holidays in the Basque Country at our chalet just outside Pamplona. It provides an excellent base for you to explore the world class sport climbing venue, Etxauri, alongside several other excellent local crags.

We include:


  • Daily mindfulness yoga sessions
  • Brunch style breakfasts & seasonal fruit
  • Take away lunches included
  • Organic fine dining including traditional Basque cuisine
  • 3 course evening meal
  • Local, seasonal, artisan produce
  • Biodynamic wines & craft beers
  • Tapas tour of Pamplona
  • Professional massage on departure

THE CLIMBING

The Basque Country offers some of the best sport climbing in Europe. Lots of pre-Pyrenean limestone, a relaxed attitude to bolting and locals who love to “ir al monte” has created some epic climbing venues…


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Woman sport climbing with vultures flying in Etxauri, Spain
fish dish in a organic fine dinning chalet holiday in the Basque Country

CUISINE

Modern European cuisine including famous Basque recipes and exciting dishes from around the world. We use local, organic and artisan produce.

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ABOUT THE AREA

The Basque Country stands apart in Spain for its climate, history, gastronomy and love of the mountains. We want to showcase this part of the world.


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Old town of Pamplona, Spain

THE ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation is a beautifully converted 19th century farmhouse in the hamlet of Osinaga, a 20-minute drive to Pamplona and nearby climbing areas.


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TAPAS TOUR OF PAMPLONA

We host a pintxo tour of Pamplona to ensure you get to try the best of what’s hot and explore dishes beyond simply jamón and croquetas.

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Climbers toasting in a tapas bar in Pamplona, Spain
Climbers having brunch breakfast in a chalet in the Basque Country, Spain

STYLE OF SERVICE

We like the sociable atmosphere and attentive service of the chalet setting for our holidays and also hope people leave feeling inspired by the experience.


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YOGA AND MASSAGE

Short yoga sessions are integrated into the holiday rather than this being a yoga themed retreat. The idea is to encourage a more balanced, enjoyable experience. It is open to yogis or newcomers alike.


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YOGA AND MASSAGE

Climbers practising yoga in a climbing holiday in Spain

The aim of mindfulness yoga is to increase awareness – physical and mental. Greater concentration improves performance and enhances enjoyment. Also, it increases strength, flexibility and balance and serves to reduce injury.

At the end of the stay you will receive a 30 minute massage from a professional masseuse in the chalet to leave you feeling fully restored.

Climber receiving a professional massage in a climbing holiday chalet in Spain
Climbers practising yoga in a chalet in a climbing holiday in Spain
Climber in a mental training for climbers course in Etxauri

MENTAL TRAINING FOR CLIMBERS

Learn to push to your limits and increase your love of climbing with 3 days of professional coaching where mindfulness meets climbing. * available on a selected number of weeks only.


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ABOUT US

We are a couple of chefs from the UK and Basque Country who, having worked for many years in the Alps and Pyrenees in restaurants, ski chalets and retreat centres, felt there was room for something new.


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Chefs cooking organic food in a chalet in Spain

BOOKING INFORMATION

We offer climbing holidays for singles, couples or mixed groups. Alternatively, you can book the whole place for your party.


PRICES

Room rate

Shared twin 1150€

Sole occupancy 1950€

2p double room 2300€

Mental training* 1400€

*on shared twin


Whole chalet rate (8p)

Regular week 8000€

Mental training 10000€


Discount

100€ discount for non- flyers. In order to reduce our carbon footprint we encourage guests not to fly to us.

CHECK AVAILABILITY

Recommended dates in May-June and October-November. Outside of this dates we only take whole chalet bookings.

(*) Weeks run Saturday to Saturday only

INCLUDES

  • 7 nights accommodation which runs from Saturday to Saturday


  • Meals include brunch breakfast, boxed lunch and a 3 course evening meal with wine over 6 days


  • One day per week is our day of leave. This means a simplified breakfast without a takeaway lunch. Whilst we host the tapas tour in the evening, what’s consumed isn’t included in the price


  • 5 days of yoga instruction – 45 minute morning sessions. Mats provided


  • 1 x 30 minute massage – at the end of the holiday

EXCLUDES

  • Equipment hire


  • Rock climbing holiday insurance


  • Guiding or instruction


  • Transfers and transport. You will most likely want to rent a car. We encourage car sharing and can put you in touch with others from the group

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CLIMB

Sport climbing area of Etxauri in the Basque Country, Spain

Etxauri (Etch-ow-ree) is an outstanding destination for sport climbing holidays with 40 sectors and 800 routes of epic south facing limestone. In Spain it ranks alongside Oliana or Siruana as a mega-crag but even though Adam Ondra and local Patxi Usobiaga sent the world’s first 8c+ route here, it’s still not become a tourist hotspot.


At San Fausto most climbs range between 4a and 6b+ and Peñartea has over 13 sectors of primarily low to medium grades.


For multi-pitch, Dos Hermanas has many semi-equipped routes around 250m long around grades 5-7. Aiztondo also has long routes through this beautiful stretch of the Sierra de Aralar or rolling mountainside.


We have copies of the local guidebook for you to use when you’re with us.


Driving time to these crags is around 15 minutes to Dos Hermanas, 20 minutes to Aiztondo, 20 minutes to Etxauri, 30 minutes to Peñartea and 45 minutes to San Fausto.

Climber and belayer sport climbing in Etxauri, Spain

CUISINE

Making vegetarian organic fresh pasta

The menu is largely plant based but we also use great quality meats, fish and dairy produce. Many courses will be vegan or vegetarian. We also offer entirely plant based or vegetarian menus.


Our food is organic, seasonal and locally sourced directly from producers. As a result food is ripe, full of flavour and nutrients, producers get a fair share and carbon heavy packaging and transport are avoided.


Home made


In house, we make, ferment or smoke a variety of produce such as kimchi, pickles, cheeses, pasta, pastries, ice cream, sorbet and we bake bread daily.


Spain is alive with regional specialities, artisan producers, vineyards, and dishes typical of seasonal festivities. We aim to bring some of this to you.


All of your meals, drinks, wine and beer are included.


A typical menu for the day is:


Breakfast


  • Poached eggs, home made English muffins, baby spinach and hollandaise
  • Organic fruit, yogurt and granola
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice



Packed Lunch


  • Wild rice, roasted butternut squash, aubergine and tomato salad with basil dressing
  • Fresh fruit and power ball



Dinner


  • Freshly baked sourdough with heritage extra virgin olive oil
  • Ceviche of Pyrenean river trout with avocado ice cream
  • Shiitake, feta and pomegranate fritters with pisto
  • ‘Torrija’ (a lemon cinnamon- infused milk- soaked brioche, caramelised) with orange blossom ice cream
  • Nas del Gegant, biodynamic, sulfite free, Catalan white wine


Chefs plating organic high end food

THE AREA

Ancient forest in autumn near Pamplona, Spain

The geography of this region is marked by the Pyrenean mountain range which stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean creating a natural border with France. The western end of the range however is more gentle, verdant and forested than the 3,500 metre high peaks of the desert like central range. The hills ascend here in high rocky outcrops offering us an excellent base in the Basque Country for climbing holidays.


Mountain culture


Basques owe a lot to these mountains. They sheltered them when the Romans and Moors swept through the continent and so preserved a pre-european language and folk culture. Here, children with names meaning ‘the-spot-in-the-oak-forest-where-the-stone-is’ learn to pick chestnuts from the forests and trek across the hills as part of school trips. The Basque Country’s more recent political and economic history has meant that the wave of mass tourism largely passed it by.


Gastronomic culture

Its verdant fields, ancient forests and productive oceans give rise to some of the best produce in Spain and perhaps explains why locals require 11 Michelin starred restaurants in a city the size of Leicester. Donosti (as San Sebastian is locally known) is coastal, decadent and refined. You can walk along the promenade alongside the two beautiful beaches, through the harbour, swim in the sea or surf. Pamplona, by comparison, is more down to earth, ‘más de pueblo’ and has more classically Spanish feel in the lively and historic central streets.


The travel time to Pamplona is less than 20 minutes and it takes an hour to San Sebastian.


Learn more about San Sebastian here, about the wider region here, Pamplona here and here’s the Michelin Guide.

Beaches and city of San Sebastian, Donostia, Spain

ACCOMMODATION

The chalet, named Mendiburu, (‘the head-of-the-mountain’ in Basque) is a restored farmhouse with plenty of room, a cosy feel and hillside views. The tranquil hamlet is at the end of a single track lane but close to climbing, hiking and the city.


The main features of the accommodation include:


  • 4 x twin rooms
  • 1 x double room
  • 2 bathrooms with showers and 1 x wetroom
  • Excellent beds and roomy mattresses of 110 or 120cm
  • Fresh natural cotton linen
  • 1 x living room and dining room with TV and open fire, downstairs
  • 1 x living room with TV, DVD, Nintendo Wii, upstairs
  • Large oak dining table for up to 12 people
  • Garden with outdoor seating, dining table, grill area and summer yoga space
  • Dedicated yoga attic studio including mats and blankets

Getting here is easy. From Bilbao Airport its 1hr 45 or via Eurostar to Hendaye its 1hr away. Both of these places have affordable car rental.


We encourage car sharing and can put you in touch with others in the group looking to share.


TAPAS TOUR OF PAMPLONA

Modern tapas or pintxos in Pamplona, Spain

In the Basque Country you’ll find the best examples of tapas in Spain. Here they’re called ‘pintxos’ which tend to be smaller, more sophisticated and often arranged on the bar itself.


Each bar tends to have its own speciality, be it smoked eel and red pepper mousse, sardine and sea urchin roe bruschetta, truffle puree and wild mushrooms, mussel croquettes in the shell or the Donosti classic, la Gilda, is simply a green olive, pickled chilli and brown anchovy.


STYLE OF SERVICE

Host setting table in chalet in Spain

This format means that as hosts we look after the chalet and cook, whilst the guests organise themselves otherwise, deciding where to spend the day and getting there under their own steam.


As locals, we’re happy to pass on all that’s good about the climbing, suggest restaurants, walks, favourite routes and anything else you might appreciate a local’s view on. If you would like guiding or instruction we can put you in touch with local guides.


A chalet holiday

Chalets are a sociable environment where guests share meals around a table, come to yoga together and often find new people to climb with. We offer climbing holidays for singles, couples or mixed groups. Alternatively, you can book the whole place for your party.

From a chef’s point of view chalet holidays allow us to put a lot of attention into the food, all of which is freshly prepared and cooked to order. We run a set menu and cater for a precise number of guests .Thereby we greatly reduce food waste.


All of your meals, drinks, wine, beer, yoga, and massage are included.

Climbers toasting in a climbing holiday in Spain

MENTAL TRAINING FOR CLIMBERS

If you’re asking yourself how to get better at rock climbing, and are coming to the conclusion that so much of it is in your head, then these training camps could revolutionise your mindset when climbing,

Arno Ilgner and David Villegas offer mental training for climbers

Professional coaching

We work with sports psychologist David Villegas. Besides being a qualified mountain guide and coach, David trained with Arno Ilger, author of the ‘Warriors Way’ approach to climbing and mental training. He applied eastern philosophical writings (like mindfulness) to his 80s macho self in order to overcome ego tricks including fear itself and other limiting thought processes.


“Poor use of attention creates fear, which can manifest itself in anything from performance anxiety to sheer terror. By using attention more purposefully we can understand how fear is created, deal with it effectively, and free ourselves to get back in touch with a far more powerful motivating force: our love of climbing. We can then create the kind of unbending intention that leads to an outstanding performance. The rock warrior’s way is a revolutionary programme for climbers who want to improve their performance and their enjoyment of climbing.”


Arno Ilgner, The rock warrior’s way


Course aims

In general over the three days of instruction with David you will learn to:


  • heighten your awareness body and mind
  • improve breathing (where mind meets the body)
  • develop fluid and impulsive movement
  • deal with the stress of climbing
  • commit more deliberately to a course of action


Controlled falling practice is an important part of how we overcome irrational fear.


  • fall safely and dynamically
  • evaluate the risks efficiently
  • distinguish between zones where you can and cannot fall
  • take appropriate decisions in the face of risk


The price per week including mental training training is 1,400€ per person.


Dates:

  • October 24th – 31st or
  • October 31st – November 7th
climber in a falling practice in a mental training for climbers course in Spain

ABOUT US

Our vision


We wanted to upgrade the mountain holiday experience to include fresh, international cuisine, well sourced food and a lower carbon footprint at a relatively undiscovered location. We also wanted to move chalet holidays on from the 80’s in terms of food, ethics and macho vibes.


About us


Maialen is from the Basque Country. She grew up in Pamplona and moved to Barcelona to study design. There she worked in L’Hortet, Barcelona’s oldest vegetarian restaurant and later became the chef at a retreat centre in the Catalan Pyrenees. She’s trained in Mindfulness Yoga and also teaches meditation.


Morgan is originally from the UK and trained as a chef in the Modern Pantry and Chiltern Firehouse, London. He has also worked on organic farms, for cheese makers and artisan bakers. He originally studied Sociology and sees the value in mixing food with politics.