Hiking a la donkey style in the Pyrenees

Hiking a la donkey style in the Pyrenees

6 day family adventure in Southern France

  • Nature escape in the Pyrenees
  • Explore the Plateau of Capcir with your family
  • Easy hikes with a donkey and a local tour guide
  • Swimming opportunities in lakes and mountain creeks
  • Adventure nights in tipis and yurts

Unique family tour in the Pyrenees: Guided by a kind and patient donkey, explore the beautiful mountain landscapes of the Plateau de Capcir, its crystal clear lakes, gushing creeks and rich pine forests, and discover wild animals such as chamois and mouflons. Suitable for children aged 7 and above.

Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Pyrenees with your family! Guided by a kind and child-friendly donkey, explore the nature reserve and the Capcir Plateau with its deep-blue lakes, lush green pine forests and infinite planes. Take a dip in the crystal clear creeks and mountain lakes, spend adventurous nights in tipi tents and yurts, and enjoy your hosts' delicious local cuisine. A relaxing afternoon at the hot springs in Saint Thomas as well as a visit to the regional climbing park will turn this trip into a once-in-a-lifetime family experience!

Price from 779,- €

Hiking with a donkey in the Pyrenees

Guided tour, 6 days

Difficulty level


Enquire now


Day 1: Arrival in the hinterland of Perpignan
Your family adventure starts at Mont-Louis/La Cabanasse train station at 9 am. A short hike across the Plateau de Cerdan will take you to the donkey farm where they await you.
Duration: 2hrs – elevation gain: 150m

Day 2: Circular hike
From the village of Eyne, embark on a beautiful hike along shady canal banks. Make sure to keep your eyes open for mountain animals such as chamois and mouflons!
Duration: 4hrs – elevation gain: 400m – elevation loss: 400m

Day 3: Yellow train & Caranca Valley
The Petit Train Jaune, a cute little yellow regional train, will take you from Planès to the valley of La Caranca. Explore the valley's beautiful landscape as you follow its hiking paths and bridges to a rocky ridge above a torrent and enjoy a refreshing bath in a natural water basin.
Duration: 4hrs – elevation gain: 300m – elevation loss: 300m

Day 4: Étangs de Camporeills nature reserve
Guided by a donkey, you will make your way to the mountain cottage of Camporeills. The hike will take you through the Galbe Valley_ and the Étangs de Camporeills nature reserve. The calm plateau offers a breathtaking view of the twin mountain tops of Mount Péric. At Camporeills Cottage, you will enjoy a copious dinner before turning into your tent for a good night's sleep.
Duration: 5hrs – elevation gain: 650m – elevation loss: 150m

Day 5: Formiguères
Start off your day with a morning swimming in lake Del Mitg before heading out toward Formiguères. The hike will take you to the Serre de Maury, a lookout offering a wonderful panoramic view of Mount Capcir.
Duration: 4hrs 30min – elevation gain: 150m – elevation loss: 800m

Day 6: Gorges of Carança and departure
Walking in direction to Gorges of Carança, following the river you take the famous small yellow train Le petit train jaune going back up 'til Mont-Louis train station where your trip ends ( approx. at 5:30 pm)).
Dénivelé : + 250 m, – 250 m / Durée : 3 h 30
Duration: 3,3hrs – elevation gain: 250m – elevation loss: 250m

For more information you can request our detailed information sheet via email. Please indicate which tour you are interested in.

Travel dates

  • Jul 10th, 22 – Jul 15th, 22
  • From 779,- €
  • reservations received
  • Enquire now
  • Jul 17th, 22 – Jul 22nd, 22
  • From 779,- €
  • open for reservation
  • Enquire now
  • Jul 24th, 22 – Jul 29th, 22
  • From 779,- €
  • guaranteed departure
  • Enquire now
  • Jul 31st, 22 – Aug 05th, 22
  • From 779,- €
  • open for reservation
  • Enquire now
  • Aug 07th, 22 – Aug 12th, 22
  • From 779,- €
  • open for reservation
  • Enquire now
  • Aug 14th, 22 – Aug 19th, 22
  • From 779,- €
  • open for reservation
  • Enquire now

Price cotation per adult
Child between 7 and 12 years of age: - €100

Our trip starts and ends at the train station of Mont-Louis/La Cabanasse.
Please feel free to arrange your trip to and from Mont-Louis/La Cabanasse by the means of transportation of your choice and extend your trip according to your preferences.

For parties of 6 or more, we're happy to arrange for additional travel dates and/or guided tours in English.
Please fill in our enquiry form indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.


Price includes:
5 nights in different accommodation (tent, Gîte, hotel), full board (lunch picnic), licenced local guide, donkey rental, food and luggage transfer, train ticket for the “Yellow Train”, entrance fees for the tree-climbing park in Angoustrine.

Price excludes:
Train or airfares to/from destination, drinks, travel cancellation insurance.

Guaranteed departure

We accept bookings from groups as well as individual travellers!
Suitable for children above the age of 7.
Guaranteed departure: 5 participants (max. 14 persons)
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up to 21 days prior to departure.


1 night in hotel, 2 stopovers gite, 1 night in mopuntain shelter, + 1 night in a mountain tent, all with shared sanitary facilities.
No single rooms available.
All tents are equipped with wooden beds, foam mattresses, pillows and blankets. Please bring your own sleeping bags and towels.
Delicious French regional cuisine & picnic lunches.

Level: Easy - suitable for children

Hikes: approx. 4 hours per day with average elevation gains of 350 meters per day, frequent breaks and occasional swimming opportunities.
Terrain: average mountain terrain.
Walking with French people, an authentic experience
French speaking licenced guide
A donkey will carry your luggage to the mountain cottage (one donkey per 4 to 5 persons, max. 30 kilos/66 pounds per donkey).

Le Petit Train Jaune

The regional train Le Petit Train Jaune runs on a railway line built in the early 20th century in order to connect the region's many plateaus. The cute little train,the colours of which are reminiscent of the yellow landscapes of the Pyrenees has become the region's pride and symbol.

Connecting Villefranche-de-Conflent and Latour de Carol, the yellow train runs through the Têt Valley and the Cerdagne region, totaling a distance of 63 km and climbing 1,200 meters to reach France's highest train station in Bolqueres.

The scenic train ride will take you through beautiful landscapes and across dizzying bridges and viaducts such as the 65m tall Séjourné Viaduct and the 80m tall Gisclard bridge.

How to get there

We recommend an overnight TGV (high-speed train) ride to La Tour de Carol via Paris. From there, a regional train or bus will take you to Mont-Louis/La Cabanasse.

For detailed travel information, please request our info sheet by filling out the enquiry form below.

Reviews for Hiking with donkeys in the Pyrenees

The review will appear after verification.