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Best Time of Year: Feb - October
Come and explore Mallorca's wonder trek - the GR 221 - a trail that enables you to discover the amazing dry stone landscapes in the Tramuntana mountain range. It is so stunning that it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the category of a Cultural Landscape. This trek is a short action packed 4 day break.
You can visit fascinating historical ruins and explore the traditions, architecture, customs, gastronomy and handicrafts of this privileged spot in Mallorca's geography. The route often takes one close to the coast and in some places to the loftiest peaks of the range, the highest point on the route being the Coll de ses Cases de sa Neu at slightly over one thousand metres. This combination of coast and mountainous heights, coupled with the variety of the vegetation, shady holm-oak groves giving way to the typically Mediterranean scrub (garriga or maquis), help to enhance the scenic attraction of the path. The trail is largely based on the network of ancient footpaths restored by the Consell de Mallorca, which makes it accessible for hikers of all abilities. Moreover, the island’s benign climate makes walking feasible practically all year round. This “Grande Randonnée” trail is 271 km long, distributed in 8 stages of the main route and there are 9 variants that connect with other towns or places of interest. At the end of each stage, you may like to use a refuge, or alternatively use a Hotel.
Day 1 - We'll meet you at Palma airport and transfer you to the start of the trek in Deia before we begin the short trek to your first night's accommodation in Port de Soller. A beautiful evening awaits-maybe a dip in the crystal clear water of the bay. Please note for this itinerary you should arrive by the latest 11:30 into Palma Airport.
Day 2 - Port de Soller - Mountian Hostel Tossals Verds, Time: 7 hours, Degree of difficulty: Medium - Overnight Mountain Refuge
Day 3 - Mountain Hostel Tossals Verds - Lluc (Refugio Son Amer), Time: 5:45min, Height: ascent 800 m, descent 850 m, degree of difficulty: Medium-high
Day 4 - Lluc - Pollensa (with option to continue trek down to Port de Pollensa Bay), Time: 6 hours,Degree of difficulty: Medium-high
Day 5 - Return to Palma and back to the UK. Please expect to book flights from mid morning onwards. Please checkwith Adventure Cafe before confirming flights.
We shall use simple hotels, with showers and toilet facilities each evening (sometimes shared, sometime en-suite) - but always clean, comfortable and full of character. We shall also use a mountain refuge, bunkhouse style accommodation is a recently refurbished refuge.
What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining this challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations),please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you advise us of and allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness-but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission-that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Please ensure you check with Adventure Cafe office (01460 2491910 before booking your flights.
Included In Trip
Your transport to and from the airport, your accommodation, your leader, breakfasts, support vehicle and baggage transfer.
Excluded From Trip
Flights, lunches and dinners. Transfers to and from UK airports.
Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature of all activities contain an element of risk. Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to the trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Most likely is glorious hot temperatures and warm sunshine, although rain and overcast conditions are surprisingly common here for Spain. This is due to the proximity of the Atlantic.
Be prepared for all weather conditions especially if heading into the mountains..
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