Basque Country Trekking (The Camino del Norte)

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The amazing Basque country is one of the best destinations to explore. Basque has their own ancient language, famous fresh cuisine , and some of the most beautiful mountains offering breathtaking scenic hiking and trekking routes in Spain. The culture, history, adventure and Basque way of life is a great , once in a lifetime experience.

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Basque Country Trekking (The Camino del Norte)

The beautiful Basque Country is blessed with stunning landscapes. The region’s nature reserves, hills and mountains attract hikers, walker, pilgrimage, rock climbers, cyclists and adventure sport enthusiasts. Culture and history, Gothic cathedrals and myriad of museums which abound in Bilbao and the capital city of Vitoria-Gestaiz. The coastline is untainted by mass tourism and the region has a rich cultural heritage which sets the place apart from the rest of Spain and Europe. The Basques have often been described as a mysterious people: Where did they come from? What’s the source of their language? How did they survive as a people despite waves of invasion of Celts, Romans and Christian settlers? These hilly and coastal lands have been farmed, havens for shepherds and exploited for their mineral wealth for centuries and centuries by the Basque peoples who share a common language – Euskera. Euskera is a pre-Indoeuropean language and believed to have been in use since the pre-Roman era. The Basque Country (called Pais Vasco in Spanish) consists of the three Basque provinces of Guipuzcoa, Biscay and Alava which together form one of Spain 17 autonomous regions. Although rocky with high cliffs, the country’s coast has many inlets harboring small fishing villages and beautiful beaches.

The region has a maritime climate with moderate temperatures and wet weather all year round. These conditions have been essential in keeping the Basque Country one of the greenest regions in the map of Spain, on our tour we will explore the roots of Basque history and the legacy of 19th C unbridled nationalism, born in the industrial age, on contemporary society.

  • Experience the unique Basque heritage with visits to pilgrimage sites and local bodegas
  • Hikes include forested trails that lead to monasteries and ridge walks past ancient stone monuments
  • Our goal is to show you the Basque Culture from the inside and help you participate in Basque daily life, being part of it. Feel free to ask our guide or friend Alex about any aspect of the culture you would like to participate in!
Day 1: Arrive in Bilbao

And transfer to San Sebastian( 1:30min Drive) check in to your hotel and rest for hour or 2, today we just had long journey. Tour briefing with first taste of wine and Basque dining. ( Dinner is not include in the price.)

Day 2: San Sebastian

It’s impossible to lay eyes on stunning San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia) and not fall madly in love. This city is cool and happening by night, charming and well mannered by day. It’s a city filled with people that love to indulge – and with Michelin stars apparently falling from the heavens onto its restaurants, not to mention pintxo (tapas) culture almost unmatched anywhere else in Spain, San Sebastián frequently tops lists of the world’s best places to eat. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants to stock up on calories for your walk ahead. It’s a day for preparation for our walks with city tour, There is many different tours you can do for day such like wine and dine tour, city tours, City bike tour. We suggest and organize 3 hours tours which cost 20 Euro each those who interested, Just put on your walking shoes and meet your local guide at the Kiosko of Alameda del Boulevard at 11am for morning departures. During this 3-hour walking tour, visit 15 significant sites in San Sebastian’s romantic Old Town area, learning about the people and culture of this Basque city as you go. Finish your experience with a pintxo (a traditional Basque snack) and drink at one of the many bars in San Sebastian’s Old Town. Overnight: San Sebastian

Day 3: San Sebastian to Getaria

Now its time to put proper boots on.. Leaving San Sebastian, head out along the coast to the well-preserved port town of Orio, and shipping town of Zarautz. Visit Torre Luzea, a 15th-century Gothic building. Next you have the choice of a higher inland route or a lower coastal option before reaching Getaria, a pretty harbour town. Walk: 20km, 6hrs Overnight Hotel: Getaria

Day 4: Getaria to Deba

From Getaria, the high and low routes re-join and return to the beach at Zumaia. A bit of ascent and descent brings you to Deba, where you can enjoy the beach. Walk: 16km, 4-5hrs Overnight: Deba

Day 5: Deba to Markina

The route heads inland from Deba, climbing over the mountains. Contrasting scenery to the previous days includes heavily forested hills. While it is also one of the most picturesque stages of Camino del Norte it is also a more difficult one. Walk: 20km, 5-6hrs Overnight: Markina

Day 6: Markina to Gernika

Follow a small creek towards the village of Bolibar and the medieval monastery of Zenarruza. Some nice quiet walking through woodland to enjoy before arriving in Gernika. Gernika is famous for Picasso’s masterpiece named after this town and inspired by Picasso’s disgust at the horrific bombing of Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Walk: 23km, 6hrs Overnight: Gernika

Day 7: Gernika to Lezama

A short day today gives you more time to enjoy Bilbao tomorrow. Follow pleasant forest trails and small country roads for most of the way to Lezama—a small village just over the mountain from Bilbao. We can finish our Hike here for giving enough time for yourself to enjoy the ancient city of Bilbao.But next day is only 12 Km walk we can start early to finish early and rest in Bilbao. Walk: 21km, 5hrs Overnight: Estella

Day 8: Lezama to Bilbao

Walk through farmland to Zamudia, before a climb to the top of Monte Avril, a park offering excellent views of Bilbao. From here continue downhill to Bilbao. There is plenty to see in Bilbao including the famed Guggenheim Museum, made from titanium, glass and limestone. Other highlights include the Gothic Basilica of Begona and the cathedral. The city of Bilbao is the largest urban area and the most important industrial and commercial center in Basque Country. Bilbao has an attractive historic center with a Gothic cathedral and many other historical buildings. There are plenty of shops and bars in the area.The biggest attraction of Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum. Built in 1997, this astonishing building was designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry, and is one of the 20th century’s greatest symbols of modern architecture. Its our last night we can go out and experience the night life and shopping. Walk: 12km, 3-hrs Overnight: Bilbao

Day 9: Onward Travel to home

Unless you are spending more time in Spain, enjoy breakfast and we will drop you to Airport until next time.

Price Includes
  • Guides: Our greatest resource!. All our guides are Basque and Himalayan guide, our friend Eder live in Basque year round and she have good knowledge of her own country well, – no hired-out college grads! When specified, we will hire few different guides for short city tour in Bilbao and san Sebastian to give you extra test of history, it will be extra cost of 20 Euro.
  • Limited Group Sizes: We prefer small groups to ensure that you receive the individual attention that you deserve. In order to treat each of our clients with a personal touch, we limit our group size to a maximum of 12 participants.
  • Accommodations :Namaste Nomad selects a combination of 2-3 star hotels,Guest house, restored country manors and family run B&B’s that offer the best in hospitality, comfort and location. All rooms have their own bathrooms. Tour prices are based on double occupancy. ( single supplement 350 Euro for 9 days)
  • Special Event Tickets: Wine tastings, garden tours, concerts, will be extra cost as well but we will provide the tour arrangements.
Price Excludes
  • Airfare to and from Spain, airport taxes / departure fees, visas, or items of personal nature – laundry, phone, luggage surplus charges, medical expenses, bar, tips, and extra transport or pick up from middle of the tour etc.)
  • Should your vacation to Spain be for more than a few days prior to or after your nomad tour, perhaps you would be interested in a Spain-taineous Custom Tour and personalized private itinerary. Let us know and we’ll create an itinerary especially in tune with your needs and desires.

Testimonials

See what people are saying about us!

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This was the second trip I booked with Namaste Nomad. The first was hiking to Everest Base Camp which was a phenomenal trip! I placed a deposit on Bhutan before I left Nepal due to the shear genuineness of Mohan. He is very thorough in ensuring a safe and successful trip. In Bhutan he was open to group needs and used this information to organize alternative to the original plans. The group I was with had great communication between so that we could make choices that benefitted all of us. If you are thinking of traveling abroad and you love realism in your travels this is the company to book with. You will get the chance to see everyday life in your travels vs sitting on a tour bus skipping the realities of life outside.

N2tele

Traveling with your eyes open, Bhutan!

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My husband and I found out about Namaste Nomad while on a hike in Ireland the year before. We stayed in connect with Mohan and planned going on the Island Peak trek. Being in the USA, all our communication was by email and Mohan answered all of our questions so we felt ready when we flew to Nepal. The trek was incredible. No stress. Mohan dealt with accommodations in Kathmandu and in the Everest Circuit, food the entire trek, flights to and from Lukla, and taxis from the airport. He gave great advice on the hike up, like avoiding dairy and meat and keeping a constant steady pace, so we didn't get sick or hurt before summit day. He was concerned about our well being and wanted us to make it to the summit and be happy as much as we wanted to. His sherpas were incredible men. Humble, sweet, and considerate. You can trust your guides and you will make a great friend at the same time.

Jame B

Island Peak April 2018 Nepal Trekking

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This was my first time on a hike abroad thumbs up to mohan for his attention to detail, the trip was well planned and organized the views where amazing . Thanks mohan for some great memories I can't wait for my next trip.

BBeno

Trip to picos

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What can I say about Namaste Nomads, just Excellent. From start to finish, everyone that we dealt with were helpful, professional, caring and accommodating in what we wanted for our adventure. Itinerary changes were no problems. The advice we were given before we flew out to Kathmandu and all through the trek were invaluble in making the trek a success. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel and met by Ashim who checked us in and explained about the rest of the trip. We met our guide Dawa (5 times Everest summitier). So much experience from all the Namaste Nomad staff. The trek was fantastic and Dawa (guide) and Sudip (sherpa) looked after us throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Their advise from what to eat and how to cope with the altitude was invaluble. The porters who carried our bags were efficient and our bags were always at the lodge well before we arrived. When we got to EBC a change to the itinerary was discussed with us. Dawa suggested we climb Kala Patthar that afternoon and see the sunset over Everest rather than seeing the sunrise early in the morning. What a brilliant suggestion as we saw Everest on fire. If you want to do trek in Nepal then check these people out. I would not hesitate to go with them again. Already planning a trip in 2020 with them.

Kaushal

Everest Base Camp Trek

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I had the pleasure of recently being part of another wonderful trip to the Himalayas - Annapurna Base Camp - with Namaste Nomad - a wonderful small business. There are so many reasons I would always choose Namaste Nomad over any other company. Most importantly it is a true Eco friendly organisation, everything is accounted for along the treks - food, water and waste. They are also Animal friendly and only use porters for transport. This is better as it is providing more jobs for locals, and removes any animal cruelty that can occur only the trek due to pushing yaks or donkeys too hard, too far and without adequate food or water. The food during my trips was phenomenal! If you listen to Mohan and the rest of the guides you are guaranteed success at altitude. Vegetarian, local and fresh food are on the menu. Everyone can live without meat for a couple of weeks...you most definitely don't want to be eating meat in a country that doesn't do health and safety and the food has to be transported on some ones back and could be 4 or 5 days before reaching its end destination - your plate. I have never felt safer on a trip in a foreign country than with Namaste Nomad. The sherpas, porters and guides are all local and have been with the company for a long time. They are all courteous, respectful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable - many of them having submitted Everest and other Himalayan peaks many times over. Everything is taken care of from your first interaction with Mohan. Flights, hotels, transport food, etc. The cost is the best value I have seen - even better value than most as the experience you are getting is unbelievable. As if that wasnt enough, Namaste Nomad also helps out small, local people and communities around Nepal with fundraising and charity works. If you want to raise money to give back to some of the communities you know that it is going directly to where it is needed and not into the pockets of charity CEOs. Don't listen to me any more, just book a trip with Mohan and see for yourself!

Kate F

Another incredible trip with an amazing company

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Himalayas, they are beautiful, intimidating and challenging. You might think they are perhaps to hard for you? Well, they are hard, but in our everyday life we are often very comfortable. We need to be challenged from time to time to remind ourselves that we are more than our houses, jobs and what others think of us. I needed that break and challenge two years ago. I joined Mohan and his team on the journey to Everest Basecamp. And lets get the boring (but important) stuff out the way. The team is as professional as it gets. We had the nicest food, best accommodation and best guides. Mohan created atmosphere of community and support. I often looked at other groups (that probably payed 2 or 3 times as we did), and they did not had the service and the fun that we did. But apart from all of the pragmatic stuff, they are the Himalayas themselves. My choice was to abandon the internet altogether (its there if you need it) and enjoy being there. For two weeks, the world forgot about me as i forgot about it. All i cared about was walking. It was like a meditation, an it was simple. Just one foot after another until we reached the destination. Mohan does expeditions the way they should be done. He cares about your spirit, what you eat, what you drink, how you sleep. He knows that those things will get you there and help you with the altitude. His team is supportive, and very experienced. I will be a repeat customer one day, and not once.

Jarek M

Everest Basecamp 2016

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I travelled to Nepal with Namaste Nomad in March 2018 to trek in Langtang Valley. There were eleven in the group, along with Mohan, our guide. We spent a few days in Kathmandu to acclimatise. We visited three Unesco Heritage sites in the city. Then the trek began- an eight hour bus journey to the start of our adventure.. We trekked for eight days in the are which had been devastated by the earthquake in 2015. The trek was exhilarating, sometimes challenging- Mohan reminded us that we were in the Himalayas- always an adventure! He knew what we needed/wanted before we did! The team of sherpas and trainees were really excellent- they sorted our luggage every day... even checking under the beds in case we left anything behind; they cooked our delicious meals & served us- some of us are still dreaming of Dhal Bhat😋! They were at our side before we knew we needed a hand up or down loose rock🙄! After seven days trekking we returned to Kathmandu to wind down. It was a great experience, made special by the attention to detail of Mohan- a birthday party 🎉, a St Patrick's Day celebration to name a few. What a trip! I recommend Namaste Nomad unreservedly & will travel with Mohan again!

Grace M

Langtang Valley Trek

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I recently traveled to Nepal with Namaste Nomad to climb Mera Peak. This trip was an absolute amazing life experience for me. Mohan arranged everything from flights to accommodation to food and everything in between. His local knowledge was invaluable especially in Kathmandu where he even got our money changed to ensure we received the best rate. The trek itself could not have been better for acclimatisation. It’s a slightly longer route than some but gives you the best chance of summiting. Our 2 Sherpas could not have done more. They treated us like family and not just clients. They did everything they could to give us the best chance at summiting .. which the whole group did. I would definitely use NN for an future treks in the Himalayas. 10 out of 10!!

Cathy Reavy

Mera Peak

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I love traveling with Nameste Nomad! This is my fourth trip with Mohan and Nameste Nomad, the reasons I keep coming back are; 1. Affordable- they are half price of most guide companies! 2. Ecologically friendly- when trekking in Nepal we take boiled water over plastic bottles, He asks that people think of their impact as travelers, leaving only footsteps not trash. 3. Quality- from transport to hotels we stayed in high quality hotels and comfortable transportation. 4. Personal touch- the guides where fantastic in looking after all sorts of details and needs. Each trip I have learned new words to use in the countries I’ve been in. 5. Humane travel- Nameste Nomad asks you to participate in the local culture by trying and eating the locally. As in Nepal you will be asked eat Vegetarian since that is the local norm. 6. As a small organization I have had the privilege to travel with the owner, Mohan on multiple trips. 7. Local impact- since I have traveled multiple times with Nameste Nomad, I have had the privilege to see Mohan do charity work while trekking. We have fed small children as we hiked and have stayed at off the beaten path locations to provide a more equitable impact in the mountains of Nepal. One group raised money to aid a village women’s group. Two years later I visited to see the final work that the money did. 8.safety- All guides with Nameste Nomad have had training in first-aid. In Nepal most of his guides have mountain rescue skills from working on Mt. Everest. 9.Multi-National groups. As an American, it is refreshing to travel with persons from all over Europe and Australia. Each time I’ve been on a trip I have met new friends. 10. Experience-each trip has been filled with wonder and delights; from my co-travelers to the knowledge of the guides. I have nothing but great memories and new friends!

N2tele

Annapurna basecamp trek

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October 2016 Everest Base Camp... I went with Namaste Nomad having looked at other companies based in Ireland doing the same trek. Mohan was always available to answer questions. He himself has trekked to EBC lots of times which is reflected in his knowledge and experience. He employs Sherpa's (and pays them a fair wage !) whom are also very experienced trekkers and some have summited Everest !! they are very in-tuned into the needs (inc health needs, signs & symptoms of altitude sickness), informing us of the different peaks and opening to talking about their experiences summiting mount Everest. The weather was not in our favour for part of the trek. One morning...at 4am the cloud finally lifted; Mohan came and woke us all to share our first glance of mount Everest it was amazing. It is a well worn track to EBC and the key is to take it slowly and enjoy...live in the moment! Mohan always ensured we ate well, drank plenty of clean water & paid attention to everyone on the trek to ensure we remained healthy & safe in order to reach EBC. Mohan had arrange some touristy stuff in Kathmandu before our departure to Lukla...which was great and an opportunity to meet and get to know the group. I would recommend Mohan and his company Namaste Nomad !! I have subsequently booked a trip to Bhutan with Namaste Nomad :)

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