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

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I have just returned from the most remarkable trip of a lifetime to Everest Basecamp. I don’t usually write reviews however on this occasion I feel the need to share my experiences which I hope will inspire others to travel and to book a trip with Namaste Nomad. I booked this trip in Jan 18 after meeting with Mohan. After my initial meeting I had no doubts in travelling with Mohan and his team. Mohan is an exceptional person who is so passionate about his business and works so hard to ensure everyone meets their goal and has an amazing trip. Everest Basecamp was everything I imagined and much more. The views are breathtaking and the sense of achievement on arriving at Basecamp is so hard to put into words. The trip is a life changing experience as you learn so much about yourself and indeed about others. It really was a journey from the time of booking until we returned home from the Himalayas. I found it very challenging physically, mentally and emotionally but that’s what made it so very special. Throughout the trek Mohan was so attentive to our every need, every decision he made was the right one and his motivation and encouragement ensured we all made it successfully to Basecamp. Mohan’s knowledge of Nepal and the Himalayas is exceptional. Everything from planning the food to gauging the weather to recognising signs when some of us weren’t too well was spot on If you are considering a trek then I can honestly say that you will not get anyone better to travel with than Namaste Nomad. The team of Sherpas and Porters are incredible and the bond made with the Sherpas is one I will never forget, it really was incredible. As for value for money you will not get a more competitive price as I priced several others which were significantly more costly than Namaste Nomad Overall if you want a challenging and life changing experience then I encourage you to make that adventure with Namaste Nomad and I guarantee you will not regret it Thanks to Mohan and his team for everything, I will never forget it. Xx

Nomad92320

Everest Basecamp

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A truly enjoyable hiking trip through the Pico mountains in North Spain with Mohan,our experienced guide. The trip was well organised and food and accommodation of unexpected high standard.Great company as well. Next trip will be Langtang,Nepal with Namaste Nomad,can't wait.

Roswitha I

AMAZING PICO MOUNTAINS NORTH SPAIN

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Did the errigal sunrise hike. We didnt see the sun because of the mist and the Rain, but is was still a very beautiful trip to the top. Had a great guide (Malachy thanks again) and the trip was well organized by Mohan.

Tim Sterken

Errigal sunrise hike

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My serious walking career began at the age of 60, when I trekked with Mohan of Namaste Nomad in Ladakh. Since then I have gone back to the Himalayas with him every year: Everest Base Camp, Langtang, Island Peak... Each year I've thought it was as high as I could go, and each year I've come away wanting more. This time I hoped to attain the summit of my ambitions - to climb a 6500 metre mountain, Mera Peak, at the age of 65. Mera, known as the highest trekking peak in the world, was hard. It was steep. It was exhausting. It was wonderful. With the help of Mohan's right-hand-man, Dawa, and Nerbu, a younger sherpa; in the company of three other incredibly supportive Irish trekkers; with the amazing aid of our porters; and with the help, in my case, of copious amounts of oxygen (!), I made it to the very top. Mohan and Dawa always believed in me and did everything in their power to get me to the top. I am immensely proud to have done this, and immensely grateful to Namaste Nomad for giving me the opportunity. Seize the day, people. You are capable of so much more than you think.

Malachy D

[email protected]: Mera Peak

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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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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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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 :)

annekavanagh30

Trek to Everest Base Camp

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It truly was the greatest experience I've ever had. Going into the Trip I Didn't known anyone, Leaving we were the best of friends. The Shepherds knew exactly what they were doing and Also Great fun. Accommodation was brilliant And the views breath taking. The Main man Mohan, Always with a smile on his face, Made sure that every one of us went up and came down safely. I'll be doing more treks with Namaste Nomad in the future for sure!!

Padraig B

Once in a Life Time Experience

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Had an amazing trip. Was worth every penny. The sherpas and guides were very experienced and professional (two of them had summited Everest). The food was great too. Mohan knew what was best for the group, was great at leading us to Everest!

Kate F

Adventure of a lifetime

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Best company and personal guided trekking in Himalayas. I been to NEPAL few times and I have done trek in Annapurna circuit with travel company from Dublin ( not fair to say name?) That company collaborate with Nepali local company. This time I choose Namaste Nomad after friend of mine recommend Mohan from donegal ( he is nepali origin Irish citizen and previously worked in Himalayas as #sherpa and guide) I checked the website and see the cost of EBC, compare to other company from Ireland he was very cheap but his itinerary and service looks similar. It was bit hard design to take after seeing price as don't know why he is very cheap and rest are expansive. But now I can say it was the best design. After my #ebc trek with Mohan and Dawa I understand that they deal direct and no middle man. They have oxygen, emergency satellite phone, madicle kit, and we were guided by 5 time Everest summiter one of the humble guy Dawa Sherpa. I am so thankful that I made it to Everest Base Camp. Going up all food was dairy free and no meat, it was hard but great vegetrain food for healthy body and its safe and no sickness. In high altitude Mohan says meat and dairy dosent digest properly that's why many people are tummy sick and get altitude sickness in high places. Many big company doesn't care this much in details , probably no experience in field. Mohan and Dawa have great knowledge and so much caring. Mohan have great links with domestic Air and hotels and markets in Kathmandu also along the trek in tea houses it makes trip very flexible, he was able to change few places in itinerary in our demands. Instead of staying in Namche 2 night we travel to #khumjung like that didn't happen in last trip.Arrival dinner in Kathmandu was free and very well organise evening. Well breafing pre trek. Early flights in and out from lukla. No hassel at all. Luggage store in Kathmandu, Hotel moonlight is best place to stay just back of thamel and 1 minute from Everest Irish Pub 😁. Great rooms and nice beer garden in back. Sightseen was include in trip as well. Overall it was the best adventure holiday so far.I am already decided to do Meera peak with Mohan and Namaste Nomad next year.I fully recommend this small but amizing company for you epic trip to Himalayas.

Trek H

Everest Base camp


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