In order to discover all the richness of the Basque Country's natural heritage, do not hesitate to go hiking and admire the perfectly preserved fauna and flora on the Rhune side.
Thanks to the different routes available, you can make or redo the ascent of La Rhune and discover new landscapes by taking another path. From Ascain, Olhette or Sare, you will find the most suitable climbing path according to the level of difficulty. For a faster ascent, it is possible to take the little train from La Rhune to the Col de Saint-Ignace station. Whatever your choice of itinerary, you are guaranteed to find a 360° panorama when you arrive at the summit.
For your getaway to the top of La Rhune, you can leave from the village of Sare. To find the route easily, a yellow marking named "From pass to pass" will indicate you the best direction. At junction number 4, you can enjoy a magnificent slide show from a plateau along the railway track. Before reaching the summit, you will pass through the Urkilepoa pass. The difficulty of this climb is moderate.
From Olhette, a place called "Trabenia"
From the Gite d'Olhette (Alt. 95m), two itineraries are possible. With a difference in altitude of 900m for 10.3km, count on average 2h30 of climb and 1h30 of descent. For both roads, the number of kilometres is higher but less steep. From Olhette, you can choose between:
The ascent by the Col des 3 Fontaines and the Cabane d'Arano Xola
The route is located at the left fork at the end of the car park. During the ascent, you will be able to enjoy a superb view of the entire Basque coast. At the Col des 3 Fontaines, you have the opportunity to take a short break in a hut accessible to all.
The ascent by the GR and the Venta Yansola
To reach this itinerary, you must cross the river and follow the GR (red and white). The first step is the ascent to the Deskargahandiko Pass. Then, continue on the same path, passing by the Venta Yasola where you can enjoy a magnificent viewpoint.
From Ascain (Alt 144m)
For your ascent to the summit of La Rhune, you can choose to leave from the small village of Ascain. The departure is from the quarry parking lot located near the village hall. By taking this route, the ascent is about 2 hours and the descent is 1h30 with a difference in altitude of 870 m for 10.7km. Relatively accessible, the last part is a little steeper with a rocky path.
From the Col de Saint Ignace train station (Alt 169m)
The departure from the Col de Saint Ignace station is undoubtedly one of the most popular routes, especially for people who do not wish to wait for the Little Train. To make this ascent of 736 meters, count on average 2h30 and 2h for the descent. If you choose this itinerary, you may have difficulty parking during the season.
From the Col de Lizuniaga
Intended mainly for hikers who are looking for greater difficulty, this climb up the southern slope of the Rhune is accessible after the town of Sare. With a difference in altitude of 911m for 9.3km, it will take you an average of 3 hours to reach the summit. Less well known, this route offers you a panorama totally different from the most popular routes.