Benasque valley, is in the heart of the Pyrenees, with about 80% of the surrounding peaks reaching above 3000m high. No better place to enjoy heli-biking and feel the adrenaline of the 'copter flying high and later rushing down on the best trails in the area. AltitudeRides offers this incredible experience in the area. They are the first ones to offer heli-biking in Europe, none the less. We spent a full day with these guys and still can't believe what an amazing day we had.
The day started with a breakfast on a local cafe, everyone looking at the weather forecast since the helicopter can't take off if the weather isn't good. On a usual day, the schedule is: breakfast, one pickup shuttle to warm up, helicopter ride to one of the two peaks allowed for the moment (2750m and 2650m), 2 more shuttles in the afternoon with the pickups or vans. In our case, the weather didn't clear up until past midday so we enjoyed 2 long descents in the morning, the well known Planadona
and Integral del Gallinero
After two long descents, it was midday and time for a break. There are plenty of places to choose from to enjoy a good meal, we ended up in Castejon de Sos, with a delicious local menu. All eyes on Pablo, the main guide, waiting for good news from the helicopter pilot. And right with the last zip of coffee we hear on the walkies "Taking off! Taking off!". Adrenaline rushing into our veins, heart pumping nonstop, we are about to go on a helicopter ride!!
Before taking off with the bikes and riders, there is a small briefing to explain all safety measures. Once the pilot is done, bikes are loaded and off we go. All shakes and trembles, you see the rotor moving faster and faster... and we have taken off! The Benasque Valley lies at 1000m and Sierra Negra is at 2750m, in about 10 minutes we are on the top, with the most incredible views you can imagine. No words to describe everyone feelings. From here, just enjoy the ride down to the valley.
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