So what is Fastpacking

Fastpacking is a combination of hiking, trail running and back packing. There is a huge blurring of lines and a big cross over of these three mediums of traversing mountain trails while fastpacking. It is quite rare to find someone that can run non stop long distance trails, we all have to walk at times, especially on the uphills. What we like to think of here at Big Smile Adventures is that the label of what you are doing is less important than the fact of being out there and doing.


We like to see ourselves as being able to be out in the middle mountain terrain moving and this is the important bit right here; MOVING EFFICIENTLY, as fast as we can without the need for long pauses. The whole point of fastpacking is in the movement involved and the distances we are able to achieve compared to a day or multi day trip of normal hiking with bigger rucksacks and more kit.

When you look at how small a backpack you can trim all your kit down to (just the essentials) it is incredible to think that we used to carry so much and in turn probably needed to use it because we were moving so much slower.

Here at Big Smile Adventures we offer a range of trips that can suit everyones needs to be able to achieve and learn those efficient movement skills.

Our fastpacking trips come in two styles (both guided) one where we stay in Guardian refuges and the other that is totally adventurous, the same routes at times as the refuge trips but where we stay in unmanned huts or out under the stars with this style we carry a stove and food for dinners and breakfast as well. If we arrive at a shelter and its full, we have to move onto the next one or sleep under the stars if not.

You do not need to be a high performing athlete or extreme adventurer, but you will need a good physical and mental tenacity and strength.

Here are the tours

FastPacking tour du Canigou.  €500 p/p