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  • Pyrénées 

GR 10 : The Basque Mountains - From St-Jean Pied de Port to Lescun

Self-guided tour, accommodation in hotels and gîtes

From
495€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the doors of the Pyrenees National Park, in Lescun, this second stage of the famous GR10 brings you to the high plateaus of Iraty, well-known for its delicious goat cheese, the Soule canyons and the karstic plateau of la Pierre Saint-Martin.
This route is a real hyphen between the Soule Basque region and the Bearn, two areas with strong identities and common customs. 
 

  • DestinationPyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesHiking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Huge variety of landscapes: from the Basque forests to the Soule canyons.
  • A “light” route: you only carry a little bag for the day, your luggage is transferred by car everyday.
  • No transfer during the tour, except the journey in train to come back at St Jean Pied de Port.
  • Espelette chili, Bayonne ham, Ossau-Iraty goat cheese…

Complementary informations

  • 7 days - 6 nights - 7 hiking days

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrivée à St Jean Pied de Port.

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    You can visit the ancient capital city of Lower-Navarre, situated on the 2 banks of the river Nive. Surrounding walls, old timbered houses, old stone bridge, and every part of this city brings you back to Middle Ages. Night and breakfast in hotel. 
     

  • Day 2

    From St-Jean Pied de Port to Phagalcette

    • Distance : 16 km
    • Duration : 5h15
    • Elevation gain : 835 m
    • Negative gradient : 490 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Point of departure of your route : St Jean Pied de Port. Its medieval citadel is surrounded by houses from XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. You pass over Caro and its wall to play Basque pelota and reach then Estérençuby, nested into a gorge, under Iramendy peak.
    Dinner and night in gîte in Phagalcette.
     

  • Day 3

    From Phagalcette to the Col d’Iraty

    • Distance : 20 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 1320 m
    • Negative gradient : 733 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Prepare yourself for a long stage where your calves will be put to severe testing, you will climb several passes between forests and meadows to reach finally the high plateau of Iraty.
    Dinner and night in Iraty.
     

  • Day 4

    From the Col d’Iraty to Logibar

    • Distance : 17 km
    • Duration : 6h
    • Elevation gain : 600 m
    • Negative gradient : 1380 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Use your energy to hike along the crests until the pass of Ugatzé. En route, you discover several “cayolars”, places of work and living for the shepherds. 
    Variant if the weather forecast is not fine : descent by the Larrau valley (13km- 3h30 Height difference  : +150m -850m). Dinner and night in gite.
     

  • Day 5

    From Logibar to Sainte-Engrâce

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Duration : 7h15
    • Elevation gain : 1300 m
    • Negative gradient : 1100 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    The Haute Soule region is well known for its canyons. Your path goes along Holzarte gorge and  Kakouetta canyon, going down to Sainte-Engrâce valley (entrance to the canyon charged between April to November). To finish, enjoy a last stop in Sainte-Engrâce small church, to admire amazing sculptures. Dinner and night in gite.
     

  • Day 6

    From Sainte-Engrâce to Arette la Pierre Saint-Martin

    • Distance : 12 km
    • Duration : 4h
    • Elevation gain : 1080 m
    • Negative gradient : 230 m
    • Type of accommodation : Shelter

    This stage is stressed by ravines, gorges and defiles to lead you to the pass of the Pierre-Saint-Martin where you enjoy a large panoramic view over the Anie’s peak massif. You pass close to the famous chasm of the Pierre-Saint-Martin, hotspot for speleologists.
    Dinner and night in refuge.
     

  • Day 7

    From Arette la Pierre Saint-Martin to Lescun

    • Distance : 16 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 560 m
    • Negative gradient : 1175 m

    From Arette la Pierre-Saint-Martin, you cross the Arres of Camplong, a long calcareous plateau. En route, you overhangs the Aspe valley and its mountains and then the Oloron valley with its surrounding peaks : Soumcouy, Anie and Coutendé.
    Stare at the magnificent chain of peaks called « Camplong organ » from Lescun, this is one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Pyrenees massif. 
    End of the stay.
     

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Key information and support

    Self-guided formula :

    You can go on your own, as a couple, with your family or with friends. We'll look after your accommodation, meals, luggage transfer and group.
    You have a good experience of hiking. From one stage to the next, you follow the maps and detailed digital roadbook that we have carefully prepared for you.
    Going on your own means hiking lightly, at your own pace, and taking full advantage of the pleasures of nature without worrying about the logistics of your stay. It also means being free to interpret and imagine what the landscapes have to say.

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

  • Food

    Your trip might not be the best time to diet, as it's an occasion to taste the local cooking. We place great importance to the quality of the food we provide : well-balanced and nutritious, providing lots of energy with the specialties of the region incorporated into each meal.

    Dinner in St Jean Pied de Port not included.
     

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Options

    Contact us directly about the following options:

    • Accommodation for the night before departure or at the end of the trip
    • Return on private minibus (contact us)
    • Rental of a GPS device with saved tracks
       

     

  • Accommodation

    Half board formula:

    5 nights in gites and refuges in half board formula: dinner, night and breakfast included. You share the ambient and conviviality in each mountain gite. You sleep and share little dormitories of 4/6 places. Sheets and towels are not provided.

    1 bed and breakfast night in St Jean Pied de Port: dinner not included, feel free to choose your restaurant in the town.
     

  • Formalities

    • Valid identity card.
    • Repatriation insurance recommended.
  • Difficulty level

    LEVEL : 3/5

    From 4 to 7 h hiking hours per day. 
    Technical difficulty : +1320m of positive height difference maximum. This hike is addressed to adult hikers in good physical shape able to walk between 4 to 7 hours a day and prepared to walk during several days. You must know how to orientate yourself, using a map, a road book and a compass. You must be mountain experienced. 

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    First day of the tour advised : on Sunday

    How to get there:

    By car : A 63 highway : Paris – Madrid, exit Bayonne and then puis 50 km (D 932) ; A 64 highway : Méditerranée, Toulouse, exit Salies de Béarn and then 60 km (D 933) ; A15 and A 63 highways : Pampelune, exit Bayonne and then 50 km (D 932) 
    By train : Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port train station
    By plane : Bayonne – Anglet – Biarritz airport and then bus shuttle

    Journey back : the best solution is to take the train (and/or the bus) to the point of departure. If you arrive by car, the most comfortable is to leave and park your car to Lescun and then take the train to St Jean Pied de Port.  

     

     

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on request.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transport by cab
Registration at 2 people595
Registration at 3 people530
Registration at 4 people510
Registration at 6 people495

The price includes

  • Half-board accommodation for hikes (except day 1 in a B&B),
  • Luggage transport,
  • IGN maps with route highlighted, map holder,
  • Detailed topo-guide,
  • GPS tracks in GPX format (on request).

The price does not include

  • All drinks,
  • Insurance,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Picnics,
  • Accommodation the day before departure,
  • Visits to monuments,
  • Dinner in St Jean Pied de Port.

The destination

  • Pyrénées

    The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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