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  • Pyrénées 

GR 10 : The Great Sites of the Pyrenees From Cauterets to Bagnères de Luchon

Roaming tour, without guide

From
620€/person

Presentation of your trip

You enter the realm of high peaks. Let yourself by guided by the brave mountaineers who first ascended the mountains of Vignemale and Gavarnie thus contributing to the most beautiful pages on ‘Pyreneism’. Follow in their footsteps by climbing to the highest point of the GR10 on the Hourquette d’Ossoué mountain pass.
Your itinerary is punctuated by many highlights : thermal spa resorts of Cauterets, Barèges and Bagnères de Luchon; the riches of the Pyrenees National Park, the Néouvielle Nature Reserve and its sumptuous lakes.
You will traverse the most remote parts of the Pays de Toys, typical villages in the Vallée d’Aube with their Roman churches and remnants of the Bigorre pastoral traditions.
 

  • 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

  • The Massif du Vignemale and the Cirque de Gavarnie which has been named as a world heritage site
  • The high-mountain landscapes and the highest point of the GR10 on the Hourquette d’Ossoué mountain pass.
  • The thermal spa resorts of Cauterets, Barèges and Bagnères de Luchon

Complementary informations

  • 7 Jours 6 nights with 7 Jours of hiking

Program

  • Day 1

    From Cauterets to the Refuge de Baysselance

    • Distance : 12 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 1120 m
    • Negative gradient : 130 m
    • Type of accommodation : Shelter

    A short transfer to the remarkable Pont d’Espagne. You enter into the first stage - high in the mountains and rich in exceptional natural sites: the Lac de Gaube which has inspired numerous poets, the Massif du Vignemale which climbs to a height of 3298m and includes a number of mountain passes (Cols) of more than 2000m: Arraillé and Hourquette-Ossoué (2734m), the highest point of the GR10.

    Night in the Refuge de Baysselance, the highest in the Pyrenees and the traditional departure point for climbing the Vignemale via the Ossoué glacier (you will not have your luggage for this night).
     

  • Day 2

    From the Refuge de Baysselance to Gavarnie

    • Distance : 18 km
    • Duration : 6h30
    • Elevation gain : 300 m
    • Negative gradient : 1400 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Take in the vertiginous panoramas in the heart of the Vallée d’Ossoué, following the caves of Bellevue.  Descend towards Gavarnie, whose Cirque is class as a UNESCO world heritage site.

    Night in a gite in Gavarnie.
     

  • Day 3

    From Barèges to Lac d'Orédon

    • Distance : 16 km
    • Duration : 6h
    • Elevation gain : 950 m
    • Negative gradient : 650 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Pass over Barèges on the Pont de Gaubie (1538m).

    Set off once again on beautiful steep trails to the Madamède Pass (2509m). As you enter the Néouvielle Nature Reserve, you can admire the centuries-old pine forest and the granite massif, dotted with glacial lakes…
    Night in a gite overlooking Lac d’Orédon.
     

  • Day 4

    From Lac d'Orédon to St Lary Soulan

    • Distance : 21 km
    • Duration : 8h
    • Elevation gain : 760 m
    • Negative gradient : 1670 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Profit from this gentler stage that takes you over the Portet Pass to discover the Lac de l’Oule and the manganese mines (option to visit the underground shafts). 
    In Saint-Lary, take a moment to relax in the Thermoludic Centre.

    Night in a gite in St Lary.
     

  • Day 5

    From St Lary to Germ

    • Distance : 14 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 1040 m
    • Negative gradient : 580 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    This stage is the perfect opportunity to visit a number of traditional villages - Bourisp, Azet, Loudenvielle, Germ and their Roman churches. 
    Night in Germ in a gite.
     

  • Day 6

    From Germ to the Refuge d’Espingo

    • Distance : 17.5 km
    • Duration : 8h30
    • Elevation gain : 1580 m
    • Negative gradient : 1011 m
    • Type of accommodation : Shelter

    Your calf muscles are really going to be put to the test here but your efforts will certainly not be vain ! As you climb, you will marvel at the panorama sweeping over the Vallée du Louron and the high peaks before reaching the Lac Oô and its stunning waterfall. After a rather steep climb and a series of ‘balconies’, you are able to look out over the Vallée du Louron and all of its towering peaks. 
    Night in the Refuge d’Espingo (you will not have your luggage for this night).
     

  • Day 7

    From the Refuge d’Espingo to Bagnères de Luchon

    • Distance : 16 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 550 m
    • Negative gradient : 1650 m

    Taking in the high mountain landscapes again, passing over mountain passes at more than 2000m before descending back into Bagnères de Luchon.
    Don’t hesitate to head straight to the thermal spa. 
    End of trip.
     

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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.

  • 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
       

     

  • Formalities

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

    Picnics (lunch) are not included.
     

  • Luggage

    You only need to carry your personal belongings necessary for a day at a time. Bags will be transported by vehicle or assistance vehicle. Please respect the luggage limit of one bag per person, maximum weight of 15kg/bag.

  • Accommodation

    4 nights in a gite; 2 nights in a mountain refuge on a half-board basis.

    Gites and refuges : Selected specifically for their warm welcome and friendly atmosphere. More often than not, you will share a dormitory of 4-6 beds. Sheets and towels are not provided.

    HALF-BOARD (dinner, night stay and breakfast included)
     

  • Difficulty level

    DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 3.5/5
    4 to 7.5 hours of hiking per day. Technical Difficulties: 1590m maximum positive altitude. 
    You are in good physical condition and you are prepared to hike for several days. 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.
     

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    You are advised to start your circuit on Sunday.

    Free departure for those on a self-guided hike and for organised groups.

    How to get there:
    By car : A64 motorway  : take the exit for Lourdes, then on to Cauterets   
    By train : Lourdes SNCF train station
    by plane : Tarbes Airport

    Return : It is advisable for you to take a train and/or bus back to the departure point. If you plan to arrive by car, it may be more comfortable to drop you car off at the point of arrival.

     

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 people780
Registration at 3 people680
Registration at 4 people650
Registration at 6 people620

The price includes

  • Half-board accommodation
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Group transfer indicated in the programme above
  • Detailled digital roadbook
     

The price does not include

  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Picnics
  • Accommodation for the night before departure
  • Visit to monuments
  • Entry fees for thermoludic centres (spas)
     

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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