Gavarnie Balconies Trek

Immersion in Nature's Great Cathedral

Gavarnie HRP4

Immerse yourself in the wonder of the Gavarnie Cirque, nature's great cathedral as Victor Hugo said.  Our independent trek allows you to walk all the way around it, in a flexible format from three to seven days. Your first night is up high on the Saugué Plateau in the heart of the Pyrenean pastoral landscape. Take in the option of a high pass from Saugué for a wonderful view onto the Brèche de Roland, before descending into the cirque itself. A final leg up the eastern side of the cirque to the Espugettes Refuge takes you high enough for the wonderful views of the frontier summits.  Extend the trek by tackling the Piméné Summit, and then head across to the Estaubé and Troumouse cirques if you have the extra time (6 or 7 night options). This trek can be adapted for full days or half days walking, from three days to a week, with or without bag transfers. It is an excellent independent trek option for families or those new to trekking in the mountains, and for early in the season. While you are off the beaten track you are never far from road access and our help should it be required.

Price: Pricing includes all accommodation in gite d'étapes (hostel type accommodation in dorm rooms, with showers) and refuges (same sleeping arrangements, often no showers), all dinners, breakfasts and picnic lunches, provision of marked maps and walk notes, full briefing on your first night or morning in Luz. The six and seven night itineraries include collection from Héas and return to Luz. It is possible to catch the bus from Lourdes to Luz on the first day, and from Gavarnie to Luz or Lourdes on the last day (for the 1-5 night itineraries). Prices are per person, min two people. If you would like to walk solo just ask us and we'll let you know the criteria and the supplement.

1 night: 105€pp (+40€pp optional bag transport)
2 nights: 195€pp (+65€pp optional bag transport)
3 nights: 300€pp (+65€pp optional bag transport)
4 nights: 385€pp (+65€pp optional bag transport)
5 nights: 475€pp (+65€pp optional bag transport)
6 nights: 590€pp (+105€pp optional bag transport)
7 nights: 695€pp (+105€pp optional bag transport)
Options: +70€ for collection in Lourdes and transport to Luz on arrival (up to 4P), +90€ return transport from Gavarnie to Lourdes (up to 4P).

Dates: June to Sept, start any day.
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Seven Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Luz where you stay for the night in the charming gîte (hostel style dormitory accommodation) next to the fortified church.

Day 2: Catch the bus to Pragnère (full day) or in Gèdre (half day) and walk up to the Saugué Gite. Both paths are lovely introductions to the Pyrenean forests. The longer walk has spectacular views into the Troumouse Cirque and over the valley.

Day 3: Day walk up to the Portaillou Pass above the Saugué Plateau for wonderful views over the frontier mountains and the Brèche de Roland. Return to the same gite for a second night.

Day 4: Walk from Saugué down towards Gavarnie and the Cirque. Either half day or full day walk option possible.

Day 5: Walk around the Gavarnie Cirque and up the balcony path to the Espugettes Refuge. No bag transport option here. Option of Piméné summit (2801m).

Day 6: Walk from Espugettes up and over into the Estaubé Cirque (option of Piméné summit if you start early and didn't manage it yesterday). Past the Gloriettes lake and down to the pastoral hamlet of Héas.

Day 7: Day walk in the Troumouse Cirque, again using a lesser known balcony path. We collect you in the afternoon. Return to Luz for the night.

Day 8: Leave Luz via bus or car...

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Seven day itinerary with bag transfers available to book on-line... If you'd like another configuration send an email to Sian.

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To book any other number of days email us directly (, ring directly on +33 5 62 92 81 52 or Skype at sian.grigg. Deposit payment is possible via direct wire transfer. Ask us for our IBAN details. Or via PayPal or credit card.


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