GR10 Cauterets – Néouvielle Trek

Vignemale, Gavarnie and the Néouvielle Lakes

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The GR10 crosses the French Pyrenees from east to west, or west to east, between Hendaye on the Atlantic Ocean and Banyuls on the Mediterranean Sea. To make the full traverse seven or more weeks are required, but of course it is possible to split the walk into sections and walk just for a week or two on part of the trail. In the section proposed here you will cross the highest pass on the GR10 trail, the Hourquette d'Ossoue at 2734 m, along with the Madamète Pass at 2509m. For most of the trek you will stay high in the mountains, sleeping in gites and refuges, dropping down into Luz St Sauveur for a taste of village life in the middle. You will cross two protected zones: the Pyrenees National Park and the Néouvielle Nature Reserve.

Price: 735€pp which includes seven nights in accommodation in hostels & refuges (dorm style accommodation, some with showers and some without), all dinners, breakfasts, picnics lunches, along with transfers to the start and from the end of the trek, and during the trek as required, provision of marked maps and walk notes, full briefing on weather and snow conditions. Note that refuge accommodation is in dorm rooms (no private rooms possible). There are no showers on night two (communal toilets and washbasins only) .  Dates: July to September, start any day.  Contact: SianAvailable to BOOK NOW...

Itinerary

Day One: We collect you from Lourdes and transfer you to Cauteret and your hostel for the night. We go S_Water under Pont d'Espangethrough all the maps and walk notes to make sure you are comfortable with the trek to come, are up to date with the weather and snow conditions. Cauterets is a good village for last minute gear purchases if you are missing anything.

Day Two: You walk out of Cauterets for your first day in this marvellous landscape. The waterfall path leading up to the Pont d'Espagne is a wonderful start. A coffee stop in front of the waterfall here and then a short climb for your lunch break at S_Oulettes-webthe edge of the Gaube Lake. The afternoon climb leads you to the Refuge des Oulette de Gaube in front of the stunning north face of the Vignemale (at 3298m it is the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees). Walk time: 5h40  Ascent: 1240m.

Day Three: Today is a long day. First you walk up to the high pass of the Hourquette d'Ossoue for a view onto the summits above Gavarnie, and you then have a long walk down towards Gavarnie through the pastoral Ossoue Valley. Night at Grange de Holle. Walk Time: 7h3S_Landscape_Ossoue valley and glacier0  Ascent: 585m, Descent: 1255m.

Day Four: Another long day awaits where you head north up to the Saugué Plateau and then down to the charming village of Luz Saint Sauveur. There is the possibility of catching the bus to avoid the last part of the day. Night in a comfortable hostel in the centre of the village. Walk Time: 8h30  Ascent: 245m, Descent: 1005m.

Day Five: We transfer you up to TournabouNeouviellep early to start your day walking into the Néouvielle Nature Reserve through the Aigues Cluses Valley and over the Madamette Pass (2509m). Descent for your night in the Refuge de l'Oule by the lake of the same name. Time to walk: 7h30  Ascent: 1059m, Descent: 700m.

Day Six: You have a spectacular walk past the Bastan and Campana lakes and a long descent to the hamlet of Artigues, where you spend the night in a comfortable hostel. Walk Time: 6h  Ascent: 686m, Descent: 1205m.

Day Seven: Your last day provRefuge_de_campana_de_cloutouides you with magnificent views of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre as you walk underneath it and back to Tournaboup. We collect you for your return to Luz Saint Sauveur and a comfortable bed for the night. Time to walk: 5h45  Ascent: 1180 m  Descent: 970 m

Day Eight: Bus to Lourdes to connect with your train or plane. There are various options - we will help finding on that fits your schedule.

Price: 735€pp which includes seven nights in accommodation in hostels & refuges (dorm style accommodation, some with showers and some without), all dinners, breakfasts, picnics lunches, along with transfers to the start and from the end of the trek, and during the trek as required, provision of marked maps and walk notes, full briefing on weather and snow conditions. Dates: July to September, start any day.  Contact: SianAvailable to BOOK NOW...

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