Gavarnie Ordesa, 3 days

Three Days, Two Countries, One World Heritage Area


On this challenging hut-to-hut trek you complete the Gavarnie-Ordesa Circuit in three days.

¤ France & Spain
¤ July - October weekends
¤ Travel to Lourdes, connecting bus to Luz St Sauveur

Dates in waiting (orange) or confirmed (green): 23-27 Aug.

The Gavarnie Cirque in France and the Ordesa Canyon in Spain are two of the most spectacular sites in the Pyrenees and are at the heart of the Mont Perdu World Heritage Area. This mini-trek takes you through both, crossing the French-Spanish border in two different places; firstly over the highest pass on the Compostelle trail (2200m), and secondly through the dramatic Roland’s Breach (2804m).

Your adventure includes:

¤ Three days trekking, four nights accommodation
¤ One night B&B hostel accommodation, 3 nights half board hostel and mountain refuge accommodation, two picnics
¤ Local, certified international mountain leader
¤ Local transfers from and to Luz St Sauveur

Thursday: Arrive in Luz St Sauveur

Arrive in Luz at the time that suits you, according to your transport. Night in comfortable hostel accommodation just next to the fortified church. You are straight into the atmosphere of the mountain village and its history.

Friday: Cross the border via Bucharo Pass (2200m)

Bucharo_PathsBreakfast in the hostel. Buy your own picnic supplies for the day at the bakery, butcher and corner shop just down the road. Your guide will meet you at 09:00 in Luz St Sauveur and transfer you to Gavarnie (30-minute drive). You’ll trek up and over the border into Spain on the first day (900m ascent, 1200m descent), starting in Gavarnie village and climbing to the Bucharo Pass at (2200m) before descending to the Spanish mountain village of Torla. The descent down into Torla is a long one; you’ll stay at a local refuge tonight and recover with dinner and a good nights’ rest. 8-9 hours trekking

Saturday: Trek into the Ordesa Canyon

Miradores_de_Calcilarruego_webAfter breakfast this morning, you collect your picnics and leave Torla (1000m) heading up to the Ordesa Canyon. You arrive at the plateau at the bottom of the canyon after roughly 2 hours of hiking. From the plateau, you begin the steep ascent up to the Mirador de Calcilarruego viewpoint; a spectacular natural balcony hanging 600 metres above the canyon floor. From here, you’ll continue up to the Goriz Refuge (2200m). Enjoy dinner and discuss the next day's big climb with the guide over dinner. 7-8 hours trekking

Sunday: Cross the Breche de Ronald back into France

S_People_HRP 4 july 2013 154After breakfast this morning, again collect picnics and you leave the Goriz Refuge to cross the Millaris Plateau before starting your climb towards the famous Breche de Roland (2800m). The Breche de Roland, or Roland’s Breach, is a huge, missing tooth shaped natural gap in the Pyrenean border, 40m across and 100m high; via this gap, you’ll cross back into France. From here, you have a big descent (1450m) back down to Gavarnie with dramatic views into the Gavarnie Cirque from the Bellevue Plateau. Transfer back to Luz for the evening and dinner in the same hostel as the first night. 8-9 hours trekking

Monday: Departure

You’ll have breakfast this morning at the hostel before departing Luz for your forwarding journey home. We will advise on bus timetables or can organise transfers to the train station or airport in Lourdes.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You’ll spend your first and last nights in Luz St Sauveur at the Gite Le Regain a guesthouse in the centre of Luz. The guesthouse offers small dorm rooms in a historic house, each comfortable and with their own bathroom. Your second night is at the Refuge Lucien Briet, in the centre of Torla. It has small, comfortable dorm rooms and you’ll have access to a communal bathroom with showers. You’ll spend the third night at the Goriz Refuge (2200m). The dorm rooms here are large (ear plugs and eye mask are worth bringing) and you’ll have access to cold showers and a toilet block outside the refuge.

Reserve your place

To book you can use the on-line booking system below - select the start date and end date and then proceed. The system will ask for a deposit which you pay using PayPal. Or, if you prefer, you can email us directly ( or ring directly on +33 5 62 92 81 52. Deposit payment is possible via direct wire transfer. Ask us for our IBAN details.

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