Traverse 2: Iraty – Ossau

Reach into the mountains…

For this second week of the Great Pyrenean Traverse we continue on the GR10 on the French side of the range, starting in the Basque country beneath the Pic d’Orhy and crossing into the Béarn Region via the stunning Pic d’Anie and the Ansabère needles. We finish beneath the iconic Pic du Midi d’Ossau.

Date: June-Sept 2019 for 4P+. Price: 1010€pp. Includes 7 nights accommodation, 6 days guided trekking, all meals. Or 170€ for each day/night with the group. Booking and Contact: Sian.


S_Landscape_bergerie-vallee-ossauDay 1 : We collect you from St Jean Pied de Port for a quick transfer the Iraty Chalets in the heart of the largest beech forest in Europe where we spend our first night.

Day 2 : Today is a nice warm up day, heading down from the Bagargiak Pass (1327m) through beautiful countryside, finishing in Logibar, our hostel for the night at the entrance of the Holzarté Gorge (375m). +350m, -1000m, ~6h30 walking. To join or leave: Taxi 23kms to/from Arette, bus to Oloron St Mairie.

Day 3 : From Logibar we go over the Holzarté footbridge (580m) and then up the Anhaou Pass (1383m) to Saint Engrace (630m). +1000m, ~8h walking. To join or leave: Taxi 32kms to/from Arette, bus to Oloron St Mairie.

Day 4 : We move from verdant pastures to higher and spectacular limestone scenery today. We climb via the Col de Pierre St Martin (1760m) to reach the Refuge de Jeandel (1670m) in Arette, La Pierre St Martin for the night. +1000m, – 90m, ~5h walking. To join or leave: Bus to Oloron St Mairie.

HRP2 Lescun2Day 5 : Today takes us across high limestone plateaux and the Pas de l’Osque (1922m) down to the beautiful village of Lescun (900m) with its spectacular backdrop of the Aiguilles d’Anasbère. +300m, -1000m, ~7h walking. To join or leave: Taxi to Bedous, train to Oloron St Mairie and on to Pau.

Day 6 : We climb over the Col de Barranq (1601m) to reach Borce (650m) and our accommodation for the night. +700m, -1000m, ~6h walking. To join or leave: Bus from Etsaut/Borce to Oloron St Mairie and train on to Pau.

Day 7 : From Borce to Ayous (1947m) by the “Chemin de la Mature” and the Ayous Pass (2185m) for our last night in the Ayous Refuge looking out on the Pic du Midi d’Ossau. +1500m, -250m, ~7h walking. Not possible to arrive or leave this day.

Day 8 : Descent from Ayous to the Bious Artigue lake for organised taxi transfer to Laruns where you can connect with a bus to Pau. 500m descent and about 1h30 walk.

Reserve your place

To book you can use the on-line booking system below – select the  start date and the end date and then proceed. The system will ask for a deposit which you pay using PayPal or via direct deposit using the IBAN supplied. Or, if you prefer, you can 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 book below and use PayPal.