Pyrenean Mini-Treks

Short breaks up high

Gavarnie HRP4

We offer a range of mini-treks from the start of May to the end of October.  Maximise your time in the Pyrenees by catching the night train down and back.  For the Val d’Azun trek at the end of May you will discover the spectacular Pyrenean foothill area around the Pibeste and the Val d’Azun and are based in a charming B&B for the two nights.  On the Marcadau trek, the Refuge Wallon is used as a base camp to reach higher ground and we stay here for the two nights allowing a lighter day pack to be carried on the middle day.  These mini-treks could be seen as an introduction to trekking, to see if it is something you would like to do for a longer period in the future, or as a short break at the start and end of summer.

Lavedan Mini Trek

Price: 325€pp (3 days, 2 nights), June & Sept.

PibesteWe collect you from Lourdes station or airport on the first morning and drive straight to Segus to start our walk over the Pibeste Summit. This leads us to our charming ivy covered B&B in Ouzous. The Pibeste Nature Reserve is really at its best in spring – the south facing slopes are green and full of flowers and interesting plants.  The views over the plains and the higher summits are truly spectacular.  On Sunday you will walk from the B&B up over the Mont de Gez and into the Val d’Azun, discovering this valley that is often called the ‘Eden of the Pyrenees’.  Monday will see you head into the Bergons Valley before heading back via the B&B to collect bags and transfer to Lourdes.  Price includes two nights half board in B&B, three picnic lunches, three days guided trekking. Min 4P. Contact: Sian.

Ordesa Canyon, ‘Faja de las Flores’ and Breche de Roland

HRP 4 july 2013 047The Ordesa Canyon, Breche de Roland and Gavarnie all in three or four days (you can either leave the group on the 21st or the 22nd). Collection in Lourdes, Argeles or Luz on the first morning and drive up to the Spanish border carpark. A relatively long day’s walk down to Torla via the ancient San Nicolas de Bujaruelo hostel.  Day two sees you walk the wonderful Faja de las Flores, the balcony path around the Ordesa Canyon before either sleeping in Goriz refuge (moderate-hard), or returning to France via the Breche de Roland (hard).  Last night in the refuge under the Breche. Option to be up early to do the Taillon peak (3144m) on the final morning before descent into Gavarnie and transport out. Fourth day of walking around Gavarnie Cirque balcony path and night in Gavarnie. Price includes three or four days guiding, full board accommodation in auberge and refuges. Min 4P.

Price: 415€pp (3 days, 3 nights), 575€pp (4 days, 4 nights), Grade: moderate-hard, Contact: Sian.

Gavarnie – Troumouse Trek

HRP 4 july 2013 502Starting in Gavarnie this three and a half day trek takes you straight up to fabulous views over the Breche de Roland and the Gavarnie Cirque for your first night. The subsequent days bring you over high passes, down through glacial valleys, and into a tiny pastoral hamlet for two nights. From here you walk up into Troumouse Cirque (the largest glacial cirque in the Pyrenees) and a final summit completes the walk. The limestone landscapes are soft underfoot and it is wonderfully impressive to see work of glaciers over successive ice ages in carving out the huge semi-circular valley heads we called “cirques”. Min 4P.

Price: 450€pp (3 nights, 3 1/2 days walking), Grade: moderate-hard, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Contact: Sian.

Piméné Summit

HRP 4 july 2013 221Join us for two days walking and one night in a refuge. You walk the Gavarnie Cirque and then enjoy the wonderful views of the frontier summits and the cirque from the Espugettes Refuge at 2027m. Day two sees the group tackle the Piméné summit (2800m) from which you have one of the best views in all the valley – down to Lourdes and the plain beyond, along with into the three glacial cirques (Gavarnie, Estaubé and Troumouse). Descent to Gavarnie at the end of the day and transport back to Luz St Sauveur. Min 4P.

Price: 170€pp (1 night, 2 days walking), Grade: moderate-hard, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Contact: Sian.

Vignemale Summit

FS VignemaleTwo days walking to tackle the Vignemale, at 3298m, the highest peak in the French Pyrenees. The first day we head up to the Baysellance Refuge at 2646m this is the highest refuge on either side of the Pyrenees. After the night at Baysellance our second day is a big one, heading up to the summit over the Ossoue Glacier with a qualified UIAGM high mountain guide, and then all the way back down. Return transport to Luz St Sauveur. Min 4P.

Price: 240€pp, Grade: moderate-hard, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Contact: Sian.

Marcadau Valley staying in Refuge Wallon

Price: 385€pp (3 days, 2 nights), 10-12 July 2016.

MarcadauAfter collecting you from the train or plane in Lourdes we head straight up to Pont d’Espagne above Cauterets, leaving the van and climbing up to Refuge Wallon in the Marcadau Valley.  The refuge sits in the centre of three valleys, giving us three great options: the Aratille lake and pass for a spectacular view into Spain, the opal-coloured lakes of Cambalès or  the famous Col de la Fache, where allied pilots escaped Nazi forces during the Second World War and Republican forces fled from Franco in the Spanish Civil War.  On our last day we take a circular route via a series of lakes including the magical Lac Pourtet before heading down to meet the path back to Pont d’Espagne.  Price includes two nights half board in Refuge Wallon, three picnic lunches, three days guided trekking. Min 4P.

Contact: Sian.

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