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Climb 3 Spectacular Pyrenean Summits

Explore 3 mighty Pyrenean peaks during a 3-day camping trip. 5 days. 3 days off work.

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb 3 Spectacular Pyrenean Summits

Explore 3 mighty Pyrenean peaks during a 3-day camping trip. 5 days. 3 days off work.

DURATION
4 nights
LOCATION
France
FLY TO
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

Take on three of the Pyrenees’ most spectacular peaks in this epic four-night camping trip.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days hiking with a qualified mountain guide
  • 3 spectacular Pyrenean summits
  • 4 nights camping
  • Transport to and from hiking routes
  • Breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches

Perfect for: Fit, moderately-experienced hikers who want to discover the best of the Pyrenees in minimal time.

Included

Accommodation

Guide

Meals as described

Routes & Maps

Day1: Arrive in Gavarnie and travel to Grange de Holle

Arrive at Lourdes airport or train station and take a bus to Gavarnie village (approximately 1hour 40 minutes). You will be greeted by your expert guide before settling in at 18:00 for dinner, drinks and a short overview of the days ahead.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hike to the Piméné summit

Tuck into breakfast before leaving at 08:00. Embark on a 1450m hike to the summit, where you will experience awe-inspiring views of the Mont Perdu World Heritage Area; including France’s famous glacial cirques, Gavarnie, Estaubé and Troumouse. These serrated limestone formations are connected via much-loved hiking routes and are home to some of Europe's tallest waterfalls, such as the Grande Cascade de Gavarnie (423m). Return back to base for a well earned rest.

8 hours trekking, 10km, 1450m up, 1450m down Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Summit the peaks of the Cirque de Gavarnie

Depending on conditions, you will either ascend the Casque or the Taillon (or if you’re lucky, both). The two 3000m peaks are connected via a ridge that encloses the Gavarnie Cirque. You'll start at a height of 2200m and traverse the Breche de Roland (2,800m), before eventually reaching the summit. Feeling accomplished its then time to head back down to your accommodation for a well deserved meal and a drink or two.

6 - 7 hours trekking, 12km, 1000m up, 1000m down Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Climb the Petit Vignemale

Set off from the Ossoue Valley (1800m). Follow the vertigo-inducing GR10 path up to the Baysellance Refuge, which standing tall at 2600m, makes it the highest in the Pyrenees. Then it’s time to begin the summit to the Petit Vignemale. Nestled in the centre of the range at a 3032m elevation, hikers will be rewarded with views of the Ossoue Glacier and Gaube Valley. Legs suitably tired, it's then time to head down to your final night in these spectacular mountains.

8 hours trekking, 15km, 1250m up, 1250m down Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Journey home

It’s time to say goodbye. Departure time is approximately 11:00. Pack away your gear and begin the bus journey back to Lourdes airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Located in the heart of the Gavarnie Cirque, the Refuge Grange de Holle is a rustic mountain hut concealed from the crowds. The refuge and campsite is an excellent base for hikers as it is close to peaks inside the central zone of the Pyrenees National Park.

Just a short 20-minute walk from the Gavarnie village, you can spend your evenings by the campfire, try local delicacies in the converted barn or sleep under the stars. The facilities are shared, there is a dining room complete with a cosy fireplace, a meeting room and a terrace ideal for soaking up the sunshine.

Straddling the Franco-Spanish border, the Pyrenees mountains are known for their adventure opportunities. Enveloping desolate peaks and tumbling valleys, this jagged chain of mountains contains a plethora of outstanding ski slopes as well as beautiful cycling and hiking routes.

By foot, ski or snowmobile, the Pyrenees gives visitors a taste of France’s untameable wilderness. Over 450sq km of the range is protected and its biodiversity is booming. Its pristine peaks, glaciers and lakes are a playground for endangered species such as the griffon vulture and izard.

Start Point

Gavarnie - 18:00

You adventure begins at the Grange de Holle campsite, in the village of Gavarnie at 18:00, where you'll meet your highly-qualified guide.

We recommend you fly into Lourdes Airport (LDE) and from there get the bus to Gavarnie from the airport (it takes around 1 hour 40 minutes and costs €2). If you'd rather take a taxi these usually cost around €75. Your host can help you with this after booking.

Finish Point

Gavarnie - 09:00

Your adventure will end at Gavarnie. From there you can get a bus back to Lourdes Airport (LDE). We recommend you get any flight departing after 15:00.

  • Transport to/from Gavarnie (bus or taxi)
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic drinks in the refuge

Breakfasts are simple, think bread, cheese, spreads and fruit-juice. Picnic lunches include sandwiches, snacks, fruit and biscuits to help fuel you on your journey. Dinner is composed of three, delicious courses of hearty mountain foods: warm stews with bread, cheese fondu, followed up with a sweet treat. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

During the summer months you can expect very warm day-time temperatures in the mid-20's, however like any mountain environment you should be prepared to face all conditions. The Pyrenees are prone to storms in late July/August, while conditions are more stable in September to October.

A 40 to 60-litre rucksack containing hiking supplies – comfortable walking boots, walking poles, a first aid kit – as well as clothing suitable for mountainous terrain. Please note that due to the altitude, early starts and changing weather, you should pack for all climates. Your guide recommends:

  • Lightweight towel
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Suncream for face and lips (Factor 50)
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Water bottle or Platypus type hydration system – 1.5 to 2 litres
  • Penknife
  • Head torch for use in refuges
  • Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm).

This is a challenging route so good fitness is required and mountaineering experience recommended. Travellers must be able to walk 20-25kms in hilly terrain over multiple days.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8.

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Yes, any excess luggage you have can be left at your accommodation during the day.

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