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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
ANNUAL LEAVE
3 days off work
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Mountain hut
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

This will be a challenge, so good fitness and some mountaineering experience are strongly recommended.

Summit 3 Pyrenean peaks - Petit Vignemale (3032m), Pic du Piméné (2801m) and either Casque or the Taillon (3000m), or if you’re lucky, both

Pass through Roland’s Breach, a natural and extremely photogenic gap, 40m across and 100m high separating France and Spain

Experience awe-inspiring views of the Mont Perdu World Heritage Area, including France’s famous glacial cirques and some of Europe's tallest waterfalls

Included

Guides

Fully qualified, English speaking mountain guide

Accommodation

4 nights in a mountain refuge

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the hiking route

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Gavarnie

18:00

Ends

Gavarnie

09:00

Transfers

Your guide will be waiting for you at the Grange de Holle campsite, in the village of Gavarnie. Buses run from Lourdes Airport (LDE) and take around 1 hour and 40 minutes and cost €2. If you'd rather take a taxi, these usually cost around €75. Your host can help you with this.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Lourdes (LDE) from airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

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Day 1

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts will be simple - think bread, cheese, spreads and fruit-juice. Picnic lunches include sandwiches, snacks, fruit and biscuits to fuel your journey and dinner features three delicious courses of hearty mountain foods - warm stews with bread, cheese fondue, followed by a sweet treat. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, just let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

The Pyrenees

You'll stay in the Refuge Grange de Holle, a rustic mountain hut concealed from the crowds in the Pyrenees National Park. Facilities are shared and there is a dining room complete with a cosy fireplace, a meeting room and a terrace that's ideal for soaking up the sunshine.

Day 1

Gavarnie

Travel to the lovely mountain village of Gavarnie where your guide will be waiting for you. Settle into your accommodation and after a briefing on the days ahead, sit down for dinner with the rest of your team.

Day 2

Pic du Piméné (2801m)

Hiking

8hrs · 10km · 1450m up · 1450m down

Climb to the summit of Piméné and get an awe-inspiring view 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, including the Grande Cascade de Gavarnie (423m). Return to base for a well-earned rest and another night under the stars.

Day 3

Cirque de Gavarnie

Hiking

6-7hrs · 12km · 1000m up · 1000m down

Depending on conditions, traverse the Breche de Roland (2,800m) and ascend either the Casque or the Taillon (or if you’re lucky, both) - 3000m peaks connected via a ridge that encloses the Gavarnie Cirque. Summit/s in the bag, return to your campsite for a well deserved meal and a drink or two.

Day 4

Petit Vignemale (3032m)

Hiking

8hrs · 15km · 1250m up · 1250m down

Set off from the Ossoue Valley (1800m) and follow the vertigo-inducing GR10 path to the Baysellance Refuge - the highest in the Pyrenees. Summit Petit Vignemale and get a never-ending view of the Ossoue Glacier and the Gaube Valley. Legs suitably tired, head back down for a final night in these spectacular mountains.

Day 5

Journey home

Enjoy a last breakfast in the Pyrenees and then head back to Lourdes airport or continue travelling through this beautiful region.

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.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What do I need to bring?

  • 40 to 60-litre rucksack
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Comfortable, broken-in walking boots
  • Walking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Clothing suitable for mountainous terrain - pack for all climates
  • Lightweight towel
  • 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 the refuges
  • Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm)

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

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

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

Any excess luggage can be safely left at your accommodation during the day.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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