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.
Thursday: Arrive in Gavarnie and travel to Grange de Holle
Arrive at Lourdes airport and 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.
Friday: Hike to the Piméné summit
Tuck into breakfast before leaving at 08:00. Embark on a 1500m 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).
Saturday: 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.
Sunday: 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. Please note that there will be significant changes in altitude during this trek.
Monday: 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.
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.
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 campsite concealed from the crowds. The 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.
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) any time meets the start point, and from there get the bus to the Gavarnie from the airport (it takes around 1 hour 40 minutes). It's a scenic 20 minute walk from the bus stop to the campsite.
Luz St Sauveur - 09:00
Your adventure will end at Luz St Sauveur. From there you can get a bus back to Lourdes Airport (LDE). We recommend you get any flight departing after:
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