Adventures / Summit Fever

Conquer 3 Spectacular Pyrenean Summits

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

I'M UP FOR
Summit Fever
DURATION
4 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
France, Spain
SEASON
July—October
NEAREST AIRPORT

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.

Need To Know

You can opt for a dorm room instead of a tent for an additional +25€/night. Meanwhile, if you’d like to stay for an extra night, it costs +30€ for camping, with breakfast and dinner provided.

Breakfasts are simple, while picnic lunches include sandwiches, snacks, fruit and biscuits to help fuel you on your journey. Dinner is composed of three, delicious courses. All dietary requirements can be catered to.

The trip runs every weekend from mid-July to the end of October. The Pyrenees is 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).

Tents will be provided, but you will need to bring your own roll mat and sleeping bag.

It is a challenging route so good fitness is required and mountaineering experience recommended. Travellers must be able to walk 20-25kms in slightly hilly terrain on 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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Location

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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) 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.

Finish point

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:

What to Expect

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.

Accommodation

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.

Dates & Prices

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Dorm Room Payable Before Departure
Dorm room alternative to camping · · · Per Person, Per Night
Extra night accomodation Payable Before Departure
Extra night camping inc. dinner & breakfast · · · Per Person, Per Night