On the other hand the south facing slope of the Lauzate at 92% is classic avalanche territory and the path is just under it. map of this western area to email me. many years – I think the book presumes a level of fitness and energy which is higher than that of many who walk the GR10 and find the experience extremely rewarding. For a three-day schedule, if you arrive in Cauterets in time, walk to the Refuge du Clot, then Bayssellance, Granges de Saugué, then Luz. They do explain that the walking times quoted are for actual walking only, and that you need to add a substantial factor… but the headline times are therefore pretty misleading, and – writing as someone who has walked a lot over Just following on from my friend Clare’s questions above – if we did it in 3 days which refuges would you recommend staying in each night to break up the walk evenly? Hoping for good weather. So, we don’t know what to expact. The western end is lusciously green, the middle austere and rocky, but as the Mediterranean approaches, dry garrigue and blue skies take over. It’s brilliant Thank you so much. I have been reading your website and consulting it for many days now as I will be doing the Cauterets – Lac De L’Oule route though stopping at Bareges. The other one is between Etsaut and Cauterets. It makes me think about my assumptions: see my latest blog entry. Normally, on the GR10 most days work out around 8 hours including breaks. If you want a really inspiring walk drive to the Granges d’Astau (to the east) and walk up the Valley d’Oo as far as the Lac Sausat. Last year, walking the HRP, I ran out of cash. I will try again tomorrow. Nearer the time, contact the Rulhe refuge for details. I am not asking for miracles. Thanks, I’ll be fine started walking in the mountains 44 years ago, plus I’m a great coward & very robust. Thanks so much for the info on HRP / Refuge de Fourcat! As for the direction, you are better off walking west to east (as you are intending) because the Hourquette d’Ossoue is higher than the Hourquette d’Arre and will have snow later on. Could you recommend any section of the walk? I wonder how was the amount of snow fall this past winter. By the way, have you seen the Pyrenees refuges and cabanes site for huts? I have also made a gear review video on my YouTube site MinackerMovies (non-monetised) which may be helpful to some. Is there an opinion on how snowy this year will be for a 10th June Atlantic start? It was marvellous although really hot (only needed a raincoat on the last day!). These are published by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (French Hiking Federation). i stayed there last month. The GR 10 is a French GR footpath, or hiking trail, that runs the length of the Pyrenees Mountains. And yet, despite the sometimes rugged terrain, there are hostels to be found most evenings; the GR 10 combines days in natural surroundings with nights under a solid roof. I especially liked the lakes, which were mirror flat when I passed through. Me and a friend just got back from doing the loop from Cauterets, over Hourquette d’Ossou to Gavarnie, then up to Luz, followed by a quick pop over to Bareges on the GR10C before heading back to Lourdes (on the bus). We had no problem finding water when we needed it and there was no snow at all on the route. If not I would recommend starting with the GR10.]. Walking for 5-6 days in a row. We currently have two routes which we are considering most seriously: one is Pays Basque, between Hendaye and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. I will ring the Mairie in Siguer tomorrow to see if they have any information. Start GR 10 next day – 12 stages. But think in terms of refuges as they are cheaper than gîtes d’étapes (and there are not that many gîtes d’étapes on the GR10 anyway). If you are still uneasy, extensive advice on bears is available on backpacker.com. A technical question. Last July, together with my brother and sister, who came across from Australia, we did three days walking from Luz Saint-Sauveur. Another question – I may also spend a few days in Andorra. Otherwise stay in Cauterets, walk to Oulettes de Gaube, Granges de Saugué, then Luz. Clare. Have fun, Once again may I express appreciation of your brilliant website. My main concern is : Hi Alison. (traveling 1 week, alone, East-West,very good physical condition but little mountain hiking experience). I don’t know the GR20, except by reputation, so I won’t comment on that. thank you for your info. An alternative idea would be to go from Gavarnie to Bujaruelo via the Ibon de Bernatuara, something I’ve planned to do for years but never got round to. But all thunderstorms are predictable if you are on site. In my previous post…the term “agile wonder” should say Gîte Owner…the wonders of spell checker when you make a typing error…I have no idea if the owner was agile..she did bend over backwards to help though. Cauterets-Gavarnie stands Thanks for this website, amazing job with it, truly. Sorry but not my area of expertise. Good luck Also, for context, we are planning to hike from Hendaye to St Jean Pied de Port. I don’t know how much long-distance walking you have done but the main physical problem is the creeping tiredness from walking day-in day-out. I want to thank you for sharing your experiences and perspectives of your journey. You could go back to Gavarnie after Ordesa and then continue on the GR10. Thanks for the recommendations. There are a lot of options for hiking in the Pyrenees […]. It is probably best to aim to cross the ice/snow mid-morning: it will be slightly soft, but not slushy. Hello. Have fun. Normally there is more snow in Ariège than around Canigou. First, there could be a lot of snow, yes? height uphill:  4525 metres, downhill: 5990 metres. If you want to enjoy yourselves rather than struggle, however, why not base yourself at a hostel and do day walks from there. With good planning you can always have a roof over your head, though some of them may be a little precarious. I still intend on going mid-August to early Sept, for 2.5 weeks and hiking as much of the midi-Pyrenees as I can in that time (perhaps roughing it a bit more accommodation wise given that I am only walking for a few weeks). It seems to be along the ridge to the right of Punta Mamy and Pic des Crabioules. It is too early to predict the temperatures for sept/oct 2018, I guess? Have fun. Otherwise look at visiorando.com which has many longer walks near to St-Lary. https://www.nhbs.com/wildlife-of-the-pyrenees-book, Hi, I plan to hike section 2 during august. And I am prepared to pay the cost of staying in hostels rather than camping. Camping is naturally cheaper. Also if you have any advice regarding the accommodation/itinerary it would be grand! Font-Romeu too. It looks like we can take a train to Pau and then a bus to Gourette, or take a bus to Lourdes and then to Arrens-Marsous. Could you reccommend any possible local guides who would be willing to head-up our trek on the dates shown? On my calculation you will be staying three nights in the refuge. I am really you can help! The walk visits all the well-known sights of the range – the Lac de Gaube, the Lac d’Ôo, the Cirque de Gavarnie – and nestles up to some of its highest mountains. You are more likely to be killed in a plane crash in the Pyrenees than by a bear. Hi Molly, the FFRP times are for walking without stops. We chose to go to Refuge de Ruhle, passing large snow patches and eventually ended up in Siguer. All the best If you really really want to go that way hire a guide in Cauterets. If I do need a sleeping bag. One point of information available online is the webcams at Pyrenees ski resorts. • Torla to Pineta If you are lucky, I’ll send you my scribblings when I get back – by way of thanks….although they won’t have any of the useful contextual history and background info that you wove in. Hi Steve, I am planning a trip to the Pyrenees at the end of August. Yes 4 nights in cabanes followed by a night in more comfortable accommodation sounds fine. • Somport to Pombie annoying boulder field just before the Col de Peyreget Camping is only necessary for two or three nights in the Ariège section. Have fun. Hi Steve – great website & really helpful. The standard route, however, is definately spectacular, particularly the section from the Cabanes de la Gaubie over to the twin lakes Aubert and Aumar. There are huts at Cézy clearly visible from the GR 10. – I recommend crampons to cross the icy Hourquette d’Ossoue around that time of the year GR10 or GR11 or HRP ready for all. I am planning to walk part of the GR10 trail, for 5-6 days,over the last week of this June, in the central Pyrenees. Given the new quarantine rules unfortunately imposed today by UK Govt regarding all travel to France, my insurance is invalidated. Gavarnie to Luz St Sauveur will be a long day though you can stay at le Saugué which cuts the distance down a bit. See also my page on cross-frontier walks. So many choices to make . Would love to see real glaciers. On the map it looks like a good alternative. You say you are all seasoned hikers but you don’t say how much multi-day hiking you have done. Looks like there are only 6 beds. Most provide sandals. Also, where do you get your snow level information from? I wish I could have stayed there overnight. Accum. • Bolquère Better still leave leave the visit to the Cirque until dawn the next day and only walk as far as Gèdre that day. Près de 450 kilomètres séparent l’Atlantique de la Méditerranée à vol d’oiseau. It is always surprising you. Hi Steve, After many years, I’m making the opportunity to walk G10. It was 45 days including 2 rest days during July and August and it was great! Many thanks for your help with this, Steve, incredible grateful for it! The main factor is how much food you can carry without it slowing you down – try doing a four-day hike in MOUNTAINS with all you are intending to carry to see how it shakes down. Please let us know how much snow you encounter. Well the Rut starts in the 2nd half of November in the Pyrenees; while you are walking the HRP, occasionally look over your shoulder – you might be followed by a heard of Pyrenean chamois with their eye on you thinking that the Rut has started early! 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