HRP Stage 1 – Lescun to Gavarnie
During this stage of the HRP we stay in France to see some of the highlights of the French Hautes Pyrenees. These include:
- The Chemin de la Mature – a pathway hewn into the cliffs
- Passing the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, the Balaitous and the Vignemale, three of the most iconic peaks of the Pyrenees
- Stunning views into the Cirque de Gavarnie on the final day.
Timings are taken from published guidebooks. In some cases we have increased them, following several years’ experience of walking the HRP with a group. The actual day length however may be longer, depending on numbers, and the abilities and fitness of group members.
What the price includes
The price shown for this week of HRP trekking includes:
- Seven nights accommodation
- breakfast, lunch and dinners
- 6 days guided trekking with a qualified international mountain leader
Please note that in the unlikely event that you are forced to abandon the walk, Mountainbug does not cover the cost of your return transport. Anyone wishing to leave the guided group will be left at a major trail or intersection with a public highway and from that point on wards are no longer under Mountainbugs responsibility.
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This is the week’s itinerary for Stage 1 of the HRP.
Saturday – Arrive at Etsaut
We meet in the traditional mountain village of Etsaut, nestling deep in the imposing Vallee d’Aspe. After meeting your guide and the rest of the group, we enjoy a comfortable night in civilization, getting ready for the week’s trekking.
Sunday – Etsaut to the Refuge d’Ayous, 5 hours
Today we begin on the GR10, starting with the impressive “Chemin de la Mature” – an airy pathway hewn into the cliffside in the 17th century.
Soon we find ourselves at the Col d’Ayous with an awe-inspiring view over the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, and our refuge sitting beside its own lakes.
Monday – Refuge d’Ayous to the Refuge Pombie, 5 hours
This short day has its challenges, as we steeply ascend the flanks of the Pic du Midi Ossau, through a rugged landscape of craggy peaks and fallen blocks of volcanic rock.
Tuesday – Refuge Pombie to the Refuge Arremoulit, 5 hours
We spend the first part of the day in the valley bottom, in pretty pastureland, with the opportunity to buy fresh Pyrenean sheep’s cheese along the way.
After lunch we traverse above the Lac d’Artouste on the airy Passage d’Orteig and across a dramatic granitic landscape to the Arremoulit.
We then spend a night in the shadow of the towering Balaitous.
Wednesday – Refuge Arremoulit to the Refuge Wallon, 8 hours
This is a long, tough day, taking the HRP variante Sud through Spain to pass the enormous Respumoso reservoir and the stunning Col de la Fache at 2664m.
At this altitude, there will be patches of snow to cross and an almost martian-landscape of broken red rock
Thursday – Refuge Wallon to the Refuge Bayssellance, 8 hours
An easy scramble this morning takes us to the Col d’Aratille with views south into Spain again.
Once we reach the Col des Mulets, we’re rewarded with stunning views of mighty Vignemale and the North Face glacier.
In the afternoon, after hot chocolate at the Oulettes de Gaube refuge, we ascend again to the Hourquette d’Ossoue (optional ascent of the Petit Vignemale, 3032m) to reach the Refuge Baysellance.
Friday – Refuge Baysellance to Gavarnie, 6 hours
It’s worth getting up early today to see the sun rising behind the pink-tinged walls of the Cirque de Gavarnie.
We descend beneath the East-face of the Vignemale – one of the largest remaining glaciers in the Pyrenees, to reach the barrage d’Ossoue. From here we have a relaxing walk down through marmot-riddled meadows to Gavarnie.
We then take a mini-bus transfer to Luz St-Sauveur, a lively village, for a well deserved night’s rest in a local hotel.
Saturday – Day off
If you are staying with us for Stage 2, today you can enjoy the pretty town of Luz St. Sauveur. Take a dip in the outdoor pool or pamper yourself at the thermal spa. Luz has several sports shops and a supermarket if you need to replenish your supplies.
People who are joining us for Stage 2 will meet us in the evening, and we’ll all enjoy a good night’s rest in a comfortable hotel, ready for the next week’s trekking.
Trekking - Dates & PricesPlease see below for the dates of our Trekking holidays. Our calendar is flexible at the moment, so contact us if you’re interested in a trekking week that isn’t timetabled at a date that suits you. Please click on each type of trekking holiday for a full description and photos.
Please check individual holiday descriptions to find out what the price includes. In some cases discounts are available for groups or family rooms. For some holidays accommodation is provided in mountain refuges, or by 3rd party suppliers – please see individual holiday descriptions for details.
|8th May||Walking – Spanish Pyrenees Explorer The Kingdom of Aragon hike||£810|
|8th May||Walking – Spanish Pyrenees Discoverer The Kingdom of Aragon hike||£810|
|14th May||Walking – Cathar country Explorer The Cathar castles||£890|
|20th May||Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking||£810|
|27th May||Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking||£810|
|3rd June||Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking||£790|
|10th June||Walking – Lakes, cirques & summits Discoverer Intermediate guided walking||£790|
|17th June||Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking||£790 FULL|
|24th June||Walking – Lakes, cirques & summits Discoverer Intermediate guided walking||£790|
|1st July||Cycling – Guided Classic cols of the Pyrenees Road biking in the Pyrenees mountains||£790|
|1st July||Walking – Peaks, ridges & refuges Adventurer Unlimited trekking to the guided favourite spots, 1 night in catered refuge.||£810|
|1st July||Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking||£810|
|8th July||Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking||£790|
|8th July||Multi activity – Adrenaline Action packed non-stop adventure||£915|
|8th July||Catered Accommodation for independent activities for independent walking or cycling – See the Tour de France this week||£455|
|8th July||Cycling – Tour de France guided Special- supported riding for the Tour de France in the Pyrenees, passing our door step!||£860|
|15th July||Walking - Neouvielle Lakes – Discoverer walking inc. 2 night trek, in manned refuges (The Lakeland special).||£810|
|22nd July||Catered Accommodation for independent activities||£455|
|22nd July||Walking – Peaks, ridges & refuges Adventurer - 3000m peaks special, inc. trek with 2 nights in high manned/catered refuges||£830|
|22nd July||Multi activity – Action||£790|
|29th July||Catered Accommodation for independent activities||£455|
|29th July||Multi activity – Adrenaline Action packed non-stop adventure||£915|
|29th July||Trekking – HRP Stage 1||£810|
|5th August||Multi activity – Adrenaline||£915|
|5th August||Multi activity – Action||£790|
|5th August||Trekking – HRP Stage 2||£810|
|12th August||Multi activity – Adventure||£825|
|12th August||Multi activity – Action||£790|
|12th August||Trekking – HRP Stage 3||£900|
|19th August||Catered Accommodation for independent activities||£455|
|19th August||Multi activity – Adrenaline||£915|
|19th August||Multi activity – Action||£790|
|19th August||Canyoning Week A special guided week of Canyoning in France and Spain!||£915|
|26th August||Multi activity Guided multi activity holiday for any level available||£—|
|26th August||Catered Accommodation for independent activities||£455|
|26th August||Walking – Gavarnie & Ordesa Discoverer inc. 2 night mini-trek in manned refuges.||£810|
|2nd September||Walking - Neouvielle Lakes – Discoverer walking (2 nights at manned refuges – Lake District)||£810|
|2nd September||Walking – Valleys & views Taster Sight seeing and walking||£810|
|9th September||Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking||£790|
|9th September||Bespoke guided walking/trekking/climbing/activity week||—|
|16th September||Walking – Lakes, cirques & summits Discoverer Intermediate guided walking||£790|
|23rd September||Walking – Gavarnie & Ordesa Discoverer inc. 2 night mini-trek in manned refuges.||£810|
|24th September||Walking – Spanish Pyrenees Discoverer Kingdom of Aragon hike.||£810|
|30th September||Walking – Valleys, villages & cirques Explorer Gentle guided walking||£790|
|1st October||Walking – Cathar country Explorer The Cathar Trail||£890|
|1st October||Walking - Spanish Pyrenees Explorer Kingdom of Aragon hike.||£810|
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