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GR10 self-guided from Cauterets to Luchon : Variant Vignemale and Gavarnie

7 days

6 nights

7 days of activities

Easy Moderate

Self-guided

17GAV4LF

from 640 €

In the heart of the Central Pyrenees, this variant of the 4th section invites you to discover amazing sites, beginning with the Gaube Valley, on foot of the Vignemale, the highest French Pyrenees summit. The night in the highest refuge of the Pyrenees (Bayssellance, 2651 meters), then the arrival in the Cirque de Gavarnie, World Unesco Heritage, are the other highlights of the first part of this trek.

 

In the second part, from Gavarnie to Luchon, the itinerary makes its way through a succession of lakes, mountain passes, at more than 2000m altitude, and mountain villages. You will cross the Nature Reserve in Néouvielle and its remarkable glacial lakes, before reaching the villages of Saint-Lary-Soulan and Germ, the famous Espingo lake refuge and finally Bagnères-de-Luchon, the belle of the Pyrenees.


 


Dates and prices

Departures

Every Sunday from the middle of June to the end of September.

Booking from 2 people (solitary traveller: consult us).

Departure on another day : extra 25 euros per person.

Consult us for group discounts

 

Prices : From 15/06/2020 to 30/09/2020 :

Price per person for a group of 2/3 persons

705 €

Price per person for a group of 4/5 persons

640 €

 

Extras/Discounts :

- Comfort version : 4 nights in room : 115€/pers.

- Extra for a single room (not possible in Oredon) : 40€/pers

- Extra departure out of a Sunday : 25 €/pers.

- Transfer back 1 to 4 pers from Luchon to Cauterets : 245€/transfer

- Discount “Baroudeurs”: no luggage transfer : 110 €/booking

- Extra night in half board shared dormitory in Cauterets : 45€/pers

- Extra night in half board double room in Cauterets : 50€/pers

- Extra night in half board single room in Cauterets : 60€/pers

- Extra night in half board shared dormitory in Luchon : 41€/pers

- Extra night in half board double room in Luchon : 63€/pers

- Extra night in half board single room in Luchon : 83€/pers


The price includes

- Half-board accommodation

- Transfers days 2, 4 and 6

- Luggage transport except for 3 nights in refuges on days 2, 4 and 6 (normal version)

- Luggage transport except for 2 nights in refuges on days 2 and 6 (comfort version)

- Dossier containing maps, route notes (1 for 4 persons) sent at your first accommodation

- GPS tracks if you ask us + access to the detailed itinerary on the Mhikes GPS mobile application


The price does not include

-Holiday and travel insurance
-10€ for booking fees
-Showers in the mountain huts
-Additional transfers
-Entrance fees, additional activities
-Drinks and picnics

Day 1 : Start of your holiday in Cauterets

This week’s walking starts at Cauterets. Situated at 950m altitude, Cauterets has an authentic, Pyrenean mountain charm and is well known for its thermal spas. Time to discover and enjoy the town or go hiking.
The Turon des Oules and the plateau du Lisey
Possibility of doing a forest walk in the direction of Turon des Oules 1380m, it’s possible to continue to the Plateau du Lisey (add on 30mins).
The path of waterfalls
Very beautiful hike animated by the bubbling waterfalls of the gave du Jéret, on a path which will lead you from Cauterets to the pont d’Espagne. This section of the GR10 is avoided on your stay by a transfer from Cauterets to the pont d’Espagne. Your arrival day is a good opportunity to complete this part if you have time. Distance : 12km, duration : 3h45, altitude gain : +785m, descent : -785m (Turon des Oules and Plateau du Lisey). OR Distance : 7,5km, duration : 2h50, altitude gain : +785m, descent : -270m.

Day 2 : From Pont d'Espagne to Bayssellance refuge

After a short transfer, you start walking from the beautiful site of Pont d’Espagne. Ascent to the Gaube lake, then you cross the Hourquette d’Ossoue before reaching the highest Pyrenean refuge : Bayssellance (2651m). Today’s walk is wonderful, on foot of the Vignemale (3298m), famous summit in the History of Pyrénéisme. Distance : 12.5km, duration : 5h, altitude gain : +1275m, descent : -110m.

Day 3 : From Bayssellance refuge to Gavarnie

Today’s walk will lead you to Gavarnie, and its famous rocky and glaciar Cirque. Through the valley of Ossoue, its lakes, its Bellevue caves, its marmots… Once again, a beautiful day… Distance : 17km, duration : 6h00, altitude gain : +250m, descent : -1515m.

Day 4 : from Tournaboup to lac de l'Oule

Transfer from Gavarnie to the parking de Tournaboup (It is possible to include this part in the tour, adding 2 nights in Luz St Sauveur and Barèges : Contact us). From Tournaboup, you will start an ascent to the Col de Madamète. After crossing the pass, you will enter the splendid Néouvielle Nature Reserve, where you can admire the enchanting landscapes that will be open to you. The walk ends with the lakes of Aumar, Aubert, the Estoudou pass and finally the lake of Oule. For the comfort version, the walk ends at Lake Orédon. Distance : 19km, duration : 7h30, altitude gain : +1210m, descent : -840m (normal version with arrival at Lac de l'Oule). OR Distance : 15,5km, duration : 6h, altitude gain : +1065m, descent : -680m. (comfort version with arrival at Lac d’Oredon).

Day 5 : from Lac de l'Oule to Saint-Lary-Soulan

From the Oule refuge, you follow the lake and climb up to the Col de Portet, reaching a peak of 2215m. From the col the trail passes via the ski resort of Saint Lary. It makes its way across high altitude pastures before descending to the village of Vieille-Aure and on to Saint-Lary-Soulan. Longer itinerary for the comfort version from Lake Orédon (possibility to organize a transfer without supplement to shorten the walk, contact us).    Distance : 19,5km, duration : 6h45, altitude gain : +515m, descent : -1520m (normal version with departure from Lac de l'Oule). OR Distance : 22km, duration : 8h00, altitude gain : +875m, descent : -1905m (normal version with departure from Lac d’Oredon).

Day 6 : from Germ to the Espingo refuge

Transfer to Germ (It is possible to include the walk St Lary-Germ in the tour, adding a night in Germ : Contact us). From Germ you can enjoy some superb views of the French/Spanish summits. The mountain lifestyle and agricultural traditions reign heavily in this area. From the village the GR crosses the Pas de Couret at an altitude of 2131m, this passage takes you into the domaine of Luchon. The ascension towards Espingo lake, the Granges d’Astau and the Lac d’Oo make for scenery that is a pure marvel. Possibility to divide this long stage in 2 by adding an extra night, please contact us. Distance : 17km, duration : 8h00, altitude gain : +1680m, descent : -1065m.

Day 7 : from the Espingo Refuge to Luchon

The walk to Luchon will plunge you into a high mountain decor. You will traverse the Hourquette des Hounts at a high altitude of 2275m, before crossing the mountain pass, the Col de la Coume de Bourg at 2272m. From here you can choose to do the variant that is off the GR10, the ascension of the Pic de Céciré. This magnificent summit offers stunning views in the direction of Maladetta massif and the Spigeoles that will capture your regard. The descent towards Luchon passes by the ski resort of Superbagnères. In July and August, it is possible to take the cable car of the ski resort to avoid a long descent (not included in the price). Distance : 19,5km, duration : 7h40, altitude gain : +645m, descent : -1970m.

 

This programme is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. It may be necessary, if situations arise that are beyond our control, for the itinerary to be modified.


Welcome

Day 1 at your accommodation in Cauterets (65), according to your time of arrival.


Dispersion

Day 8 in Luchon (31), after your walk.


Level

Nature of the walk

The walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain is varied but often rocky. Walks on mostly waymarked paths, but some technical difficulties are possible.

 

Level 3

For walkers in good physical condition, already experienced in mountain hiking. The walking times mentioned are given as an indication, they are average times that only take into account the duration of the actual walking without counting the break times. Depending on the weather conditions, the walking pace can also vary, ranging from +300m to +500m of climb per hour. Be aware that there are 2 challenging stages with a climb of 1200m/1700m. You need to be used to walking and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday.


Accommodation

Half board

- 3 nights in a shared dormitory in mountain refuges on days 2, 4 and 6. Bring a sack sheet (blankets provided)

- 2 nights in a shared dormitory in gite on days 1 and 3.

- 1 night in hotel** in room on day 5

 

COMFORT VERSION : with extra (115€/pers), please inform us when booking (according to availability) :

- 1 night in room in gite on day 1

- 2 nights in room in hotel** on days 3 and 5

- 1 night in room in a chalet/mountain hotel on day 4

- 2 nights in shared dormitory in mountain refuge on days 2 and 6. Bring a sack sheet (blankets provided)

 

- Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, butter, jam)

- Evening meals in accommodations, often based on local specialities, include a starter, a main course and a dessert.

- Picnics and drinks are not included. Picnics can be provided by all accommodation.


Carrying luggage

You will need to carry a day sack only, with your water bottle, camera, picnic and goretex jacket. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks (except for the nights in mountain shelters, D2 and D7, where you have to carry your necessary personal belongings for the night, including a lightweight sleeping bag or liner, change of clothes, toiletries). Your main luggage will be transported by vehicle between the different night stops, which you will take places on days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8, unless you have chosen our DISCOUNT « BAROUDEURS ».


Guide

Self-guided walking, without guide.