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GR10 self-guided Section 5 : From Luchon to Aulus les Bains

7 days

6 nights

6 days of activities

Easy Moderate

Self-guided

17PGR5LF

from 505 €

From Luchon to Aulus-les-bains, the GR10 follows ancient passages that were used as a means of communication between the deep valleys. Here, the itinerary follows a rural and forestry trail around the Piemont villages of Artigue and Melles-en-Comminges and the hamlets of Eylie, Bouche, Aunac and Bidous before rejoining another thermal station, Aulus-les-bains.

 

The walk between Comminges and Couserans will take you through some remarkable flora : Gispet (widespread grass that gets slippery when wet and thrives on high altitude terrain), rhododendron flowers, blueberries and majestic beach trees that share the forest with fir trees.

 

In Couserans you discover more traces of the past when the trail takes you to various ‘jasses', (an area where the shepherds would gather their sheep near to the river), old shepherd's cabins and cairns, all signs of an ancient presence.


 


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

695 €

Price per person for a group of 4/5 persons

615 €

 

Extras/Discounts :

- Comfort Version: 3 nights in room : 70€/pers.

- Extra for a single room : 60€/pers

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

- Transfer back from Aulus les Bains to Luchon, for 1 to 4 persons : 160€/transfer

- Discount « Baroudeurs » : no luggage transfer : 150 €/booking

- 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

- Extra night in BB double room in Aulus les Bains : 40€/pers

- Extra night in BB single room in Aulus les Bains : 65€/pers


The price includes

- Half board accommodation

- Transfers days 2, 3, 6 and 7

- Luggage transport except for the 1 night in a refuge on day 3

- Dossier containing maps, route notes (1 for 4 persons, given in 1st 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 holiday in Luchon

Your holiday starts at your accommodation in Luchon, you may decide to visit the thermal baths with the famous Allées d’Etigny.
The village of Cazarilh and Luchon valley
Walk in the surrounding countryside to the village of Cazaril-Laspènes, a village with a remarquable church and architecture. Opportunity to walk to the hamlet of Trébons, then Saccourvielle before returning to Luchon.
Ascent of the pic de Céciré
From Superbagnères, reach the summit of the famous peak of Céciré (2403m), lookout on the 3000 of Luchonnais, and the summits of the border: offer yourself a view on the Maladeta and the massif of Aneto during this very pleasant walk. Distance : 9km, duration : 3h, altitude gain : +465m, descent : -465m. OR Distance : 13,5km, duration : 5h, altitude gain : +775m, descent : -775m.

Day 2 : from Artigue to Fos

Short transfer to Artigue. (It is possible to include the walk Luchon-Artigue in the tour, adding a night in Artigue : Contact us). From Artigue village, you cross a high col called the col de la Peyrahitta at an altitude of 1947m. Just after the col, if you are feeling up to it, you have the chance to climb the Pic de Bacanère, 2193m, this is a good variant and links up with the lake of Dessus. After having crossed Cigalères ridge (2093m) you pass one cabin after another before arriving at the village of Fos at an altitude of 544m. Distance : 20km, duration : 7h30, altitude gain : +1050m, descent : -1720m.

Day 3 : from Labach de Melles to Araing lake

Short transfer to Labach de Melles (can be avoided, consult us). At Labach de Melles, at an altitude of 980m, the GR10 approaches the first foothills of the Ariège mountains. From the Col d’Auéran the GR10 heads to the Etang d’Araing, you can enjoy the large, open, wild spaces and airy views that are famed in this county. In good weather, it is possible to climb the Crabère (2629m). Superb panoramic view at the top, especially of the Maladeta massif. Distance : 9km, duration : 4h30, altitude gain : +1285m, descent : -315m. OR Distance : 12,5km, duration : 6h45, altitude gain : +1660m, descent : -690m (Crabère variant)

Day 4 : from Araing lake to Eylie

This section links Etang d'Araing to Eylie d'en Haut. It crosses the first part of Ariège by passing through a series of small mountain villages, the architecture and ambience are not to be missed. This stage being very short, it is possible to climb the Pic de l'Har (2424m), a remarkable viewpoint on the high peaks of the Couserans and the Pyrenean foothills. Distance : 8km, duration : 4h15, altitude gain : +430m, descent : -1375m. OR Distance : 10km, duration : 5h30, altitude gain : +580m, descent : -1525m (Pic de l’Har variant).

Day 5 : from Eylie to Bonac Irazein

Wonderful walk in the heart of Couserans, in Ariège, through old villages with splendid views. Couserans is a traditional and natural pyrenean area. Distance : 15km, duration : 5h40, altitude gain : +890m, descent : -1190m.

Day 6 : from Bouche to Aunac

Short transfer to Bouche (can be avoided, consult us). During the day’s walking you will gravitate between the high mountains and the foothills of the Couserans region. You can enjoy a real kaleidoscope of colour and the superb landscapes of the Pyrenees Ariégeoises. You will discover the Etang de Bethmale which is situated in an oasis of lush greenery, from the Port de la Core at an altitude of 1395m you have a great belvedere in the direction of the reserve natural of Mont Valier, without forgetting the mountain hamlets where time appears to have stood still. Distance : 20,5km, duration : 6h30, altitude gain : +900m, descent : -840m.

Day 7 : from Aunac to Aulus les bains

Short transfer to St Lizier d’Ustou. (It is possible to include the walk Aunac - St Lizier d’Ustou in the tour, adding a night in St Lizier d’Ustou : contact us). Last walk, beginning from Saint Lizier d'Ustou, that will lead you to the thermal city of Aulus les Bains. End of your walk and tranfert to St Girons train station (can be avoid, consul us). Distance : 14 km, duration : 6h00, altitude gain : +995m, descent : -990m.

 

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 accomodation in Luchon (31), according to your time of arrival.


Dispersion

Day 7 in Saint-Girons (09) bus station around 16h45 after your transfer.


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. You need to be used to walking and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday.


Accommodation

Half board

- 1 night in a shared dormitory in mountain refuge on day 3. Bring a sack sheet (blankets provided)

- 5 nights in a shared dormitory in gite on days 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. Bring a sack sheet (blankets provided).

 

COMFORT VERSION : with extra (70€/pers), please inform us when booking (according to availability) :

- 2 nights in room in hotel** on days 1 and 2

- 1 night in room in gite on day 5

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

- 1 night in shared dormitory in mountain refuge on day 3. Bring a sack sheet (blankets provided)

 

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

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

- Pic-nics and drinks not included.  


Carrying luggage

You will need to carry a day sack only, with your water bottle, camera, picnic and gortex jacket. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks (except for the night in mountain shelters, D3, 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 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7, unless you have chosen our DISCOUNT « BAROUDEURS ».


Guide

Self-guided walking, without guide.