Central Pyrenees

Organization of hikes Central Pyrenees

Since its creation in 1967, the main aim of the Pyrenees National Park has been to protect the incredible natural heritage and biodiversity of the region. Completely uninhabited, it reaches over an area of 45,000 hectares and stretches 100 km from east to west at an altitude of approximately 1000 m. The Park spreads over the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, Balaïtous, Vignemale and Néouvielle Mountains and from the valleys of Aspe and Ossau in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques to the well-known glacial valleys of the Hautes Pyrénées, including Cauterets, Luz-Gavarnie and Aure.

 

Virtually untouched landscapes with deep historical roots are waiting to be explored! The unique geology of the area (with a combination of limestone and granite) has led to the formation of some 250 glistening mountain lakes, surrounded by such colourful vegetation because of the Atlantic and Mediterranean climates. Although a protected area, these vast open spaces, or “Vallées de Gave”, remain both accessible and safe for novice and experienced hikers alike because of the highly maintained and signposted footpaths.

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Discovering in comfort the Pyrenees National Park through the GR10

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from 640 €

7 days

6 nights

In the heart of the Central Pyrenees, this magnificient section of the Pyrenees crossing offers you to discover outstanding sites in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park. The first day of the hike will take you to the superb Gaube Valley, in the foothills of the Vignemale mountains and its majestic north face - a mecca for Pyreneism. You will then reach Barèges, walking through the Luz Saint Sauveur upper valley and the Riou pass, with an open view over some of the highest Pyrenean summits. Then, from Barèges to Saint Lary Soulan, the Nature is opening up to you. You will cross the Néouvielle Nature Reserve, with its outsanding and various turquoise lakes, in which the Néouvielle Peak granite ridges are plunging. Every evening, you will stop in villages renowned for their beneficial waters, with well-deserved relaxing moments in sight after a whole day hiking !

Self-guided walking Central Pyrenees

Aure Valley and Néouvielle Nature Reserve

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from 625 €

7 days

6 nights

From Saint Lary Soulan and the Aure valley, you will go and discover some of the most beautiful hikes of this area and a little Pyrenean paradise. After gaining some altitude over the Aure valley, you will discover the Géla and Badet valleys, in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park , and the gems that they are hiding : Barroude Wall and Lake, Hourquette de Charmantas, Badet Lake, Soum des Salettes and its outstanding viewpoints over the Central Pyrenees... Then you will head to the Néouvielle Nature Reserve and its various glacial lakes, each one more beautiful than the last. You will hike through protected areas, in a gorgeous setting of lakes and pines. When crossing passes and climbing small summits, you will enjoy grandiose bird's-eye-views of those preserved landscapes and especially famous high summits such as the Néouvielle Peak (3091m) and its granite ridges plunging in the Aubert Lake. During this holiday, the nature and wildlife sanctuaries of the Pyrenees National Park and the Néouvielle Nature Reserve reveal themselves to you.

Self-guided walking Central Pyrenees

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