Cauterets-Gavarnie : the gem of Central Pyrenees and UNESCO World Heritage, with snowshoes
This tour in the heart of the Central Pyrenees allows you to discover some of the most beautiful sites in the Pyrenean mountain range. From Cauterets, you will discover two magnificent valleys with a Canadian feel: the Gaube valley and the Marcadau valley. Snow-covered landscapes, pine groves, valleys, high peaks, waterfalls and frozen lakes are on the programme.
In the valley of Luz St Sauveur, you will climb two nice summits easy to access which will allow you to enjoy superb 360° panoramas on the main summits of more than 3000m of the region: Balaïtous, Vignemale, Néouvielle, Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Taillon... and so many others!
Another highlight of the trip is the discovery of the famous Gavarnie cirque with its many peaks over 3000m frozen by winter. Home to the largest waterfall in Europe (423m), the Gavarnie cirque with its magnificent architecture cannot be described, it can only be contemplated and discovered. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this natural glacial cirque impresses by its size and height, its walls reaching almost 1500m.
In the wild and preserved setting of the Pyrenees National Park, you will follow routes with a gentle relief that are particularly well suited to snowshoeing.
After the hikes, the thermal complex Les Bains du rocher will allow you to enjoy a well-deserved moment of rest and relaxation (optional)!
Price per person :
Price per person : 740€ (from 08/01/2023 to 27/07/2023 and 05/03/2023 to 10/03/2023)
Price per person : 765€ (from 05/02/2023 to 03/03/2023)
- Balneo supplement: 5h pass (usable from Monday to Thursday) to access the balneo area (indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hammam, salt stone rest room): €60/pers
- Additional night in B&B double room: €44/pers
The price includes :
- Full board accommodation from dinner on day 1 to breakfast and picnic on day 6
- Transfers during the stay
- Equipment provided: snowshoes, walking sticks and avalanche transceiver
- Supervision by a mountain guide specialised in the area
The price does not include :
- Access to balneotherapy and personalised balneotherapy treatments.
- Meals not included in the price
- Transfers not included in the programme
- Booking fees (15€ per booking)
Day 1 : Start of the stay in Lourdes
Day 2 : The Hautacam peak, a fantastic viewpoint in the Central Pyrenees
Day 3 : The Riou pass and Pène Nère summit
Day 4 : The Marcadau valley and refuge
Day 5 : Gavarnie Circus
Day 6 : Lake Gaube
NB: the order of the hikes is subject to the decisions of our mountain leader, who is the sole judge according to the level of the participants and the weather.
The programmes have been drawn up according to the latest information available at the time of writing: imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control may change the course of the programme. On site, our guides are the best judges, they may have to modify the itinerary depending on the weather or if the safety of the group requires it.
On day 1 at 5:15 pm at Lourdes train station for a transfer (35min journey) to Cauterets (65, Hautes-Pyrénées). Or directly at the gîte le Beau soleil, 21 Rue du Maréchal Joffre in Cauterets (06.61.10.27.21).
It is IMPERATIVE to inform us one week in advance by text message at +33 6 10 97 16 54, of your arrival time and means (train at Lourdes station or car directly at Cauterets).
On day 6 at about 3.35 pm, after your transfer to Lourdes train station.
Nature of the terrain
Hikes in snowy mountain, on gentle slopes that are appropriate for snowshoe hiking
These trips are designed for people who are looking for active holidays. A reasonable level of physical condition is required. 3h30 to 5h45 hours of hike per day. Climbing pace* +300 m per hour.
*Be advised : these are average times that only take into account the effective walking time and do not include the stops during the hike.
5 nights in a family gite with the Green Key label: Acting for sustainable tourism, full board. The Beau Soleil gite is a friendly, family-run accommodation, where a mountainous and friendly atmosphere prevails. Anouk will give you a warm welcome, and will cook us good food! The gîte is located in the heart of the old village, 350m from the Bains du rocher thermal baths.
- Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam)
- Evening meal often based on specialities, including starter, main course and dessert
- Picnics included
- Drinks not included
From 4 to 12 people.
Supervision by a BE AMM specialist of the region.