GR10 self-guided Section 6 : From Aulus les Bains to Merens

Time: 7 days - 6 nights - 6 days of activities

Mode Self-guided

Physical level: Easy Moderate

from 480 €

Code: 17PGR6LF

Travel type: Self-guided GR10

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The walk from Aulus-les-bains to Mérens in Haute Ariège connects the western and the central sections of the Pyrenees with the Ariège part of the mountain range. This region is known for its high plateau landscapes, deep valleys hemmed in by soaring summits, sometimes covered with a sprinkling of snow, and mountain lakes whose waters change in colour. In the evening, the Ariège gastronomy will get you back in shape for the next day.


From Aulus, the guarded refuge of Bassiès surrounded by lakes will satisfy your desires for wide open spaces. In Vicdessos region, then, the discovery of orris, ancient circular dry stone constructions will allow you to put meaning and images on what is called pastoralism in the Auzat valley. The arrival on Mérens, at the gates of the nearby Capcir and Andorra, after the mountain stage of the Rulhe refuge will finally convince you that you will have to return one day to Haute-Ariège.


Dates and prices


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

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


From 15/06/2021 to 30/09/2021 :

Prices with luggage transfer :


Price per person for a group of 2 persons


Price per person for a group of 3 persons


Price per person for a group of 4 persons


Price per person for a group of 5 persons


Price per person for a group of 6 persons



Prices without luggage transfer :


Price per person for a group of 2 persons


Price per person for a group of 3 persons


Price per person for a group of 4 persons


Price per person for a group of 5 persons


Price per person for a group of 6 persons



Extras :

- Comfort version (4 nights in rooms) : 50€/pers

- Extra for a single room : 85€/pers

- Transfer back from Mérens to Aulus les Bains , for 1 to 4 persons : 160€/transfer (week), 185€/transfer (Sunday & public holiday)

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

- Extra night in BB single room in Aulus les Bains : 60€/pers

- Extra night in half board shared dormitory in Mérens : 40€/pers

- Extra night in half board double room in Mérens : 47€/pers

- Extra night in half board single room in Mérens : 57€/pers


The price includes

- Half board accommodation except day 1 in Bed & Breakfast

- Transfers days 1, 4, 5 and 6

- Luggage transport depending on the option chosen except for 2 nights in refuge on days 2 and 6

- 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 your holiday in Aulus les Bains

Transfer from St Girons bus station (can be avoid, consul us). Your holiday starts at your accommodation in Aulus-les-Bains. Option to visit the thermal village or to do a loop walk.              
Guzet lake and Ars Waterfall

A great loop walk from Aulus-les-Bains to a mountain lake and the superb waterfall, the Cascade d’Ars.

The waterfall of Ars

This is another option for a shorter loop walk: it will take you to the great “Cascade d’Ars” which gives Aulus-les-Bains, famous spa resort, its reputation. Distance : 13km, duration : 5h00, altitude gain : +880m, descent : -880m. OR Distance : 10,5km, durée : 3h45, dénivelé plus : +740m, dénivelé moins : -740m.

Day 2 : from Aulus to Bassies refuge

From Aulus les Bains a walk up towards the Port de Saleix (1794m altitude). The beauty of the mountain scenery is awesome, rural barns, fresh, bubbly mountain torrents, a rich Pyrenean flora and an old mine. From the Port of Saleix, you can admire the view towards the Auzat and Vicdessos valleys, then the Bassiès lakes, before reaching the refuge.       Distance : 11km, duration : 5h15, altitude gain : +1270m, descent : -370m.

Day 3 : from Bassiès refuge to Goulier

From the Bassiès refuge, the GR10 passes a series of lakes at Bassiès and leads towards the valley of Auzat. A superb trail continues on from the valley to Goulier, via the village of Olbier. Distance : 13km, duration : 4h30, altitude gain : +450m, descent : -995m.

Day 4 : from Goulier to Gestiès

From Goulier to Gestiès, the itinerary follows different cols and crosses picturesque mountain hamlets such as Lercoul, Siguer and Gestiès. The built heritage of these typical villages is amazing: roman churches; orris, barns, farms.  After the hike, transfer to Goulier to spend a second night there. Distance : 13km, duration : 5h30, altitude gain : +760m, descent : -900m.

Day 5 : from Gestiès to “Pont de Coudènes”

In the morning transfer to Gestiès to continue the hike. The GR10 crosses the large open spaces of Pla du Four, passes by the “cabanes” of Courtal Marti and Balledreyte, and the Col de Sirmont, 1693m high. Then, you cross the wood of Clavière to reach the Pont de Coudènes. From there, transfer to your accommodation in Tarascon sur Ariège.              Distance : 14,5km, duration : 7h30, altitude gain : +1310m, descent : -1235m.

Day 6 : from the Plateau de Beille to Rulhe refuge

In the morning, transfer to the plateau de Beille, famous for its nordic ski station and as being on the itinerary for the Tour de France race. Ascent to the Rulhe refuge via the col des Finestres, Didorte, Belh and Terre Nègre. A high mountain ambience is guaranteed! Distance : 14km, duration : 5h15, altitude gain : +785m, descent : -380m.

Day 7 : from Rulhe refuge to Mérens

This is the last day’s walking and the trail is particularly scenic. You will need to set out fairly early, following the GR10 past two mountain lakes to arrive early afternoon at the railway station in Merens. Distance : 12,5km, duration : 5h15, altitude gain : +330m, descent : -1460m.

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.


Day 1 at St Girons train/bus station, at 2.45PM (or other schedule agreed with you),  for a transfer to your accommodation in Aulus les bains (09).


Day 7 after the walk, in Merens (09).


 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.


Half board except day 1 in Bed & Breakfast

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

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

- 1 night in room in family hotel on day 1

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


COMFORT VERSION (with extra) :

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

- 1 night in room in family hotel on day 1

- 2 nights in room in gite on days 3 and 4.

- 2 nights in a shared dormitory in mountain refuges on days 2 and 6. 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. For dinner in Aulus les Bains, restaurants on site.

- 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 nights in refuges on day 2 and 6 where you will need to carry personal belongings for the night (sleeping bag sheet, change of clothes, toiletries) as you will not have access to your main luggage those nights. Your main luggage - will be transported by vehicle between the different night stops on days 3, 4, 5 and 7. Unless you have chosen the version without luggage transport. In this case it is your responsibility to carry your own luggage from one stopover to the next.


Self-guided walking, without guide.


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