GR10 self-guided Section 7 : From Merens to Vernet les Bains

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

Mode Self-guided

Physical level: Easy Moderate

from 410 €

Code: 17PGR7LF

Travel type: Self-guided GR10

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From Mérens, the high mountains open up and offer a wonderful section of the GR10, with a walk that leads to the Refuge of Bésines, altitude 2104m. Another highlight is the part of the trail that takes you past the Bouillouses lake, famous for its natural beauty, it's situated at 2020m altitude in the Carlit Massif, it is an absolute gem to discover. Crossing the high plateau of the Capcir towards the Pays de Conflent you will enjoy a feast of wonderful views. You will discover some lovely mountain villages, the gorge of Caranca and the natural reserve called Mantet and Py before arriving at Vernet-les-Bains.

Dates and prices


Every days from the middle of June to the end of September.
Booking from 2 people (solitary traveller: consult us).



Prices with luggage transfer :
- Price per person for a group of 2 persons : 640€
- Price per person for a group of 3 persons : 590€
- Price per person for a group of 4 persons : 565€
- Price per person for a group of 5 persons : 545€
- Price per person for a group of 6 persons : 535€

Prices without luggage transfer :
- Price per person for a group of 2 persons : 430€
- Price per person for a group of 3 persons : 425€
- Price per person for a group of 4 persons : 420€
- Price per person for a group of 5 persons : 415€
- Price per person for a group of 6 persons : 410€


Extras :

- Comfort version (4 nights in rooms) : 65 €/pers.
- Extra night in Mérens/Vernet les Bains : Consult us
- Return transfer from Vernet-les-Bains to Mérens les Vals : Consult us

The price includes

- Half-board accommodation
- Luggage transport depending on the option chosen except for 2 nights in refuges on days 2 and 5
- 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€ booking fees
-Showers in the mountain huts
-Additional transfers
-Entrance fees, additional activities
-Drinks and picnics

Day 1: Arrival at Mérens les Vals

Installation in your accommodation according to your arrival time. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit the village or go hiking.
The Col de Joux
A loop hike that starts on open ground and then enters the forest to reach the Col de Joux between the Ariège and Orgeix valleys. The ridge passages offer beautiful views of the surrounding peaks, including the Dent d'Orlu.
The Etang de Comte
Walk along the Mourguilhou stream, through pastures strewn with gentians and rhododendrons, to the pretty and bucolic Comte pond.
Distance: 11.5km, duration : about 4h30, altitude gain : + 700m, descent : - 700m. OR Distance: 12km, duration : about 4h50, altitude gain : + 760m, descent : - 760m.

Day 2 : From Mérens to Bésines refuge

From Mérens, the GR10 leaves the Haute-Ariège to approach the Capcir region. This is a classic Pyrenean walk of deep valleys and passes. A long ascent along the valley and the torrent of the Nabre will lead you to the Porteille des Bésines, at 2333m. Then you will descend to the Etang des Bésines and its guarded refuge. From the terrace of the refuge, the view towards the Etang des Besines and the nearby Pic Pédros is superb. Distance : 9km, duration : about 4h45, altitude gain : +1305m, descent : -260m.

Day 3 : From Bésines refuge to Bouillouses lake

From the Bésines refuge, the itinerary crosses the Coume d'Anyell pass at an altitude of 2391m, before descending to the Lanoux lake, at the base of the Carlit mountains. This pond, or rather Lake Lanoux, is the largest in the French Pyrenees, with its surface area of 1.71 km². During your descent to the Lac des Bouillouses, through the Porteille de La Grave, take the time to observe the surroundings, which are favourable for encounters with isards and mouflons. Distance : 16km, duration : about 5h45, altitude gain : +695m, descent : -750m.

Day 4 : From Les Bouillouses to Planès

Starting from Les Bouillouses, a walker's paradise and a small Canada of the Pyrenees, the GR10 goes through plateaus, mountain lakes and forests. After reaching Bolquère, close to the famous resort of Font Romeu, you will cross the vast high plateau of Cerdagne, a landscape found nowhere else in the Pyrenees. Then you will reach Planès, a magnificent village with its Romanesque church, unique in Europe with its trefoil plan. Distance : 20km, duration : about 6h00, altitude gain : +230m, descent : -745m.

Day 5 : From Planès to the Carança refuge

The profile of the walk is reminiscent of a rollercoaster, with a descent often corresponding to a pass or a high plateau to be crossed. Today, the Pla de Cédeilles (1911m), and the Mitja pass (2367m), a remarkable lookout point towards the nearby Capcir and the emblematic Pic du Carlit, are on the programme, with landscapes that become Mediterranean. Distance : 15km, duration : about 6h30, altitude gain : +1190m, descent : -890m.

Day 6 : From Carança refuge to Py

Today, you will walk from the refuge of the Caranca to the hamlet of Py. The GR10 crosses the reserve natural of Mantet and then the reserve of Py. There is a passage across the Col del Pal (2294m), with a wonderful panorama. If the weather is good, a short round trip (+1h30) to the easy Serre Gallinière peak will broaden your horizon even more. And after the Alemany valley and reserve, you will join the village of Py, where you spend the night. Distance : 16km, duration : about 6h45, altitude gain : +860m, descent : -1665m.

Day 7 : From Py to Vernet les Bains

From the village of Py, the Mediterranean atmosphere becomes more and more pronounced, especially with regard to the vegetation. Thus, a balcony route over the Rotja valley leads to the Goa tower located on a small natural platform
offering a beautiful panorama of the Canigou peak and the Haut Conflent. Then a ridge path followed by a forest descent leads to Vernet-les Bains. Distance : 9,5km, duration : about 4h00, altitude gain : +510m, descent : -870m.

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 your accommodation in Merens les Vals (09), according to your arrival time.


Day 7 in Vernet-les-Bains (66), after your walk.


Nature of the walk
Walks on mostly waymarked paths, but some technical difficulties are possible. The walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain is varied but often rocky.
Level 3
For walkers in good physical condition with previous experience of mountain walking. The walking times mentioned are given as an indication, they are average times which only take into account the duration of the walk without counting the stops. Depending on the weather conditions, the walking pace may also vary, ranging from +300m to +500m of climb per hour.


Half board:
2 nights in shared dormitory in mountain refuge on days 2 and 5
4 nights in shared dormitory in gites on days 1, 3, 4 and 6

COMFORT VERSION (with extra) :
2 nights in guestroom in room on days 1 and 6
1 night in gite in room on day 4
1 night in a mountain hotel in room on day 3
2 nights in a mountain refuges in shared dormitory on days 2 and 5

For nights in dormitory, 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 nights in refuges, D2 and D5, where you have to carry your personal belongings necessary for the night (eg. lightweight sleeping bag or liner, change of clothes, toiletries). Unless you have chosen chosen the version without luggage transport. In this case you must carry your luggage from one stopover to the next. We ask you to please limit your main luggage to between 10-15kg to facilitate the transportation and carrying for the taxis. It is also important to consider that it may be necessary to carry your bags short distances at the start or end of your holiday. (Consult with us for left luggage facilities).


Self-guided walking, without guide.


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