FOOTHILLS TO SUMMITS
All seasons in a week – spring flowers and long days…
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This wonderful early summer trek combines walks in many of our favourite places in the lower and lesser known valleys around Argelès and in the Val d’Azun, with the spectacular Vignemale summit, which at 3298m is the highest in the French Pyrenees. We take you from the Pyrenean foothills to one of the most iconic summits. In June spring is well under way in the lower valleys, whereas up high winter retains its hold. Moving between altitudes and seasons makes this trek particularly spectacular and interesting, and the itinerary packs the highlights into one fabulous week.
• Ascent of the Vignemale 3298m
• The best of all seasons and the highlights of the Lavedan Valleys
This price includes :
• 6 days guided walking
(1 day with a high mountain guide for the ascent of the Vignemale)
• 7 nights twin share - half board accomodation (single supplement 25€/night)
• All picnic lunches
• Crampons and ice axe for the glacier
DAY 1 - DAY 4
From your base in Luz we collect you every day for our walks around the Argeles, Azun, Barèges or Gavarnie Valleys: there are plenty of possibilities at this time of year and the best choices for each day depend on the weather and the snow conditions. But our aim is to explore some of the lesser know foothill areas where the old donkey paths are wonderful. The views over the higher peaks from these foothill walks are spectacular, and the forest and pasture landscapes are especially beautiful in spring. Don’t be fooled – the foothills can be just as challenging as the higher mountains, they are just snow free in June and make for four days of wonderful walking.
Day five sees us en route for the Bayssellance Refuge from the Pont d’Espagne via the beautiful Lac de Gaube. After a night here a high mountain guide will meet us in the early hours of the morning to guide us on the glacier and up to the Vignemale summit at 3298m! Panoramic views await us!
We descend via the famous caves constructed by renowned Pyreneeist the Irish-French count Henry Russell and drop down to Gavarnie (UNESCO World Heritage Site) for a glimpse of this most impressive of glacial cirques and its waterfall.
We are picked up from here and return to Hotel Les Templiers for a hot shower, dinner out and a comfortable bed.