THREE SUMMITS, THREE DAYS
Climb, climb and climb...
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Explore three mighty Pyrenean peaks during a three-day, four night camping trip. You meet in Gavarnie and have three full, challenging days climbing a different peak each day. There are plenty to choose from, starting with the Taillon or the Casque via the Breche de Roland, the Petit Vignemale and the mighty Piméné with its spectacular view into all three glacial cirques and all the way down the valley. We provide the tents, you will eat meals in the refuge next to the camp ground, bring your own sleeping bag and mat. A fantastic way to be out in the mountain air and challenging your limits.
Perfect for: Fit, moderately-experienced hikers who want to discover the best of the Pyrenees in minimal time.
+ 66€ option to sleep in dorm rooms in refuge
This price includes :
• 3 days hiking with a qualified mountain leader
• 4 nights camping
• Breakfast, dinners & picnic lunches
• Trandsport to/from hiking routes
Arrive at Lourdes airport or train station and take a bus to Gavarnie village (2€, approximately 1hour 40 minutes, only from start July until end Aug, outside these times there is a bus to Luz and then taxi from there). You will be greeted by your qualified mountain leader before settling in and meeting around 6pm for a drink before dinner and an overview of the days ahead.
Eat a good breakfast before leaving around 8am. You have a 1500m climb to the Piméné summit (2800m) and the views are awe-inspiring all the way up. At the top you have a short ridge to reach the summit for views of the famous Mont Perdu, along with the famous glacial cirques, Gavarnie, Estaubé and Troumouse. These limestone formations have been carved out by the head of the glacier over successive glaciations and result in dramatic waterfalls such as the Grande Cascade de Gavarnie with its 423m vertical drop.
After breakfast we drive up to the departure point at 2200m. Depending on conditions, we will either ascend the Casque or the Taillon (or if we’re lucky, both). The two 3000m peaks are connected via a ridge that encloses the Gavarnie Cirque. You’ll start at a height of 2200m and cross from France to Spain through the extraordinary missing tooth gap in the frontier that is the Breche de Roland (2,800m), before eventually reaching the summit (3007m or 3140m).
Our last climb starts with a drive up to the Ossoue dam at 1800m. From here we follow the slightly vertigo-inducing GR10 path up to the Baysellance Refuge, which at 2650m, is the highest in the Pyrenees. It’s a good stopping point before we begin our final climb to the summit of the Petit Vignemale (3032m). Nestled in the centre of the range at 3032m we are rewarded with views of the Ossoue Glacier and Gaube Valley.
It’s time to say goodbye. Departure time is approximately 11am when the bus leaves from Gavarnie headed for Lourdes train station and airport (again, the bus from Gavarnie is only July-August so outside these times we can organise a taxi to Luz and then bus, or taxi all the way to Lourdes).
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts. When no buses are available from mid-Sept onwards we will assure transfers to and from Gavarnie.