BAREGES VALLEY TREK
A taste of mountain trekking in the Pyrenees
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Enjoy the Pyrénées in a short three day trek, leaving from and returning to Luz St Sauveur on foot and staying out in mountain huts for two nights. The pastoral valley of Barèges is a delight, and takes in a number of traditional villages a converted barn that has been transformed into a comfortable gite, a night in a mountain refuge above 2000m, high mountain scenery, possibility of a swim in a mountain lake, walking through high mountain pastures. Trek takes in parts of the cross-Pyrenean GR10.
210€ pp (min 2p)
This price includes :
• 2 nights gite/refuge accomodation
• 2 dinners, breakfasts & picnic lunches
• Marked maps & walks notes
• Full briefing on your way through Luz
• It is possible to catch the bus from Lourdes to Luz on the morning of the first day, and from Luz to Lourdes at the end of the last day. Otherwise we can organise accommodation for you in Luz on the night before and the night following the trek. Count 460€pp for 5 nights accommodation with hotel B&B for first and last night, and an extra night at La Glère.
Arrive in Luz on the bus from Lourdes and walk 2 mins to Hotel Les Templiers to collect you maps and be briefed. Head off on the GR10 variant up to St Justin’s cross through a number of quaint mountain villages. About 3-4 hours walk depending on your pace. 600m altitude gain. There is the possibility of an extension loop if you are keen for a longer day. Hearty dinner and bed in this wonderful converted barn.
After breakfast, you collect your picnic lunch and head off towards Barèges village along the GR10. You pass through the village and head up to the Lienz Plateau through the forest, before continuing on to the Glère Refuge. At 2100m you are now in high mountain territory. The refuge is wonderfully situated in front of the lake of the same name. The refuge originally houses the workers who built the Pyrenees hydro-electric scheme. Dinner and bed. About 5-6 hours, 850m altitude gain.
DAY 3 or DAY 4
A good breakfast ensures you are ready for a big day today. Collect your picnic lunches, and set off into the Bolou valley where you reconnect with the variant of the GR10 on the other side of the valley. From here you begin your big descent to Luz. 1400m descent. There is the possibility of taxi collection at an earlier point, or shorter day returning to Barèges to catch the bus to Luz. Transfer on the bus back to Lourdes or ask us to organise a hotel or a hostel in Luz for the night.
DAY 3 optional
You can add a night into the trek by staying up high at La Glère Refuge for a second night. From here you can do the high lakes circuit, or even tackle the Turon du Néouvielle (at 3032m it is an impressive climb and the views are equally so). The high lakes are the remnants of the glaciers that once gave the area it's name "Néouvielle", meaning old snow in the local dialect of Occitane.