Lac d'Oo

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05 July 2024  |  Nature , Holidays

Hiking in the Pyrenees

The Pyrénées are full of more unique places, with hikes and national parks unique in France.

The Cirque de Gavarnie and its unique waterfall

A jewel of the national pac of the Hautes Pyrénées. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in the “Pyrénées Mont Perdu” group, this giant is located in Gavarnie-Gèdre in the Hautes-Pyrénées.

The Cirque de Gavarnie waterfall is one of the most impressive in France. You will be able to discover several routes and hikes that will take you there. This wonderful nature inspired the great writer Victor Hugo: with his poem. It is a mountain and a wall at the same time; it is the most mysterious building from the most mysterious of architects; it is the Colosseum of nature.

Discovering Lake Oô

Located 1.5 hours from Toulouse, Lake Oô is a pleasant hike for hiking enthusiasts. This hike can be suitable for families with children as well as more experienced hikers. From the Granges d'Astau it takes approximately 1h30 to walk from the car park to reach Lac d'Oô. You will also discover its waterfall. Arriving at the summit you will enjoy an exceptional view of the surrounding peaks. Hike the Etang Bleu, Rabat-les-trois-seigneurs.

The blue pond is a small pond located in the Courbière valley. This hike which will take you to the blue pond will allow you to enjoy a superb view of numerous small ponds and will take you to the Embans cirque nestled on the peak of the Trois Seigneurs.

Pic de Soularac and Saint-Barthélémy

The two highest peaks of the Tabe massif, natural border between Ax Valleys and Pays d'Olmes. This climb is for experienced hikers because certain passages can be dangerous and physical. The route starts at the Lauze car park, near the largest talc quarry in the world. You will find a ridge path on the south ridge of Soularac up to its summit. You will then reach the Saint-Barthélemy peak. At the top of the peaks you will enjoy a breathtaking view and you can even observe Toulouse or Carcassonne on a clear day.

The Marcadou Valley

The Marcadou valley is accessible from the Pont d'Espagne in the Cauterets valley. A hike to do with the family, taking around 45 minutes to walk from the car park. You will have the pleasure of discovering the fauna and flora, with marmots, chamois, or ibexes.

In summer the climate is pleasant, far from the stifling heat of certain southern regions, in winter you will have the opportunity to enjoy winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A completely different way to discover this Marcadau Valley.

The GR10 for hikers

The GR10 called the "great crossing of the Pyrenees" is one of the longest and most physical trails in the Pyrenees, because it begins at the edge of the Atlantic, in Hendaye, and joins the Mediterranean at Banyuls. That’s almost two months of hiking in the mountains.

This GR10 covers a total altitude difference of 48,000 m. A unique effort rewarded by magnificent landscapes.

Néouvielle lakes circuit

North of the main chain of the Pyrenees, the Néouvielle region is a paradise dotted with lakes and pretty meadows. This 3-day circuit is packed with beauty, for hiking enthusiasts. You will have access to Lake Orédon, Aygues-Cluses cabin, Glère refuge with a high pass, passing by some pretty lakes. Three Lords Peaks

In Ariège, from the Pic des Trois Seigneurs located at 2199m, you will enjoy a clear view of the other high mountains to the east of the Pyrenees.

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Amélie Roca

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