A night in the mountains at Gavarnie

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Guided walking circuit at Gavarnie, Hautes Pyrenees


This is one of the great mountain landscapes of Europe. Julien, your guide, will lead you to the Refuge des Espuguettes which faces the colossal Cirque de Gavarnie, a World Heritage site. The scenery is spectacular, your meeting with the refuge's guardian is a special moment. Come and spend a night like no other!

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From 314 € /person

  • 2 days/2 nights in gite de sejour, half board, and mountain refuge, full board
  • 2 day’s walks with a qualified guide.
    Itinerant circuit - Easy level. Only carrying personal effects.

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

By mail By phone 33 (0)5 62 56 70 00

The strengths

  • A night facing the Cirque de Gavarnie
  • The experience of a night in a refuge
  • An easy level of walking so you can appreciate the exceptional views

Day 0

Arrival in the gite de sejour, dinner and night.

Day 1

Head up to the Plateau de Pailla, the day is of 6 hours walking with 600 meters of altitude gain. You leave from the valley bottom at the village of Gavarnie with the views becoming increasingly grandiose, particularly over the Cirque, as you gain height. As you reach the Plateau de Pailla the view is immense, marmots can be seen and the flora is remarkable. A picnic will be taken in this lovely spot, the refuge in then reached easily for your night in the mountains.

Day 2

The balcony footpath overlooking the Cirque de Gavarnie, 6 hours walking, an extra 400 meters of climbing if you wish to go to the Hourquette d'Alans ridge with its view over the Cirque d'Estaube, and another 600 meters if you wish to reach the top of the Pimene. All will be decided according to the wishes of the group, the summit of the Pimene offers one of the best viewpoints in the Pyrenees. Whatever your choice the walk then continues on the magnificent balcony footpath to complete the circuit back to Gavarnie village.

Complementary information

The itinerary will be modified according to weather conditions and the level of the group.

Meeting point : Meet on Saturday morning at 9am in front of the Tourist Office of Luz Saint Sauveur.

1 night in a gite de sejour, 1 night in a mountain refuge.


The most famous and the most spectacular natural cirque...
50 million years ago in the Pyrenees, water and glacial erosion created a number of natural ‘cirques’ to a remarkable perfection. Gavarnie is the most famous and the most spectacular. With 16 summits of over 3000 meters and the highest waterfall in Europe it possesses a magnificent beauty.
The natural spectacle it offers is remarkable. This once hidden area «resembles nothing that is found anywhere else» wrote Victor Hugo. Adjoining the great canyons of Aragon in Spain it is part of the «Gavarnie - Mont Perdu» World Heritage site.
From a practical point of view the walk to the Cirque from the village is very easy, with the colossal cirque always in view, one can walk to the very foot of the cirque with it enormous waterfall, the route can also be done on horseback or donkey.

  • From 314 € /person - Based on 2 persons
  • From 192 € /person - Based on 5 persons

The price includes

1 night in gite de sejour, half board, and 1 night in mountain refuge, full board (dinner, breakfast, picnic) - 2 day’s walks with a qualified guide - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Drinks - Personal expenses - Repatriation, cancellation, baggage, interruption insurance - Picnic (Saturday).


Summer 2019
From 14 to 16/06
From 12 to 14/07
From 9 to 11/08
From 20 to 22/09

Practical advice!

If you are coming by train we can collect you from Lourdes train station and take you back.