The Neouvielle, a ski-touring paradise

  • Saint-Lary and Neouvielle nature reserve
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Ski touring in the Neouvielle


Hide away for a few days in wild and snowy surroundings; make fresh tracks in valleys of virgin snow; then slip in among the covers, cosy and warm, in order to start again the next day, completely refreshed. A relaxing pace of life, enjoying the landscape, wildlife, humility in the face of nature, wandering and contemplation... An epic 3-day journey, from refuge to refuge, crossing sleepy lakes and mountain pines in the enchanting Réserve du Néouvielle, accompanied by your guide, Hubert.

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From 476 € /person Based on 4 persons

  • 3 days/2 nights in guarded mountain refuges, each on the shore of a lake, full-board
  • 3 day's ski touring in the Neouvielle with a qualified guide - Moderate level required

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • A circuit which will take in the very best viewpoints with 360 degree panoramas over the area and its lakes
  • Accompanied by a mountain guide
  • Comfortable nights in beautifully situated refuges

Day 1

Meeting point 930am at the Bureau des Guides in Saint Lary.
The start of the ski tour is from the top station of the Portet cable-car. The itinerary is towards the Col de Bastan with a return to the refuge. Dinner and night in the Lac d'Oule refuge.

600m - 700m climbing, 4 - 5 hours ski touring

Day 2

Breakfast. Leave the refuge for a full day's ski touring passing over the Col d'Estadou. Descent towards the Oredon refuge. You can leave your rucksacks at the refuge for the climb to the Cap de Long lake. Return to the refuge, dinner and night.

300m - 400m climbing, 5 - 6 hours ski touring

Day 3

Breakfast then set off for a full day's ski touring. Climb to the top of the Pic du Noeouvielle then a return to the Las d'Oule by the Estibere valley. Take the chairlift which brings you back to Espiaube. End of trip.

1100m - 1200m climbing. 8 - 9 hours ski touring

Guarded mountain refuges on the edge of lakes

The Neouvielle nature reserve

The Neouviellen nature reserve is unique, its completely unspoiled natural environment offers visitors a superb spectacle.
The richness of the flora and fauna, together with the many lakes and sublime scenery, have made the Néouvielle a subject for detailed study and attention. Created in 1936, the Néouvielle Nature Reserve is one of the earliest established in France. The area covers 2300 hectares and counts more than 70 lakes (Aubert, Aumar, Orédon, Cap de Long, Laquettes…) and pools in which more than 570 species of algae have been identified.
The area is covered with Pins à Crochets (a dwarf mountain pine), the tree growing at the highest altitudes in Europe, this famous range is bordered by the massive limestone walls of Barroude and the Pic Néouvielle at more than 3000m of altitude.
This is a paradise for walkers, there are many possible circuits and the grand tour of the Néouvielle can be done staying in the 5 guarded refuges. In order to preserve and protect the beauty of the site but also to help you explore, many facilities have been created (welcome centre, parking, way-marked trails, toilets…). There are themed walks with the National Park wardens in the summer months.

  • From 476 € /person -
  • Based on 4 persons

The price includes

2 nights in guarded mountain refuges, full-board - 3 day's ski touring with a qualified guide (loan of all necessary equipment including avalanche protection) - 1 pedestrian pass - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Picnic (first day) - Equipment hire - Transports - Cancellation insurance.


Winter 2018/2019
From the 1st March to the 9 April 2018

You will adore :

The fabulous feeling of total freedom one gets in this magnificent area - scenic, savage and beautiful.