The Neouvielle, the snow kingdom

  • Neouvielle Nature Reserve
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Snowshoe walking and night in a mountain refuge


The majestically located Oule refuge reigns over the landscape. Frozen lakes twinkling in the sunlight, snow covered pines offering shelter for the animals, it is a magical scene. Each evening before the crackling log fire you can taste the many delights of their home cooking - delicious blueberry tarts, cream filled éclairs. Between magnificent scenery and delicious meals you will be truly spoiled in the Neouvielle.

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From 502 € /person

  • 4 days/3 nights in a guarded mountain refuge on the shore of the lake, full-board
  • 4 day's snowshoe walking with a qualified guide (material provided) - Level easy to moderate

Contact Julie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • The Neouvielle, an enchanting and beautiful destination
  • A wild but easy itinerary through virgin nature
  • A warm and welcoming mountain refuge on the shore of the lake

Day 1

Transfer to the refuge (1819m) then an easy walk along the lake’s edge to the slopes of the Soum de Monpelat (2474m).

Day 2

We explore the marvellous Estibere valley, with its primary forest and its numerous frozen lakes, we eventually reach the ridge to enjoy a splendid panorama, particularly over the Pic de Neouvielle (3091m).

Day 3

A new day and new sensations, we explore the Port Bielh valley and the wild Guits plateau.

Day 4

We climb to the hanging valley of Bastan and its many lakes. A small pass to cross then we have an easy descent into the beautiful Bastanet forest.

Complementary information

The itineraries may be modified due to climatic conditions or for the level of those participating.
Further information:
The walking takes place at between 1820 and 2465 metres of altitude.
Average height gain: 550m
Maximum height gain: 720m
Average duration of the walks: 5 hours

Meeting point : Monday or saturday at 10am at the St Lary Soulan bus stop

Dispersal : Thursday or tuesday at 5pm at the St Lary Soulan bus stop

Refuge on the lakeside

The Aure valley is one of the gateways to the Neouvielle Nature Reserve. Dozens of scintillating lakes, century old pines, jagged peaks almost defying gravity… This landcape is a real paradise and easily accessible. It offers a total escape from the world, the peace and quiet of a virgin landscape with so many places to explore. In winter the refuge is accessible either on skis or for pedestrians by cable-car, the ski runs of Saint Lary are close. In summer there are many varied footpaths for sublime walks through enchanted scenery. During the early morning Isards and marmots can be seen. In winter the sunlight bathes the peaks in a golden glow. It is an exceptional area which cannot be missed.

Your guarded refuge:

Situated at 1820 meters, it has 4 double rooms, a family room, 3 dormitories for 4 persons and another for 8.

  • From 502 € /person -

The price includes

3 nights full-board in a guarded mountain refuge - 4 day's snowshoe walking with a qualified guide, equipment provided - Local transport from the initial RDV - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Transport to the place of RDV - Drinks - Personal expenses - Repatriation, cancellation, baggage, interruption insurance.


Winter 2018/2019
December: From 17 to 20 - From 24 to 27 - From 31 to 03 January

January: From 07 to 10 - From 14 to 17 - From 21 to 24 - From 28 to 31

February: From 04 to 07 - From 11 to 14 - From 18 to 21 - From 25 to 28

March: From 04 to 07 - From 11 to 14 - From 18 to 21 - From 25 to 28

Tales to tell:

Your guide knows the area like the back of his hand. He knows all the hidden routes, the best viewpoints and has many a story to tell. As for the refuge guardian he too has many tales to tell, evening entertainment guaranteed in front of the log fire.

You will love:

The comfortable Nordic ambience of the refuge on the edge of a vast frozen lake… it is countryside straight from a fairy tale.