Grand glacial cirques, crystalline lakes, snow-capped summits, mighty waterfalls, magnificent beech forests—the airy realm of the French Pyrenees is utterly breathtaking. We’ve created a fantastic hiking journey that brings you along the best trails of the famed GR10, the long-distance footpath that carves a dramatic route among the high peaks of the Pyrenees. Along the way you’ll feast your eyes on spectacular views, including the wild Cirque de Gavarnie, a vast stone amphitheater with dramatic 4,000-foot-high walls, and the enormous Cirque de Troumouse—five miles end to end!
The hike to the Breche de Roland was one of the best I’ve ever done!
— Keith R., New Orleans, LA
Days 1-4, Sep 11-14, 2016
Pau / Saint-Lary-Soulan / Réserve Naturelle de Néouvielle
From Saint-Lary, a beautiful slate-roofed village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, you’ll hike amid the picturesque mountain villages of the Vallée d’Aure, with their impressive medieval churches built when Christian pilgrims hiked this valley on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. In the magnificent Reserve Naturelle de Néouvielle, our hikes follow the GR10 trail up to the peak of Madamete (8,717') and to the Cirque de Troumouse, with its huge vertical walls above glistening meadows and jewel-blue tarns.
Days 5-6, Sep 15-16, 2016
Cirque de Gavarnie / Breche de Roland
A secret path along the natural ledge on the glacier wall leads to the foot of the Grande Cascade, a 1,000-foot waterfall that springs from the top of the famous Cirque de Gavarnie. On Day 6, a challenging hike brings you to the Breche de Roland, a dramatic natural 100-foot-wide breach in the cirque wall that offers a fabulous view into Spain’s Ordesa Canyon.
Days 7-9, Sep 17-19, 2016
From Cauterets, famed as a thermal hot springs town since Roman times, explore the verdant Mercadau Valley on the French-Spanish border, with its exquisite lakes and shepherds’ huts nestled amid rugged glacier-carved scenery. Depart on Day 9 via Pau.