Gavarnie, Cirques and 3,000m peaks I French & Spanish Border Cols I 6 days

6 Days


The Cirque de Gavarnie is a UNESCO world heritage site and we will traverse between the Cirques of Troumousse, Estaubes and Gavarnie climbing at least one 3000m peak on the way. You can expect to see Ibex, vultures and stunningly beautiful waterfalls and cliffs.

According to one legend Roland’s Breach was cut by Count Roland with his sword in an attempt to destroy the sword, after being defeated during the battle of Roncesvalles in 778. In a variant of one of the legends associated with salto de Roldan a rock formation about 25 km (16 mi) north of Huesca, Roland the foremost of Charlagmanes paladins was being hotly pursued by Saracens the Muslim Arab occupiers of Spain. Cornered at Salto de Roldán, he escaped by leaping the chasm on horseback from one of the crags to the other; the horse died in the attempt.

We can provide an airport transfer from Tarbes/Lourdes airport

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • UNESCO world heritage site
  • Guide
  • 3000m peak attempt
  • Stunning scenary
  • Do ask for alternative dates


Welcome to Tarbes/Lourdes airport! Your journey begins as you land in this charming region. From here, you'll transfer to Luz St Saveur/Viscos. Take in the stunning landscapes as you make your way to our destination. Alternatively, if you've already reached Luz St Saveur, get ready to start your adventure right in the heart of this beautiful town. Get settled in, unwind, and prepare for the exciting experiences that await you in the days ahead.

Meet bright and early at 9 am at the charming Auberge de Maillot to kick off our day. Our journey begins with a tram ride up into the breathtaking Cirque de Troumouse, offering unparalleled vistas of the surrounding landscape. Ascending to the Port de Canau, we're presented with the option of embarking on a ridge walk to conquer the majestic Pic de Bouneu, where the panorama extends across the Spanish border and unveils the the Cirque de Troumouse.

Following our descent, we traverse the high-altitude paths beneath the towering cliffs of Peak Munia, a route that promises awe-inspiring views at every turn. Our trail leads us down into the picturesque village of Heas, where a lift awaits to whisk us back to our cozy dormitory accommodation at the Auberge de Maillot.

Night: Auberge de Maillot (Dormitory) (B,L,D)

Our day commences with a picturesque ascent from the stunning Lac Gloriettes into the Cirque d’Estaube, adorned with majestic peaks and dramatic cliffs that rise into the sky.

Following a well-deserved lunch break, we're treated to a glimpse of Spain, beholding the magnificent Monte Perdido and the tranquil Ibón de Marbore lake.

As we prepare for our final ascent, we brace ourselves for the challenge ahead. The climb to the Hourquette d’Alans (2430m) tests our resolve, but the reward is immeasurable as we reach our evening sanctuary: the Refuge Espugettes (2027m). Here, amidst the rugged grandeur of the mountains, we find solace and comfort, ready to rest and rejuvenate for the adventures that await us.

Night: Refuge Espugettes (B,L,D)

As dawn breaks over the Refuge Espugettes, we embark on a journey into the legendary Cirque de Gavarnie.

Traversing through the cirque, we marvel at the waterfalls that cascade down the towering cliffs. Our path leads us across the rugged terrain, bringing us closer to the Eychelle des Sarradets.

Ascending, we conquer the final climb to the Refuge Sarradets (2737m), our destination for the day. The panoramic views from this lofty perch are simply breathtaking, offering a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the Pyrenees.

Should weather challenge our ascent, we are prepared with an alternative route, leading us down to the enchanting village of Gavarnie. From there, we ascend to the Col de Tentes, where we find refuge amidst the tranquil wilderness, whether in the warmth of a shelter or under the starlit sky of a wild camp.

Night: Refuge Sarradets or Col de Tentes (depending on conditions) (B,L,D)

Our day begins at the Refuge Sarradets or the Col de Tentes, where we embark on the journey towards the summit of Pic Taillon (3144m).

As we ascend, we carefully assess the group dynamics and prevailing conditions, ensuring a safe and enjoyable climb for all. Upon reaching the summit, we're rewarded with views of the breathtaking Pyrenees that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Descending from our high perch, we have the option to traverse via Pic Gabieto or retrace our steps, depending on the preferences of the group and the conditions. Regardless of the route chosen, our final destination is the charming village of St Luz de Saveur.

We'll have a well deserved rest after our long, tough, and rewarding day.

Night: Hotel accommodation in St Luz de Saveur (B,L)

Day 6 :

Airport dropoff at Tarbes/Lourdes airport or transfer to Luz St Saveur/Viscos according to preference of the group.

Included in this trip:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights in high mountain auberge or refuge dormitory or tent accommodation, the last two carrying your sleeping bag and night kit
  • International Mountain Leader or mountain guide
  • Food and drink as per the programme
  • Local transport

Not included in this trip:

  • Personal trekking insurance
  • Airport transfer from Lourdes/Tarbes airport (but can be arranged for groups) – journey time 1 hour. Taxi/buses available
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Your personal trekking equipment and sleeping bag
Do I have to carry my luggage?

For the high mountain refuges not accessible by vehicle, Sarradets and Espugettes it is neccessary to carry sleeping bags on these nights. On other days any other luggage apart from your day bag will be transferred. In the case of camping near the col de Tentes if Sarradetes is closed it will not be neccessary to carry your sleeping bag.

Will be cross into Spain?

Yes this is a theme of the week, we will step into Spain on many occasions.

Hotel La Grange Aux Marmottes, Viscos – Les Campanules ***

La Grange Aux Marmottes – Les Campanules is located in the Le-Pays-Toy valley, in the heart of the Pyrénées. It has an outdoor swimming pool and guestrooms have a private bathroom with lift access and TV.

The Hotel serves traditional regional cuisine in their restaurant and guests can relax with a drink in the garden.

Logis Hôtel La Brèche de Roland ***

Auberge Maillet

The Auberge du Maillet welcomes groups in dormatories or rooms we use depending on availability. It is located at the foot of the Cirque de Troumouse, 1800m above sea level, and 13 km from Gèdre in an exceptional location giving a “home-like” welcome.


Refuge Espugettes


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