Pyrenees: The GR10

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Trip code: 
TVU
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–15

Trek the classic Pyrenean hiking trail

The GR10, running the length of the Pyrenees, is one of Europe’s classic hiking trails. The 'GR' stands for Grande Randonnee meaning 'big walk' in French. Roughly following the French-Spanish border from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the route takes in the great variety of the Pyrenean landscape and features some of the finest trekking in the region. On this trip we explore the best sections of this trail between Gavarnie and Bagneres de Luchon and will enjoy varied terrain, stunning mountain scenery and the culture of the beautiful Pyrenean villages.

Highlights

  • The best sections of the GR10
  • Western Europe's greatest wildernesses
  • Spectacular mountain scenery and Pyrenean villages
  • Delicious French mountain cuisine

Key information

  • 6 days point-to-point walking and 1 loop walk
  • 4 nights in gites, 5 nights in 2-star hotels
  • Travel by private bus
  • Altitude maximum 2509m, average 1600m

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request - hotel nights only)
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

8 to 9 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Although paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. At times the terrain can be rocky with loose scree and some scrambling will be necessary.

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 314.0km/8.0miles
Day 418.0km/11.0miles
Day 511.0km/6.0miles
Day 714.0km/8.0miles
Day 813.0km/8.0miles
Day 913.0km/8.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Toulouse; transfer to Gavarnie.

    Start Gavarnie. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome briefing to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions.
    Hotel Marbore or similar

  • Day 2

    Walk in Gavarnie horseshoe and up to the Espuguette hut.

    Our first walk will be in Gavarnie horseshoe and up to the Espuguette hut from where we will be able to take in some incredible views of the surrounding area. This is the perfect walk to begin with, allowing us to warm up before we start the more challenging point-to-point walking that will make up the remainder of our itinerary. Depending on the preference of the group, we also have the option of extending the walk by 400m by climbing to the Hourquette d’Alans (2430m).

    Ascent: 680m Descent: 680m Distance: 10km
    Hotel Marbore or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Follow the GR10 to Pragneres; transfer to Bareges.

    In the morning we begin our trek along the GR10 in the direction of Luz Saint Sauveur until we reach the village of Pragneres. We will then take public transport and transfer for approximately 1hr 40mins to Bareges and a more enjoyable section of the GR10, a scenic balcony walk on the east bank of the Gave de Gavarnie.

    Ascent: 500m Descent: 900m Distance: 14km
    Gite l'Oasis Barèges or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Trek along the Aygues Cluses Valley; enter Néouvielle National Reserve.

    Today’s challenging walk will take us into the heart of the central Pyrenees. In the morning we follow the GR10 into the valley of the Aygues Cluses stream and then to the Col de Madamete (2509m) before entering the stunning Néouvielle National Nature Reserve. In the nature reserve we will pass by many beautiful lakes such as the Madamete and Aumar lakes before descending to the Oredon hut, our accommodation for this evening.

    Ascent: 1270m Descent: 660m Distance: 18km
    Refuge du lac d'Orédon or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Climb to the Estoudou Ridge (2260m) and up to the Col de Portet; transfer to Saint Lary.

    We begin our day with a shorter section of the GR10 to the Col du Portet (2215m) and enjoy a little more time in the nature reserve. We then have a climb to the Estoudou Ridge and pass where we will be rewarded with some fantastic views before descending to Lake Oule. Continuing along the GR10, we will climb a further 400m to the Col Du Portet and then transfer the rest of the way to Saint Lary. Depending on conditions and the preference of the group, we have the possibility of extending the walk by an additional 250m and climbing to the Pic de Montarrouyes (2462m).

    Ascent: 820m Descent: 450m Distance: 11km
    Hotel Pons or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day in Saint Lary.

    Free day. There are plenty of options available in and around Saint Lary such as the thermal baths; an amazing place with 32°c water, caves, waterfalls, a Jacuzzi and a pool. Mountain biking and road cycling is also available nearby where it is possible to cycle one of the cols of the Tour de France. In addition to this there are many museums, bars and restaurants in Saint Lary. Please note that options may be limited at the start and end of the summer as some shops and attractions only open when the summer season is in progress.
    Hotel Pons or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Morning trek up to the Col d'Azet (1580m); descend to Germ.

    This morning we will climb the Col d’Azet (1580m) and cross some beautiful Pyrenees meadows before descending to Germ near Lake Genos. We then have the option of extending the walk by 200m to the Tuc du Labatiadere (1737m).

    Ascent: 800m Descent: 620m Distance: 14km
    Gite Germ or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Enter the Aube Valley; climb to Esquierry Pass (2131m); walk to Grange d'Asteau.

    Today we enjoy a really pleasant walk in a remote part of the Pyrenees. We begin by entering Aube Valley and then climbing to the Esquierry pass (2131m). This is a particularly beautiful spot with many types of wild flowers around. We then descend to the Grange d’Asteau; a lush, green section of the GR10 surrounded by high mountains such as the Espingo peak (2856m).

    Ascent: 1200m Descent: 1000m Distance: 13km
    Grange d'Asteau or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Ascent to the Coume de Bourg Pass (2272m) via Lac d'Oô; ridge walk down to Superbagneres.

    For our final section of the GR10, we have another challenging and beautiful walk. First we climb to Lake Oo, where we can buy refreshments at the local hut before climbing further to the Coume de Bourg pass (2272m). We then have a stunning ridge walk descending to the ski resort of Superbagneres. From here we can either walk or take the cable car down to Bagneres de Luchon.

    Ascent: 1100m Descent: 600m Distance: 13km
    Hotel de Paris or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 4 dinners included.

Breakfast ‐ typically continental with cereal, fruit and yoghurt available.

Lunch ‐ picnics and sandwiches will be available to buy locally.

Dinner ‐ local mountain dishes including meat stew, pasta, duck and gratins along with salads, cheese and soup (including garbure which is a local soup). Deserts include tarts and panacotta. Vegetarian food available but limited options (please inform Exodus if you have special dietary requirements).

Is this trip for you?

Activity level 5 - Challenging

This trip involves 6 full days of point-to-point walking as well as a loop walk at the start of the trip to help you acclimatise. The walks are generally quite long and involve ascents of 500-1200m (average approximately 900m) but descents will typically be less (average approximately 700m). Although the paths are well maintained, there are sections that are rough underfoot. At times the terrain can be rocky with loose scree and some scrambling will be necessary. As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average, therefore allowing the group to finish the day at a reasonable time. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease.

On 4 nights of the trip we will be staying in simple mountain huts and sleeping in dorm rooms with shared bathrooms (4-12 beds per room). Mountain huts in the Pyrenees tend to be quite basic.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, Gites or mountain huts

On 4 nights of the trip we will be staying in simple mountain huts and sleeping in dorm rooms with shared bathrooms (4-12 beds per room). For the other 5 nights we will be in 2* hotels with comfortable en suite rooms. Wi-Fi will be available on some of the nights. 

Single accommodation (available on request - hotel nights only)

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2017
    Nancy Fanning

    Stunning Mountains and Villages of the Pyrenees

    I did this hike as a 61 year old female, travelling solo. This was a great hike through many of the most scenic sections of the GR 10. I went in late June and we had both very hot and cold weather, in addition to a few days of rain, cold mornings and a short burst of hail, so make sure you bring adequate layers. I also high recommend walking poles as many of the ascents and descents are steep and rocky. Our group typically hiked 6-8 hours, starting at around 8 and ending about 3:30 or 4:00 pm. I am reasonably fit and a regular hiker and I found the pace to be fine. We had ample opportunities to stop for pictures, coffee and snacks. Personally, I would rate this trip as slightly less challenging than the Mont Blanc camping trek. I have a moderate fear of heights and did not have any problems on this trip., although we were told that on one short stretch there is a steep drop (we couldn't see it as it was cloudy that day). We did a bit of scrambling over boulders on a couple of the days. I found this a bit challenging, but our guide assisted me.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the many beautiful and medieval towns in the area (including an 8th century tower/castle). I live in the hot desert southwest in the US, so I enjoyed the forest walks-even in the rain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pierre was a great leader with extensive local knowledge and mountain expertise. He provided expert leadership and was very helpful. When I was having a bit of trouble with one of the steep descents, he stayed with me the entire way down. He is definitely the best guide I've had on any Exodus trip. He is very passionate about what he does and this greatly added to my enjoyment of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for all types of weather and lots of mud. I would recommend bringing hiking poles. Three or four of the nights are spent in gites with shared dormitories and, sometimes, not so comfortable quarters. I was glad I brought ear plugs and an eye mask - wish I'd brought a comfortable bed pillow also! Think about what you want to do on the free day in St. Lary as many of the activities require advance booking. I went on some day hikes in the area and visited the spa. The Vaporarium in Luchon is only open in the afternoons on most days, so plan accordingly if this is something you'd like to do.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only minor quibble with the trip planning is that Exodus needs to smooth out some of the picnic arrangements. On two or three days I had to shop for my lunch in the evening, then leave it on the window sill to stay cool for the next day's hike! Fortunately, we had cool nights so this was OK. If it had been hot, we all would have been stuck. As I was on the inaugural hike for this particular trip, I suspect Exodus will have this worked out by the time the second group departs.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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