Have you walked this ‘short-cut’ section and would you recommend it? Hi Duncan. The CAF refuge in Gourette has been renovated recently and I understand that they are still looking for a manager. Do you think it’s better timing than early August? Yes there is a chain to hang onto, but it the passage requires great care see https://goo.gl/images/hAfG1z. Assuming you will be camping, the only thing I would suggest is that you should have a survival blanket (preferably sarcophage-shape) and a first-aid kit: Compeed and paper tape to hold it in place and anti-sceptic. I don’t know how much long-distance walking you have done but the main physical problem is the creeping tiredness from walking day-in day-out. • Certascan to Soulcem, worst boulder field I know after Port de l’Artiga but most beautiful lakes in the Pyrenees, Estanys de Romedo! So perhaps start at Gourette. • Bolquère Plan to primarily tent but sometimes book a hostel/ B&B Fabrice Scheffer is no longer running the Petit Gite but is still leaving supplies in Courtal Marty, Balleydret,and cabane EDF Clarens (to be paid for when you arrive at either Siguer or the Refuge du Rhule). We had originally planned to walk part of the GR11 but changed our plans not long before leaving, so our booking was quite last minute. Gary, Hi Gary. Very impressed by your vast knowledge about mother nature and specially the Pyrenees. Or would you recommend I splashed out for a GPS before I leave? Hi Alison. 22/08/2016 You commented “I don’t carry a towel – I dry myself on a teeshirt; I don’t have a change of clothes”, and I think I recall that you don’t use deodorant as it clogs-up your pores. We can do any time of year. Looking for 4-7 days with optional exit points, carry max 14Kg including water, food. That page also gives details of the high passes that are likely to be snowy early in the season. I looked at the Garmin share site but the localiser doesn’t seem to show where you are. I did the road from Bonac to Bordes Sur Lez then the stage 32a track up. It is very rare to have a storm in the morning. I might do this next year, probably with a bivvy and looking to stay as light as possible. (Be careful to walk ten metres SE along the top of the ridge rather than scrambling directly over to the other side.) Already it is snowing in the Pyrenees and in the wilder parts will be down to zero at night. 735770 is the easting and 4752348 the northing. After our normal holiday got cancelled (COVID-19…), we’re now eyeing the French Pyreneees for a 3 or 4-day hike hut-to-hut with our 3 kids, around the second week of August. For free maps of the Spanish Pyrenees go to the Spanish IGN site. Hendaye. I want to walk this walk. also made up an itenerary… 5 days., I found accomodations called Gite which look like rural houses, only can read about 1 with a dorm for 18Euros which is my budget. The crossing via Portillon de Benasque at Bangneres de Luchon in terms of distance & time is not clear – what the options – presume Hospice de Luchon is the best starting place? I have guidebook and I also book from TopoGuides but the detail is not there ….a map for detail would be good. Thank you so much! From Pau, Gavarnie is easily accessible and is a good starting point. i am hoping to be walking already by 18th april…, Since you are starting on 18 April you will need to take an ice axe and crampons. Also, are there free shelters or refuges to stay between these places, other than wild camping? As your friend says it will be cold in October and a bivvy bag is not good enough. Steve. Camping is only necessary for two or three nights in the Ariège section. In mountains I have two methods of calculating. Feel free to ask more questions once you have settled on a route. Or stay in Gavarnie (Refuge le Gypaète), visit the Cirque coming back via the Refuge des Espuguettes before staying at Saugué.  These guide books can be purchased at most large sports stores in the region, and in a few of the largest sports stores in the major cities in France. I do have quite a bit of experience but will be on my own , Hi Jis FONDEMENTS ET ETAPES DU PROCESSUS DE RECHERCHE : METHODES QUANTITATIVES ET QUALITATIVES. If not I would recommend starting with the GR10.]. Indeed I did. But keep an eye on this page for more snow reports. The hostels and B&B works out at about 55 euros for bed and breakfast, evening meal and a picnic, so doing the whole route like this works out at over 2000 euros. If so, how should we detour to get Cauterets? Having been asked several times if walkers can bring their dog with them trekking, I have now compiled a list of the restrictions on dogs in the Pyrenees. We are travelling for a few months before we commence our walk (and coming from Australia) so keen not to have to order online and lug around before we need them. Pyrenean patous are dogs which have been brought up with sheep to the extent that they identify with them. [Picture: view of the cirque de Gavarnie and the Brèche de Roland from Espuguettes hostel]. Hi again Steve, and thanks for your quick reply last time. So, yes you can walk E-W though the guides are more difficult to read. Jim. Can you please help us understand (from your experience) whether the weather is going to be very bad (rainig all the time, hard to pass the high sections of the hike) so we should trek there some other time), or is it good enough for trekking? I wonder if climbing ropes are needed for this portion. Gjermund. Alan, Hello Steve It is 10km and 1000m of climbing which should take you 6h00. Does a ratio of 4 nights Cabane, 1 night Gite D’Etape sound doable (ish) do you think? Some of these I think I can merge (i.e. Do you have any additional information? In the meantime you might like to consider walking to Miglos and staying there, coming back to the GR10 next day. Many parts of the GR 10 are also suitable for shorter walks. I’m thinking specifically about local bus and trains to access points (eg in my case Bonac/Sentein) and accommodation/refuges. I gather that the train gets most of the way up the valley and I’d probably have to catch a bus to it. Which section of the trail would you recommend? Reading such informative threads about these great mountains has left me in awe. I had dropped the idea earlier this year due the coronavirus, but things are starting to ease up a bit. They suggested the variant at the Cabane de Cezy but as there were storms forecast, I did 2 sides of the triangle from Gabas to Laruns and Laruns to Gourette. Being in a group won’t stop you breaking your leg, or save you from being attacked by a bear. Thanks. Gîtes d'étapes ou de groupes, hôtels, campings, chambres d'hôtes, auberges de jeunesse sont situés à moins de 2 km du GR ® 34. I can’t really predict how quickly it will melt but since you are starting June 17 you would be best to start at one of the ends rather than in the middle. Lac d’Aubert in the Néouvielle National Park, So the followings huts (listed west-east) may be useful. 42 kilometers running niente problemo – slowly -. Unfortunately we have found out today that we have lost our planned guide. Thanks for your tips(See 21/6/18). a combination of the best access but also the best views!) See also my latest comment on Pyrenees snow reports for trekkers. Beware of late snow at the Portella d’Engorgs. The latter has less organised accommodation but free huts you can stay in if you don’t mind slumming it. Normally there will be waymarks anyway. There is a good welcome and great food. I have read it in your tips that this part is beautiful, so we are looking forward to it. After Gourette, I developed a siege mentality and carried far too much food with me for the rest of the trip – just in case. Comme je vous le disais, le GR70 se parcoure en 13 ou 14 jours de marche environ. When I walked the GR 10, I tried to arrange my overnight stops at intervals of 6-8 hours walking apart – any longer turns enjoyment into endurance. I won’t hold your youth against you. okay not taking my tent. Weighs next to nothing, and when you need a drink – just re-hydrate it with water! Heading to Pau then Toulouse, presumably will have to hitch. It has the GR10 and other trails around it marked very clearly. I hope this helps. • Salent de Gállego to Bujaruelo Thanks for maintaining it. 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