It is more difficult to get data about the snow on the Horquette d’Arre but you could try the tourist information office in Gourette. Are there some exposed sections? It depends on when you are going. You don’t say when you are going. Glad you like it. Thanks for all the great work you do to provide this website and this great recommendation of the route: Cauterets to Luz-St-Sauveur via the Hourquette d’Ossoue. Perhaps you can avoid this by scrambling down the scree…, Hi Steve, thank you for info. Many thanks Chris for this information which will be useful to lots of people. 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. Thank you so much for the help. Hi, misread, check! You can wildcamp in many areas (overnight only) except near the Atlantic coast where much of the land is private. But you have no experience of using them; it isn’t something you can improvise. We were wondering if a map was really needed between these two places? • Zuriza to Aguas Tuertas to Cancanchú* Good luck with the planning. Early October is still OK, though perhaps a little cold if you are camping, until you get near to the Med. Perhaps one just has to weigh up all the factors, and decide on the day. At the moment i’m considering to depart from Ax-Les-Thermes, instead of Merens les vals to avoid the high pass to Refuge de Ruhle. Do you have any recommendations for accommodation in or around Gabbas. Yes you can send parcels “Poste restante” to any post office, though they are becoming rarer : find a post offices in France. To Birgitte; I’m a 55 year old woman, and walk solo all over the world. Set out as early as you can – if I have a long day I set out at dawn, even if this means eating breakfast on a tray with tepid coffee in a thermos. Terry, Hi, thanks for this wonderful resource! Please let us know what it is like. The other option is to stay at Esbinz and take a slightly longer way round to Estours/Refuge d’Aula. We want to enjoy rock mountainous terrain as much as we can, but of course to be reasonable about the weather in early autumn and other factors. Thanks, Stephen, Hello Stephen. good luck. I don’t know it but much of the area round the Rulhe is big blocks of stone which are difficult to cross, so you might be better on the path. And then search for hotel, gite, refuge, camping for those places. Another could be the Mountains of Liberty walk. If snow, do you have other routes in the area you would recommend? Your feedback and experience would be most apprrciated. As you will see most of the hostels on the GR10 are accessible by car. Is accommodation good or not good when staying up high? Beware, however, they may have limited opening hours and be closed all weekend. In any case sketch maps are included in the Paul Lucia’s guide, and detailed 1:50,000 maps in the FFRP version. However, around 14 July you should book well in advance (ie now) as this is a national holiday. There are some but in Spanish and French….Anyway, I visited Pyrenees last year and now I’m planning the short trip probably in early September (I hope all the snow melts by then and there won’t be autumn snow fall yet). Many thanks for your wonderful website! Hi Steve, Nor was there a shop open. I am happy to use the refuges, Cabins and bothy type huts but speak no French except Bonjour and Un croissant si vouz plait. However, there was no movement so I was forced to take a wide and unwelcome detour. It is only necessary for 14 July weekend. Very inspiring. I cannot recommend this trail, as there is lots of snow on the trail which forces you to walk on the steep slopes. I just finished 14 day GR10 trek from Borce to Vielle-Aure. There is a bit of hands-on stuff just below the summit – but don’t let the name “La cheminée” – the chimney – put you off. a combination of the best access but also the best views!) I’m glad the site was helpful. These are the only sections where a sleeping bag is necessary. Your best bet is to look at Andy Howell’s page which details all you need to know on lightweight tents. Best regards, Alan, Hi Alan I have one more question : it seems the refuge de la breche is still closed but i was wondering if it was possible to refill water there or not? 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? Yep, I shall leave a glowing review on Amazon! I’m cautious about the time to do the whole GR10. The ideal route will stay as high as possible to find skiable snow. 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I have searched for hostels/hotels, but I haven’t found anything yet. You will also need the free Basecamp GPS software which will enable you to print the maps. Regards,Alan. Can you advise a few routes … Thanks Karen. Then I thought, why not do only […]. Nothing can prepare you for this route. madeleine, Hi Steve, As for staffed refuges you have the Clot, Oulettes de Gaube, Bayssellance, Granges de Holle (near Gavarnie), hotels in Gavarnie, the Granges de Saugué and hotels in Luz-St-Sauveur. From Hendaye as far as Sare much of the land is private and you might be better off staying in hostels. Thanks. There has been a lot of late snow and you will be heading straight into the heights. With Option 2 you risk avalanches at the head of the Mourguillou valley on Day 1. Thansk steve – will look and probably have a whole load more questions! Start GR 10 next day – 12 stages. Beware, on Spanish Maps it is UTM/Datum Europeu 1950, see my article on using a GPS on Spanish Maps. I also recommend a sleeping-bag-shaped emergency blanket, much better than the traditional flat sheet. There’s no problem being a solo female hiker as long as you are sensible (same for any hiker); carry enough water especially in August, and take a mobile phone, battery charger and add the track (get it from Wikiloc and add it to ViewRanger or any other GPS app). Also if possible would you have a high res. Many thanks….. Accum. I’ve just been looking at the weather forecast for Gourette and it looks as though it might get down to nearly freezing some nights so if you are camping you should try to be down in the valley. Hi Nina The best place for open accommodation is the Basque country (West end of GR10). Which section of the trail would you recommend? I have just rung the Librairie Berriketa, 18 Rue du Port, 6470 Hendaye. I wish I could have stayed there overnight. Also, do you need a permit, or to book anything beforehand? However, don’t expect any facilities in free huts or out-of-season refuges. It is perfectly possible with a rucksack. Merens les vals and walk eastwards, Do u think option 2 from Merens les vals and walk westwards to Sigue would be an option? Great site. Without your information the trip would have been a lot more difficult and daunting for a non French speaker. Sorry to be so long in replying but I’ve been in Seville. It should be noted, however, that the shop in the campground in St Lizier is closed for the whole summer, so it can’t be used for resupply (not sure if it will reopen later in the year). I’ve enough French to get by, but for anyone with no French, Spanish is fairly prevalent. Would there be problem passing high altitude in snow around Jun 22-23? What I wanted to ask was, if I’m coming from the UK and can do around 17 days away in total, where would you suggest I start and end (i.e. Distance: 111 kilometres Another notable section is near the village of Etsaut, where the route follows the Chemin de la Mâture, a track carved into a sheer cliff face. Greatly appreciated. It sounds like the higher country will be out due to snow and some of the accomodation may not be open then? The Spanish GR 11 is a similar route on the Spanish side of the border, while the unmarked Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP) follows a generally higher route through the Pyrenees, from mountaintop to mountaintop, frequently crossing the border. regards, 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. Will we pretty much get food and water every 2-3 days for that stretch? It will be useful for other early birds. Gîtes d'étapes, Chambres d'hôtes, Maison d'hôtes, Hôtels, Camping, Refuges, Auberges. I do understand about the tent…it’s just that it gives more flexibility…and I LOVE sleeping in it!! Elevation min: 922 metres, max: 2477 metres I enjoy wild camping and am keen to do this as much as possible on this stage. Wild camping requires a lot of kit at this time of year, so I strongly suggest you stick to staffed hostels, with possibly some unstaffed ones. Les autres sont signalés en orange. 1. 2) If I need to detour around Hourquette d’Arre on June 25, can I assume that I would also need to detour around Hourquette d’Ossoue on June 29? I didn’t notice your comment. Do you recommend a certain Route? How much do we need to plan/book in advance would you say? It was a nice time of year to be there. GR74: From Saint-Maurice-Navacelles to Saint Privat is a 30.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Saint-Maurice-Navacelles, Occitania, France that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. I am planning to base myself in gavarnie. (oh Lordy!!) I’m planning on camping (bivouacking) so need to plan ahead for where to refill my water bottles (I have water purifying tablets) and how much water to carry. Elevation min: 534 metres, max: 2264 metres If you want to enjoy yourselves rather than struggle, however, why not base yourself at a hostel and do day walks from there. Be prepared to be tired at the end of the day – there are plenty of opportunities to quench your thirst in Gavarnie. Steve – yes l meant Oulettes de Gaube. Is there giardia or other nasties in the water up in the mountains? GR10. Hi Steve, My wife and I finished the GR10 last year (over 5 years in stages) and had the most amazing time. It makes me think about my assumptions: see my latest blog entry. 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