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Pic du Midi (2877m)

Where the sky embraces the land

 
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Pic du Midi (2877m) Pic du Midi (2877m) La Mongie

Situated high above the winter ski resort of LaMongie is the Pic du Midi. One of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees it is also home to a century old observatory. Access to the observatory is gained by boarding the cable car at La Mongie which whisks you up the mountain 15 minutes later arriving at the 2877m summit. The panoramic views that await you really are spectacular, stretching over 300km of Pyrenean Mountain summits, the south plains and the contours of the Massif Central.

The observatory dates back to 1878, an amazing engineering feat considering the rugged, harsh terrain on which it is built. It has been continuously staffed ever since and can boast a successful history of lunar observation and studies of Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.

The cable car from La Mongie to the Pic was added in 1952 and the Pic du Midi Observatory finally opened its doors to the public in 2000. Not only do you have the splendid views but also the astronomy museum to learn about and appreciate such astronomical delights as comets, meteors and far off galaxies.

For off piste lovers, guides from the local ski schools will arrange a guided, off piste descent from the summit. Starting at 2877m this is a technically challenging run dropping back to the resort of LaMongie 1000m lower. The descent is considered even more challenging then the famed Vallée Blanche at Chamonix in the Alps.

Fact Box

Points of interest : Astronomy Museum
Panoramic View
600m2 Terrace
Restaurant

Accessed by cable car from La Mongie
Guided Off piste descents

Opening dates : Generally open every day bar the following exceptions:
January - Tuesdays
April – From 18th to 21st and from 24th to 28th
May - Tuesdays
October - Tuesdays
November - Closed from Monday 6th until the new year

Cable Car

Guides available : English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch audioguides available.

Languages : English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch

Prices : For the cable car and the observatory:
High Season July to August:
Adults - 25 €
Children (under 16yrs old) – 12€
Students, unemployed and handicapped – 20€
Family ticket - 64€
(For 2 adults & 2 children under 16)
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Weather at the Pic : Advisable to check the days forecast before setting off

Additional Services : Groups welcome - courier and catering services available on request
Schools - Quality teaching projects can be catered for on astronomy, meteorology, botany, scientific history and télétransmission

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Address :Pic du Midi, 65200 La Mongie
Telephone :+33 (0)825 002877