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Val d'Azun

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Meandering into the Pyrenees National Park
Exceptional fauna and flora


Ideal base for
The Pyrenees National Park
The Balaïtous peak at 3144m
Lake Estaing
On the GR10 coast to coast walking route

Skiing
Soulor-Couraduque cross country ski network
110km between 1350m and 1600m
28km of marked snow shoe trails
Husky sleigh rides
Children’s toboggan area

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Piste Map
Lift Pass Tariff

Activities
Excellent paragliding
208km of mountain bike trails
11 mountain bike circuits
Fishing in crystal clear lakes and fast running mountain streams
Permits reasonably priced and widely available
Season runs from March to September

This wonderful wide valley strewn with small typical Pyrenean villages made up of stone houses and slate roofs has long been a walkers paradise and in 2005 was the venue for the first international walking convention ‘Eldorando’ which attracted 50000 visitors. It is clear to see why the Val d’Azun was chosen for the inaugural convention. Meandering into the Pyrenees National Park the area has numerous lakes and an exceptional fauna and flora spread at the foot of the Balaïtous, one of the highest Pyrenean peaks at 3144m.

There are a huge number of marked paths in the area, ranging from the GR10 coast to coast walking route running through Arrens to gentle family circuits. Locally based guides undertake escorted walks to see the local wildlife such as vultures, marmottes and isards.

Conditions in the Val d’Azun are ideal for the increasingly popular sport of paragliding. There are schools based in Aucun offering tandem flights with an instructor and/or courses lasting up to a week teaching participants to fly solo.

Mountain bikers are treated to over 200km of fabulous trails. Rafting is available at several locations nearby on the Gave de Pau with varying itineraries suitable for young children as well as the adult adrenalin packed variety. Other summer activities include horse riding and some excellent fishing in both the crystal clear lakes and fast running mountain streams. Fishing permits are very reasonably priced and are widely available locally during the season (March - September).

For a pleasant summer picnic the natural Estaing Lake in the national park is a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the scenery.

In winter the Col du Soulor at 1474m is home to the vast Soulor-Couraduque cross country ski network. An impressive 110km of marked trails extend towards the Col du Couradaque between 1350m and 1600m elevation. In addition there are 28km of marked snow shoe trails. Snow shoe trekking is one of the fastest growing winter sports and local guides offer escorted treks, some of them in the National Park. Husky sleigh rides and a children’s toboggan area complete the offering.
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