The best hiking in the Pyrenees
Gavarnie at an altitude of 1375m
Ideal base for
The Cirque de Gavarnie
The Cirques of Estaubé and Troumouse
The Bué valley and its lakes
The Saugué plateau
On the GR10 coast to coast walking route
Skiing from 1850m to 2400m
52km downhill slopes
7km cross country skiing
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Lift Pass Tariff
Excellent rock climbing and Ice Climbing
Gavarnie-Gèdre are two typical Pyrenean villages in the heart of the Pyrenean National Park, a setting recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Whether you are looking for a chance to visit these attractive heritage villages or take part in recreational mountain activities, everything you want is here. Be it for family holidays or thrills, Gavarnie-Gèdre can provide adults and children with everything they need in enriching, natural and stimulating surroundings with some of the best hiking experiences in all of the Pyrenees.
Over and above its landscapes, Gavarnie-Gèdre has a rich cultural heritage formed from its agricultural history and development as a tourism centre. It is a place to stroll around and discover its many historic and cultural treasures.
Gavarnie, at an altitude of 1,375 m, is proud of its image as a typical village and the cradle of Pyrenean mountaineering. It is a paradise for mountain climbers and home to the most famous Pyrenean guides. From the village, you can see the magic of the Cirque de Gavarnie, a glacial bowl rising up to 3,000 metres which first sparked tourist interest in the Pyrenees and the largest ice cascade in Europe (423 m).
Not only the centre for the cirque, Gavarnie also serves as base camp for approaches to the Vignemale peak on a high variant of the GR10 walking route.
Set on the Gaves de Gavarnie and Héas confluence, Gèdre (1,000 m) is a typical example of a rural mountain commune where pastoral activities still remain.
Gèdre equally offers some stunning mountain scenery:
The Cirque d’Estaubé and the Cirque de Troumouse (which stretches 10km from end to end), the Bué valley and its lakes, and the Saugué plateau, an extraordinary viewpoint overlooking the Cirque de Gavarnie.
The Héas valley, known for the tales and legends surrounding its pilgrimage chapel, discover the Gloriettes dam and the Pragnères hydroelectric plant, one of the largest in Europe.
Hiking access to the Ordesa region in Spain through the Brèche de Roland from Gavarnie and from the Brèche de Tuquerouye from Estaubé.
In winter an excellent snow record and some spectacular views towards the cirque make Gavarnie-Gedre a good downhill resort for beginners and intermediates. There is also some of the best cross country skiing in the Pyrenees here including a tour through the Brèche de Roland into the Ordesa National Park in Spain.