As far as I know in Biriatou the only option is hotels but as long as you get off early from Hendaye you should be able to walk to Olhette in a day. Thanks Do you have any thoughts / views on the route or would it be better to hit the Pic Du Midi and then double back to get onto the main route? I left Hendaye on 4 July and arrived in Banyuls on 20 August. We are holidaying in Cadaques and my initial plan was to take them and the lady wife (also fit) on a three-night hike from nearby Banyuls next week (staying in refuges gardés or gites). Next it has been suggested to me that I take a GPS with me. • Saboredo to Fournet annoying boulder fields Itinéraire dans le Sud-Ouest de la France. We are looking to do the trail in July and have the tent and are relatively experienced hikers. But 5-6 days will get you to St-Jean-Peid-de-Port and a train station. Have there been any incidents as far as you know? There is no fee to hike the GR10 (or any other routes in the Pyrenees as far as I know). but staying quite often in gites/refuges…. Hendaye to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the GR10 would be the obvious choice. Sarah / Steve Seems lots of chatter about snow earlier in the year but it seems to have been warmer than usual recently. Are a sort of soft felt/canvass boot suitable? I am hoping i dont need crampons… is snow equipment necessary? I hope this helps. Certainly plan everything in detail, but above all don’t expect to keep to a schedule. Hi Ellen Also, are there free shelters or refuges to stay between these places, other than wild camping? Sorry, section 2 I mean from around Orédon. I haven’t done the first day, though the second is magnificent. Do you think this is possible, starting 19th June without crampons and/or ice axes. I did the road from Bonac to Bordes Sur Lez then the stage 32a track up. Thanks. I assume that your practice walks are with a rucksack containing the weight you will carry, and uphill…. Is there daily access to grocery stores? or 2) 2.5km/hour including reasonably short breaks. Perhaps you would like to do a review on Amazon? Accommodation: trying to do this on a budget and thus planning on staying in the Cabanes as much as possible but recognising I will need to a) shower, b) charge phone/camera etc and c) have a proper roof under my head to avoid going completely insane. The supermarket was open too. In winter most of the GR 10 is impassable due to snow. We really appreciate it. I would like to thank You for your dedication and hard work in putting together this and your other site. There might be no snow or many patches. Your opinion helps a great deal! Many Thanks. The situation may have changed but the Bayssellance refuge hasn’t put any news on its Facebook page, so you will need to ring them +33974776652. If not you will have to continue to either the Refuge de la Tagnarade (again free, unbookable) or the col d’Ouillat Chalet de l’Albere (which you can book). Thank you so much again for your time and understanding. When I climbed Monte Perdido, we used crampons several times between the Saradets and the Lac Glacé and it was an ordinary year. If you are still uneasy, extensive advice on bears is available on backpacker.com. The first high pass walking from the Atlantic Ocean is the Hourquette d'Arre (2465m). There are numerous free huts on the section you are walking, see Pyrenees cabanes and refuges. Two dogs suddenly appeared, faced up to us and followed us snapping- again we had to try and find a way round in what was a very tricky section – my buddy had a bad fall. side. Hi Tommy Hi, I was wondering if any sections of the GR 10 could be possible in the last two weeks of October. I benefitted from reading your website before leaving, so wanted to pass on our experiences. I am not so much interested in a mega physical challenge but stunning scenery, interesting botany, lakes and big skies…. I am bringing my own tent because I do want to camp outside. Some are very primative and you will need a sleeping bag. Looking for a route with bus/train connections to Toulouse at either end. (max 30-40 eur/day for everything). • Eyne to Ulldeter*** to Pla Guillem (except for the ski resort at Ulldeter!). Lac de Bethmale is a pleasant rest/snack stop. Comme je vous le disais, le GR70 se parcoure en 13 ou 14 jours de marche environ. • Cauterets Yes by mid August most of the snow will be gone. Hello Your question and my reply are here. Can you delete my post with my email included, I was stupid to post it. I am wanting to take a small gas stove ( have you a preference for backpacking?) Really amazing! Gary, Hi Gary. Thansk steve – will look and probably have a whole load more questions! Alternatively should we go to Wallon? However an alternative option would be to cross over to the GR11 from Gavarnie to Bujaruelo which 13km and 1000m climbing so would take 6h30. I do know of a few which are as comfortable as some refuges gardés, but they are exceptional. Can you give me any pointers? La plupart des refuges et cabanes sur cette list sont accessibles en voiture. Cabanes, refuges et hôtels : étapes du GR10 la traversée des Pyrénées, en France. However, around 14 July you should book well in advance (ie now) as this is a national holiday. How do you solve water with GR 10? Hi Steve, Thanks so much for such an informative and maintained website, it’s been my home base for planning. He will just have to ask any locals he meets. I will definitely report back the condition on the trail. Best not to plan until you get to Mérens. Just one more question – do you think that the part between Etsaut and St.Lary (via Gavarnie) will be covered in snow (need for special snow equipment) in early September? See this list of busses from Pau to the Pyrenees. What could be a favorable 3-4 day route/s at this time of the year as per your experience in these mountains? I want to take it relatively easily; and maybe even take a one-week break at Merens. The western end is lusciously green, the middle austere and rocky, but as the Mediterranean approaches, dry garrigue and blue skies take over. Too much stuff I know. They do explain that the walking times quoted are for actual walking only, and that you need to add a substantial factor… but the headline times are therefore pretty misleading, and – writing as someone who has walked a lot over See the page on my other site on the GR11 for more cross-Pyrenees treks. There are numerous clubs so it all depends on the kind of walking you want to do. Thank you for all your work on this site. ¿Hablas ingles o francés? Unfortunately we have found out today that we have lost our planned guide. See this video on using an ice axe to self arrest. I might want to combine with the HRP later on. I am planning to hike part of the GR 10 this summer (mid July to mid August). Hi Steve, Huge thanks for providing this resource to hikers! It is too early to predict the temperatures for sept/oct 2018, I guess? Feel free to ask more questions once you have settled on a route. The local information is really valuable for us. I’m off to do the GR10 on June 6th. I have made a couple of videos so far of sections 1 & 2, which may be of interest and have 2 more to make to finish off the whole route. Not many blogs stay active for this long impressive stamina & useful too, thanks. Accum. Would there be problem passing high altitude in snow around Jun 22-23? This year I am planning to walk the entire GR10 starting Such an awesome site: and so generous. Beware with Wikloc, these are tracks that walkers have done and not necessarily official “treks”. You can look on Wikiloc to see if there are any other useful tracks. I’m not sure about the ridge walk to the Pique d’Endron. Hi Lenka I’ve just come back from the Pic des Sept Hommes in the Canigou massif. Another excellent possibility is the French government map site. Also I have read that it is possible to walk with a dog on the GR10, but what do you when the walk goes through a reserve where dogs are not allowed? Some of these I think I can merge (i.e. Hi Frank You don’t say how much high mountain experience you have, but unless you are confident on snow beware of the Hourquette d’Ossoue near the Bayssellance hostel and the Néovielle (it means old snow). For a quick overview of the route see the section on navigation below. Source Visa ATM locator (Feb 2018), Banana trees in front of classic Basque etxe (houses) in the foothills of the Pyrenees. primera semana Banyuls Ras de caranca por Canigo y alli decidir si continuamos o descanso para el siguiente tramo, The ski resort on thePlateau de Beille is 30mins walking from the Cabane d, sandals (provided at most refuges – otherwise walk around in socks), deodorant – positively dangerous it as it stops you sweating naturally. The Refuge Tomy is only 3 hours from Banyuls and is a free but can only accomodate two people. It is only necessary for 14 July weekend. 3. I’m flying to Lourdes. It is 10km and 1000m of climbing which should take you 6h00. Not carrying bags! I am planning on doing the GR10 W-E this summer, and have two questions for you: 1) I need to fly home by August, so I’m planning to reach Gabas on June 24 and cross the Hourquette d’Arre on June 25. Jon. Thanks heaps – getting excited now! And although the slope before it faces south-east and may be clear, it is very steep and you may find big snow fields above you just waiting to shift. It will be useful for others. The walk from hospice de France to hospital de Benasque is beautiful. Hi Tim It is steep and if icy you will need crampons and an ice axe, but it is not rock climbing. Just curious… how’s the food? It would be possible to do it in three: Cauterets – Oulettes de Gaube – Gavarnie – Luz but the extra day gives you more possibilities. Tijl. • Conangles to Saboredo Some alternatives offer more scenic choices, for example the alternative route from Cauterets to Luz-Saint-Sauveur takes in Pont d'Espagne, the Refuge Oulettes de Gaube, the Refuge Baysellance, Gavarnie, Gedre and Pragneres, and offers more spectacular mountain scenery. Edel. Think ultra-light (see websites on ultra-light backpacking). It’s good to have the time to do things at your own pace! I am planning to leave by late September (the 24th which is very soon). publish my email address (alan.cane@outlook.com) or direct me to a forum for walkers on GR10 looking to connect. I might do this next year, probably with a bivvy and looking to stay as light as possible. Tim, Hi Tim New Flora & Fauna Guidebook in English, not on Amazon UK in English but found here: • Baiau to Arans if you go on main route but much easier if you head east from Baiau initially – The food at Refuge des Oulettes de Gaubes is really delicious! I asked you a bunch of questions before regarding the section and you’ve been really helpful. You can wildcamp in many areas (overnight only) except near the Atlantic coast where much of the land is private. To book this you will need to phone the Mairie which is only open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 14h00 to 17h00. we are still planning our GR10 walk in June 2021 and are thinking of driving down to Hendaye in our camper. We haven’t treked for nearly 3 years. 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