Hiking and trekking in the Pyrénées

Hiking with Gareth

Qualified international mountain leader, member of the French National Union of Mountain Leaders (SNAM) and the Union of International Mountain Leader Associations (UIMLA), my training and experience guarantee your safety and pleasure during our hikes together.

The valleys of Gavarnie provide us with a selection of hikes at all levels that I will be happy to guide you along. Depending on your fitness level and your desires we will select the hike that will suit you best. Lakes, summits, great sites of Occitania... the choices are limitless.

During the walk, I will help you learn about the Pyrenean environment safely. You will learn more about the flora and fauna that we will see and will find out about the names of the summits that surround you.

Like all sports, especially those that take place in natural environments, mountain walking requires experience and learning. I will be happy to share my advice with you so that you can progress and gain in confidence. Walking techniques, organization, meteorology, equipment, nutrition...we will cover all the topics that will make you feel more comfortable in the mountains in the future.


Summer Summits Programme (May to October)

Pic du Midi d'Arrens
Pic de Viscos
Pic du Montaigu
Pic de Bergons
Pic du grand Gabizos
Mont de Gez
Soum de la Siarousse

Pic du Midi d'Arrens (2267m)

The triangular moutain visible as you approach the valley of Argelès from the north. Iconic peak in the Val d'Azun. Unforgettable though tough climb up with an exposed (but fun) section right at the end.

Level : tough hike, 1200m of height gain, exposed section at the end

From 8h30 to 17h00
Midi d'Arrens

Pic du Viscos (2141m)

The triangular mountain rising up clearly above Argelès-Gazost. A circular walk with an exposed (but fun) ridge-line near the top.  The view from the summit is well worth the effort!

Level : average, physically easy but with steep final section, 500m of height gain

From 8h30 to 17h00

Montaigu (2339m)

Traverse through wild country to climb one of the most beautiful summits in the Pyrenean foothills. Views to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre and beyond, and also across the plains to the north.

Level : average, 1000m of height gain

From 8h30 to 17h00
Montaigu été

Pic de Bergons (2086m)

Between the valleys of Barèges and Luz, this mountain gives us some spectacular views out to the valley of Gavarnie and the Breach of Roland after a simple hike up through the high pastures.

Level : average, height gain between 500m and 800m according to the exact intinerary chosen

From 8h30 to 17h00
Vallée de Luz-Saint-Sauveur

Grand Gabizos (2692m)

Very tough climb right at the end of the Val d'Azun. A scramble along a long ridge before the summit to get some splendid views of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, one of the most iconic summits in the Pyrenees.

Level : very tough, exposed final section, height gain of 1300m

From 8h30 to 17h00
Grand Gabizos

Mont de Gez (1097m)

Argelès-Gazost's local moutain provides us with a lovely hike all year round. Signs of a past ice-age, exploration of local heritage and culture, and perhaps a little surprise on our way back...

Level : easy, hight gain of 650m along good paths

From 8h30 to 17h00
Mont de Gez

Soum de la Siarousse (2018m)

A classic mountain often used as an introduction to life on the high summits, heading through Hautacam's mountain meadows and passing by  the beautiful Lake of Isaby.

Level : average, height gain between 500m (out-and-back) and 800m (circular walk)

From 8h30 to 17h00
Soum de la Siarrousse
This programme is just a suggestion. The first to sign up will have the priority of choice for the walk to be done. At the same time, many other hikes are possible. For a hike of a higher level (or a lower level) or something more specific, please contact me and I will work with you to find the best hike for yourselves. This may be for day-hikes or in the form of tailor-made "mini-adventures" in tents, huts or refuges. A minimum of 4 people automatically confirms your selection (whether that be for an easier or more difficult hike than those outlines in the above programme). 

If you represent a travel agency and you are looking for a guide around Lourdes, Argelès-Gazost, Cauterets, Luz, Arrens-Marsous, Barèges or Gavarnie, please do get in touch to talk about the walks we might be able to offer. Easy hikes around the most famous attractions in Occitannia are possible (Cirque de Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne, Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Lourdes), as well as culturel hikes allowing us to find out about local heritage in the hills and in the villages (communal washing areas, bridges, chapels, churches, barns, huts...).  Please contact me so that we can talk this through together! 

All hikes are confirmed with a minimum of 4 participants. 

Marmots and shepherds

Let's go and observe the cutest animals in the Pyrenees, the marmot!  During our walk we will go and find the places where we will be most likely to see these small mammels and learn more about their way of life. Moments of joy and learning for both children and adults alike. 

Only possible from April to September because they hibernate in winter! 

The marmots are not the only animals to be found in these mountains however...we might also see other wild animals such as ibex, isards, wild boar, deer, squirrels, bears (!), lammergeiers, well as herds of high-grazing farm animals such as sheep, cows, goats, llamas and horses with their guard dogs ("patous"). Pastoral activity is still very alive in our valleys, and we will probably be able to see shepherds in action, carrying out one of the world's oldest (and most beautiful) professions. 

Mont Perdu depuis la vire des fleurs

Monte Perdido

An expedition over 1 day / 2 days / 3 days in refuges or tents nearby Ordesa and Monte Perdido (3355m) (full board approx. 50-60 Euros). It will be possible to climb this legendary summit and even camp at the top. The starting point is always on the French side of the border for us. Please contact me for more details!  

Almost all of the hike takes place on the Spanish side of the border. There are the waterfalls and canyons of Ordesa and Añisclo, the chance to climb a 3000m peak, the legendary Faja de las Flores, the Cirque de Gavarnie seen from above, and the spectacular Breach of Roland. We could also tour round Néouvielle, Vignemale, or Balaitus! Or climb the summits of Petit Vignemale (3032m), Turon de Néouvielle (3035m) or Taillon (3144m)!  Contact me for more details!

Prices and payment

Half-day or evening

Adults: 30€ 
Childre: 25€
Private group (and groups of 5+) : 150€

Full day

Adults: 45€ 
Children: 40€
Private group (and groups of 5+) : 225
Large private group for full day (groups of more than 9) : 250 €
Minimum of 4 participants (if not privatised).
Method of payment: this can either be in cash, cheque, or by bank transfer.
Please contact me for details and options.

The ideal equipment for a successful mountain hike


Basic list

  • Small rucksack (25-30 litres is plenty), best with lots of pockets and waterproof (this is small enough for hand-luggage with most airlines)
  • Insurance documents and passport, credit card, cash in euros, emergency contact details
  • Boots (see above) and waterproof jacket (breathable materials are best) and waterproof trousers
  • Trekking shorts, lightweight trousers, a couple of wicking t-shirts (cotton not good), underwear and comfortable socks, spare trainers or sandals for evenings
  • Plasters for blisters and any personal hygiene and medication, including pain-killers etc.
  • High-factor sun-cream, sun-block for lips, sunglasses and sun-hat
  • 1 litre water bottle, packed lunch and spare energy food / treats
  • *Trekking poles highly recommended for trips with a lot of height gain
  • Warm layer, gloves for warmth
  • Penknife for cutting cheese etc and making packed-lunches (do not take in hand-luggage on flights!)
  • *Camera, binoculars, phone, novel, pocket dictionary, small notebook, waterproof bags or rucksack liners
  • Headtorch and spare batteries (not essential in mid-summer)
  • *Extra sack for leaving spare items and clothes in hotel or minibus

Additional items for hut-to-hut treks

  • Larger rucksack (45 litres is usually fine) in order to fit in extra food and clothes items
  • Extra cash to pay for huts and BMC reciprocal rights card if you have one
  • Lightweight sleeping-bag liner (silk is best but more expensive) or sewn-together sheets (the huts provide blankets)
  • *Lightweight travel towel
  • *Extra warm layer because the higher huts can get cold at night even in summer

Gareth Evans

International Mountain Leader in the French Pyrenees
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+33 (0)7 81 51 04 60  
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