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Night in a refuge and stargazing in the Pyrenees

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The Gavarnie Valleys offer an ideal playground for contemplating the Milky Way. Discover the nocturnal activities and visit experiences that will appeal to apprentice astronomers. Dive into the heart of galaxies, planets and nebulae and unlock the secrets of the night. 

Where to observe the stars in the Gavarnie Valleys? 

AT THE HEART OF THE INTERNATIONAL STARRY SKY RESERVE 

Did you know that the Pic du Midi and all the villages of the Gavarnie Valleys are labeled International Starry Sky Reserve ? This label rewards an exceptional quality of night sky. Take advantage of these perfect conditions for stargazing during your holidays in the Pyrenees! 

HAUTACAM 

The Park of Stars

On the heights of Argelès-Gazost, the Star Park in Hautacam is a privileged place to observe the sky. Furniture that encourages daydreaming is freely accessible and facilitates observation of the starry sky. There we find a phosphorescent card to locate the main constellations, a night bath to comfortably contemplate the celestial vault as well as a mini-agora which accommodates astronomical animations in summer. 

An unforgettable experience
Pierre Meyer
Dome of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre for stargazing
Magic night

at the top of the Pic du Midi 

Let yourself be seduced by an exceptional evening at the Pic du Midi with the Summit Nights. After a dinner with Pyrenean flavors and a screening in the planetarium, get ready for a long astronomical observation session before returning to your room, starry-eyed.  

Everywhere else

in the Valleys of Gavarnie

Get a little higher up, where the air is pure and the atmosphere more stable. Here, there are plenty of easily accessible spots: the Soulor and Couraduque passes, the Pont d'Espagne are accessible all year round, while you can climb the Troumouse cirque, the Saugué plateau or even the Tourmalet pass at the beautiful season. The most difficult thing will be to choose ! 

Uncover the secrets of the universe and of the night

DAYTIME EXPERIENCES 

Travel through the night and the cosmos at the heart of the permanent exhibitions at the Pic du Midi and Col du Tourmalet interpretation centres. 

A scientific adventure

The Experiences area at the Pic du Midi 

The Pic du Midi remains a high place of astronomical observation installed at 2877 meters above sea level. Summer or winter, come aboard the Pic du Midi de Bigorre tourist cable car to reach this major site of the Pyrenees in fifteen minutes. A new museographic layout allows visitors to discover the main themes of research at the Pic du Midi in the form of fun experiences: the stars, the sun, cosmic rays, the atmosphere and even meteorites! 

Pic du Midi
House of the Night Tourmalet Pic du Midi
TOURMALET PASS

The house of the night

An interpretation center dedicated to nocturnal exploration has opened at the top of the Col du Tourmalet. Accessible on skis in winter and by road in spring, the House of the Night Tourmalet-Pic du Midi promises a 360 degree immersion in the "dome of the night". The screening of "Nox, the journey into the night" offers a new look at darkness. 

Accompanied night adventures 

UNUSUAL ACTIVITIES 

Fancy an unusual experience under the celestial vault? Opt for an accompanied outing in the intimacy of the Gavarnie Valleys at nightfall.

Rafting descent

Moonlight rafting evenings

Organized on full moon evenings in July and August, the night rafting descents offer a unique opportunity to discover the Gave de Pau by night. During a break on the Lac des Gaves, listen to local legends under an enchanting light.  
 

Manon Vallin
Under the stars and in an igloo 

Snowshoe hikes

After a snowshoe walk in Hautacam at sunset, two igloos await you for a friendly and warm aperitif. In Cauterets, nighttime snowshoe outings promise unusual moonlit walks.

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Supervised snowshoe outing at sunset in Hautacam
TAILOR-MADE OUTINGS

Ski touring with night in a refuge

Let yourself be tempted by a ski touring getaway far from the slopes in the most beautiful corners of the Gavarnie Valleys. You will spend the night in a guarded refuge to evolve with the light bag! Guides and mountain guides offer tailor-made outings throughout the territory, adapted to everyone.  

Pierre Meyer
Pic du Midi International Starry Sky Reserve
Closer to the stars

A night in a mountain hut 

For a friendly and atypical evening in the heart of wild and preserved nature, the ideal is to spend a night in shelter. When the last light of day falls, a breathtaking spectacle awaits you: thousands of stars twinkling like you've never seen them. 

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A themed outing

Under the stars

Mountain guides and guides supervise themed night outings, dry feet or snowshoes depending on the season. By combining astronomical observation with a Pyrenean meal by the fire, the evening promises to be unforgettable! 

 

Manon Vallin
Nobody facing the summits and the full moon
Anthony Bonal
Where to observe the stars in the mountains
TO LIVE 

An astronomical animation

After a snowshoe outing followed by a local meal, let yourself be guided by an enthusiast from the Hautacam AstroClub for a astronomical observation session of the starry sky. The stars, planets and nebulae will have no more secrets for you! 

© Pierre Meyer
Le Taillon and a starry sky
STARS IN LENS 

Discover astrophotography

Go hiking with Hadrien, mid-mountain guide and professional photographer. This night photography course allows you to learn the technique of the long exposure to capture the luminous intensity of the stars.  

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