Manon Vallin
Col des Tentes in a wheelchair

Accessible tourism

A destination for everyone, the Gavarnie Valleys open their doors and advise all types of customers. Labeled, the Tourist Office helps to find accommodation, activities, sites to visit or other services for people with disabilities but also able-bodied people with specific needs such as children, spa guests or the elderly.    

Accessible stay in the Gavarnie Valleys 

The Tourist Offices of the Vallée d’Argelès-Gazost and Val d’Azun have both obtained the “ Accessible tourism » for the reception of the 4 deficiencies; hearing disability, visual disability, motor disability and mental disability. 

Trained staff in Tourist Offices 

The staff of these 2 Tourist Offices are therefore aware and trained to welcome people with disabilities and provide our customers with documentation adapted to visual and mental disabilities on request. The information desks are equipped with a hearing amplifier and the advisors are trained in the basics of French Sign Language (LSF). The premises have been designed to accommodate all types of visual audiences thanks to displays, lighting and a laid out pathway. Parking spaces for people with disabilities are located near the Tourist Offices. 

Practical Guide
of the Gavarnie Valleys

Pierre Meyer
Wheelchair accessible activity in Hautacam

The Tourism & Disability label

in the Hautes-Pyrénées 

The Tourisme & Handicap label is a registered trademark that ensures that holidays and stays are accessible to everyone, while integrating people with disabilities.  

The purpose of the label 

It identifies accommodation, catering establishments, tourist and leisure sites meeting the requirements of people with disabilities. An establishment can be labeled for one or more impairments among the following four: auditory, motor, mental and visual. To do this, he must meet specifications and commit to respecting them over the long term.

The label makes it possible to provide reliable and objective information to the tourist to help him organizer his stay in autonomy but it is also the guarantor of a adapted reception and knowledgeable staff. 

 

 Find more information 

Accessible tourism
Tourism & Handicap Label
Tourism and Disability Brochure

All the labeled tourist offer

in the Hautes-Pyrénées

Transport

Lourdes station

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Free service offered 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reception at the station and support for disabled people and people with reduced mobility.
 Contact
By phone : to 3635 then type 45 or say “service” then “Accès Plus” 
By email : accesplus@sncf.fr 
By Internet : Sncf Connect
Special service for the deaf and hard of hearing: call adapted to deafness with subtitles and online chat. 

Lourdes Airport

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The teams are trained to ensure the comfort of passengers. Lift trucks, exclusively dedicated rest room, dimensioned elevators, provision of wheelchairs.
Support service available, to be requested at least 2 hours before the flight.
Request assistance from the airline or travel agency.
By phone : +33 (0) 5 62 32 92 22

Vehicle loan

 suitable for PMR

Trans’hand 65 Association 
www.transhand-65.fr 
Association: +33 (0)5 62 93 44 45 
Reservation: +33 (0) 7 82 23 32 34 
8 bis Rue du IV Septembre, 65000 Tarbes 

Hiking

Accessible walks with the Tourism & Handicap label 

Interpretation trail of the Col des Tentes in Gavarnie 

Total duration: 1 hour 
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Very easy walk on an almost flat panoramic path. The view of all the peaks surrounding the Cirque de Gavarnie is spectacular. One and a half kilometers long, the trail is decorated with interpretive panels that tell the geology, history and legends. Accessible to people with disabilities for the first 800m, this trail is located at altitude (2m) and offers majestic landscapes, punctuated by desks that deal with different themes: glaciers, people and the mountains, cross-border relations and geology. 

Manon Vallin
Hike accessible to PRMs in Gavarnie

Tech interpretation trail - Val d’Azun 

Estimated duration: 1 hour
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Located at an altitude of 1m, the Tech dam is a magical place to tease trout or simply rest. An easy walk with a very low elevation allows you to go around the lake and cross the dam.

Plan d’Aste interpretation trail – Val d’Azun 

Estimated duration: 1 hour

From Lac du Tech to Plan d'Aste, 15 kilometers dotted with interpretive trails, information panels on fauna, flora, water, geology, pastoralism... A museum area. 

Anthony Garcia
Lac du Tech and its interpretation trail accessible to wheelchairs

Voie Verte des Gaves – Argelès-Gazost Valley

Total duration: 3h40 
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17 kilometers in the heart of the Pyrenees, reserved for hiking (mountain biking tolerated), dedicated to the beauty of the mountains, to the charm of the Gave. Bucolic passage near the banks of the Gave, journey on the road carved into a cornice, viaducts, tunnels, the landscapes follow one another, surprise you, amaze you. Take the time to meet a country of traditions and appreciate its landscapes. A walk to do with family or friends, at your own pace, in stages or all at once... 

Pierre Meyer AE Media
Greenway from the Gaves Valley to Argelès-Gazost

Lac d'Estaing - Val d'Azun 

Estimated time: 40 minutes 
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Located at the bottom of the Estaing valley, Lac d'Estaing is a glacial lake, witness to the presence of a glacier which existed in these places in the Quaternary era and which extended to the plain of Argelès-Gazost . Its name comes from the Occitan term “Estang” which means body of water. 

Manon Vallin
Stroll to the Lac d'Estaing

Nature Trail – Barèges  

Estimated duration: 2 hour 

The Trait Nature Trail offers you a real introduction to drawing, inspired by the natural environment. Along the way, 4 stations (water, pine, beech, and the Ardiden massif) allow you to discover the natural riches of the Artigalas Park at your fingertips. The trail (640m round trip) invites you to 4 breaks and ends at a belvedere. Here are the senses that are awakened to meet nature (touch, listen, feel). 

Enzo Marcou
View from the interpretation trail in Barèges on the Ardiden
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