The Pibeste-Aoulhet Nature Reserve

Hiking... all year round!

The first Pyrenean elevated terrain that you see when you arrive from the foothills, the Pibeste massif rears up in front of you in all its diversity.

• Where?

Maison de la Reserve Naturelle” Info point in Agos-Vidalos, many departure points from the villages around the reserve.

• For who?

Walkers.

• When?

All year.

• More information ?

For information on walks, departures and hikes accompanied by a guide form the Reserve, head to the Argelès-Gazost tourist office.

Discover the Pibeste Nature Reserve

The first Pyrenean elevated terrain that you see when you arrive from the foothills, the Pibeste massif rears up in front of you in all its diversity.

With more than 5100 ha, the Regional Nature Reserve of the Pibeste-Aoulhet Massif is the largest in France. For your enjoyment, many hiking and discovery trails crisscross the massif. Along the way, you can discover authentic landscapes and a multitude of animal and plant species. Climb up the Pic d'Alian at a snail's pace and try to spot one of the 350 big horn sheep who have made their home in this area or look up to see the birds of prey.

A visit to the slopes above l’Estrèm de Salles area will immerse you in the land of pastoralism with its sunny meadows where cattle graze. The forest occupies two thirds of the reserve, you will enjoy the cool undergrowth for your summer walks.

Idée randonnée : l’ascension du Pic du Pibeste par Ouzous

01> 2km from Argelès-Gazost, between Ayzac-Ost and Vidalos, leave the N21 and head up to the village of Ouzous. Go to the small car park in front of the church.

02> Take a slight downhill path to the north-east, then go north towards the Pibeste towards the yellow trail.

03> After crossing two streams the climb continues with 3 hairpin bends, the path heads north-west, leave it 50m further on, at the next switchback and take a wooded slope that leads north to the Llhens.

04> Leave the forest to head east towards the Coume de Barrastech. You have arrived at the Pibeste lookout.

05> Continue over the pass for a view of the "Pic du Pibeste" peak.

06> A small open area allows you to take a breath of fresh air, go past the Ayzi cabin before heading up to the old Pibeste cable car station.

07> From the terrace, admire the Argelès-Gazost Valley before taking some concrete steps to reach the summit of the “Pic du Pibeste” peak.

• 4h45 A/R - 1349 m - 900 d+ - niveau marcheur

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