We all have a good reason to run! To expert yourself or to excel, to find yourself just for the thrill of it and finally to exceed your own expectations.
Cauterets, Gavarnie, Pic du Midi, Col du Soulor, Hautacam ... so many names that promise to put your legs through their paces, and promise to be a pleasure to behold! Routes for all levels, open ridges, cliffs, 360 ° views from the high peaks of the Pyrenees, Spain’s southern side, the plain to the north.
In a high mountain setting, or in the heart of gentle, green slopes, meet the shepherds and herds that give life to these mountain meadows. Along the paths, observe the specific fauna and flora that thrive in this emblematic territory of the Pyrenees National Park. Around you, isards, marmots, desmans and large raptors such as the bearded vulture, the tawny vulture and the golden eagle roam freely.
You can contact the Tourist Office, here someone will be able to give you some good advice and advise a good route. Hiking trail maps are also a good way to walk the trails of the Gavarnie Valleys.
Courses for all levels
Mountain professionals offer guided tours to introduce you to or improve your trail skills. Guided by the Bureau Montagne Vallées de Gavarnie or the Bureau Montagne du Val d'Azun, let these experts show you the wonders of the mountains, stride by stride. Off the beaten track, learn to orientate yourself in the middle of nature on various grounds which will make you discover all the treasures of our valleys.
Whether you are seeking an initiation, a trail or customised coaching, different formulas are offered to adapt to your level and your needs.
Spas, partners in recovery!
Le Jardin des Bains in Argelès-Gazost : After a sports session, resting is not always enough to allow your body to recover properly. The purpose of this recovery massage is to relax the muscles, eliminate toxins and reduce tensions. This specific treatment provides immediate results and helps to eliminate lactic acid.
Cieléo in Barèges : The products prepared with Barègine: the balm durably reduces acute reactions following shocks, blows and injuries affecting the body. Rich in Barègine thermal spring water, arnica and camphor, the balm deeply relaxes and relieves.
A digital topoguide
www.rando.valleesdegavarnie.com offers you trail itineraries adapted to your desires! This site allows you to refine your search by geographical area, altitude, difficulty, duration, services and to print your route for free. A real digital topoguide! The application is also available on Google Play and iOS to experience geotracking signal and navigate along the trails thanks to an offline version.
Topoguides are also on sale at Tourist Information Points.
You will understand, the Gavarnie Valleys have all the characteristics needed for the practice of trail running. Moreover, we find some of the best athletes of this discipline are Pyreneans: Michel Lanne, William Beauxis, Baptiste Cazaux or Yann Mondot to name a few!
"The Gavarnie Valleys offer all the terrain types necessary for practicing trail running at all levels. Very easy routes on the banks of the Gave river, a little harder on the cross-country ski runs of Hautacam, Val d'Azun at the foot of the Gavarnie Cirque…., wonderful courses in “Piémont in the National Park" between our villages and the high-mountains and finally ultra-technical itineraries near the peaks ...”
"Our territory is perfect for mountain running, the slopes are steeper than in the Alps, the landscapes wilder. When I run here, I am filled with an immense sense of freedom. I am alone in the world, on both beautiful and at the same time technical slopes, on a path once used by shepherds."
"Born between the Col du Soulor and the Col d'Aubisque, my playground, my workplace and my training ground are all amidst protected nature…. a dream country with all types of terrain: ski tracks through the forest, miles of trails, ridges, where you have to straddle rivers, bypass a lake and go through very different changes in altitude."
"I live in Haute Savoie but my heart belongs to the Pyrenees and more particularly to Val d'Azun, where I come from! I know these mountains by heart – I have run them so many times, and if I had to choose only one, it would be the Balaïtous, which is for me, the emblem of this territory."