The Pibeste Nature Reserve

Regional Nature Reserve

First Pyrenean relief when you arrive from the foothills,
the Pibeste massif offers itself to you in all its diversity.

Created on

09th February 2012

Area​

5144 ha

Altitude

Lowest point : 336 m | Highest point : 1732 m

Ground use​

70% forest areas

and 30% open areas

The Pibeste-Aoulhet Massif

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.

Hiking all year round

Many hikes allow you to walk along this beautiful massif: the Agos Vidalos discovery trail or the Pibeste Peak, which offers an incredible panorama of the Argelès valley and the area around Luz and Cauterets. These hiking routes are free to download or buy in all tourist offices!

Even in winter when the surrounding peaks are adorned with a fresh blanket of snow, these trails remain accessible.

  • Nature Reserve of Pibeste | Hautes Pyrénées - Gavarnie Valley
  • Nature Reserve of Pibeste | Hautes Pyrénées - Gavarnie Valley
  • Nature Reserve of Pibeste | Hautes Pyrénées - Gavarnie Valley
  • Nature Reserve of Pibeste | Hautes Pyrénées - Gavarnie Valley
  • Nature Reserve of Pibeste | Hautes Pyrénées - Gavarnie Valley