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The Classic GR10 / Self-Guided

8 days | From £967 | Self-Guided departures

This section of the GR10 is particularly hilly. Whilst the walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain can be varied and sometimes quite rocky. The daily walks are constantly ascending and descending whilst walking for around five to seven hours per day. You need to be quite physically fit to enjoy this trip.


8 days | From £967 | Self-Guided departures

  • Daily walks through scenic mountain grandeur
  • One of Europe's most challenging walks
  • One of the classic walks of Europe
  • Walk through lush green valleys, high peaks and rolling vineyards

See incredible views and explore some superb wild mountain scenery that will give you a real sense of the true Pyrenean environment. Starting at Cauterets, an authentic and charming town known for its thermal spas. The route then takes you past the Col de Riou to Luz Saint Sauveur.

You may spot mountain lizards and marmots whilst walking. Pass mountain lakes and ski resorts on the next few walking days. End on a high by summiting Hourquette des Hounts (2275m).

Please note this is our suggested itineray. We can offer the entire route or any section of it. Please contact us for more details.

See below for a map of the trip:

The Classic GR10

*Map may not be to scale

Day 1 Arrive Cauterets
Arrive at your accommodation in Cauterets. Situated at 950m altitude, Cauterets has an authentic, Pyrenean mountain charm and is well known for its thermal spas.
Day 2 Cauterets to Luz Saint Sauveur
From Cauterets, the walk will lead you to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, another well-known thermal spa spot. You will pass the col de Riou, that separates the valley of Cauterets and the valley of Luz.
Day 3 Luz Saint Sauveur to Bareges
Today's walk will allow you to discover the flora and fauna of the Pyrenees, such as the mountain isards and the playful marmottes. The valley of light is a real joy for walkers. Overnight in Bareges.
Day 4 Bareges to the Lac Oredon
Today?s walk is in the sumptuous natural reserve of Neouvielle particularly appreciated by walkers for its beauty.
Day 5 Artigusse to Saint-Lary-Soulan
Walk along a track to Col de Portet and Saint-Lary-Soulan.
Day 6 Germ to the Espingo refuge
From Germ you can enjoy some superb views of the French/Spanish summits as you head to the Espino refuge. The mountain lifestyle and agricultural traditions reign heavily in this area.
Day 7 Refuge d'Espingo to Luchon
Plunge into a high mountain environment; traverse Hourquette de Hounts and Pic de Cecire - views of the Maladetta massif before descending to Luchon.
Day 8 Fly to UK
Depart Luchon. Arrive UK.
For more information

A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY AND MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE TRIP DOSSIER

  • Trip grade: C (Demanding)
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip code: TFGR
  • Group Size: 4 - 12 (Max)
  • Max Altitude: 2,275m
  • Accommodation: Gite x 1, Hotel x 5, Mountain Refuge x 1
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts & 6 evening meals included
  • Departs: June until September
  • OVERSEAS JOINING POINT : Cauterets
  • Please note: This is our suggested itineray, but we can offer the entire GR10 route or any section of it. Please contact us for more details.
  • IMPORTANT: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

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