Artouste, the Pourtalet pass, Spain, the Aubisque and the Soulor passes

Tour runs from late May to September

 

The Ossau valley
the gateway to Spain
and the Bigorre region

We’re on our way to a detour to the heart of the teeming valley of Ossau, neighbouring Spain and Bigorre. At Artouste, the ‘little train’ is the highest in Europe and one of the most beautiful hikes of the region. On this outing you are guaranteed panoramic views. Spain is waiting for you at the summit of the Pourtalet pass. Finally from the Aubisque and Soulor passes you will be able to see the Bigorre, and the Marian City (Lourdes).

From our departure in Lourdes we will be heading towards the Ossau valley, following the river Gave of Pau for the first leg of our journey. We’ll go through Laruns, the capital of the valley that’s situated at the foot of the Aubisque and Pourtalet passes. Next we’ll be entering into the gorges of the river Gave of Ossau to reach Fabrèges. From here we will catch the gondola that will take us to the ‘little train that flanks the mountain for 10 kilometers until the Artouste Lake. During this 50 minute trip you will be up close and personal to the mountain peaks boasting almost 3,000 meters of altitude and some amazing views. The lake is a reservoir containing 24 million cubic meters of water, and provides hydroelectricity that powers the entire valley. After coming down, we’ll continue our route towards Spain, by way of the Pourtalet pass. Little by little the view of the Pic du Midi of Ossau will open up in front of us. Waiting for us at the summit of the pass, are the notorious Spanish ‘ventas’ where you’ll be able to take advantage of some shopping opportunities. Immediately on the Spanish side of the slope you’ll be able to see the charming ski station, Formigal. Here we’ll turn around by way of the Aubisque and the Soulor passes, famous for their place on the Tour de France race that leads to the picturesque valley of Azun and its authentic villages.

DURATION OF THE TOUR :
Full day
Departure at 9.00 am – Returning around  7.00 pm
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SCHEDULE OF EXCURSIONS :
On request, please contact us
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PLACE OF DEPARTURE :
Pick up at your hotel

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PRICE OF THE TOUR :
from 85 €/person

Not included :
Meal
Gondola and little train fees

Guaranteed departure
Tour requires mininum 2 persons to operate

Don’t forget that you will need your valid ID or passport