A trail of discovery for first time visitors to the Gavarnie Cirque

The Gavarnie Cirque is an outstanding area of conservation. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This easy hike will give you your first look at it!

Technical sheet
No. 2255
A Gavarnie walk posted on 24/01/12 by visorando. Update : 09/08/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 8.09km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 244m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 242m
Highest point Highest point : 1590m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1374m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Pyrénées, Cirque de Gavarnie, Lavedan
Location Location : Gavarnie (65120)
Starting point Starting point : N 42.73562° / W 0.011802°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 1748OTR
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Gavarnie waterfall


Park in Gavarnie at its designated car park.

Cross through the village of Gavarnie. (1) Take the bridge to the left that leads to the camping site and then keep to the right bank of the Gave de Gavarnie. Continue on the trail to the Hôtellerie du Cirque (2).

Along the way, you should have a good view of the Cirque and a viewpoint.

On the return leg, turn left as soon as possible and take a footbridge to cross the Gave. Then follow it on its left bank to Gavarnie.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.13 - alt. km 1.13 - Take the bridge to the left
2 : km 4.06 - alt. km 4.06 - Cirque de Gavarnie
D/A : km 8.09 - alt. km 8.09

Useful Information

This hike is easy to access. However do bring some water with you and possibly some provisions.

There is a fee for parking in Gavarnie in summer.

In summer, there are plenty of hotels and restaurants open locally. You will easily find something to eat.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 1748OTR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Thu 02 Jan 2020 12:41:20 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/12/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk, especially with the views of snow on the peaks. Very pleasant, but icy underfoot with packed snow.

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