I invite you to explore several facets of Ossau valley, for example:
- Différentes walks gravitate around the famous Peak du midi d'Ossau, relic of the only big volcano of 300 millions years old. Each of them reach magnificient sites : at first the cirque of Aneou, emblematic place of the summer transhumance, next, the valley, the mountain refuge and the lake of Pombie, then the famous lakes and mountain refuge of Ayous.
- At the entrance to the valley, the plateaus of Benou and Castet allow to admire the Ossau valley carved out by the glaciers when the ice thickness was five hundred meters. Here we encounter protohistoric remains.
- Several little valleys are less visited by hykers like Besse one, so the fauna is easy to watch (izard, marmot, bearded vulture, red deer...)
- Many others walks are possible, it depends of your wishes, we can make the program together.
Exemples of route
Walk 1 : from the chapel of Houndas, at the plateau of Bénou, the path goes to the stone-circles (cromlech) of Lou Couraus and many monoliths. I will explain you their history and origin, so we speak about the colonization of these mountains several thousand years ago. After We reach easily the summit of the mountain of Bersaut ant its beautiful view on the plain.
Walk 2 : The best known walk on the valley: from lake of Bious-Artigues, a closed loop pathway leads near the five lakes of Ayous. After the Casterau peak and observation of herds of izards, we'll walk near the pastoral cabin of Cap de Pount and go through the plateau where the Bious river form lovely meanderings. A not well known path from crowd we'll take back them to the parking.
Walk 3: from plateau of Castet and through the Sesques wood and the pastoral cabin of Couscouilha, we'll reach the summit of peak Durban (easy) and is bird eye's view on the plain. We'll come back by an easy path on a crest.
Walk 4: we'll go in the heart of the gigantic cirque of Aneou where hundreds of cows, sheeps and horses graze. We'll reach the foot of the last rocky outcrop of the Peak du midi d'Ossau, a piece of the old volcanic caldera. We'll stop at the mountain refuge of Pombie and its lake and we'll turn around the peak of Peyreget before come back by a closed loop pathway.
Walk 5 : you'll discover the valley of the mountain of Besse i'm particulary fond of. We'll go through the plateau of Lusque then we'll profit of the shade of a beech forest and reach the high mountain pasture of Fond de Besse. The pastoral cabin of Besse will be the good spot to take a break. Before come back we'll go to the pass of Besse and perhaps we'll watch red deer. A sports hike could also lead you to the splendid lake of Montagnon heart-shaped and to the Peak Madras.
During your stay it's interesting to program a hike around the Ossau peak in 2 or 3 days with full-board pension at the mountain refuge of Ayous and Pombie.
Full board pension at the lodge La Caverne at Eaux-Chaudes where a local cooking is prepared.
Many services:sitting room,library, bar.
Others aspects of the organization
Hikes about 3 to 6 hours of walk with height difference of 660 to 3280 ft (adaptable according to the groups).
The program can be modified according to the weather forecast
Management by a mountain guide state certified and regional specialist
The aim is to take full advantage of your stay. You'll carry only your private affairs for one day and your picnic in your backpack.
Car ride with your owns vehicles or in a minibus vehicles.
Possibility of sports trekkings (magnificient summits, lakes and crossings in the program).