Hiking with a mountain leader in the Pyrénées
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During this stay, you will discover many valleys of Haut- Couserans in Ariège.
- The peacefull valley of Ustou with these charming hamlets and villages all along the Alet river and his famous cirque of Cagateille and altitude lakes,
- The spectacular waterfalls in valley of Garbet where Aulus les bains is well situated at the foot of red peak of Bassiès and of the pastoral transhumant plateau of Coumebière,
- The valley of Haut-Salat and his rich mining history.
You will be staying in my renovated barns of Cap d'Ossèse in the middle of mountain at the heart of Ossese valley.
Example of walks
Day 1: arrival to the accomodation. Easy walk from Cap d’Ossèse barns to waterfall of Lastien at the foot of ibex area recently reintroduced in the Pyrenean mountain. Superb wild waterfall.
Time run: 2 hours. Height: 200 m / 660 ft
Day 2: We’ll go by car at the plateau of Coumebière on the heights of Aulus les Bains with his old tracks of mountain transhumant pastoralism and his rich mining history with the mines of Argentières. We’ll see the Lakes of Labant and of Alate. You’ll see the differences between the flora of granitic area on the crests overlooking the lake of Bassiès and the flora of the limestone cirque of Girantès. Superb!
Time run: 5 hours. Height: 550 m/1800ft
Day 3: We’ll go by car at the pass of Pause near Couflens. Through the pond of Areou and of Prat Matau we’ll reach the pass of Aula and we’ll take advantage of the wonderful view towards the Valley of Aneu and the Roca Blanca in Spain. We’ll go back by a closed-loop pathway by the shelter of Aula at the foot of the famous mount Valier.
Time run: 5,5 hours. Height : 700 mètres / 2300 ft
Day 4: From car park of Lapeyre to the bottom of the valley of Ustou, we’ll walk in one of the most beautiful moutain pyrenean cirque at first, the wild forestry cirque of Cagateille where many waterfalls form the Alet river. After we’ll reach the lakes of la Hilette and of Alet, one of the most deep of Pyrenees before come back to start point. Izards and ibex could be watched.
Time run: 7 hours. Height : 900 mètres / 2950 ft
Day 5: We’ll park in the little valley of Bielle near Saint-Lizier d'Ustou. The GR10 path (that go by walk through the Pyrenees from Atlantic ocean to mediterranean sea) lead us by a forestry way and by the pastoral pass of “Serre du Cot” to the summit of the Peyre Mensongère (“the messenger stone”). From here the view towards the plain and Couserans Valley is splendid.
Time run: 4,5 hours. Height : 600 mètres / 1970 ft
Possibility to reach the peak of Lizert d'Assacs by a crest way. The view towards the Valier mount, the ski resort of Guzet and the Montabone and Certascan peaks is magnificent.
Day 6: a lovely closed-loop pathway : the valley of Fouillet, the pond of Guzet lodged in the heart of forest, the famous waterfall of Ars of 250 meters high (820 ft). Blueberries and raspberries mark out the way. The picnic time will be on a bucolic flater part along the Ars river.
Time run 6 to 7 hours. Height : 800 mètres / 2624 ft
During your stay a two-days hike can be organized. The aim is to reach the summit of the Valier mount and is wonderful view from the west of Pyrenean chain (Pic du Midi of Bigorre), to the hight Pyrenean Spanish mountains (maladeta, Aneto and Encantats), and to the east Pyrenean chain (Mont calm and estats peaks). The night will be in the hight mountain refuge of Estagnous in full board.
Lodges at the barns of Cap d'Ossese (informations on this website), in this case meals are not provided.
Full board pension in an other lodge of the valley, l'Escolan or La colline verte
Others aspects of the organization
Hikes about 3 to 7 hours of walk with height difference of 980 to 2980 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.
In your backpack, You will carry only the clothes of the day and your picnic.
Car ride with your owns vehicles or in a minibus vehicles.
Possibility to have Thermal-recreational entry at Aulus les bains or Norwegian baths at Guzet Spa resort of thermal baths at Salies du Salat.