Port de Gavarnie

Accommodation & Hire

 
     
 

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Having proceeded for several kms until our track changed to a path, then the path changed to a field, we discovered that we had gone the wrong way!

The valley we had unwittingly ascended, lead to Vignemale (3298m), and not Gavarnie!

 
         
 

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We re-traced our steps, great mountain biking single track, to find the right way back to France.  
         
 

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Now, on the right route... A very difficult ascent, most of this pushing the bicycle.  
         
 

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Until finally we reach the summit, hungry, at 16:30. Several cars parked at the summit and incredulous hikers look at what we'd done.  
         
 

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Let the descent into France begin! This was a long descent towards Luz St. Sauveur with plenty of opportunities taken to overtake cars and coaches. Maximum speed reached 49mph (nearly 80kmh).  
         
 

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Breathtaking views of the Vallee des Especieres as we descend.  
         
 

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    After food, the next Col is Tourmalet.