Stage 6 - West Pyrenees
National Park - Bearn - Basque
17 à 30 J
The highest peaks in the Pyrenees are found here.
Hikers can expect a significant difference in altitude, but their efforts will not be in vain as they will be rewarded by incredible landscapes where the violence of the ridges is matched by the splendour of nature.
The last stage in the North-South direction will leave the HexaTrek hikers with one of the most beautiful memories of the trail.
First stage in the South-North direction, it will provide a fantastic opening for the months of hiking to follow.
FROM OCEAN TO SUMMIT
It is difficult to contain all the natural wonders of this high place of the Pyrenees in a small sentence.
The Garvarnie cirque, the Vignemale and its glacier, the Lac de Gaube or the Brèche Roland are among the must-see places on the HexaTrek.
The Pic du Midi d'Ossau, Lescun, the Pic d'Anie... you will come across as many natural wonders in this section as there are days in your walking schedule.
A detour on the Spanish side will take you to Aguas Tuertas and its winding waters. The red colours of the Castillo de Acher at sunset are equally unforgettable.
Among the most emblematic villages of this region of France, there are Ainhoa, Sare, Espelette or St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. But the Basque country is also an environment of medium mountains where the green hills of the surroundings will welcome the Hexatrekkeur of long date until the finish line, at the edge of the Atlantic, in the town of Hendaye.
INFORMATION & TRANSPORT
Seasonalities, places of departure and arrival, means of transport
An international airport is available near the city of Biarritz
The nearest national airport is Tarbes. From here you will find connections to Saint-Lary-Soulan station.
Juin - Oct
Road access to Hendaye is good.
There are also "FlixBus" or "OuiBus" bus lines that will take you to the Hendaye bus station.
Road access to Saint Lary is well served. Bus routes are also available
Snow risks are high from October and before June.
Outside these periods, mountaineering equipment is mandatory.
A TGV line is available at Hendaye station which can serve all major lines
A train station is available in Saint-Lary-Soulan.
TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE
PIC DU MIDI D'OSSAU
The Pic du Midi d'Ossau is the most emblematic of the Pyrenean summits. It dominates the Ossau valley from the top of its 2884 metres.
CIRQUE OF GAVARNIE
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the emblematic heart of the Pyrenees National Park, the Gavarnie cirque is classified as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world
The Vignemale has established itself as an essential summit in the Pyrenees. The Pique Longue du Vignemale offers a breathtaking panorama of the vast Pyrenean chain and dominates the peaceful Occitanie region with all its splendour
COL DES TENTES
It is difficult to be more in the centre of the Pyrenees than at the Col de Tentes. Despite the road that crosses it, we are in one of the wildest nature of the region.
With its modest size, the Ansabère lake offers one of the most beautiful views of the Aiguilles and the summits of the Lescun cirque
Paysage original de massifs et d’arêtes granitiques, la Réserve Naturelle du Néouvielle livre un élixir des merveilles pyrénéennes. La formule de ce lieu magique est exhaustive entre lacs, pics et végétation exceptionnelle.
Whether you are leaving for the great adventure, or simply a section of the Hexatrek, discover the most beautiful landscapes of the route in pictures
DISCOVER THE 6 OTHERS STAGES
Vosges - Doubs - Jura
Stage 1 - The Great East
Discover the mystical landscapes of the Grand Est.
Between green forests and crystal clear waterfalls through the hidden treasures of Eastern France.
20 à 35 J
Savoie - Beaufortain - Vanoise
Stage 2 - Northern Alps
Throughout the heart of the most beautiful mountain landscapes, hike and enjoy the beautiful vistas in the center of the exceptional Alps.
20 à 35 J
Ecrins - Belledonne - Vercors
Stage 3 - Southern Alps
The Hautes-Alpes are a paradise for hikers who venture there. You will encounter magnificent natural areas at every corner.
20 à 35 J
Cévennes - Tarn - Languedoc
Stage 4 - Gorges & Causses
Here, time and water have shaped the landscape and dug deep gorges. Creating high plateaux between the junctions of these rivers, this contrast offer HexaTrek hikers incredible views.
20 à 35 J
Catalogne - Ariége - P.Esp
Stage 5 - East Pyrenees
The itinerary of this stage crosses the borders continuously, between France, Andorra and Spain. You will remain in the heart of the Pyrenean range, close to the summits.