Pyrenees High Route 7 - Parc National des Pyrenees

This is stage six of the Pyrenees High Route through meadows and forests before climbing into more demanding terrain as you pass south of the iconic Pic du Midi d'Ossau at 2884 metres. With good weather conditions route finding poses few problems.

Parc National des Pyrenees

There are three National Parks in the Pyrenees and several nature reserves that provide protection and manage access to sections of the mountain range. Here we focus on the Parc National des Pyrenees.

The Pyrenees National Park stretches for 100 kms from west to east, from the Aspe Valley to the Aure Valley, across the Franco-Spanish border. Established in 1967, it is one of the oldest and richest National Park in France in terms of the diversity of its flora and fauna. It is a natural heritage site without barriers or fences where animals are totally free to roam, devoted to preserving biodiversity and landscapes.

This is where you'll find the major natural landmarks and features so typical of the Pyrenees and some of the last pockets of true wilderness left in France. In partnership with the Spanish Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido, on the Spanish side of the border, this mountain landscape is a haven for rare flora and fauna, and remains fiercely proud of its culture and heritage: traditional hill-farming and shepherding are still practised here in much the same way as they were a century ago.

Within the park's boundaries are the highest peaks in south west France, including the highest of them all, Vignemale at 3298 metres and an abundance of waterfalls and mountain torrents, 230 high-altitude lakes and vast areas of forest. The Pyrenees National Park is a stunning concentration of natural riches that are unique to the Pyrenees mountain range.

The park is home to over 70 different species of mammals including the chamois, which is the Park's symbol, and birds of prey such as the bearded vulture, the golden eagle and the peregrine falcon. You can also find lynxes, genettes and the last brown bears of the Pyrenean line.


Elevation of Trail

Guidebook & Maps

Pyrenean Haute Route

Tom Joosten's guide to the classic high-level trek, if there is only one guidebook you buy for the Pyrennes High Route then this should be the one

Bearn - Aspe - Ossau - Pyrenees NP Rando Editions 3

From Tardets-Sorholus to the Pyrenees National Park west including the Ossau and Balaitous massifs