100 lakes for magical hikes in the Pyrenees
Have we arrived in the Canadian Rockies? No, you're not dreaming, you're still in the Pyrenees! Nearly 100 mountain lakes give the territory of Pyrénées2vallées its magical atmosphere, a unique charm with its blue waters as a perfect link between peaks and valleys. From 1800 to more than 3000m above sea level, discover exceptional lakes in the heart of the Pyrenees that are the delight of all hikers, beginners and experienced.
Lake Orédon, gateway to the Neouvielle
Just arrived in the Néouvielle nature reserve and you can already see Lake Orédon. Far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and the summer heat of the valleys, you can stroll around in a magical setting in the high Pyrenees mountains. Between small streams, turquoise waters and pine forests, take advantage of a privileged moment to relax, recharge your batteries by the water, for a nap or a family picnic. You may even have the chance to meet the marmots... On the shores of the lake, the Orédon refuge welcomes you from February to October for an exceptional night at high altitude. A unique moment in your stay in the Pyrenees!
Les Laquettes, a series of small and charming Pyrenean lakes
Continue your journey northwest on the rocky path, amidst rich mountainous vegetation. On the way, waterfalls and hooked pines accompany you. Less than 2km further, you reach Les Laquettes. The setting here is more intimate but just as impressive. The Laquettes area is made up of a series of small lakes at an altitude of 2000m, nestled between two mountain slopes. Upon your arrival, the gentians and the transparent water of the lake welcome you. Children play by the lake in search of tadpoles and trout fry, you admire the panorama on the crest of Les Laquettes and the Ramougn peak. You have found here the ideal place for a well-deserved stopover. Breathe in the fresh air, you're in the mountains!
The twin lakes of Aubert and Aumar
Let yourself be seduced by this great enchanting space. The vegetation is more sparse, the view is clear on the neighbouring peaks: the peak of Madamète, the Hourquette d'Aubert (2500m). On your right, the lake of Aumar. Beautiful mountain lawns line its transparent waters. Lie down, relax with your feet in the water, the summer sun is good for you. Feel the freedom that the mountain offers you: you are in the middle of nature, you are well. Around you, dragonflies zigzag over the water, snow partridges nest at the feet of the eternal snow. Further on, discover the sublime lake Aubert ("green water" in Occitan). Climb onto the stone dam and admire the rocky massifs that are perfectly reflected in the waters of the lake. Make sure to visit the orientation table to learn more about this exceptional natural site and the surrounding peaks.
Lake of Genos-Loudenvielle, the heart of the Louron valley
Created in 1975, this 32-hectare artificial lake at an altitude of 960m is a real invitation to relax. You are here in the heart of the Louron valley, between the green hills and the eternal snow of the peaks. By the lake, enjoy a leisure centre for the whole family: pedal boat, canoe, fishing... On the south shore, recharge your batteries as a family at the Ludéo outdoor swimming-pool and the Balnéa spa centre with spas and hammams indoors and outdoors.
A demanding hike on the ridge to Lake Sarrouyes
After Lake Genos-Loudenvielle, head south. Your objective: the Sarrouyes lake (2100m). Reach it via the Sarrouyes ridge or via a chairlift at Val Louron resort. You can enjoy superb views over the entire Louron valley and the Azet pass, a natural border with the Aure valley to the west. On the way, you will meet cattle and sheep who have come for the summer pastures, or marmots who appear from behind the rocks. On arrival, you will discover Lake Sarrouyes, nestled on a mountainside. This high-altitude area is the perfect place to rest, your feet in the water between rocks, eternal snow and mountain lawns.
And for the most daring...
Experienced hikers will hike for hours at very high altitudes to the lakes of Nère, Hourgade (2400m) or Clarabide. After hours of effort towards Spain awaits you a breathtaking 360° panorama of the Hourgade ridge, the Pic des Gourgs Blancs and the Porte d'Enfer (3000m). An exceptional place for trekkers looking for challenging routes in the Pyrenees.
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