The GR10 Trail

Through the French Pyrenees: Le Sentier des Pyrénées

By Brian Johnson

Guidebook to walking the GR10, the Sentier des Pyrénées, a 955km trek across the French Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer. The book describes 55 stages, with information on planning, transport, accommodation and facilities. Walk the entire GR10 in around 45 days or in shorter trips.



Best July to October (June in a low snow year)


Hendaye-Plage on the Atlantic coast to Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean through the French Pyrenees.


The GR10 is extremely well waymarked following good mountain paths with short sections of boulderfield and occasional very easy scrambling. It is tough because there is more steep climb and descent than on many long-distance paths. Good network of inexpensive accommodation for those who prefer not to camp. Frequent resupply possible. In early season (May/June) ice-axe and crampons may be required.
Must See

Must See

The GR10 starts with the rolling hills of the Basque country leading to the High Pyrenees including Pic du Midi d'Ossau, Vignemale and Gavarnie. The remote Ariège with Mont Vallier follows and Canigou dominates the approach to the Mediterranean. Wildflower meadows are magnificent throughout.
13 Oct 2016
26 Mar 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to the GR10, a 955km trek across the French Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer. Described in 55-day stages, the route can be completed in its entirety, or in shorter sections using the bus and rail links found throughout the Pyrenees.

    Step by step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and gradient profiles. Useful practical information is also included such as when to go, getting there and back, camping, accessing fuel and water, plus handy equipment tips and more.

    The easiest, oldest and most popular of the three long-distance routes that traverse the mountain range, the GR10 is well waymarked and follows good mountain paths. For many walkers, the highlight of the route is the magnificent wildflowers and associated butterflies. For others, it’s the spectacular mountain terrain, while those keen on bird watching will delight in scanning the sky for the many varieties of birds of prey that can be seen in the region, from the massive Griffon vulture to the distinctly coloured Egyptian vulture.

  • Contents

    The stages
    The route
    From the Atlantic to the Mediterrean
    The weather and when to go
    Getting there and back
    Culture and languages
    Using this guide
    Section 1 Hendaye-Plage to Etsaut
    Stage 1 Hendaye-Plage to Olhette
    Stage 2 Olhette to Ainhoa
    Stage 3 Ainhoa to Bidarray
    Stage 4 Bidarray to Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
    Stage 5 Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
    Stage 6 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Gîte d’étape Kaskoleta
    Stage 7 Gîte d’étape Kaskoleta to Gîte d’étape Chalets d’Iraty
    Stage 8 Gîte d’étape Chalets d’Iraty to Logibar
    Stage 9 Logibar to Sainte-Engrâce (Senta)
    Stage 10 Sainte-Engrâce (Senta) to Refuge Jeandel
    Stage 11 Refuge Jeandel to Lescun
    Stage 12 Lescun to Etsaut
    Section 2 Etsaut to Bagnères-de-Luchon
    Stage 13 Etsaut to Gabas
    Stage 14 Gabas to Gourette
    Stage 15 Gourette to Arrens-Marsous
    Stage 16 Arrens-Marsous to Refuge d’Ilhéou
    Stage 17 Refuge d’Ilhéou to Cauterets
    Stage 17A Refuge d’Ilhéou to Pont d’Espagne (via Col de la Haugade)
    Stage 18 Cauterets to Refuge des Oulètes de Gaube
    Stage 18A Cauterets to Luz-Saint-Sauveur (via Col de Riou)
    Stage 19 Refuge des Oulètes de Gaube to Chalet-refuge la Grange de Holle
    Stage 20 Chalet-refuge la Grange de Holle to Luz-Saint-Sauveur
    Stage 21 Luz-Saint-Sauveur to Barèges
    Stage 22 Barèges to Refuge-Hotel de l’Oule
    Stage 23 Refuge-Hotel de l’Oule to Vielle-Aure
    Stage 24 Vielle-Aure to Germ
    Stage 25 Germ to Lac d’Oô
    Stage 26 Lac d’Oô to Bagnères-de-Luchon
    Section 3 Bagnères-de-Luchon to Mérens-les-Vals
    Stage 27 Bagnères-de-Luchon to Artigue
    Stage 28 Artigue to Fos
    Stage 29 Fos to Refuge de l’Étang d’Araing
    Stage 30 Refuge de l’Étang d’Araing to Eylie-d’en-Haut
    Stage 31 Eylie-d’en-Haut to Maison du Valier, Pla de la Lau
    Stage 31A Eylie-d’en-Haut to Bonac
    Stage 32 Maison du Valier, Pla de la Lau to Esbintz
    Stage 32A Bonac to Esbintz
    Stage 32B Col de la Core to Estours Valley
    Stage 33 Esbintz to Refuge d’Aula
    Stage 33A Esbintz to Saint-Lizier using the Tour du Val du Garbet
    Stage 34 Refuge d’Aula to Rouze
    Stage 35 Rouze to Saint-Lizier-d’Ustou
    Stage 36 Saint-Lizier-d’Ustou to Aulus-les-Bains
    Stage 37 Aulus-les-Bains to Refuge des Étangs de Bassiès
    Stage 38 Refuge des Étangs de Bassiès to Marc
    Stage 39 Marc to Goulier
    Stage 40 Goulier to Siguer
    Stage 41 Siguer to Plateau de Beille
    Stage 42 Plateau de Beille to Refuge du Rulhe
    Stage 43 Refuge du Rulhe to Mérens-les-Vals
    Section 4 Mérens-les-Vals to Banyuls-sur-Mer
    Stage 44 Mérens-les-Vals to Refuge des Bésines
    Stage 45 Refuge des Bésines to Refuge des Bouillouses
    Stage 46 Refuge des Bouillouses to Planès
    Stage 47 Planès to Refuge du Ras de la Carança
    Stage 48 Refuge du Ras de la Carança to Mantet
    Stage 49 Mantet to Refuge de Mariailles
    Stage 50 Refuge de Mariailles to Refuge des Cortalets
    Stage 51 Refuge des Cortalets to Gîte-refuge de Batère
    Stage 52 Gîte-refuge de Batère to Gîte d’étape l’Ecogîte de la Palette
    Stage 53 Gîte d’étape l’Ecogîte de la Palette to Las Illas
    Stage 54 Las Illas to Col de l’Ouillat
    Stage 55 Col de l’Ouillat to Banyuls-sur-Mer

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Facilities table
    Appendix C Sources of information

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    Sept 2018

    Stage 12 : Camping du Lauzart is closed for the whole of 2018 but in the meantime, there is a temporary campsite behind the existing one (now a building site) with toilet facilities and a water supply, food/ meals must be sourced in Lescun 2 kms away , after the 15th Sept you should check whether still open . They are hopeful that Camping Du Lauzart will be up and running again for 2019 season

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Brian Johnson

Since taking early retirement from his career as a physics and sports teacher, Brian Johnson has found time for three thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2700-mile round-Britain walk, three hikes across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean as well as a single summer compleation of the Munros and has climbed all the Corbetts in Scotland. He has also completed a 2200-mile cycle tour of Spain and France and done multi-week canoe tours in Sweden, France, Spain and Portugal. A keen climber and hiker, he has led school groups in Britain, the Alps, the Pyrenees and California and has completed ten traverses from Atlantic to Mediterranean on the Pyrenean High-Level Route, GR11 or GR10. As a fanatical sportsman and games player, he has competed to a high standard at cricket, hockey, bridge and chess. His crowning achievement was winning the 1995/96 World Amateur Chess Championships.

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