In this self-guided point-to-point hiking trip you stay at three hotels, each of them three star, and have a choice of two walks each day (moderate or strenuous) as you explore the southern part of the Hautes Pyrénées. The hikes are mainly on good paths and tracks with no scrambling. The trip starts in the foothills and builds up to a climax at Gavarnie in the heart of the mountains. The final day allows an opportunity to explore the World Heritage site of the Cirque de Gavarnie, a spectacular amphitheater of peaks rising to over 3000 meters.
The trip is an eight-day point to point trek following the Meridian Way, a route that roughly follows the International Greenwich Meridian through the French département of the Hautes Pyrénées. We pick up the route at the town of Lourdes in the north of the department and then wend our way southwards to Gavarnie. The walks are mainly on good paths and tracks with no scrambling. We start in the foothills and the adventure builds up to a climax at Gavarnie in the heart of the mountains.