Cirque de Troumouse

Cirque de Troumouse, Gedre: Address, Cirque de Troumouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Cirque de Troumouse
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Rebecca H
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
Beautiful but the cows are ruining the pristine landscape
Sep. 2019 • Family
This place is truly amazing. I think better than cirque de Gavarnie because of the vastness of the amphitheatre. Personal opinion of course. Many less people and as someone else mentioned you can’t drive to the top now. The petit tractor will make it much easier if you want to avoid the steep walk up but I think around 5 euros return per person.

We aren’t sure why cows and sheep are allowed in the National Park because their droppings are everywhere. No smell just have to watch where you walk and we avoided drinking the otherwise pristine mountain stream water for fear of getting sick. So take plenty of water unless you want to take the risk.

The walk from Heas takes around 2.25 hours and is a more challenging option.
Written September 12, 2019
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Christelle M
Cambridge, UK22 contributions
Magnificent place - beware of changes on how to get there
Aug. 2019
We've been going on a walking holidays in the Pyrennes for years. We took our son the first time when he was 5; he is now 11 and every year we go to the cirque the Troumousse as it is his very favourite. There are several ways to get to it; the one we've always done is park the car in Heas and take the very well signed path all the way to the top. It is a very steady hike up for about 2h. Nothing difficult that even young children can't do. The Cirque itself is spectacular - it never fails to blow me away every time we get there. There are 3 lakes deep inside the cirque which, depending on the time of the year you are visiting, will be dried. The way back down is either by the same way or by the road going through the lacets
One new thing this year: There is NO more access to the top by car (or any other vehicles). The toll has been removed at Heas and you can now drive up to the halfway point which is the Auberge du Maillet where you have to park. From there, you can either take a little train pulled up by a tractor or walk up. Bear in mind that the walk from there is fairly steep. As for the train, there is only one so if you are not a keen walker, then be prepare to wait. That said, it is definitely worth it as it is a truly spectacular site.
Written August 30, 2019
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mb552014
Tel Aviv District, Israel5 contributions
the taste of the mountains
Jun. 2018
you have a lot of possibilites to choose from - light hike to the buitufull lake or to the view point - tu longer hike fro the nearest village to the refugy/ All possibilities enable you to see the buitifull cirque
Written July 9, 2018
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Jean-Paul M
Orthez, France393 contributions
Amazing view and easy access
Jun. 2018 • Family
Can walk from Heas village or go directly by car . The "cirque" is so huge and more untouched than Gavarnie. Plenty places for a picnic and rest - Enjoy!
Written July 3, 2018
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Henry T
Reading, UK1,608 contributions
Great but steep walk, amazing views, very worthwhile…
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Our walking trip itinerary day 1 took us on a circular walk up from the chapel at Heas to the Cirque and was supposed to return back via a route around the other side of the valley.
The climb up from the chapel started as soon as we left the drop-off at the carpark and continued for around 3 hours.
Reaching the area where we started to approach the Cirque the trail began to be covered by the late snows but we navigated around these taking care crossing the areas of snow undercut by streams.
Further toward the Cirque back wall and heading towards the Lac des Aires the trail was again obscured by snow and then deep water, attempting to navigate around this we lost track of our bearings and decided to head back down the way we’d approached.
Probably with decent map reading and compass skills, or a GPS we might have navigated our way to pick up the trail to complete the circular walk, either way the walk was amazing and despite the wet conditions the whole day we enjoyed it.
Recommend a visit, it’s pretty remote, on the day of our walk we saw nobody else on the trail.
Written June 28, 2018
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Barryworth
Coventry, UK17 contributions
For motorbikers the road is the best part!
Sep. 2017 • Couples
After paying the 2 euro toll you will not be disappointed. The road climbs in a series of hairpins and short straits with great views all the way. We rode it in early September and only encountered a few cars & motor homes. I am told that during high season there is a lot more traffic.
About half way up is the Auberge Du Maillet restaurant which, if you want refreshments, is the last place before the top.
Once at the car park there are a couple of walks that can be done in motorbike gear to get to see the scenery.
In my view one of the best motorcycle roads anywhere!
Written September 17, 2017
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SkyDK
Stow-on-the-Wold, UK368 contributions
Dry but beautiful
Aug. 2017
The drive up to the plateau is €5 and they do not say that the main attraction - the lakes - are practically dry. Scammers. However the landscape and the walks here are very nice. Being this accessible by car, you will not be alone. Come early to avoid the crowds.
Written August 18, 2017
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Jan B
Tilburg, The Netherlands189 contributions
Beautiful but..
Aug. 2017
This is a really beautiful spot! But keep in mind that since some years wandering with a dog seems more harsh than it was. You are not allowed to enter a national Parc with a dog. For good reasons. Sheep are protected by their own dogs (Pastou) that will go very far in this. Wildlife IS there in Europe, due to the increase of wolves and bears sheep needs protection.
Written August 1, 2017
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Adam D
Paris, France38 contributions
Great views
Jul. 2017 • Family
Lie the cirque de Gavarnie it has amazing views but is a different experience. After the 5 euro toll we drove to the auberge and had a meal that was ok, not amazing. Then we walked 4km up hill to the cirque. The walk was harder than at Gavarnie. But was also fun try to find Marmote. Which we didn't.

Written July 22, 2017
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Ninouragi
Inverness78 contributions
Marmot galore 😊
Jun. 2017 • Couples
Cirque de Troumouse,
By far the cirque de Gavarnie is the most famous one but if you want some peace and quiet and would like to see some wildlife, especially marmots, this is the place. We saw five in a very short period.
We did not have a car and we stayed in the lovely village of Heas in the Auberge de la Munia. There is no public transport to Heas so you either have to walk 8 to 9km from Gedres or rely on hitchhiking.
Our plan was to walk the cirque from Heas and back but we had limited time due to the bad weather as the forecast was for thunderstorm in the afternoon. We were lucky enough to get a lift to the highest car park (there are two different ones). There is a five euros toll to use the road, we crossed the gate at 08.00 a.m. though and at this time there was nobody to collect the money. The road usually gets open in mid June.
Near the first car park there is a simple accommodation with a bar with stunning views over the mountains. We stopped there on the way back for a drink and you can also have meals there.
If you leave your car in the top car park you can spend two to three hours walking leisurely to the bottom of the cirque which has got some lovely wildlife and water features and go back to the car park. This is a fairly gentle walk accessible to most people and family.
However, if you start walking from Heas, just past the church and the Auberge, opposite the parking for motorhomes, on the left hand side, the path for the walk starts there and carries on along the left side of the valley up to the cirque. You can then come down along the road from the car park on the top. People are really friendly so hitch-hiking is a possibility if you are tired on the way down. There are some short cuts along the windy road.
We reckon it would take four to six hours to complete the walk from Heas and back. This is our favourite of all three cirques as it is less touristy than Gavarnie.

Written July 2, 2017
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