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Map Key

7.5

Miles

12.1

KM

Point to Point

6,158' 1,877 m

High

4,538' 1,383 m

Low

2,450' 747 m

Up

2,480' 756 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

107%

Max Grade (47°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This route goes through the Plateau de Bellevue, the cirque itself and goes all the way to the main waterfall. It is quite a long trail but definitely worth it to see the cirque from all different viewpoints!

Need to Know

- Paid parking at the village entrance
- Route offers partial shade
- ⚠️ Dogs are not allowed in the waterfall valley despite being allowed in the lower valley

Description

The route uses multiple official trails:

- Start with the Plateau de Bellevue Loop
- At 4.3km/2.6mi, leave the loop trail at the fork. Follow the new trail until you reach the creek and its bridge at 4.7km/2.9mi.
- You'll then enter a wooden area. There are multiple smaller trails there, they all lead to the end of the Cirque de Gavarnie Trail.
- Pass the hotel and follow Gavarnie Falls – Meadow Trail.
- Once at the waterfall, turn around. Follow the Gavarnie Falls – Meadow Trail back to where it started
- Follow the Cirque de Gavarnie Trail back to the village. Don't forget to turn around along the way back to get breathtaking views of the cirque!

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Adrien Cadet

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Cirque de Gavarnie - Plateau de Bellevue
Aug 22, 2023 near Broto, ES
Cirque de Gavarnie
Aug 22, 2023 near Broto, ES
Cirque de Gavarnie - Main Trail
Aug 22, 2023 near Broto, ES
Cirque de Gavarnie - Main Trail
Aug 22, 2023 near Broto, ES
Cirque de Gavarnie
Aug 22, 2023 near Broto, ES
Cirque de Gavarnie
Aug 22, 2023 near Broto, ES

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