Leading hike to Ax-les-Thermes!

May 30, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – June 3, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

This event is only partly public – you can join if you want but frankly I don’t know what could happen.

In this trip, we are going to hike from Aulus-les-Bains to L’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre, in order to enjoy beforehand the weekend in Ax-les-Thermes that follows. In strong contrast to the event in Ax-les-Bains, this one is going to be fairly tough; we will walk along what’s called HRP (Haute Route Pyrénées), which is a hiking route going over mountains in the Pyrenees.

Day I (May 30)

We arrive in Aulus-les-Bain on May 30. We can go to Saint Girons by train and take a bus from there to Aulus-les-Bains. Here’s the bus schedule. For now, the plan is to arrive there around 2pm and we hike towards Étang de Bassiès. There’s a refuge there. Since it’s difficult to arrive there from Düsseldorf within a day, it would be advisable to stay in Toulouse or Paris in the night before.

Day II (May 31)

On the first day we will walk to Fourcat, where there is one refuge. In terms of distance this is going to be the hardest one.

Day III (June 1):

We walk from Fourcat to El Serrat. Somewhere on the way we cross the border to Andorra (Note: your phone might not work in Andorra, at least mine doesn’t). If we cannot make it, there’s also a refuge in Monicou. There are a few hotels in El Serrat.

Day IV (June 3):

We walk from El Serrat to Juclar. There is one refuge at the end. In terms of height difference, this one is going to be the toughest one.

Day V (June 3)

We walk from Juclar to L’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre crossing the border to France. From there we’ll take a train to Ax-les-Thermes to join the others for the subsequent weekend. There are trains until 7pm every 2h, so it should be fine.

In general, it looks like it’s going to be extremely difficult to find something to eat, so we should definitely think about carrying as much stuff to eat as possible.

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