Mérens – Vernet-les- Bains

Welcome to this section of GR 10 (long-distance trail), Mérens – Vernet-les-Bains, which will take you to from Ariège to the “Catalan Country” through valleys, altiplanos, lakes, rivers, forests and mountain passes full of villages, churches, stone constructions, and other historical places impregnated with Mediterranean fragrances.

A journey without any guide, in total freedom, characterized by the variety of accommodations (huts, cottages and hotels).

A great deal of the route, labelled “Valeur Parc” (Park Value supported by French Regional Park), is inside the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees.

Mérens – Vernet-les- Bains

  • Parc Natural Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights – 6 days walk.
  • Public: Mountain trekking fans. Moderate level (4). Average daily walking time: 5h30/700 m positive height difference/ Good trails, good marking, GR-10

Ecomobility route in total freedom (no guide).

On your arrival the Mérens train station, your luggage will be collected so that you can start ascending Nabre valley, cross Portella de Bésines, descend to the lake and reach Bésines hut comfortably.

The next day, a stream will lead you the highest lake in the Pyrenees, Lanoux, before slightly ascending to the Catalan altiplano of Cerdagne and descending again to the springs of Têt and Bulloses Lake. The following day, amid many trees and mountain villages, will be more relaxing.

The next days will be a combination of ascents of mountain passes and descents to the valleys that will rime with lakes, gorges, villages, panoramic views, stone constructions, forests, natural reserve, …
A trekking route to do on your own, in the heart of the hilly nature of the Pyrenees, that hiking lovers will not feel indifferent about.

Strengths

  • Altiplanos and lakes of Cerdagne
  • Warm welcome and service at la Carança Hut
  • Panoramic views of Canigou, the Sacred Catalan mountain
  • Possibility to combine the route with other sections of GR-10

Organizer

Randonades

30 Allée Aragon - 66500 Prades (França)

Services included

  • Half-board, 6 nights
  • Transportation of luggage (except 2 nights in hut)
  • Travel Folder with maps, topoguides, GPS tracks

Ecomobility

  • First-day meeting at Mérens-les-Vals train station. Possibility to come back from Villefranche to Mérens by train
  • Trekking route
  • Adventurers option (“Baroudeurs”): no luggage transportation from one accommodation to the other. Carrying your luggage means no taxi (and cheaper price!)