GR10 - Traversée des Pyrénées

Description

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  1. Name GR10 - Traversée des Pyrénées (GR10)
  2. Length of trail 866 km, 538 miles
  3. Length in days 58 days
  4. Start of trail Hendaye
  5. End of trail Banyuls-sur-Mer
  6. Traildino grading SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail
  7. Hut tour grading T2, Mountain walk

GR10, Pyrenees

GR10, Hendaye (Atlantique) - Banyuls-sur-Mer (Mediterranean) through the Pyrenees, 866 km, 7 weeks

Few trails have the magic sound the GR10 has. Crossing the Pyrenees from west to east is a major accomplishment and a life-time experience. The GR20 in Corsica may be the most difficult of the Grand Randonnées; some passages are tricky indeed. The GR10 however, is hard to complete in one go. In the Pyrenees all the valleys are perpendicular to the main ridge, which means you have to go up and down, from one valley to the other. Therefore, thru-hiking the GR10 is hard.

There are those who believe in the Alps and others who believe in the Pyrenees. They rarely agree. The Pyrenees are greener, softer, lonesome, the proponents would advocate. Okay, but you get soaked all summer, the opponents would argue.

The Pyrenees are build from solid granite and some limestone in the west. You will find out yourself when scrambling these large boulders, hurting your knees with too large steps to take. Ice has had a prominent influence - although nowadays barely a glacier is left: many beautifully situated lakes, large and small, ornament the high altitudes.

Another feature are the dense forests the hiker crosses. In them, dead villages are quit common. Once, large populations lived here. But they left. With them sheep flocks and brown bears. Bears have been reintroduced, but with mixed success and support.

Hiking the path is facilitated by the many Gîtes d'Étappe in the small villages. Often, small shops still cater for the necessary provisions. Many cabanes, or bothies, still survive. Do not expect any luxury however, though company from mice is common. Tourism boomed in many parts, especially the Nature Parks, but is completely absent elsewhere.

Note the Pyrenees have many smaller, often circular trails, or variants to the GR10, often no less attractive. Note also that an even harder trail exists: the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne, following the main ridge. This HRP requires some mountaineering skills and can be undertaken from july onwards. The GR10 is by and large safe. On the Spanish side the GR11 explores some of the better parts of these mountains. The Spanish side gets much less rain. On the other side, the trail here is probably harder than the French side.

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GR 10, 1km
.GR 10 - sec.1, 101km
.GR 10 - sec.2, 101km
.GR 10 - sec.3, 112km
.GR 10 - sec.4, 99km
.GR 10 - sec.5, 102km
.GR 10 - sec.6, 99km
.GR 10 - sec.7, 98km
.La Traversée des Pyrénées - sec.8, 103km
.GR 10 - sec.9, 98km
GR 10.1, 1.2km
GR 10-F, 12km
GR 10 -variante, 20km

Opinions

Rate 8.8 | 4 votes | No 12. in France
  • dirkpieter July 2004
  • Rate 8
  • Positive With my friend I walked from coast tot coast in four parts. We used the GR10 as main route. The trail is very beautiful. Some sections were we came higher and close to the spanish border we changed from Gr10 to the HRP (staying higher in the mountains). Therefor the Gr10 gets an 8 but for 1000km trail that is a very high score.
  • Negative A lot of grassy parts of the trail - in the often arriving rain not always pleasant. A tough trail!!
  • pc22 September 2008
  • Rate 10
  • Positive This was my first long distance walk abroad (not including the camino Santiago). I went with my tent and wild camped nearly all the route. It took me 27 days...and the weather was fluctuating between sunny mountain days and moderate snow days. It was Just awesome....not just one of the best walks ive ever done but one of the best things ive ever done. Wild and rugged and not crowded....go..enjoy
  • Henk Nouws June 1980
  • Rate 8
  • Positive The first time in the Pyrenees, I walked about two-thirds of the GR10. In later years I finished the trail. The Pyrenees are green, and not overcrowded. The National Parks attract more people, but then, they are very scenic. When crossing from west to east, there are big differences in culture and landscape.
  • Negative There is a lot of going up and down involved, because the GR10 in general does not follow the central ridge.
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Map

Map of GR10

Hike Reports

  • GR10

  • pc22 September 2008
  • One of the greatest walks and things ive evere done......tough tough tough.....I walked it in 27days with full pack (wild camping) and on the cusp between autumn and the start of winter.....I lost 2stone in weight aprox ......but the scenery and t...
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2019
  • The Pyrenean Haute Route
  • Guidebook to trekking the Pyrenean Haute Route, which zigzags across the Franco-Spanish border, staying close to the main ridge in the highest and most spectacular central Pyrenees. It covers 750km with over 40km of ascent, so is suitable for experienced mountain walkers only. The largely unwaymarked route is presented in 44 stages. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2019
  • Shorter Treks in the Pyrenees
  • Guidebook detailing seven circular treks of 4-12 days in the beautiful Pyrenees. The varied routes cover both sides of the French-Spanish border and include both the High Pyrenees and the lower, more gentle mountains of the Basque Country and Catalonia. Variants are suggested for those wishing to shorten or extend the treks. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • GR3: Les Monts du Forez FFRP Topo-guide No. 334
  • Les Monts du Forez, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 334, covering in all 259kms along the GR3 and its variant, with additional descriptions of 21 day walks in the region. Current edition of this title was published in April 2016.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • GR62B/GR36/GR46 Le Chemin de Conques à Toulouse FFRP Topo-guide No. 3646
  • Le Chemin de Conques à Toulouse, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 3646, covering 563kms of various GR routes in the region of Quercy and the Gorges of the Aveyron between Conques and Cahors in the north and Toulouse and Albi in the south: le Chemin de Conques à Toulouse along the GR62B, 36 and 46; GR 36 from Cahors to Albi; GR46 along the Gorges of the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Tour du Mont Lozere et du Causse Méjean GR6/GR68
  • Tours du Mont-Lozère et du Causse Méjean, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. 631, with the two circular tours, a 117-km Tour du Mont Lozère and a 111-km Tour du Causse Méjean, plus additional trails along the GR7 and GR70.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides are... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • GRP: Tour du Massif Mezénc - Gerbier de Jonc FFRP Topo-guide No. 4302
  • Tour du Massif Mezénc - Gerbier de Jonc, FFRP topoguide, Ref. No. 4302, covering two adjoining circuits in the Ardèche Mountains near Fay-sur-Lignon, with a total length of 140km Current edition of this title was published in August 2013.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • GRP: Monts et Lacs du Lévézou FFRP Topo-guide No. 1201
  • Monts et Lacs du Lévézou, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. 1201, covering two hiking circuits in the Massif Central near Rodez and Millau; in all 214kms of routes. Current edition of this title was published in March 2011.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides are... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • GR36/36A: Traversée de l`Aude - Pays Cathare FFRP Topo-guide No. 360
  • Traversée de l`Aude - Pays Cathare, FFRP topoguide Ref. No.360, covering the 150km long GR360 across the department of Aude in south-western France from the Montaigne Noire via Carcassonne to St-Paul-de-Fenouillet in the Pyrenees. Several variants from the southern half of the route offer possibilities for shorter local tours. Current edition... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • GR96: Tours et Traversées du Massif des Bauges FFRP Topo-guide No. 902
  • Tours et Traversées du Massif des Bauges, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 902, covering 500kms of routes in the French Alps between Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and Albertville. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • GRP Robe de Bure et Cotte de Mailles FFRP Topo-guide No. 4303
  • Robe de Bure et Cotte de Mailles, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 4303, a 163km circuit in the Haute-Loire area of the Massif Central between Le-Puy-en-Velay and Brioude. Current edition of this title was published in September 2012.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • GRP: Tours et Ronde du Canigó FFRP Topo-guide No. 6600
  • Tours et Ronde du Canigó, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 6600, covering 395kms of routes in the eastern Pyrenees, including a tour of Canigou itself and sections of the GR10. Current edition of this title was published in June 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • Volcans et lacs d`Auvergne - Pays du Val d`Allier GR30/GR41
  • Volcans et lacs d`Auvergne, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 305, covering in all 886km of hiking trails across the volcanic landscape of the Auvergne west and south of Clermont-Ferrand, including sections of GR 30 and GR41. Current edition of this title was published in June 2014.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre)... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
  • Volcans et lacs d'Auvergne GR304 2018
  • Uitstekende routegids met gedetailleerde kaarten en een routebeschrijving. Fout lopen wordt op deze manier wel erg moeilijk. Met symbolen is weergegeven welke voorzieningen (openbaar vervoer / winkels / overnachtingen) er zijn langs of bij de route. De gids bevat een lijst met overnachtingsadressen inclusief telefoonnummers. Alle gidsen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids 304 Volcans et lacs d'Auvergne | FFRP
  • Uitstekende routegids met gedetailleerde kaarten en een routebeschrijving. Fout lopen wordt op deze manier wel erg moeilijk. Met symbolen is weergegeven welke voorzieningen (openbaar vervoer / winkels / overnachtingen) er zijn langs of bij de route. De gids bevat een lijst met overnachtingsadressen inclusief telefoonnummers. Alle gidsen... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • Le long des Chateaux de la Loire GR3/GR3B
  • Le long des Châteaux de la Loire, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 333, covering 552km route along the Loire from Bonny-sur-Loire across Orléans, Blois and Tours to Angers. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • High Jura - Northern Alps IGN Top200 202
  • Pyrénées Ouest map from the IGN at 1:200,000, with excellent presentation of the terrain through contours and vivid relief shading, plenty of names of topographic features, long-distance GR hiking routes, places of interest, etc. The map is designed to provide convenient coverage of the western and central part of the Pyrenees, extending across... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cerdagne-Capcir Rando Editions 8
  • The Cerdagne-Capcir region of the French Pyrenees, from Ax-les Thermes to Font Romeu and Bourg-Madame, on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with topographic base provided by the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, etc. Topography is vividly presented by contours at 20m intervals enhanced by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Southern Alps IGN Top200 203
  • Pyrénées Ouest map from the IGN at 1:200,000, with excellent presentation of the terrain through contours and vivid relief shading, plenty of names of topographic features, long-distance GR hiking routes, places of interest, etc. The map is designed to provide convenient coverage of the western and central part of the Pyrenees, extending across... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Central Pyrenees terraQuest Trekking Map
  • The central part of the French Pyrenees on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from terraQuest, highlighting hiking trails, campsites and refuges, etc. The map is presented in a special format handy for conveniently viewing just small sections of it at one time.Coverage extends north to the towns... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luchon Rando Editions 5
  • The Luchon region of the French Pyrenees, around St.Gaudens, the Louron Valley and Bagnères-de-Luchon, on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with topographic base provided by the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, cycle and mountain bike routes, etc. Topography is vividly presented by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Volcan du Cantal - Pays de Saint-Flour - Haute-Auvergne GR400/4
  • Volcan du Cantal: Pays de Saint-Flour et de Ruynes-en-Margeride, FFRP topoguide, Ref. No. 400, covering 600kms of long-distance paths in the Cantal region of the Massif Central, which can also be walked as shorter circuits. Current edition of this title was published in July 2013.To see other titles in this series please click on the series... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France: FFRP Topo-guides to Long-distance Footpaths
  • Light, high quality A5 paperback guides from the FFRP - the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre, to the long-distance GR hiking trails, with colour extracts from IGN`s 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 topographic survey maps overprinted with the route, plus a table indicating different facilities along the route, contact details for... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tour of the Canigó Hiking Circuit
  • A 64-km long tour of Canigó (Canigou), the highest mountain in the eastern Pyrenees, presented by Editorial Alpina on a contoured, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000, with a booklet providing descriptions of its recommended stages.The map has contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by relief shading. The tour which follows sections of the GR10, the HRP... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • GR6/GR60/GR65: Tour des Monts d`Aubrac FFRP Topo-guide No. 616
  • Tour des Monts d`Aubrac, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 616, covering 259kms of hiking circuits in the Massif Central along the GR6, GR60 and GR65. Current edition of this title was published in May 2016.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides are the best... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Collioure-Cadaqués Rando Editions 11
  • The easternmost part of the French Pyrenees, including Perpignan and the resorts on the Mediterranean coast, on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with topographic base provided by the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, etc. Topography is shown by contours at 20m intervals enhanced by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pays Basque East Rando Editions 2
  • Western Pyrenees in France from the peaks of Iguzuki and Iparla, across St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Larrau, to Pic d’Anie on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with topographic base provided by the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, cycle and mountain bike routes, etc. Topography is vividly... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France: Rando Editions/IGN 50K Walking Maps of the Pyrenees
  • French Pyrenees in a series of recreational maps at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with GPS compatible topographic base provided by the IGN, plus extensive overprint highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, campsites, mountain refuges, gîtes d’etape, areas for various recreational pursuits, tourist information offices, historical... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Béarn - Aspe - Ossau - Pyrenees National Park Rando Editions 3
  • French Pyrenees of the Béarn region, from Tardets-Sorholus to the western part of the Pyrenees National Park including the Ossau and Balaïtous massifs, on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with topographic base provided by the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, cycle and mountain bike... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Bearn - Aspe - Ossau - Pyrenees NP 2015
  • Uitstekende wandelkaart met veel toeristische informatie en bijzonder gedetailleerd. Wandelroute en hutten / campings zijn ingetekend, met hoogtelijnen. Andere dorpen op deze kaart: Etsaut - Col du Somport - Fabrèges - Col du Pourtalet - la Pierre Saint Martin - Arette - Arudy - Laruns - Arrens Marsous - Argelès Gazost (Frankrijk - Pyreneeen)... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • GR10 Discovery In Comfort
  • Walking in the in the heart of the Atlantic Pyrenees. This section of the GR10 begins in lovely seaside town of Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast and finishes in St Jean Pied de Port, a fortified citadel. One of the main reasons to try this superb stage of the GR10 are the accommodations as on the regular GR10 you stay in refuges and huts,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • GR10 Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self-guided walking holiday in through the French Pyrenees. The principal attraction of the Pyrenees is their breathtaking natural beauty and status as one of Europe's greatest wilderness areas. Although the memories you will take away from the GR10 are more likely to be of the people you meet, the charm of her mountain people and the unique... Read more
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  • Paul 2016-12-01 17:54:41
  • Which size backpack for the GR10?
  • Hi there, Could someone please give me some advice? I'm planning on doing the GR10 starting around July 1st and intend to wild camp and my backpack weight will be about 12kg without food and water (Heavy I know). I'm thinking of taking my Katadyn water filter (300g). Do you think that this is a good idea? Also, I need to buy a new backpack (my current one is over 4kg!) I really like the sound of the Osprey Atmos backpack reviews, and think I would like on of those, but I cannot decide between the Osprey Atmos AG 50 and the Osprey Atmos AG 65. There's 200g between them. I know that lighter is better, but I'm not sure about what capacity I'd need. Do you think that 50 liters would be big enough for a 2 person tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking stuff etc? Many thanks Paul
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