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The Empress

Office de tourisme Eaux Bonnes, Eaux-Bonnes
18.86 km Distance
3:00h-5:02h Duration
1279 m Positive elevation
1268 m Negative elevation
1888 m Max. altitude
Medium Difficulty



The departure is behind the casino, in Les Eaux-Bonnes.

The first kilometres are done in undergrowth, on a regularly rising false flat, which can be run for the more trained ones. Arriving at the beginning of the grassy plateau, the scent is fine and pastoral. The markers are deliberately fewer in number, not resisting the regular passage of the herds. Follow the GR de Pays du Tour de la Vallée d'Ossau, very well indicated. Walk up to the signpost indicating the "Signal du Gourzy", then in the direction of the Lacarret hut which can be seen below (right hand). The path, made up of multiple pastoral paths, can then get lost in the vegetation (fairly dense areas of ferns) and the various herd tracks. Stay motivated and aim for the Pas de Bréque, attacking the full slope, right or left bank of the river (which may be dry). When you arrive at Pas de Brèque, the path is again well marked (GR de Pays) and leads you under the Col de Lurdé. Go back down towards the huts of Loustau then Pouey along the Anouilhas plateau on its northern part. Enter the cirque of Balour and go back down, aiming for the pasture areas below, which are clearly visible. Few beacons, so choose your route with common sense, and with a map why not. When you arrive at the Québotte huts, you will find a well-marked and obvious path. The final descent in the undergrowth is steep and technical, which will make you appreciate the end of the route and will scare your over-trained quadriceps! Follow the Coume d'Aas track which descends to Eaux Bonnes. At the entrance to the village, either you go down into the village, passing in front of the Bulle, or you take the "sentier des Princes", a false flat path going up and over the village, which takes you back to the accrobranche (tree climbing) and then to the Casino.

Through our practice, it is essential to respect the work of the farmers, shepherds, operators and owners who welcome us on their land: so that the herds do not escape, close all the electric fences well and do not damage them!

Also, do not disturb the herds, greet the people you meet with a friendly "hello", and of course bring back all your rubbish!


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