Unusual discoveries of the Haut Biros mountains, very wild and far from the crowds

Description of the stay :

This stay in Couserans consists of two parts: a first discovery in the Biros valley up to the Araing pond, then a second immersion in the massif of the Valier reserve, just that !! With a little car time (20 minutes) in the middle to make the junction.
The Oxalys team invites you to combine the two routes, the wild valley and the discovery of Mont Valier, for travelers eager for discovery.
From this rich and varied route, you will discover a wild massif filled with history, tradition but also a very particular fauna unique in France.
The guide will participate in sharpening your senses in unspoiled nature, interpretation of landscapes, monitoring of animal tracks, pastoralism and former liabilities of the mining industry, these are the themes that will be discussed.
The nights will be spent in shelters, the different caretakers will share with you their mountain experiences with a sense of hospitality of course.
The mountains of Couserans will hold no more secrets for you

In the program :

(6 days - 5 nights)

For organizational reasons, the first three days can be interchanged with the last three days.

Unusual discoveries of the mountains of Haut Biros, very wild and far from the crowds:
1 day:
Meet in Sentein, in the Biros valley (09). Ascent to the Araing pond by an original route. Discovery of the forest in autumn mode, listening and observation of nature. Picnic on a small panoramic pass. Arrival at the refuge at the end of the afternoon. Meal and night at the Araing pond refuge. 4 to 6 hours of walking; 1000 meters of elevation gain.

2 day:
We will stay close to the ridge line to reach a summit at 2630 m. A day at high altitude with naturalistic interpretation, geology, many birds of prey and fun moments with your guide, return to the same refuge, meal and night at the refuge.

3 day:
Return via the beautiful valley of the isard. Understanding of forest ecosystems, the role of fungi in nature, adaptation of species to winter, we will try to observe Isards and other mammals.
Return to the parking lot at the end of the afternoon, to take our vehicle where we expect spare parts and clean things. We leave in the direction of the Auberge de la maison du Valier. After 20 minutes by car, settling in this cottage, hot shower… it's a little comfort moment after 2 nights in a refuge and before leaving for two more nights in a refuge.

3 days on the slopes of Mont Valier, in the heart of the Ariège Pyrenees Regional Natural Park.
4 day:
Departure at 9 am from Pla de la Lau (940 m) in the Riberot valley. Ascent to the Estagnous refuge (1200 meters of elevation gain). Installation at the refuge, meal and evening on site.

5 day:

Ascent of Mont Valier (600 meters positive and negative) if the weather and terrain conditions allow it (we can have snow at the beginning of July which prevents the ascent, we will suggest alternative routes, if necessary). Walks around the refuge in the afternoon, or the Petit Valier - Peyre Blanque ridge line. Meal and night at the Estagnous refuge

6 day:

Return to the car park via Cape Pecouch and the Milouga ponds (200 positive meters, 1400 negative meters). Arrival in the afternoon at the cars with extraordinary memories in your eyes.

In short
6 days of hiking with a professional mountain guide who is passionate about the Pyrenees
Itinerant stay
5 nights in refuges: pond of Araing, house of Valier and refuge of Estagnous.
Unusual themes, techniques for approaching wildlife.
Little-known route of the Pyrenees with splendid panoramas.

Accommodation :

5 nights in refuges: pond of Araing, house of Valier and refuge of Estagnous

Refuge de l'Etang d'Araing 1965 meters above sea level

The Auberge de la Maison du Valier 940 meters above sea level

Refuge des Estagnous 2246 meters above sea level


580 € / person. Departure from 6 people.

The price includes

• The organization and supervision by a State-certified Mountain Guide during the entire stay,
• Full board in a mountain refuge (picnic at noon) from dinner on day 1 to picnic on day 6

The price does not include

• Transport until the start of the hike,
• the picnic on day 1,
• tips and other personal expenses,
• consumption not provided for in the full board,
• tokens for the hot shower,
• cancellation insurance.


12/07 to 17/07/2022 - 26/07 to 31/07/2022 - 02/08 to 07/08/2022 - Other dates possible with already constituted group.


Couserans Pyrenees

On the western part of Ariège, the Couserans and its 18 valleys is a vast territory divided between high mountains, mountains and [...]


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Price of stay / person: 580 €
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Stay rate / person - 6 Days / 5 Nights Stay Min. €580

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