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What are the "Cirques"?

  • Gavarnie cirque
  • Cirque de Troumouse
  • Estaube cirque
  • Gavarnie cirque

Cirque is the geological term for a mountain glacial feature which is typified by the examples at GavarnieEstaube and Troumouse. They are incredible natural bowls carved out by ancient glaciers in grey, ochre and pink limestone rocks which have been turned over and thrust up to an altitude of 3000 metres by unimaginable geological forces. The Cirque coutry is a unique example of the "Nappe" type of rocks formation.

Each of hese three cirques is very different from each others.

 

Gavarnie cirque

The Gavarnie cirque is the best known of the cirques in the region with its 6.5 km diameter, its wall of 1500 metres and in its heart, the largest waterfall in Europe (427m).

Very impressive !

This is the only cirque accessible all year round.

 

Troumouse cirque

Equally impressive is the Troumouse cirque : less vertical, it extends about 11km in diameter ! You will here probably meet a sheperd with its herd of sheeps !

Here is the paradise of "isards", the symbolic pyrenean wild animal.

 

Estaube cirque

Lastly and the most wild is the cirque of Estaubé which also offers the most beautiful routes up the Mont-Perdu.

Starting from Gloriette's lake parking, you could discover it through a beautiful walk along the blue river... A bucolic landscape !

 

How to visit these cirques ? Click here to discover it.
  • Unesco
  • Patrimoine mondial
  • Grands Sites de Midi-Pyrénées
  • Gavarnie-Gèdre
  • Région Midi-Pyrénées
  • Union Européenne