• Étang du Garbet - Couserans
  • Vue sur la vallée du Ribérot - Couserans
  • Balade dans le massif de Sourroque
  • Parcours aventure de Moulis
  • Sports d'eaux vives Couserans
  • Baptême en montgolfière Couserans
  • Col de la Core
  • Vue sur la chaîne des Pyrénées

meteoCounty weatherforecast : 08 99 71 02 09   


The High Mountain State Police 05 61 64 22 58

The Castillon Police 05 61 96 70 17
The Massat Police 05 61 96 95 08
The St-Girons Police 05 34 14 33 30

In order to enjoy your hiking under the best possible conditions of safety.

Do remind...

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Survival equipment Sunscreen Raincoat Gloves Beany Warm garment
Compass Electric lamp Mobile phone Whistle Survival blanket

Certain points to keep in mind

  • To appreciate your hike, do wear good walking shoes.
  • In the mountains, weather can change very rapidly (check the weather forecast!): take along rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm and waterproof cloths and a hat.
  • A clean mountain, of course! Do bring back all picnic waste so that everybody can enjoy his walk.
  • In order not to frighten cattle, keep your dog on a leash. 
  • Carefully close the gates and be careful with electric fences.
  • In whichever season you are, never light a fire.
  • Do not drink water of brooks and streams. Water supply is to be found on most of the hiking tracks. Otherwise, you must bring your own.
  • Do not throw stones. Rockfall is very dangerous in the mountains.
  • Do respect rural life by avoiding walking through hay fields or picking orchard fruits. Do not enter shepherd's huts, apart from those made available for walkers and hikers.
  • Let the flowers bloom on site. A picture will last much longer.

Medical precautions

  • If bitten by a viper, do not apply a tourniquet, do not suck out the poison (only professionals can do it), avoid movements, put some ice on the bite and get to the nearest hospital.
  • If you have a strain, do immobilize the affected limb and put ice on it. Then get to the nearest doctor.
  • You can bring your cellphone, as even out of network coverage, the emergency call center (112) will be available.

For your safety

  • Before leaving, do check the weather on the St-Girons/Antichan weather forecast voice server (3201) or at the local tourist offices.
  • Do not drink water of brooks and streams. What seems to be a water source, might not be one. When in doubt, do not drink the water and bring your own.
  • When a thunderstorm is approaching, do lose altitude and leave the ridges (heavy exposure) as soon as you can, do not hide under a tree or an isolated rock and try and find shelter in a hut. Do think of closing the door when leaving.
  • Always do leave your itinerary to somebody.
  • If you'll be gone for several days, do advise the police-station that is nearest to your departure point.

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The roads of Compostela

The roads to Compostela
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Guidebooks :

Pyrénées Ariégeoises
: Le Couserans, 20 exceptional hikes - a Chamina publication: 10€

L'Ariège à pied - Fédération Française de Randonnée pédestre 14€

Les sentiers d'Émilie by Jean Pierre Siréjol - a Rando publication 7,95€

The FFRP marking : Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre 

   Grande Randonnée GR - Grande Randonnée Pays GRP - Promenade, Rando PR - Chemins Compostelle GR78

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Continue walking in the same direction

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Turn left - Turn right

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You're on the wrong track

Before you start walking, do refer to the information panels at the starting point of the hike :


Les Bordes sur Lez : The Mont Valier mountains
Auzat : Massif du Montcalm
Auzat : Vallée des étangs de Bassiès
Orlu : Réserve naturelle
Emergency numbers : 05 61 64 22 58 ou le 112

Haute Garonne

Bagnère de Luchon : Hospices de France
Castillon de Larboust : Vallée du Lys
Bezins-Garraux : Pic du Gar
Boutx : Cagire
Oo : Granges d'Astau
Emergency numbers : 05 61 89 31 31 ou le 112

Hautes Pyrénées

Aragnouet : Néouvielle
Aragnouet : Barroude
Cauterets : Gaube GR 10
Cauterets : Estom
Gavarnie : Vignemale GR 10
Gavarnie : Taillon, brêche de Roland
Gèdre : Troumouse
Emergency numbers : 05 62 92 41 41 ou le 112

Consult our Hiking headings :  

Family walks     Randonnées journée      Randonnées 2 jours     The Road to Compostela