Crossing the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean – doesn't that sound like a great new adventure? I thought so, and so I planned to take on the 800 kilometres (500 miles) and 40,000 metres (131,500 feet) of altitude difference during the summer of 2020. I expected rugged high mountains, green and blooming meadows, crystal clear mountain lakes, rustic mountain huts, and picturesque little villages. But I also hoped to find seclusion, solitude, and a big portion of adventure.
The Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne is not an officially signposted hiking trail as such, but rather an individualised route over the ridge of the Pyrenees mountains, which run along the French-Spanish border. In contrast to the GR10 on the French side and the GR11 on the Spanish side, it mostly runs over the highest passes and mountain peaks. Countless great views are guaranteed here.
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Last updated: April 26, 2022
The start of a new adventure 🏔🥾⛺️.
My plan for summer 2020: to cross the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean 🥾. 800 kilometers and 40,000 meters of hiking fun are waiting for me 😍.
When it starts, I'm excited and everything in me tingles. I walk barefoot through the warm, soft sand…
I crawl out of the tent tired 🏕.
I still can’t believe that I’m actually here. In the middle of the enchanting Basque Country 🌿. But it is a great feeling and I'm just really happy that it worked out this year 😊👍🏻.
For breakfast there are freshly picked blackberries, which can be found everywhere…
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After a very restful night in a small hostel in Arzikun, we stroll through the streets of the city at dawn. Picturesque stone buildings and flower-draped balconies can be found here on every corner.
Early in the morning it is still pleasantly cool and the fog is still over the slopes. We are making good…
Street here and street there - walking on the street is wonderful? Well, not really, but I'm trying to get into it because we're walking a lot today Straße.
But there are also some highlights waiting for us here, such as an old bunker system from the Second World War and a piece of hiking on the Camino…
The wrong decision ... 🏕
... we met last night. Because our campsite was beautiful, but also incredibly windy. Early this morning we are torn from sleep by the roaring wind. The tent poles just bend in the wind and I'm really scared that they could break.
When taking down the tent, we have to be extremely…
Summit happiness 🏔.
While the clouds are still mystically covering the mountain slopes, we climb towards the summit early in the morning. Huge birds of prey hover peacefully over us.
Nothing stands in the way of our first ascent to the summit on this wonderful morning. On the 2,000 meter high Orhi, the…
I managed to delete part of my tours yesterday🙈. My plan was actually only to delete my planned tours from the Pyrenees crossing. But I also accidentally deleted some of the tours I had already done and so I upload them all again 😉.
If you already know the tours, you can simply enjoy…
Wandering lazy 😄🥾.
At least we are this morning. We only need an hour from our dreamy campsite to the small town of Lescun. Old stone houses are lined up here and we walk through the narrow streets to the mini supermarket. Despite the small size, everything my hiker's heart desires is there 😍. So only…
The marmot greets you every day 😄.
A new day of hiking, with the shrill whistling of the marmots through beautiful wildflower meadows. The still cloud-covered mountains invite you to dream and we taste it to the full to be on the road.
Around every corner, breathtaking views and crystal clear mountain…
“Goodbye, cozy bed” and “Hello nature” 🏔.
Although saying goodbye is a bit difficult for me in the morning, we can get ourselves up after a long hot shower and continue hiking. Quickly into a huge number of day trippers. I am not used to the fact that there is so much going on after the last few days…
The land of a thousand lakes 🏔.
I bid you a warm welcome to the Lakeland. Every few kilometers there is a bright blue, crystal clear and sometimes emerald green mountain lake. Most of them lie quietly and quietly between large mountains.
Because of the sea romance, we find it difficult to hike today…
Suddenly alone 🙈.
Do you know the feeling of jumping into cold water from a ten-meter board? When the cold water envelops you? I have this feeling today, because despite the duct tape, Jana's sole detaches even more from the shoe. The descents in particular are not only difficult, but also really dangerous…
Mountain love 🏔.
In the night the wind howls around the hut. Even when I let the thick wooden door close behind me at dawn, the wind whistles towards me. It's still early and I'm almost alone on the mountain.
The sun bathes the clouds over the mountains in a pink light and they give the impression of…
Fit and well rested 👍🏻.
So I join the crowd of tourists the next morning. In single file it goes up the mountain and constantly I or others have to step aside for myself. But the nice thing is: the higher I get, the fewer day tourists there are.
So I grit my teeth again, overcome the last pass and am…
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At breakfast I first chat with two boys who camped nearby. When they hear how far I hiked yesterday and where I still want to go, they are initially speechless 😮. We say goodbye with the compliment “You are a tough girl” 😊.
I go to the nearby water source. But then…
New day - new luck 🍀?
I sleep in late in the morning and then try to clean up the supplies. Yesterday I was still hungry for shopping and a lot came together 😅. Among other things, 500 grams of yogurt and a large cake. Well, at least there will be cake for breakfast for the next few days 😍😄.
It's a Monday ... 🙈.
A Monday on which I no longer feel the desire to wander for the first time. Not even a tiny bit. Instead, I'm very homesick. I long for family, friends and my home. After a warm bed, a shower and a fridge with lots of delicious things in it 😍.
The long and exhausting ascent doesn…
Where is my wanderlust?
For a few days now it seems to have been blown away and this morning I am dragging myself up the mountain more. The steep ascent is not really fun and I am slowly beginning to question this hike 🙈: "Should I continue hiking?"
To be honest, I don't know at first. But then a lake…
My absolute favorite stage 😍.
In this breathtaking lake landscape, my mood reaches new heights 🥰. Here, too, a new lake is waiting around every corner. Crystal clear and glittering in the sun, they literally invite you to swim.
I can't resist that and I'm looking forward to doing my rounds in some of…
Half time 🥳😮!
Incredible, half of the HRP has actually already been done 😄. I've already covered over 400 kilometers and over 20,000 meters in altitude. That's a real reason to cheer 😍. It's just always a great feeling and I'm already very happy and proud of it 😊.
But why am I even doing this? Well…
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