HIKING IDEA 6: Val d'Azun Le Lac Nère / Lac plaa de prat
THE VIDEO WALK
Difficulty : Medium
Start : Lac d'Estaing
Arrival : Lac Nère 2241m
Elevation : 1344m positive and 1343m negative
Distance : 17.65 km round trip
Walking time : 5 to 6h round trip without breaks
Miscellaneous: Above Lake Estaing, you enter the Pyrenees national park.
Plan this day for this hike.
We started from Lac d'Estaing which is accessible by car.
It is only 10 minutes drive from Arrens.
To save time and if the barrier is open, go to the other side of the lake and continue on the path until you reach a small parking lot.
Park, put on your hiking shoes, take your backpack and let's go !!!
It left for 1:30 , see 2 hours (with children) ascent to Plaa de Prat. Follow the path for about thirty minutes, cross the plasi bridge, then follow the path which goes up in laces and then joins the forest.
Leaving the forest, the path joins a stream at the bottom of the valley.
You will walk among cows and sheep, a treat for children!
You will pass near the Toue de la Cétira (typical habitat of the Val d'Azun).
You are at this location in the Pyrenees National Park. Pay attention to the regulations!
A little further, a first lake, the Langle lake then, a little higher is the Plaa De Prat Lake (1656m).
An ideal setting for an afternoon with the family, indeed, this place is relatively flat, a real playground, with a view ^^
For the bravest, like us, okay, we are smart because we had not brought Martin 😉
You can go explore a little higher. Our goal is to climb to Lac Nère (2217).
To get there, go to the cabin, a little further, a sign indicates two directions. Take on the left, the direction of Lac du Pic Arrouy.
A steep path starts in the summer pasture and heads towards the forest.
The path crosses a small stream. A magnificent waterfall borders the very steep path. Follow the path that comes out of the forest.
You will see in the distance a hut "Les Masseys". In summer, do not hesitate to go and visit the shepherd Stéphane Iriberri, well known for making the transhumance of Gironde each year so far, in the Val d'Azun with and its 600 sheep.
Stéphane will show you the path to take to Lake Nère, if not, turn around and continue to climb due east (on your right). You only have 45 minutes left to reach the lake !!Well, I'm not going to hide from you that it climbs a lot, but everyone is capable of doing it, I'm actually not a very big sportswoman!
Continue on the path that follows another stream. It must be crossed on a flat part. The path starts very steep in the rocks, then, in the middle of some trees.
Continue to climb this path through the rocks then follow the switchbacks. Turn around, the view is breathtaking!
Lake Nère is a little higher.
The return will be made by the same way in opposite direction.
We took 3h and made 8.17kms from Lac d'Estaing to Lac Nère, and 2h for the return; which is largely doable during the day.
If you have children, I advise you to simply go to Plaa de Prat.