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Closer to the stars

Pic du Midi

The Pic du Midi de Bigorre, one of the most majestic summits in the Hautes-Pyrénées, awaits you at an altitude of 2,877 metres. Accessible to the general public, the Pic du Midi is renowned for the beauty of its landscape and also celebrated for its astronomy observatory.

Ponton Dans Le Ciel au Pic du Midi
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Scale the heights

To reach the summit of the Pic du Midi, simply let yourself be carried away on a magnificent ascent. All year round, in summer and winter alike, you can go to La Mongie, the Domaine du Tourmalet ski resort. You will climb 1,000 metres in 15 minutes in the cable car, just time to give you a foretaste before reaching the peak at an altitude of 2,877 metres.

Pic du Midi

Balcony of the Pyrenees

Up there, the air and the light have a purity and transparency that are the secret of this site, which, for many years, was reserved for scientists. The lookout terraces are laid out over 750 m2. You can gaze upon 300 km of Pyrenees summits between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and the plains of the Great South-West. The splendour of the landscapes warranted the Pic du Midi being listed as a national natural site in 2003.

It all started with a weather observatory at the end of the 19th century. Since then, the Pic du Midi has been an incredible epic whose heroes are enthusiasts, scholars and enquiring minds, porters, builders and scientists, avidly looking to better understand the universe. The exceptional qualities of the site allow them to make observations and take measurements to understand the Earth’s evolution. Today, this continuing human adventure is showcased in Europe’s highest museum.

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Is the high altitude giving you an appetite?

You can enjoy meals prepared by the chef at the Pic du Midi restaurant, tasting local gastronomy while admiring the splendid view.

  • Book a table when you reach the top
  • The bistro/bar is open all day
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Plan your ascent

Mer de nuages au Pic du Midi de Bigorre

 

IN THE MORNING

Take full advantage of the ride up to the highest point at 2,877 metres and the amazing view, since the mountain weather is often better early in the day.

Ponton Dans Le Ciel en hiver

 

IN THE WINTER

The seasons work their magic on the landscape and constantly refresh the view. The winter ascent to the peak is a symbiosis of whiteness and muffled silence. Simply breathtaking!

Coucher De Soleil au Pic du Midi

 

AT NIGHT

The Pic du Midi organises year-round Starry Nights and Nights at the Summit. The programme of events is always original and never the same twice. The human adventure at the Pic du Midi is also experienced at night!

How do I get there?

 

  • BY CAR
    All year: access via Bagnères Bigorre
    June to November: access via Barèges and the Col du Tourmalet
    Car park near the cable car departure station

 

  • BY BUS
    June to October
    : Lourdes/La Mongie bus route

Beneath the stars

The magic of the site is also shared at night. All year round, the Pic du Midi is open for night-time events called “Soirées Etoilées” (“Starry Evenings”), with a programme of activities on the theme of astronomy. The Pic du Midi also offers “Nuits au Sommet” (“Nights at the Summit”), which are even more magical. If you book in advance, you can spend the night on this emblematic mountaintop and share unforgettable times beneath the stars.