Lescun in Winter

Lescun panorama
I was fortunate enough to spend Christmas 2005 in Lescun, a small village in the Pyrenees. Here are some of the photos I took. I took the first shot while hiking up from the N134. The mountains seem surreal.

Lescun panorama
As you get closer to the village, the mountains just get bigger. The roads were clear of snow and Lescun itself gets surprisingly little snow.

Lescun panorama
Undoubtedly the most striking peak in the area, it is not ‘Pic D’ Anie’ as many people think, but Le Billare, a modest 2309 metre mountain.

Lescun panorama
The road from Lescun towards Le Billare.

Lescun panorama
I had my snow shoes with me so had no problems hiking to the Plateau Sanchèse. Looking very different from when I visited the same place in summer.

Lescun panorama
A view back across the Aspe Valley to more snow-covered mountains.

Lescun panorama
What started off as a light haze in the valley, quickly became thick fog in the valley. An excellent reminder that the weather can change dangerously quickly in mountainous areas.

Lescun panorama
The peaks of the Cirque form the natural border between France and Spain.

Lescun panorama
Admittedly we were lucky with the weather but it is amazing how few people make it up to this area.

Lescun panorama
Blue sky, grey mountains and white snow. What more could a hiker/photographer ask for?

Lescun panorama
The trail up to the second cirque near the Refuge de Laberouat, deep snow and blissfully quiet.

Lescun panorama
The second cirque. At the refuge the snow was about two metres deep.

Lescun panorama
The view back down the valley towards Lescun. Can you see Le Pic de Midi Ossau on the horizon?

Lescun panorama
Saving the best until last? What else but Le Billare, taken early in the morning?

Practical Information

The bus service in the Vallée d’Aspe is run by SNCF. Click here.

More of the Pyrenees ?

Lescun in Summer     Breche de Roland   Flora and Fauna   Gavarnie    

chemin de la mâture   Gorges de Kakouetta    2 day hike in Pyrenees

Cycling Western Pyrenees   Cycling to Tourmalet 

 Cycling South West coast of France        Cycling to Gavarnie   

Or other things French?

Parce Que Je T’aime (a novel)    Food in France    French joke book

An optimistic view of France    A pessimistic view of France

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