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“Chocolate box scenery”
Review of Lac de Gaube

Lac de Gaube
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Cauterets
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 January 2014

We decided to follow the guide book we bought at the Tourist Office and walk up to the Lac de Gaube as well as back down, instead of using the telecabin. The round trip took us over 4 hours and the way up is called 'l'escalier' which is french for staircase. This lived up to its name - the path was clearly indicated but it went up and up in zig zags for well over and hour and a half. The view when we finally arrived at the Lac de Gaube was breathtaking. We then took the path back towards the chair lifts, but ignored them and walked back following our route on the winter ski run. For anyone wanting to have just a twenty minutes walk each way they only need to buy a telecabin ticket, go up in that, change onto the chair lift and walk along the level path to the Lac de Gaube, then back the same way. Just make sure you check the time of the last one back down.

5  Thank angerichards
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We walked up and back from the car park at Pont D'Espagne which was fine. However, there is also a chairlift and then a wide level path along to the lake and the refuge. It is a gorgeous area and the lake is stunning. However, we were there in September and there were quite a few people there so I imagine in high summer it could be very busy. But definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Lac De Gaube is a gentle beautiful walk from the chairlift at Pont d'Espagne...You can also walk around the right shore of the lake to a small beach...

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Great hike, but demanding. Two children 6 and 9 years and did not complain. The view of the lake is excellent with Vignemale the background.

Thank embudu
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

In early June we stayed in Cauterets and decided to see Lac de Gaube. The chair lift was out of action due to a landslide so we had to walk from Pont D'Espagne .The walk was very pretty but the track was difficult. In places it still had snow on it and was slippery.It was not a short walk but was worth the effort. The lake is magnificent ,surrounded by snow peaked mountains.We ate our picnic lunch and took in the breath taking scenery.There is a cafe by the lake where we toasted our good fortune at having come to such a beautiful spot on a cool but sunny day.

Thank iralba
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