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What are the "Cirques"?

  • Cirque of Gavarnie snow winter
  • Cirque Estaube Gavarnie Gedre
  • Cirque of Gavarnie summer
  • Cirque Troumouse Gedre Gavarnie

Cirque is the geological term for a mountain glacial feature which is typified by the examples at GavarnieEstaube and Troumouse. They are incredible natural bowls carved out by ancient glaciers in grey, ochre and pink limestone rocks which have been turned over and thrust up to an altitude of 3000 metres by unimaginable geological forces. The Cirque coutry is a unique example of the "Nappe" type of rocks formation.


The Gavarnie cirque is the most famous one with its 6.5 km diameter, its wall of 1500 m high and in its heart, the highest waterfall in Europe (427m).

This is the only cirque accessible all year round.


Equally impressive is the Troumouse cirque, less vertical, it extends about 11 km in diameter.


Lastly and the most wild is the cirque of Estaubé which also offers the most beautiful routes up the Mont-Perdu.

  • Unesco
  • Patrimoine mondial
  • Grands Sites de Midi-Pyrénées
  • Gavarnie-Gèdre
  • Région Midi-Pyrénées
  • Union Européenne