HRP - Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne

Description

  1. Name HRP - Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP)
  2. Length in days 45 days
  3. Start of trail Hendaye
  4. End of trail Banyuls
  5. Traildino grading DW, Difficult walk, bushwalk
  6. Hut tour grading T3, Demanding mountain walk

HRP, Haute Randonnée PyrénéenneHendaye - Banyuls, Pyrenees, 45 days

The crossing of the Pyrenees is very rewarding, as every single hiker who made it will make clear.

The HRP, Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne or Pyrenees High Route was essentially the creation of one man, Georges Véron, the Alfred Wainwright of France. With approval of the Club Alpin Français he knit toghether many mountain trails, réfuges and gîtes, resulting in a continuous trail from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.

We have three trails then, doing the same thing:

  • the GR10, staying most of the time in the middle reaches of the Pyrenees
  • the GR11, doing the same as the GR10 but on the Spanish side, a bit more strenuous
  • the HRP, staying in the high mountains but avoiding climbing or glacier crossings.

The trail set out by Véron is difficult. Well into july you must be prepared to overcome snow in gullies and on steep slopes, which necessitates the use of crampons and ice axe. Then his scheme of 45 days is almost impossible to cope with, but for the very very fit. Facilities are better than on the high routes in the US, but austere compared to the Alps. Therefore people usually hike parts of the trail. Thru-hiking is the exception. There is no such social thing as in the US around the big hikes like the Continental Divide Trail or Pacific Crest Trail, which is a pity. A few European hikes really cater for this standard, among them the Via Alpina and the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne.

 

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Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne
HRP Tracé principal
.HRP Étape 1, 25km
.HRP Étape 2, 27km
.HRP Étape 3, 14km
.HRP Étape 4, 33km
.HRP Étape 5, 21km
.HRP Étape 6, 20km
.HRP Étape 7, 20km
.HRP Étape 8, 25km
.HRP Étape 9, 17km
.HRP Étape 10, 16km
.HRP Étape 11, 14km
.HRP Étape 12, 16km
.HRP Étape 13, 19km
.HRP Étape 14, 14km
.HRP Étape 15, 17km
.HRP Étape 16, 19km
.HRP Étape 17, 27km
.HRP Étape 18, 20km
.HRP Étape 19, 13km
.HRP Étape 20, 11km
.HRP Étape 21, 15km
.HRP Étape 22, 14km
.HRP Étape 23, 13km
.HRP Étape 24, 17km
.HRP Étape 25, 16km
.HRP Étape 26, 13km
.HRP Étape 27, 14km
.HRP Étape 28, 17km
.HRP Étape 29, 9.9km
.HRP Étape 30, 10km
.HRP Étape 31, 19km
.HRP Étape 32, 21km
.HRP Étape 33, 20km
.HRP Étape 34, 18km
.HRP Étape 35, 20km
.HRP Étape 36, 22km
.HRP Étape 37, 29km
.HRP Étape 38, 15km
.HRP Étape 39, 19km
.HRP Étape 40, 23km
.HRP Étape 41, 21km
HRP Variante
.HRP Variante 1.1, 3.4km
.HRP Variante 1.2, 5.2km
.HRP Variante 1.3, 4.6km
.HRP Variante 2.1, 4.9km
.HRP Variante 2.2, 8.2km
.HRP Variante 2.3, 6.3km
.HRP Variante 3.1, 13km
.HRP Variante 4.1, 9.9km
.HRP Variante 4.2, 3.7km
.HRP Variante 5.1, 8.8km
.HRP Variante 6.1, 26km
.HRP Variante 7.1, 1.6km
.HRP Variante 7.2, 2.2km
.HRP Variante 8.1, 8.6km
.HRP Variante 8.2, 1.3km
.HRP Variante 8.3, 9.2km
.HRP Variante 9.1, 10km
.HRP Variante 10.1, 6km
.HRP Variante 10.2, 9.4km
.HRP Variante 11.1, 17km
.HRP Variante 13.1, 16km
.HRP Variante 14.1, 0.7km
.HRP Variante 14.2, 15km
.HRP Variante 15.1, 8.4km
.HRP Variante 16.1, 5.3km
.HRP Variante 17.1, 23km
.HRP Variante 17.2, 4.9km
.HRP Variante 17.3, 3.3km
.HRP Variante 18.1, 21km
.HRP Variante 19.1, 16km
.HRP Variante 19.2, 9km
.HRP Variante 20.1, 14km
.HRP Variante 20.2, 13km
.HRP Variante 21.1, 6.4km
.HRP Variante 21.2, 29km
.HRP Variante 23.1, 4.9km
.HRP Variante 24.1, 13km
.HRP Variante 25.1, 16km
.HRP Variante 27.1, 17km
.HRP Variante 28.1, 3.4km
.HRP Variante 28.2, 12km
.HRP Variante 29.1, 18km
.HRP Variante 29.2, 13km
.HRP Variante 29.3, 4.4km
.HRP Variante 29.4, 3.5km
.HRP Variante 30.1, 1.2km
.HRP Variante 31.1, 9.5km
.HRP Variante 32.1, 15km
.HRP Variante 33.1, 3.1km
.HRP Variante 33.2, 23km
.HRP Variante 34.1, 4.4km
.HRP Variante 35.1, 11km
.HRP Variante 35.2, 18km
.HRP Variante 37.1, 3.5km
.HRP Variante 38.1, 7.4km

Opinions

Rate 10.0 | 1 vote | No 1. in France
  • Patrick Mahaffey July 2007
  • Rate 10
  • Positive Alpine scenery, wild flowers, good directional signage, meeting French hikers, comfortable huts, crossing national borders.
  • Negative Need for carrying cash to pay for all of huts.
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Hike Reports

  • Family Hike Along the HRP

  • Patrick Mahaffey July 2007
  • In July 2007, my wife and I and our 2 teenage daughters spent over a month in England and France. The highlight of the trip was the week we spent hiking part of the HRP. We hiked about 70 km over 8 days from Etsaut to Gavarnie; most of which was...
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Pyrenean Haute Route
  • A guidebook for trekking the Pyrenean Haute Route, which zig-zags across the Franco-Spanish border and stays close to the main ridge in the highest and most spectacular central Pyrenees. It covers 800km with a total of 40km ascent, so is only suitable for experienced mountain walkers. The route is split over 45 stages and is largely unwaymarked. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • The Pyrenean Haute Route
  • This handy guidebook contains route descriptions for the Pyrenean Haute Route. It zig-zags across the Franco-Spanish border and stays close to the main ridge of the Pyrenees. It covers 800km and has a total of 40km ascent, so is only suitable for experienced mountain walkers. The route is split over 45 day stages and is largely unwaymarked. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2010
  • The Pyrenees
  • A resource book covering the finest walks, treks and climbs in the High Pyrenees for 400km between France and Spain, from the Cirque de Lescun, on the edge of the Basque country in the west, to the Carlit massif and the Cerdagne to the east of Andorra. It is the first in our World Mountain Ranges series. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • The Pyrenees: The High Pyrenees from the Cirque de Lescun to the Carlit Massif
  • The Pyrenees is accomplished walker Kev Reynolds’ large-format Cicerone guide to one of Europe’s most famous and impressive mountain ranges. The guide gives a valley-by-valley description of the High Pyrenees from west to east and is a very useful reference to help identify the best locations for walking, mountaineering, skiing and climbing.... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2010
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids - Klimgids - Klettersteiggids The Pyrenees | Cicerone
  • Prachtige en volledige wandel- en klimgids van de Hoge Pyreneën in Frankrijk, Andorra en Spanje. Per deelgebied worden m.b.v. duidelijke kaartjes en route informatie de verschillende tochten beschreven. Geschikt voor iedere bergwandelaar. Er is informatie over accomodatie in opgenomen, evenals allerlei praktische en gebiedsinformatie. First in... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park Editorial Alpina
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park at 1:40,000 on a GPS compatible recreational map in an extensive and very popular series from Editorial Alpina, including a booklet with English language descriptions of several walks, climbs, etc.Contours are at 20m intervals, with relief shading and altitude colouring. An overprint highlights waymarked... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Ordesa y Monte Perdido | Alpina
  • Goede wandelkaart, met schaal 1:40.000 van dit gebied met alle noodzakelijke informatie als berghutten, campings. Kleurgebruik vrij fel, waardoor hoogtes goed uitkomen. Wandelroutes zijn ingetekend en de GR paden (doorgaande wandelpaden) zijn weergegeven met een teken of nummer. Deze kaart is inclusief een Engelstalig boekje met extra... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park 2-Map Set Editorial Alpina
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park at 1:25,000 in a set of two GPS compatible recreational maps in an extensive and very popular series from Editorial Alpina, providing more detailed coverage of this popular hiking area.Contours are at 10m intervals, with relief shading and vegetation colouring. An overprint highlights waymarked PR hiking... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Parque Nacional Ordesa y Monte Perdido | Alpina
  • Goede wandelkaart van dit gebied met alle noodzakelijke informatie als berghutten, campings. Set van 2 wandelkaarten. Kleurgebruik vrij fel, waardoor hoogtes goed uitkomen. Wandelroutes zijn ingetekend en de GR paden (doorgaande wandelpaden) zijn weergegeven met een teken of nummer. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vignemale - Valle de Bujaruelo Editorial Alpina
  • Cross-border area of the Pyrenees at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map covering on the Spanish side the valleys of Bujaruelo and Ara with the western section of the Ordesa National Park and the Ordesa Valley, and within France extending from the Vignemale Massif to Gavarnie, plus a Spanish/French booklet with recommendations for... Read more
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De Zwerver
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  • Wandelkaart Vignemale - Valle de Bujaruelo | Alpina
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een klein deel van de Spaanse Pyreneeen / Catalonie. Met ingetekende wandelroutes en andere informatie. Spaanstalig, maar uitstekende kaart. Met symbolen voor campings, hutten. Book Language: Spanish •Hiking map and guidebook •Scale 1:25.000 •Equidistance contours: 10 m distance •Master contours: at 50 m... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Central Pyrenees terraQuest 50K Trekking Map
  • The central part of the French Pyrenees on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from terraQuest, highlighting hiking trails, campsites and refuges, etc. The map is presented in a special format handy for conveniently viewing just small sections of it at one time.Coverage extends north to the towns... Read more
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De Zwerver
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  • Wandelkaart Trekking map Central Pyrenees - Pyreneeën | TerraQuest
  • Uitstekende wandelkaart van een deel van de Pyreneën. Alle noodzakelijke gegevens staan er op, de kaart is gebaseerd op topografische kaarten en voorzien van ingetekende wandelroutes. De kaart is geplastificeerd. Voor een uitsnede welk gebied deze kaart dekt. This is the 1:50,000 trekking map for the Central Pyrenees covering Lourdes, Trebons... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tour of the Canigó Hiking Circuit
  • A 64-km long tour of Canigó (Canigou), the highest mountain in the eastern Pyrenees, presented by Editorial Alpina on a contoured, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000, with a booklet providing descriptions of its recommended stages.The map has contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by relief shading. The tour which follows sections of the GR10, the HRP... Read more
Stanfords
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  • France: Rando Editions/IGN 50K Walking Maps of the Pyrenees
  • French Pyrenees in a series of recreational maps at 1:50,000 from Rando Editions with GPS compatible topographic base provided by the IGN, plus extensive overprint highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, campsites, mountain refuges, gîtes d’etape, areas for various recreational pursuits, tourist information offices, historical... Read more
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