/ Pyrenean Haute Route- when to start?
Have you thought of doing it in September ? The weather is much more stable, the popular areas are less crowded and a good number of the huts will still be manned.
I am speaking for the western Pyrénées, surely someone will have more detailed advice for the centre/east.
For the time of the year, it depends what you are looking for. Are you interested in fauna and flora for example ? Then try mid June to mid July, best moment to see the pyrenean flowers and most of the animals.
If you are doing the haute route, I don't think you will suffer from the hot temperature (but maybe I am used to it).
If you don't like crowds, try to avoid mid August.
Thanks to all for the replies, this has been a great help. Pyreneenemec, I thought about September/October, but I'd like to see a bit more greenery and wildlife as drolex suggested. I also like the longer days in June.
Goatee, the photos gave a very good idea what to expect. Drolex, where I live 27 degrees Celsius is about as hot as it gets in the summer. I did a bicycle tour through the Pyrenees in June 2001 and thought it was ridiculously hot!
Again, thanks to all for the help.
Mid-June has the advantage of being able to use refuges in addition to wild camping and usually plenty of water for drinking. I had one year with lots of snow, also this year there was plenty.
Great advantage of June / July is that the flora is superb, if you are into that. Using 1:50,000 maps it's possible to be flexible in regards to the route. Good luck.
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